Michael S. Engel

Michael S. Engel, FLS, FRES (born September 24, 1971) is an American paleontologist and entomologist, notable for contributions to insect evolutionary biology and classification. In connection with his studies he has undertaken field expeditions in Central Asia, Asia Minor, the Levant, Arabia, eastern Africa, the high Arctic, and South and North America, and has published more than 860 papers in scientific journals and over 925 new living and fossil species.[3] Some of Engel's research images were included in exhibitions on the aesthetic value of scientific imagery.[4] Engel is the author of Innumerable Insects (Sterling, 2018) and co-author of Evolution of the Insects (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Michael S. Engel
Born (1971-09-24) September 24, 1971 (age 50)
Alma materCornell University (Ph.D, 1998)
University of Kansas (B.Sc., 1993)
University of Kansas (B.A., 1993)
OccupationPaleontologist, Entomologist
Known forInsect evolutionary biology and classification
Spouse(s)Kellie Kristen Magill (m. 2009)[1]
Parent(s)Alger Gayle Engel, Donna Gail Engel (née Pratt)[2]
RelativesElisabeth Anne Engel (sister), Jeffrey Gayle Engel (brother)[citation needed]
AwardsGuggenheim Fellow (2006)
Charles Schuchert Award (2008)
Bicentenary Medal (2009)
Nautilus Book Award (2019)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Kansas (2000–)
American Museum of Natural History (1998–2000)
Doctoral advisorJames K. Liebherr (Cornell University)
Other academic advisorsGeorge C. Eickwort, Thomas D. Seeley, Richard G. Harrison, Charles D. Michener


Engel received a B.Sc. in physiology and cell biology and a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Kansas in 1993, and a Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University in 1998.[5] He was employed as a research scientist at the American Museum of Natural History from 1998–2000, and then returned to the University of Kansas as assistant professor in the Department of Entomology, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and assistant curator in the Natural History Museum’s Division of Entomology.[6] He was promoted to full professor and senior curator in 2008,[7] and University Distinguished Professor in 2018.[8] In 2006–2007 Engel resumed regular activity in the American Museum of Natural History while a Guggenheim Fellow,[9][10] completing work on the geological history of termites and their influence on carbon recycling in paleoenvironments.[11] This period also permitted significant work on the comprehensive work, Treatise on the Termites of the World.[12] In 2008 he received the Charles Schuchert Award[13][14] of the Paleontological Society and subsequently the Bicentenary Medal[15] of the Linnean Society of London (2009) for his contributions to the fields of systematic entomology and paleontology. In Spring 2014 he was awarded the Scholarly Achievement Award of the University of Kansas for his contributions to the evolutionary and developmental origins of insect flight;[16] and in 2015 the International Cooperation Award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences.[17] In 2017, Engel was elected as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America[18] and received the society's Thomas Say Award.[19] In Spring 2019, Innumerable Insects won the Nautilus Book Award in two categories.[20]

Personal lifeEdit

Engel married Kellie K. Magill on April 25, 2009, in a ceremony performed by Engel's father.[21]


The following species or genera have been proposed in honor of Dr. Engel:

  1. Lasioglossum (Dialictus) engeli Genaro, 2001 (a halictine bee from Cuba)
  2. Braunsapis engeli Jobiraj, 2004 (a small allodapine bee from southern India)
  3. Cretostylops engeli Grimaldi & Kathirithamby, 2005 (the oldest fossil Strepsiptera, from Myanmar)[22]
  4. Sigmophlebia engeli Béthoux & Beckemeyer, 2007 (a protorthopteran from the Early Permian of Oklahoma)
  5. Triepeolus engeli Rightmyer, 2008 (an epeoline bee from Texas)[23]
  6. Archaeoellipes engeli Heads, 2010 (a pygmy mole cricket from the Early Miocene of the Dominican Republic)
  7. Anotylus engeli Makranczy, 2011 (an oxyteline rove beetle from Bolivia)
  8. Engellestes Nel & al., 2012 (a genus of damselfly-like odonates from the Permian of Russia)[24]
  9. Melitta engeli Michez, 2012 (a melittine bee from Kyrgyzstan)[25]
  10. Xenosycorax engeli Azar & Salamé, 2015 (a psychodid fly in Cretaceous amber from New Jersey)[26]
  11. Kronocharon engeli Wunderlich, 2015 (a whipspider in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar)
  12. Dolichoraphidia engeli Liu & al., 2016 (a snakefly in Cretaceous amber from Myanmar)[27]
  13. Eufriesea engeli Gonzalez & Griswold, 2017 (an orchid bee from Mexico)[28]
  14. Elmomantis engeli Prokop et al., 2017 (a miomopteran from the Permian of Kansas)[29]
  15. Cretogramma engeli Liu et al., 2018 (a kalligrammatid lacewing from the Cretaceous of Myanmar)[30]
  16. Archeofoenus engeli Turrisi & Ellenberger, 2019 (an aulacid wasp from the Cretaceous of Myanmar)[31]
  17. Cretoquadratus engeli Chen, 2019 (a ship-timber beetles from the Cretaceous of Myanmar)[32]
  18. Mesophthirus engeli Gao, Shih, Rasnitsyn, & Ren, 2019 (a coccoid crawler from the Cretaceous of Myanmar[33][34])[35]
  19. Deltoxyela engeli Wang, Shih, Ren, & Gao, 2020 (a sawfly from the Cretaceous of Myanmar)[36]
  20. Cretopiesma engelgrimaldii Azar, Heiss, & Huang, 2020 (a flat bug from the Cretaceous of Myanmar)[37]
  21. Sphecodes engeli Astafurova & Proshchalykin, 2020 (a cuckoo bee from Laos)[38]
  22. Archaeoserphites engeli Rasnitsyn & Ohm-Kuhnle, 2020 (an archaeoserphitid wasp in Kachin amber)[39]
  23. Chlorepyris engeli Colombo & Azevedo, 2021 (a flat wasp in Baltic amber)[40]
  24. Archaeovespa engeli Wu, Shih, Ren, & Gao, 2021 (a vespid wasp in Kachin amber)[41]
  25. Mesoserphites engeli Herbert & McKellar, 2022 (a serphitid wasp in Kachin amber)[42]

Incomplete bibliographyEdit


  1. ^ "On the record". Lawrence Journal-World. May 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "On the record". Lawrence Journal-World. May 4, 2009.
  3. ^ "Michael S. Engel – Publications List". PublicationsList.org.
  4. ^ "Images From Science". RIT.edu. Archived from the original on September 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Engel, Michael S. (2011). "Response by Michael S. Engel". Journal of Paleontology. 85 (4): 810–811. doi:10.1666/0022-3360-85.4.810. S2CID 133440563.
  6. ^ Engel, Michael S. (2011). "Response by Michael S. Engel". Journal of Paleontology. 85 (4): 810–811. doi:10.1666/0022-3360-85.4.810. S2CID 133440563.
  7. ^ "Promotions, awards of tenure announced". oread.ku.edu. January 5, 2013.
  8. ^ "Three KU faculty receive status of University Distinguished Professor". today.ku.edu. July 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Michael S. Engel". GF.org. Archived from the original on July 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "Whats the buzz". GF.org.
  11. ^ Krishna, Kumar; Grimaldi, David A.; Engel, Michael S. (2009). "Termites (Isoptera): their phylogeny, classification, and rise to ecological dominance". American Museum Novitates (3650). hdl:2246/5969.
  12. ^ Engel, Michael S.; Krishna, Valerie; Grimaldi, David A.; Krishna, Kumar (April 25, 2013). "Treatise on the Isoptera of the world". Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (377). hdl:2246/6430.
  13. ^ Grimaldi, David (2011). "Presentation of the 2008 Charles Schuchert Award". Journal of Paleontology. 85 (4): 809. doi:10.1666/0022-3360-85.4.809. S2CID 129144703.
  14. ^ Engel, Michael S. (2011). "Response by Michael S. Engel". Journal of Paleontology. 85 (4): 810–811. doi:10.1666/0022-3360-85.4.810. S2CID 133440563.
  15. ^ "The Bicentenary Medal". www.linnean.org.
  16. ^ "Chancellor to present University Scholarly Achievement Awards on April 15". KU.edu. April 8, 2014.
  17. ^ "Chinese Academy of Sciences announces International Cooperation Award for Young Scientists".
  18. ^ "Entomological Society of America elects new Fellows of the ESA".
  19. ^ "ESA names recipients of 2017 professional and student awards".
  20. ^ "2018 Silver Winners".
  21. ^ "On the record". Lawrence Journal-World. May 4, 2009.
  22. ^ Grimaldi, David; Kathirithamby, Jeyaraney; Schawaroch, Valerie (2005). "Strepsiptera and triungula in Cretaceous amber". Insect Systematics and Evolution. 36: 1–20. doi:10.1163/187631205788912787.
  23. ^ "A review of the cleptoparasitic bee genus Triepeolus (Hymenoptera: Apidae)-Part I". Zootaxa. February 22, 2008.
  24. ^ Nel, André; Bechly, Günter; Prokop, Jakub; Béthoux, Olivier; Fleck, Gunther (January 2012). "Systematics of Paleozoic and Mesozoic damselflies". Journal of Paleontology. 86: 81–104. doi:10.1666/11-020.1. S2CID 86110458.
  25. ^ Radchenko, Vladimir G.; Ivanov, Sergey P.; Kuhlmann, Michael; Michez, Denis (June 7, 2012). "Description of four new species of Melitta". Zootaxa. 3337 (1): 57–67.
  26. ^ Azar Dany (January 1, 2015). "New Upper Cretaceous Sycoracinae". Cretaceous Research. 52: 539–547. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2014.05.002.
  27. ^ Liu, Xingyue; Lu, Xiumei; Zhang, Weiwei (April 14, 2016). "New genera and species of minute snakeflies". Zootaxa. 4103 (4): 301–24. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4103.4.1. PMID 27394738.
  28. ^ Gonzalez, Victor H.; Griswold, Terry; Simões, Marianna (April 28, 2017). "Identity of Eufriesea coerulescens species group". Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 55: 55–105. doi:10.3897/jhr.55.12209.
  29. ^ Prokop, Jakub; Pecharová, Martina; Garrouste, Romain; Beattie, Robert; Chintauan-Marquier, Ioana; Nel, Andre (August 25, 2017). "Redefining the extinct orders Miomoptera and Hypoperlida as stem acercarian insects". BMC Evolutionary Biology. 17 (1): 205. doi:10.1186/s12862-017-1039-3. PMC 5574135. PMID 28841819.
  30. ^ Liu, Qing; Lu, Xiumei; Zhang, Qingqing; Chen, Jun; Zheng, Xiaoting; Zhang, Weiwei; Liu, Xingyue; Wang, Bo (September 17, 2018). "High niche diversity in Mesozoic pollinating lacewings". Nature Communications. 9 (1): 3793. Bibcode:2018NatCo...9.3793L. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-06120-5. PMC 6141599. PMID 30224679.
  31. ^ Turrisi, Giuseppe; Ellenberger, Sieghard (2019). "New aulacid wasps from the mid-Cretaceous of Myanmar (Hymenoptera: Evanioidea)". Cretaceous Research. 99: 334–346. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2019.02.022.
  32. ^ Chen, Xinyu (2019). "A new genus and species of Lymexylidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) from mid-Cretaceous amber of northern Myanmar". Paleontological Journal. 53 (11): 1203–1205. doi:10.1134/S003103011911008X.
  33. ^ Grimaldi, David; Vea, Isabelle (2021). "Insects with 100 million-year-old dinosaur feathers are not ectoparasites". Nature Communications. 12: 1469. doi:10.1038/s41467-021-21751-x.
  34. ^ Shcherbakov, Dmitry (2022). "Crawlers of the scale insect Mesophthirus (Homoptera: Xylococcidae) on feathers in Burmese amber - wind transport or phoresy on dinosaurs?". Paleontological Journal. 56: 338–348. doi:10.1134/S0031030122030121.
  35. ^ Gao, Taiping; Yin, Xiangchu; Shih, Chungkun; Rasnitsyn, Alexandr; Xu, Xing; Chen, Sha; Wang, Chen; Ren, Dong (2019). "New insects feeding on dinosaur feathers in mid-Cretaceous amber". Nature Communications. 10: 1–7. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-13516-4.
  36. ^ Wang, Yimo; Lin, Xiaodan; Wang, Mei; Shih, Chungkun; Ren, Dong; Gao, Taiping (2020). "New sawflies from the mid-Cretaceous Myanmar amber (Insecta: Hymenoptera: Syspastoxyelidae)". Historical Biology. 33 (8): 1212–1221. doi:10.1080/08912963.2019.1687695. S2CID 209594587.
  37. ^ Azar, Dany; Heiss, Ernst; Huang, Diying (2020). "Review of the flat bug genus Cretopiesma Grimaldi & Engel, 2008 from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber and description of three new species (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Aradidae: Archearadinae)". Palaeoentomology. 3: 6–31. doi:10.11646/palaeoentomology.3.1.2.
  38. ^ Astafurova, Yulia; Proshchalykin, Maxim; Schwarz, Maximilian (2020). "New and little-known species of the genus Sphecodes Latreille (Hymenoptera, Halictidae) from Southeast Asia". ZooKeys (937): 31–88. doi:10.3897/zookeys.937.51708. PMC 7280318. PMID 32547298.
  39. ^ Rasnitsyn, Alexandr; Ohm-Kuhnle, Christoph (2020). "Archaeoserphites engeli sp. nov., the first archaeoserphitid wasp in Burmese amber and first known archaeoserphitid female (Hymenoptera, Archaeoserphitidae)". Palaeoentomology. 3: 235–239. doi:10.11646/palaeoentomology.3.3.3.
  40. ^ Colombo, Wesley; Perkovsky, Evgeny; Waichert, Cecilia; Azevedo, Celso (2021). "Synopsis of the fossil flat wasps Epyrinae (Hymenoptera, Bethylidae), with description of three new genera and 10 new species". Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 19 (1): 39–89. doi:10.1080/14772019.2021.1882593.
  41. ^ Wu, Qiong; Yang, Hongru; Shih, Chungkun; Ren, Dong; Zhao, Yunyun; Gao, Taiping (2021). "Vespids from the mid-Cretaceous with club-shaped antennae provide new evidence about the intrafamiliar relationships of Vespidae". Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 193 (1): 217–229. doi:10.1093/zoolinnean/zlaa127.
  42. ^ Herbert, Melanie; McKellar, Ryan (2022). "New genera Buserphites and Mesoserphites (Hymenoptera: Serphitidae) from mid-Cretaceous amber of Myanmar". Cretaceous Research. 130: 1–18. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2021.105025.

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