Dung Beetle Diaries


Dung Beetle Diaries will feature videos related to research in the Sheldon Lab. You can also go to our YouTube channel to watch videos. Enjoy!
Our NSF-funded project investigating mechanisms and costs of increased temperature variation in tropical and temperate dung beetles—a collaboration with Dr. Katie Marshall at UBC in Canada and Dr. Jorge Celi at IKIAM in Ecuador—was featured on the IKIAM Youtube Channel. You can listen to Sheldon Lab members Morgan Fleming and Nate Duerr discussing our work!

Listen to Sheldon Lab graduate student Maggie Mamantov talk about the ecology and evolution of dung beetles and impacts of global change on Southeastern dung beetle communities as part of the Science at Sugarland series!

Sheldon Lab graduate student Claire Winfrey gave a public talk on “How the humble dung beetle can help save the world” for the UT Science Forum. You can listen to her talk here:

Listen to Sheldon Lab graduate student Maggie Mamantov talk about natural history and ecology of dung beetles!


This Canthon imitator discovered some canine dung. The ‘rolling’ is a little clunky given the surrounding vegetation and the fact that the dung ball isn’t well formed.


This Canthon imitator had to compete with several other beetles that had arrived at a dung source. Once it secured a piece of the dung, the beetle scurried off with its (rather small) prize!



A Canthon imitator taking flight.


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