Jennifer C. Giron Duque

Graduate student
Haworth Hall, room 6002

Jennifer is a doctoral student in the lab of Andrew Short.

She is interested in morphology, phylogeny, systematics, biodiversity and biogeography of beetles.

Research: 

I will study how particular morphological characters vary in scavenger beetles, in relation to the ecological niche they occupy, as a way to reconstruct the evolutionary history of niche shifting and diversification of acidocerine hydrophilids. Phylogeny, systematics, ecology and distribution will be considered in order to tackle this questions.

I am also interested on the systematics, diversity and biogeography of Neotropical broad nosed weevils. 

Publications: 

- Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. 2012. Phylogenetic assessment of the Caribbean weevil genus Lachnopus Schoenherr, 1840 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Invertebrate Systematics 26: 67–82.

- Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. 2010. Revision, phylogeny, and historical biogeography of the genus Apodrosus Marshall, 1922 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Insect Systematics & Evolution 41: 339-414.

- O'Brien, C. W., J. C. Ciegler & J. C. Girón. 2010. Weevils of the genus Cercopeus Schoenherr from South Carolina, USA (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Insecta Mundi 0141: 1-29.

- Franz, N. M. & J. C. Girón. 2009. Scelianoma elydimorpha, a new genus and new species of entimine weevil from southwestern Puerto Rico (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Neotropical Entomology 38: 219-230.

- Girón, J. 2007. Estudio de los Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) depositados en el Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle. Boletín del Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle 8(1): 34-37.

- Girón, J. 2006. A note on Colombian Entiminae. Curculio 52: 6-7. Girón, J. 2006. Observación de Strepsiptera (Stylopidae) sobre avispas papeleras Polistes erytrocephalus Latreille en Cali. Boletín del Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle 7(1): 32–33.

Education: 

B.Sc. in Biology, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

M.Sc. in Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Teaching: 

- Full time professor at Universidad Santo Tomás (Villavicencio, Meta, Colombia) for the Environmental Engineering Faculty (2012-2015): Biology, Ecology, Research in engineering

- Teaching assistant at the University of Puerto Rico (Mayaguez, PR), for the Biology Department (2009-2010): Animal Biology, Animal Organismal Biology, General Zoology, Introduction to Entomology

Professional Presentations: 

Girón, J. C. & A. E. Z. Short. Exploring morphological characters associated with habitat transitions in water scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Evolution Meeting, Austin, TX. June 2016. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. C. & A. E. Z. Short. Review of the water scavenger beetle genus Helobata Bergroth (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae: Acidocerinae). Annual meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. November 2015. Contributed oral paper.

Girón, J. C. The genus Lachnopus and its species L. curvipes (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae): cases of study on Caribbean endemism and radiation. IV Network of Neotropical Biogeography, Panama, Panama. January 2015. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Estudios en la subfamilia Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) en el caribe. IV Congreso Colombiano de Zoología, Cartagena, Colombia. November 2014. Contributed oral paper.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. A review of distributional data on Colombian entimine weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. November 2013. Poster presentation.

Girón J. C. Estado actual del conocimiento de la subfamilia Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) en Colombia. 40° Congreso de la Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología. Bogotá, Colombia. July 2013. Contributed oral paper.

Girón J. C. La Colección de Invertebrados de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Role Model - HHMI summer course, Zoology. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, PR. June 2012. Invited oral contribution.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Lachnopus curvipes Fabricius 1787 and its radiation on the Caribbean region (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. November 2011. Contributed oral paper.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Preliminary insights into the phylogeny of the genus Lachnopus Schoenherr 1840 (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 2010. Contributed oral paper.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Revision and phylogeny of the Caribbean weevil genus Apodrosus Marshall (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN. December 2009. Contributed oral paper.

Cardona-Duque, J. & J. C. Girón. La descripción de especies nuevas como un desafío morfológico. XXXVI Congreso de la Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología.  Medellín, Colombia. July 2009. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Historia taxonómica de la subfamilia Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae): un vistazo a los caracteres. XXXVI Congreso de la Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología. Medellín, Colombia. July 2009. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. & N. M. Franz. Towards a revision of the genus Apodrosus Marshall (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. November 2008. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. C. & N. M. Franz. Estado del conocimiento de la subfamilia Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) en Puerto Rico. XXXV Congreso de la Sociedad Colombiana de Entomología. Cali, Colombia. July 2008. Contributed oral paper.

Girón, J. & N. M. Franz. A morphological review and key to the Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) housed at the Museum of Entomology, Universidad del Valle, Colombia. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 2007. Poster presentation.

Girón, J. & N. Carrejo. Estudio de los Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) depositados en el Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle. II Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Santa Marta, Colombia. November-December 2006. Poster presentation.

Chamorro, J., R, González & J. Girón. 2006. Estado del conocimiento y organización de la información de la Familia Tettigoniidae (Orthoptera: Ensifera) en el Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle. II Congreso Colombiano de Zoología. Santa Marta, Colombia. November-December 2006. Poster presentation.

Major Field Experience: 

Colombia (2004-2006; 2009)

Dominica (2009)

Dominican Republic (2008)

Puerto Rico, including Vieques Island (2007-2010)

Suriname (2016)

United States (CA, 2007; AZ, 2009, 2012)

Collections Visited: 

- Charles W. O’Brien Collection (CWOB; AZUSA)

- National Museum of Natural History (USNM; Washington D.C., USA) 

- Museum of Entomology and Tropical Biodiversity, Río Piedras (MEBT; San Juan, Puerto Rico)

- Museo Nacional de Historia Natural, (MHND; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic)

- Colección de Entomología de la Universidad de Antioquia (CEUA; Medellín, Colombia)

- Instituto Alexander von Humboldt (IAvH; Villa de Leyva, Colombia)

- Museo Francisco Luís Gallego de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (MFLG; Medellín, Colombia)

- Museo Javeriano de Historia Natural (MPUJ; Bogotá, Colombia)

- Museo de Entomología de la Universidad del Valle (MUSENUV; Cali, Colombia)

- Museo Entomológico de la Facultad de Agronomía de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia (UNAB; Bogotá, Colombia).

Professional Societies: 

Member of the Entomological Society of America. 2007 to present.

Member of the Center for Systematic Entomology. 2012 to present.

Member of the Network for Neotropical Biogeography. 2012 to present.