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Curriculum Vitae

Jadranka Rota

Research Interests: My research is focused on the systematics and biodiversity of Microlepidoptera. My doctoral work on metalmark moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) integrates molecular and morphological phylogenetics, alpha taxonomy, and evolutionary studies of various character systems unique to these handsome moths. Special emphasis is placed on the description of immature stages and choreutid behavior, both larval and adult. It also includes a section on modeling of the evolution of numerous morphological characters that appear to be highly homoplasious. Two especially noteworthy behaviors that receive attention include jumping spider mimicry in adults of the genus Brenthia and predator/parasitoid escape mechanisms in larvae of the same genus.


Education:

BS 1998 Biology , University of Zagreb (upper level GPA 4.0, overall 3.85), Diploma Thesis: Butterflies of Paklenica National Park. Advisor: P. Durbesic.

MS 2003 Entomology, University of Connecticut (GPA 4.0), Masters Thesis: Choreutidae (Lepidoptera) of La Selva Biological Station (Costa Rica): Taxonomy, Ultrastructure of Immature Stages, and Life History. Advisor: D. L. Wagner.

PhD Expected Dec 2007 Entomology, University of Connecticut (GPA 4.0), Doctoral Dissertation: Morphology, Systematics, and Behavior of the Family Choreutidae (Lepidoptera). Advisor: D. L. Wagner.


Professional Experience:

Research Assistant, University of Connecticut, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology shared molecular facility: in charge of maintaining the ABI 3100 sequencer

Curatorial Assistant for Dr. Jane O'Donnell, University of Connecticut, Systematic Collections, spring semester 2003 and 2004

Research Technician for Dr. David Wagner, University of Connecticut: in charge of insect rearing, macrophotography, database management, image capture and manipulation, summers 2001-2003

Novice Scientific Associate, Department for City Development Planning and Environmental Protection, City of Zagreb, Croatia, 1999-2000

Research Assistant, University of Zagreb, Department of Zoology, spring 1999


Teaching:

University of Connecticut: graduate teaching assistant

BIOL 102 Foundations of Biology Laboratory: fall 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and spring 2001 and 2002

BIOL 102 Foundations of Biology Course Administration: spring 2005 and 2006

BIOL 108 Principles of Biology II Laboratory: fall 2004

EEB 286 General Entomology Laboratory: fall 2002 and 2006

EEB 284/284W Medical Entomology Laboratory Đ spring 2007

EEB 458 Principles and Methods of Biological Systematics Laboratory: fall 2003

University of Zagreb

General Zoology: undergraduate teaching assistant in fall 1995 and spring 1996

General Entomology Laboratory: graduate teaching assistant in spring 1999


Fellowships:

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut, Graduate School (Summer 2006)

Graduate Pre-Doctoral Fellowship , University of Connecticut, Graduate School (Spring 2004)

City of Zagreb Fellowship (academic years 1996/97 and 1997/98)


Grants:

External

2006-2007: NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, Systematics and Morphology of Metalmark Moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) ($10,989)

2004: Harvard University, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Travel Fund, Taxonomy of Choreutidae (Lepidoptera: Choreutoidea) ($1421)

2003: Organization for Tropical Studies, F. Christian and Betty Thompson Fellowship, A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Revisited: Jumping Spider Mimicry in Metalmark Moths ($300)

Internal

2001-2006: University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Penner, DeCoursey, Slater, and EEB Endowments (totaling $3,353)

2004: University of Connecticut, Center for Conservation Biology and Biodiversity, Jumping Spider Mimicry in Metalmark Moth Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) ($750)


Honors and Awards:

2007: elected to Phi Beta Kappa

2004: The Entomological Society of America President's Prize, honorable mention for outstanding student poster

2004: The Lepidopterists' Society, Harry K. Clench Memorial Award for outstanding student poster

2004: Teaching Excellence Award, University of Connecticut, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, for exceptional teaching at 200's level or above

2003: The Entomological Society of America President's Prize for outstanding student presentation

2003: elected to Sigma Xi


Theses:

Rota, J. 2003. Choreutidae (Lepidoptera) of La Selva Biological Station (Costa Rica): Taxonomy, Ultrastructure of Immature Stages, and Life History. MasterŐs Thesis, University of Connecticut.

Rota, J. 1998. Butterflies of Paklenica National Park. Diploma Thesis, Department of Zoology, University of Zagreb. [In Croatian]


Refereed Publications:

Wagner, D. L., J. Rota, & T. L. McCabe. Larva of Abablemma Nye (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Hypenodinae) with notes on lichenivory and algivory in Macrolepidoptera. Accepted by the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Rota, J. & D. L. Wagner. 2006. Predator Mimicry: Metalmark Moths Mimic Their Jumping Spider Predators. PLoS ONE 1(1): e45. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000045.

Rota, J. 2005. Larval and pupal descriptions of the Neotropical choreutid genera Rhobonda Walker and Zodia Heppner (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 98:37-47.


Non-refereed Publications:

Wagner, D. L. & J. Rota. 2006. Evasive prey mimicry in a tropical tortricid? News of the LepidopteristsŐ Society 48 (4): 115.

Rota, J. 2000. Flying flowers and jewels. EuroCity, Croatian Railroads Travel Magazine, Zagreb 2000 (3): 48-53. [In Croatian and German]

Rota, J. 1999. Butterflies of Paklenica National Park. Croatian Natural History Society Journal Priroda, Zagreb 89 (868): 26-27. [In Croatian]


Digital Publications:

Co-author on Moths of La Selva Web Site. [http://ghostmoth.eeb.uconn.edu/moths]


In Preparation:

Rota, J. Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae): Description of the Immature Stages and Their Natural History.

Rota, J. Predator/Parasitoid Escape Mechanism in Metalmark Moth Larvae of the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae): Being in Two Places at Once.


Press Coverage:

Apr 2, 2007. UConn Advance. Mimicry an Effective Survival Strategy for Tiny Metalmark Moth by Cindy Weiss.

Feb 14, 2007. National Geographic News. Moths Escape Spiders by Mimicking Them, Study Says by John Roach.

Dec 27, 2006. Hungarian National Geographic Website. Ragadoz—nak ‡lc‡zott zs‡km‡ny by Pesthy G‡bor.

Dec 21, 2006. LiveScience. Hunted Becomes Hunter as Moths Mimic Spiders by Charles Q. Choi (featured on Yahoo and Fox news and a number of other online news portals in at least five languages).


Museum Experience:

2002-2006 U.S. National Museum of Natural History: examination and photography of choreutid type specimens, digital photography of Costa Rican Lycaenidae and Riodinidae for Moths of La Selva website (total time ca. 2 weeks);

2002 and 2006 The Natural History Museum, London: examination and photography of choreutid type specimens (total time ca. 3 weeks);

2002-2005 Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Costa Rica: identification of Costa Rican choreutids and digital photography of Costa Rican Papilionidae and Satyridae for Moths of La Selva website (total time ca. 4 weeks);

2001-2002 American Museum of Natural History: identification of neotropical Lepidoptera, digital photography of specimens for Moths of La Selva website (total time ca. 1 week);

2000 Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen, Innsbruck, Austria: identification of Croatian butterflies (total time 1 week);

1995-1999 Museum of Natural History, Zagreb, Croatia: curation and inventory of the butterfly collection and creation of the atlas of Croatian Lycaenidae (total time ca.1 year).


Field Experience:

2001-2005 Collection of Lepidoptera and other insects in Braulio Carrillo National Park and at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica (Project ALAS) (total time ca. 5 months);

2001-2006 All Taxa Biological Inventory (ATBI) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, USA, Lepidoptera twig (total time ca. 1 month);

2003 Organization for Tropical Studies course OTS 2003-1 Tropical Biology: An Ecological Approach held at various sites in Costa Rica (total time ca. 2.5 months);

1997-2001: Collection of butterflies in Paklenica National Park, Croatia (total time ca. 5 months).


Invited Presentations:

Rota, J. Challenges and Progress in Choreutoidea and Sesioidea. Symposium on Genitalic Homology Challenges in the Lepidopteran Tree of Life organized by Susan Weller at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2006.

N. Bricker, Rota, J., and D. L. Wagner. Biodiversity of Tiger Moths (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) Along an Elevational Transect on the Atlantic Slope of Costa Rica. Symposium organized by John Longino titled: “Tropical Arthropod Diversity from Sea-level to Cloud Forest: Project ALAS results from the Barva Transect” at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2006.

Rota, J. Little Known Family of Microlepidoptera: Systematics, Life History, and Behavior of Metalmark Moths (Choreutidae). Connecticut Entomological Society Student Symposium, Storrs, CT, 2004.

Rota, J. Metalmark Moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) of La Selva: Systematics, Life History, and Behavior. Dr. J. T. Longino’s Tropical Biology Course, Evergreen State College, La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. 2004.

Rota, J. Predator/Parasitoid Defenses Employed by Members of the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). Connecticut Entomological Society Student Symposium, Storrs, CT, 2003. Oral presentation.


Contributed Presentations:

Rota, J. A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Revisited: Evolution of Jumping Spider Mimicry in Moths. Evolution 2006, SUNY Stony Brook, NY. 2006.

Rota, J. Jumping Spider Mimicry in the Metalmark Moth Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 2006.

Rota, J. Evolution of Morphology and Host Plant Utilization in Metalmark Moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 2005. Oral presentation.

Rota, J. Evolution of Complex Morphological Characters in Metalmark Moths (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society of America, Sierra Vista, AZ, 2005. Oral presentation.

Rota, J. Morphology and Natural History of Metalmark Moth Immature Stages (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Graduate Student Symposium, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 2005.

Rota, J. Biosystematics of the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2004. Poster presentation.

Rota, J. Ultrastructure of Immature Stages of Hemerophila sp. 1 (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) from La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica, With Notes on Life History. The Annual Meeting of the LepidopteristsŐ Society, Washington, DC, 2004. Poster presentation.

Rota, J. Defensive Behavior of Larvae and Adults in the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Annual Meeting of the Lepidopterists' Society of America, Washington, DC, 2004. Oral presentation.

Rota, J. Fascinating Metalmark Moths from the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae): Morphology, Life History, and Behavior. The Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference, Storrs, CT. 2004. Oral presentation.

Rota, J. A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing Revisited: Jumping Spider Mimicry in Metalmark Moths from the Genus Brenthia (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae). The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2003. Oral presentation.

Rota, J. Metalmark Moth (Lepidoptera: Choreutidae) Fauna of La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica: Ultrastructure of Immature Stages and Life History. The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Ford Lauderdale, Florida. 2002. Oral presentation.


Professional Societies:

Connecticut Entomological Society (since 2001)

Society of Systematic Biologists (since 2002)

Entomological Society of America (since 2002)

Lepidopterists' Society (since 2002)

Organization for Tropical Studies (since 2004)


Service:

2006/2007 and 2007/2008: president of the Connecticut Entomological Society

2005/2006 and 2006/2007: committee member for the Invertebrate Systematic Collections at the University of Connecticut

2005/2006: vice president of the Connecticut Entomological Society

2004: member of organizing committee for NEEC 2004 (Northeast Ecology and Evolution Conference)

2002/2003-2006/2007: student representative for the Entomological Society of America Eastern Branch


Public Outreach:

Connecticut BioBlitz, member of Lepidoptera twig, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007

Greater Hartford Academy of Mathematics and Science, gave a presentation on jumping spider mimicry in metalmark moths, April 2007

Windham High School Experimenta, gave a presentation on jumping spider mimicry in metalmark moths and served as a judge for student posters, March 2007

All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, member of Lepidopteran BioBlitz, 2002, 2004, and 2006

La Selva Biological Station (Costa Rica) boot camp, 50th anniversary of the Organization for Tropical Studies, resource person, 2003




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