Lee Herman

Curator Emeritus, Coleoptera

Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School



  • Catholic University of America, Ph.D., 1967
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1961

Research Interests

Dr. Herman studies the systematics of rove beetles (Staphylinidae). Currently Dr. Herman is focusing on the subfamily Paederinae, a predaceous group with about 220 genera and 6,000 species. The subfamily occurs in most parts of the world and most species live in humus and ground litter. Dr. Herman made pioneering use of the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in his studies of genus Bledius. These beetles are found worldwide, burrow in moist sand, and feed on interstial algae. The SEM helped reveal structural details of the mouthparts that were useful in the classification of the group. His use of the SEM continues. Dr. Herman’s recent field work in Vietnam and Nicaragua to Argentina for his studies of the Paederinae augments his prior extensive work in North and South America and Iran.


Herman, L.H. 2010. Generic revision of the Procirrina (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Paederinae: Pinophilini). Bulletin of the America Museum of Natural History 347: 1--78. 

Opitz, W., and L.H. Herman. 2009. Epiphloeinae Kuwert, 1893, and Ichneinae Spinola, 1841: Two names for the same subfamily of Checkered Beetles (Coleoptera: Cleridae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(2): 183--189.

Frisch, J., and L.H. Herman. 2008. Case 3439. Xantholinus gracilis Sperk, 1835 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation of prevailing usage by the designation of aneotype. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 65(2): 106--109.

Lott, D.A., and L.H. Herman. 2004. Lectotype designations for Carpelimus obscurus Stephens, 1834, and Astenus brunneus Stephens, 1833 (Col., Staphylinidae), a new synonymy and a nomen dubium. The Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine 140: 101--105.

Herman, L.H. 2004. Case 3264. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1804 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation of ten specific names. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 61: 83--89.

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