Dr. Arnaud Faille



 Evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, systematic and phylogeny of Coleoptera, origin and evolution of biodiversity, evolution of endogean and cave beetles, phylogeny vs morphological evolution in beetles, biogeography of beetles, adaptive and speciation processes, conservation of subterranean biodiversity.

– Target taxa: Cave Invertebrates, Insects (Coleoptera).



 2006                PhD in Systematics and Evolution (Zoology) (MNHN, Paris, France – summa cum laude)

 2002                Master in Zoological and Botanical Systematics (MNHN, Paris, France)

 2001                 Master in Biology (LAVAL University, Québec, Canada / Université PARIS XI Orsay)



 2018-              Curator of Coleoptera

Entomology Department, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart


2017-2018      Contract Researcher

Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona, Spain


2013-2016      DFG Research Fellow

Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Munich, Germany


2010-2012      Humboldt Research Fellow

Zoologische Staatssammlung München, Munich, Germany


2010                Contract Researcher

UMR 7205 CNRS, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France


2008-2009      Postdoctoral Researcher

Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona, Spain


2007                Postdoctoral Researcher

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Biodiversity & Evolutionary Biology

Department, Madrid, Spain



 2017-2018       Programa Estatal de Fomento de la Investigación Científica y Técnica de Excelencia, Spain - « CONEVOL : COnvergent EVOLution in subterranean Coleoptera »

 2013-2016       German Research Foundation (DFG) - Munich, Germany - “Contraction of life cycle, Evolution and Diversification of cave beetles” (DFG FA 1042/1-1)

 2011-2012       German Research Foundation (DFG) - Munich, Germany – « Evolution of subterranean ground beetles in the Western Palearctic » (DFG BA 2152/14-1)

 2010-2012       Humboldt Research Fellowship - Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Munich, Germany - « Molecular evolution and subterranean adaptations: Phylogeny and convergence in Alpine cave beetles »

 2010                National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), Contract - UMR 7205 CNRS / MNHN, Paris, France - Partnership MNHN / CNRS / Syndicat      Intercommunal à Vocation Unique « LA VERNA » (SIVU), « Impact des Aménagements de la grotte de la Verna sur les populations d’insectes cavernicoles »

 2008-2009       Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Contract - Institut de Biologia Evolutiva, Barcelona, Spain - «Molecular  Phylogeny of Pyrenean Trechinae»

 2005                Regional Directorate for Environment Midi-Pyrénées, Contract - PASTEL Funding « Cartography of Biodiversity : Endemic and relictual Invertebrates from Pyrenees »

 2005                Synthesys program - Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Madrid, Spain (ES-TAF-1540) « Endemism and adaptations to the subterranean life in a group of insects : the Aphaenops / Hydraphaenops species complex (Coleoptera, Carabidae, Trechinae) »

 2004-2006      Legs Prévost Grant of the MNHN, Paris, France

 2003-2004      Travel Grants (G. Cousin) – Société Entomologique de France

 2002                ABC grant (Access to Belgian Collections) - Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Bruxelles, Belgium – « ESEM (Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope) Study of Leiodidae of RBINS collections »



 Algeria, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, China, France, French Guyana, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Italia, Madagascar, Mallorca, Morocco, Romania, Sicily, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam

International expeditions

 2016                NAMOROKA 2016 Biodiversity inventory of the Tsingy de Namoroka National Park, Madagascar – MNHN Expedition


 2014                LENGGURU 2014 - Exploration of biodiversity of the Karsts of Western Papua :


2013                 Biodiversity of the Annamitic chain (Vietnam) : endemism and altitudinal gradients - Mission Labex BCDIV, Hon Ba Massif (Nha Trang)

2008                 WIN-TIMDOUINE 2008 – Subterranean exploration of the largest cave of Africa


 2007                SULAWESI 2007 - Zoological investigations in the karsts of South and Southeast Sulawesi