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Johannes Bergsten

Johannes Bergsten

Senior curator


Phone:+46 (0)8 519 541 92

Area of research

Phylogeny and systematics of Coleoptera (beetles), higher level, and the aquatic Adephagan families. Aquatic beetle fauna of Madagascar, taxonomy, species radiations, evolution. DNA Barcoding — problems and potentials.

Sexual conflicts and arms races between the sexes in diving beetles. Phylogenetic methodology, model choice, artefacts, etc. Speciality: Coleoptera, aquatic beetles - in particular the Adephagan families. Phylogenetic analyses and methodology.

Ongoing projects

The Water Beetle Fauna of Madagascar

DNA Barcoding and Community Ecology of European Water Beetles

Sexual Conflict in Water Beetles

Phylogenetic Projects on Water Beetles

Bergsten 2016 Diving beetles book


18 May 2016

The book Diving Beetles of the Worldexternal link is now out with Johns Hopkins University Press!

27 October 2013

"Barcoding Life Highlights 2013" by Mark Stoeckle (Rockefeller University, New York) is distributed at the 5th International Barcode of Life Conference in Kunming, China, 27-31 October. It is citing two of the papers below.

Stoeckle, Mark. 2013. “Barcoding Life Highlights 2013.” link

21 January 2013

Interview on TV 4 about Madagascar and a newly discovered speciesexternal link


PhD at Umeå University, 2005. Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College & the Natural History Museum in London, 2005-2008.

Field experience

Madagascar (2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014), Kenya (2016), South Africa (2005, 2015), Peru (2014), USA (2002, 2003, 2010), Canada (2002), Russia (2001 & 2002), Japan (2000), Portugal & Sardinia (2000), Italy (2012).


List of all publicationsPDF


Miller KB, BERGSTEN J. 2016. Diving Beetles of the World - Systematics and Biology of the Dytiscidae. Johns Hopkins University Press 336pp. in pressexternal link

Morinière J, Van Dam M, Hawlitschek O, BERGSTEN J, Michat M, Hendrich L, Ribera I,  Toussaint EFA, Balke M. 2016: Phylogenetic niche conservatism explains an inverse latitudinal diversity gradient in freshwater arthropods. Scientific Reports 6, 26340 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep26340external link

Stålstedt J, Wohltman A, BERGSTEN J, Mąkol J. 2016. Towards resolving the double classification in Erythraeus (Actinotrichida: Erythraeidae): matching larvae with adults using 28s sequence data and experimental rearing. Organism Diversity and Evolution. [online early] DOI: 10.1007/s13127-016-0283-5external link

Holmgren S, Angus R, Jia F, Chen Z, BERGSTEN J. 2016. Resolving the taxonomic conundrum in Graphoderus of the east Palearctic with a key to all species (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). ZooKeys 574: 113-142 doi: 10.3897/zookeys.574.7002external link

Fossen EI, Ekrem T, Nilsson AN, BERGSTEN J (2016) Species delimitation in northern European water scavenger beetles of the genus Hydrobius (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae). ZooKeys 564: 71-120. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.564.6558external link.


Biström O, Nilsson AN, BERGSTEN J. 2015. Taxonomic revision of Afrotropical Laccophilus Leach, 1815 (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae). Zookeys 542: 1–379. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.542.5975external link

BERGSTEN J, Nilsson LGR, Bukontaite R. 2015. The noctuid moth Agrotis exclamationis identified as a host for the bee fly Villa hottentotta using DNA barcoding (Diptera: Bombyliidae) [In swedish]. Entomologisk Tidskrift 136: 121-130.

Biström O, BERGSTEN J. 2015. A new species of Peschetius GUIGNOT described from Sri Lanka (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). Koleopterologische Rundschau. 85: 57-60. 

Bukontaite R, Ranarilalatiana T, Randriamihaja JH, BERGSTEN J. 2015. In or Out-of-Madagascar?—Colonization Patterns for Large-Bodied Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). PLoS ONE 10(3): e0120777. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120777external link

Wang H, Wahlberg N, Holloway JD, BERGSTEN J, Fan X, Janzen DH, Hallwachs W, Wen L, Wang M, Nylin S. 2015. Molecular phylogeny of Lymantriinae (Lepidoptera, Noctuoidea, Erebidae) inferred from eight gene regions. Cladistics 31: 579-592. DOI: 10.1111/cla.12108external link, opens in new window


Hjalmarsson AE, BERGSTEN J, Monaghan MT 2014. Dispersal is linked to habitat use in 59 species of water beetles (Coleoptera: Adephaga) on Madagascar. Ecography 38: 732-739.
DOI: 10.1111/ecog.01138external link

Miller KB, BERGSTEN J. The phylogeny and classification of predaceous diving beetles. Chapter 3. In Yee, DA (ed.) Ecology, Systematics and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). pp 49-172 Springer Netherlands. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9109-0_3external link

Miller KB, BERGSTEN J. Predaceous Diving Beetle Sexual Systems. Chapter 5. In Yee, DA (ed.) Ecology, Systematics and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). pp 199-233 Springer Netherlands. DOI 10.1007/978-94-017-9109-0_5external link

Morinière J, Michat MC, Jäch MA, BERGSTEN J, Hendrich L, Balke M. 2014. Anisomeriini diving beetles – an Atlantic-Pacific Island disjunction on Tristan da Cunha and Robinson Crusoe Island, Juan Fernández? Cladistics 31: 166-176. doi: 10.1111/cla.12074external link

Karlsson Green K, Svensson EI, BERGSTEN J, Härdling R, Hansson B. 2014. The interplay between local ecology, divergent selection and genetic drift in population divergence of a sexually antagonistic female trait. Evolution 68: 1934-1946. doi: 10.1111/evo.12408external link

Bukontaite R, Miller KB, BERGSTEN J 2014. The utility of CAD in recovering Gondwanan vicariance events and the evolutionary history of Aciliini (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14:5  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-5external link

BERGSTEN J, Lindberg G, Vårdal H, Apelqvist N, Brodin Y, Forshage M. 2014. Arbetet med donationer av insektsamlingar vid Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet [The work with donated insect collections at the Swedish Museum of Natural History]. Entomologisk Tidskrift 134: 153-162. [pdfexternal link]


Hjalmarsson AE, Bukontaite R, Ranarilalatiana T, Randriamihaja JH, BERGSTEN J. 2013. Taxonomic revision of Madagascan Rhantus (Coleoptera, Dytiscidae, Colymbetinae) with an emphasis on Manjakatompo as a conservation priority. ZooKeys 350: 21–45. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.350.6127external link

Balke M, Schmidt S, Hausmann A, Toussaint E, BERGSTEN J, Buffington M, Häuser CL, Kroupa A, Hagedorn G, Riedel A, Polaszek A, Ubaidillah R, Krogmann L, Zwick A, Fikácek M, Hájek J, Michat MC, Dietrich C, La Salle J, Mantle B, Ng PKL, Hobern D. 2013. Biodiversity into your hands - A call for a virtual global natural history 'metacollection'. Frontiers in Zoology 10:55 doi:10.1186/1742-9994-10-55external link

Baselga A, Fujisawa T, Crampton-Platt A, BERGSTEN J, Foster PG, Monaghan MT, Vogler AP. 2013. Whole-community DNA barcoding reveals a spatiotemporal continuum of biodiversity at species and genetic levels. Nature Communications. 4:1892 doi:10.1038/ncomms2881external link

Hambäck PA, Weingartner E, Ericson L, Fors L, Cassel-Lundhagen A, Stenberg JA, BERGSTEN J. 2013. Bayesian species delimitation reveals generalist and specialist parasitic wasps on Galerucella beetles (Chrysomelidae): Sorting by herbivore or plant host? BMC Evolutionary Biology13:92 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-13-92external link

BERGSTEN J, Nilsson AN, Ronquist F. 2013. Bayesian tests of topology hypotheses with an example from diving beetles. Systematic Biology 62: 660-673. doi: 10.1093/sysbio/syt029external link

Stålstedt J, BERGSTEN J, Ronquist F. 2013. ”Forms” of water mites (Acari: Hydrachnidia): intraspecific variation or valid species? Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1002/ece3.704external link

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