Matthew Van Dam
Matthew H. Van Dam
NSF Postdoctoral Scholar
Zoological State Museum. Münchhausenstraße 21, 81247 Munich, Germany
PhD - University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, & Management 2013
Bachelor of Science - University of California, Riverside, Entomology 2004
NSF Postdoctoral Scholar - Zoological State Museum, Bavaria Germany July 2014 – present
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- Grad. level Phylogenetics Comparative Methods Spring 2013
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- General Biology Fall 2012
UC Berkeley, ESPM- Spider Biology Spring 2012
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- General Biology Fall 2011
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- General Biology Spring 2011
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- General Biology Fall 2010
UC Berkeley, ESPM- General Entomology Spring 2010
UC Berkeley, Integrative Biology- General Biology Fall 2009
UC Berkeley, ESPM- Environmental Issues Spring 2007
Grants & Scholarships
U.S. National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology $185,376 2014–2016
Desert Research Fund, The Community Foundation, Serving Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties 2011
Orthopterists’ Fund 2011
Orthopterists’ Fund 2010
UC MEXUS Dissertation Research Grant 2009
Desert Research Fund, from The Community Foundation, Serving Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties 2009
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, from the American Museum of Natural History 2009
Anza-Borrego Foundation and Institute Entomology Fund 2009
Point Reyes National Seashore, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior-Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center 2008
Committee for Research and Exploration of the National Geographic Society 2007
Desert Research Fund, from The Community Foundation, Serving Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial Counties 2006
Walker Fund in Entomology (UCB) 2006–2009
Van Dam M. H., Rominger A. J. and Brewer M. S. (2015) Environmental niche trackers and niche adapters revealed through fine scale phenological niche modeling. (in review)
Tänzler R., Van Dam M. H.*, Toussaint E. F. A., Suhardjono Y. R., Balke M., and Riedel A. (2015) Macroevolution of hyperdiverse flightless beetles reflects the complex geological history of the Sunda Arc (in review). * co-first author
Morinière J., Van Dam M. H., Hawlitschek O., Bergsten J., Michat M. C., Hendrich L., Ribera I., Toussaint E. F. A., and Balke M. (2105) An inverted latitudinal diversity gradient in cosmopolitan freshwater arthropods “with an Old World tropical twist”. (in review)
Van Dam M. H. and Matzke N. J. (2015) Evaluating the influence of connectivity and distance on biogeographical patterns in the Southwestern deserts of North America. Journal of Biogeography (in revision).
Van Dam M. H. and O’Brien C. W. (2015) Review of the genus Miloderes Casey, 1888 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae), with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 4006: 247–284.
Van Dam M. H. (2014) A simple, rapid technique for the inflation of the endophallus, with particular focus on the Curculionoidea (Coleoptera). Coleopterists Bulletin 68(2): 263–268.
Van Dam M. H. (2010) A new species and key for Rhaphiomidas Osten Sacken (Diptera: Mydidae). Zootaxa 2622: 49–60.
Van Dam A. R. and Van Dam M. H. (2008) Impact of off road vehicle use on Scarabaeidae species in the Algodones Sand Dunes. Annals of the American Entomological Society 101(2): 411–417.
Rogers R. and Van Dam M. H. (2007) Two new species of Rhaphiomidas (Diptera: Mydidae). Zootaxa 1664: 61–68.
Van Dam A. R., Van Dam M. H. and Heraty J.M. (2007) A comparison of pyrethrum fogging and screen-sweep netting of Hymenoptera in Southern California chaparral. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 16(1): 192–205.
Lubinsky P., Van Dam M. H. and Van Dam A.R. (2006) Pollination of Neo-Tropical Vanilla and evolution in the Orchidaceae. Lindleyana 75(12): 926–929.
Van Dam M. H., Van Dam A. and Willcox M. (2006) Description of the third-instar larva and adult male of Megasoma sleeperi Hardy (Scarbaeidae: Dynastinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 60(1): 59–67.
Van Dam M. H. and Van Dam A. (2006) Description of the larva of Pseudocotalpa sonorica Hardy (Scarbaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini) with notes on life history. Coleopterists Bulletin 60(1): 31–36.
Public Media Outreach Articles
Van Dam M. H. (2015) Traveling to Papua New Guinea in search of the Smurf Weevils.
Diabetes Health Magazine (in press)
Van Dam A. R. and Van Dam M. H. (2007) Cacti and succulents of the Socorro Sand Dunes. The Cactus and Succulent Journal. 79(3): 131–134.
Presentation & Posters
University of South Bohemia, Institute of Entomology, Budějovice, Czech Republic: February 2015, Ecological Niche Trackers and Niche Adapters Using Phenology in Ecological Niche Models.
International Biogeography Society, Bayreuth, Germany: December 2014, Ecological Niche Trackers and Niche Adapters (poster and lightening talk).
International Biogeography Society, Canberra, Australia: January 2014, Natural History Matters in Climate Niche Modeling.
International Congress of Entomology, Daegu, South Korea: August 2012, The interface of biogeography and phylogeography in dune restricted insects in North America.
Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR: March 2012, The Utility of the Endophallus in Trigonoscuta (Curculionidae: Entiminae).
Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA: December 2010, Phylogeography of dune restricted insects in the desert southwest.
Evolution, Moscow, ID: June 2009, Phylogeny of Giant Flower-Loving Flies Rhaphiomidas (Diptera: Mydidae); Towards a better understanding of the phylogeographic histories of dune restricted insects.
North American Dipterists Society Field Meeting, Crescent City, CA: June 2009, Phylogeny of Giant Flower-Loving Flies Rhaphiomidas (Diptera: Mydidae); Towards a better understanding of the phylogeographic histories of dune restricted insects.
Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV: November 2008, Biogeography and Speciation of Rhaphiomidas (Mydidae).
Pacific Branch Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR: March 2007, Poster; Biogeography and Speciation of Rhaphiomidas (Mydidae).
Robert L. Usinger Memorial Award, UC Berkeley, 2012
Essig Museum of Entomology, Graduate Student Researcher, 2007–2013
California Academy of Sciences, Department of Entomology, Graduate Student Researcher, 2008
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Museum Associate in Entomology, 2005
Undergraduate of the Year in Entomology, Major with finest Research, Creativity or Performance Selected by Faculty, 2002–2003
Los Angeles County Museum, Vertebrate Paleontology, Lab Volunteer of the Year, 1999
Lorquin Entomological Society, Young Entomologist of the Year, 1997
Trigonopterus and Eupholini weevils, new species exploration Mt. Wilhelm and New Britain, Papua New Guinea, October–November 2014
Trigonopterus weevils of AustraliaQueensland, Australia, January 2014
Dune insects of the Southwest Deserts USA - CA, AZ, NV, UT, CO, NM, TX, KS, NB, OR, WA, WY; Mexico - Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Nuevo Leon, Chihuahua, Durango, and Coahuila, 2006–2011
Dune weevils collection (Strangaliodes) Atacama, Chile, October 2010
Survey of Mexico for populations of cochineal insects (Dactylopius spp.) Sonora to Oaxaca, Mexico, July–August 2007
Vanilla planifolia pollination study Chiapas, Mexico, April 2005
Vanilla planifolia pollination study Veracruz & Oaxaca, Mexico, March–May 2004
Biological Surveyor for the federally endangered species Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis California, USA, 2003–2005
Dynastine Survey of Honduras Multiple regions in Honduras, July 2002
Survey of the Odonata Fauna of Southern Arizona Arizona, USA, August 1997
Molecular Biology Data Collection:
DNA Extraction and troubleshooting (Qiagen and Ethanol precipitation)
PCR optimization, primer design, DNA purification, sample prep for sequencing
Sequence editing (Sequencher and Geneious)
Alignment: Mesquite, Clustal W, G-Blocks, MUSCLE, Geneious, Mafft
Model selection: MrModeltest, JModelTest, partition finder
Analyses: PAUP*, TNT, MrBayes, BEAST, GARLI, RaxML, Mesquite (Ancestral State Reconstruction, PDAP package), Arlequin, SimCoal
Morphometrics: Tps programs, Morpho J, IMP
R packages for phylogenetics
ArcGIS and Maxent
Regular expressions scripting for bioinformatics and bioinformatics tools
Reviewer for: Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Coleopterists Bulletin, Zootaxa
President of Entomology Students Organization, UC Berkeley, 2008
Co-founder and Organizer of the Essig Museum of Entomology Brunch Series 2009–2010