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Dr Juanita Rodriguez Arrieta

Pronouns: she,her,hers

Hymenoptera Senior Research Scientist


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Juanita Rodriguez is a research scientist at the Australian National Insect Collection. Her research focuses on the use of morphological and molecular data to study the systematics, diversification, evolution and historical biogeography of terrestrial arthropods. Most of her research has been dedicated to Hymenoptera, more specifically ants and spider wasps (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae). Recent projects include the use of long read sequencing and transcriptomics to study the evolution of venoms in spider wasps.

She grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, where she obtained her B.Sc and M.Sc degrees at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. In 2014 she obtained her Ph.D. at Utah State University. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Auburn University between 2014-2016.

In August, 2016 she joined the Australian National Insect Collection.

Current Roles

  • Curator of Hymenoptera
    Australian National Insect Collection

  • Principal Investigator
    Environomics Future Science Platform - Biodiscovery from collections

  • Principal Supervisor
    CERC postdoctoral fellowship - spider wasp venoms

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    Ph.D. Biology
    Utah State University

  • 2008

    M.Sc. Biology-Systematics and Taxonomy
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia

  • 2005

    B.Sc. Biology
    Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Professional Experiences

  • 2016-Present

    Research Scientist, Hymenoptera Curator
    Australian National Insect Collection - CSIRO

  • 2014-2016

    Postdoctoral fellow
    Auburn University

  • 2008-2014

    Graduate research assistant
    Utah State University

  • 2008-2014

    Graduate teaching assistant
    Utah State University

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