Jennifer C. Girón duque

Beetle morphology, taxonomy, biodiversity, and systematics

Since August 1 2020 I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the
Department of Entomology of Purdue University,
with Dr. Aaron Smith (Smith Insect Biodiversity Lab) on the
Coleoptera Anatomy Ontology Project.

My research focuses on beetle systematics and taxonomy, mainly on the Neotropical members of the subfamilies Entiminae (Curculionidae) and Acidocerinae (Hydrophilidae).

I'm also interested in beetle morphology, biological collections, and biodiversity informatics.


Latest papers on Acidocerine water scavenger beetles:

Short AEZ, Girón JC, Toussaint EFA (2021) Evolution and biogeography of acidocerine water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) shaped by Gondwanan vicariance and Cenozoic isolation of South America. Systematic Entomology.

Girón JC, Short AEZ (2021) Review of the Neotropical water scavenger beetle genus Tobochares Short & García, 2007 (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Acidocerinae): new lineages, new species, and new records. ZooKeys 1019: 93–140.

My first solo publication came out on December 30 2020: Girón JC (2020) Status of knowledge of the broad-nosed weevils of Colombia (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Entiminae). Neotropical Biology and Conservation 15(4): 583-674.

Entiminae de Colombia está disponible en español

I gave a talk about my postdoctoral work on the Coleoptera Anatomy Ontology at the annual meeting of The Coleopterists Society in December 2020. A recording is available here:

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I was the invited speaker for the Seminar Series of the Department of Entomology at Purdue University on September 12, 2020. I talked about the several ways in which I have used morphological traits in my research, and in my current role as the manager of The Coleoptera Anatomy Ontology Project.

A recording of the talk is avilable here:

These are my focal groups:

Apodrosus quisqueyanus Girón & Franz, 2010
Quadriops clusia Girón & Short, 2017