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Welcome to the BugsCEP website

BugsCEP is a piece of free research and teaching software based around a database of Coleopteran (beetle) habitat, ecology, distribution and Quaternary fossil records. It can be used to simply look up information on particular taxa, or as part of more complex habitat studies using built in climate and environmental reconstruction tools. The software is aimed at ecologists working with both modern and fossil Coleoptera.

Click here for a summary of the scope of the BugsCEP database.

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BugsCEP allows you to create and maintain any number of sites and species lists with abundance or presence/absence data in an MS Excel like interface. Sampled habitats can easily be summarized with built in reporting functions which extract the relevant ecology and distribution information for the species at the chosen site.

Click here for an overview of BugsCEP's tools and features.

An overview of BugsCEP's features, past use and potential can be found in Buckland, P.I., 2014. The Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package (BugsCEP) database: 1000 sites and half a million fossils later. Quaternary International, 341, pp.272-282.

Click on the menu items above more information on BugsCEP's features, or use the Online Help for more detailed information on using the software (the help is duplicated in the program).

Click here or on the Download button above to see download and installation instructions.

Feel free to contact us for more information at the address below.

Data and new sites are continually being added, so keep in touch!

Happy bugging!

Please reference the use of BugsCEP with the following two citations, and include the date of download and program versions where data or methods are used:

Buckland, P.I. & Buckland, P.C. (2006). BugsCEP Coleopteran Ecology Package. IGBP PAGES/World Data Center for Paleoclimatology Data Contribution Series # 2006-116. NOAA/NCDC Paleoclimatology Program, Boulder CO, USA. URL: http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/insect.html

Buckland, P.I. (2007). "The Development and Implementation of Software for Palaeoenvironmental and Palaeoclimatological Research: The Bugs Coleopteran Ecology Package (BugsCEP)". PhD thesis, Environmental Archaeology Lab., Department of Archaeology & Sámi Studies. University of Umeå, Sweden. Archaeology and Environment 23, 236 pp + CD. Available online: http://www.diva-portal.org/umu/abstract.xsql?dbid=1105

Data queries: paul.buckland (at) bugscep.com

All other queries and help: phil.buckland (at) bugscep.com or phil.buckland (at) arke.umu.se

For more information on who funded and helped to realise BugsCEP, click here.

Last edited: April 29, 2016