NCEAS Project - Abstract

Understanding the extent and cause of tropical insect diversity is challenging and comprehending that diversity generally requires two approaches: 1) rigorous surveys and taxon inventories of insects at particular sites; and 2) reconstructing quantitative food webs demonstrating trophic interactions between species. Those two approaches lead to insights on the structuring of insect communities and encompass the major goals of my NCEAS project, which synthesizes extensive biodiversity and genetic datasets for a dominant group of parasitic wasps from Costa Rica.

Datasets to be analyzed at NCEAS

Inventory of the Lepidoptera larvae and parasitoids of a tropical dry forest, cloud forest and rainforest database of the Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) in Costa Rica (in collaboration with D.H. Janzen and W. Hallwachs)

Barcode of Life Data Systems (in collaboration with Alex Smith)


Various caterpillars parasitized by microgastrine wasps (photo credits: D.H. Janzen and W. Hallwachs)

The photo at the top of the page was taken at Carpinteria State Beach (by Lorenzo Rodriguez).

Josephine J. Rodriguez, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

National Center for Ecological

    Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

735 State St., Suite 300

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 892-2522

Starting August 2013

Assistant Professor of Biology

Department of Natural Sciences

University of Virginia’s College at Wise

1 College Ave.

Wise, VA 24293