Aura Paucar-Cabrera

 
 
Photo:  Aura Paucar-Cabrera in the collection room at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 2000. Photo by F. Ocampo.

 

Aura Paucar is a PhD student at the University of Alicante-Spain and conducting her research in collaboration with Dr. Brett Ratcliffe (University of Nebraska) and Dr. Ronald Cave (University of Florida). For her dissertation she is conducting a faunistic survey on the tribe Pentodontini (Dynastinae) of Ecuador. Support for her field research and collections work was provided, in part, by a grant from the National Geographic Society (NGS 9936–16) to Brett C. Ratcliffe.

She studied her M.S. degree at the University of Nebraska (PEET-Graduates). For her M.S. research, she revised the genus Epectinaspis (Rutelinae: Anomalini). She completed a faunistic survey of the Rutelinae of Ecuador for her Licenciatura degree at the Catholic University of Quito.

Her research includes the systematics of New World Rutelinae and Dynastinae as well as scarab larvae.

Currently she designs and upgrades the web pages of the University of Nebraska State Museum-Entomology Division.




Aura Paucar-Cabrera
URL:
mybiofun.com
E-MAIL: aurapcn@yahoo.com

   
 

EDUCATION
PhD. student in Conservation and Biodiversity. University of Alicante. Graduate Advisors: Dr. Estefanía Micó, Dr. Brett Ratcliffe, and Dr. Mary Liz Jameson.

MSc.in Entomology, Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Graduate Advisors: Dr. Brett Ratcliffe, Dr. Mary Liz Jameson. Degree received: December 2001.

Licenciatura in Biological Science, Department of Exact and Natural Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Advisor: Dr. Giovanni Onore. Degree received: November 1998.

 

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF PROFESSIONAL INTEREST
- Zoogeography, evolution, and systematics of the New World scarabaeoid beetles.
- Taxonomy and natural history of scarab beetle larvae.
- Web page design of electronic publications about natural sciences.
- Environmental education.
- Agroecology.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2007-present. Owner of Bioadventures (mybiofun.com)

2004- present. Webmaster of sites hosted at http://museum.unl.edu/research/entomology. University of Nebraska State Museum.

Dec 2014-Feb 2015. Consultant. Smart Land Project, Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja-Ecuador. Development of the Museum of Biological Collections MUTPL website.

Jan 2014-Apr 2014. Associated researcher and consultant. Museo de Invertebrados de la Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja, Ecuador.

Jun 2008-Oct 2014. Medical Interpreter and Translator and webmaster of CHI Health Language Access Department internal website. Development of scheduling system for all hospitals and clinics using SharePoint. CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska.

2001-2004. Microbiologist. University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Lincoln, Nebraska.

1999-2001. Research Assistant, Division of Entomology, University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska.

1998-1999. Research Assistant for the project: "Epidemiological role of Rhodnius ecuadoriensis (Reduviidae: Triatominae) in Ecuador". Financially supported by TDR-WHO. Instituto Juan César García.

1995-1996. Curator's assistant at the Museum of Invertebrates (QCAZ) of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.

PUBLICATIONS
Donoso, D.A., Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2015. Editors: Forensic Sciences Special Volume. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas 36:1.

Paucar-Cabrera, A., D. Marín, C. Zaragoza, A. Castro, D. S. Maldonado. CISEC, the Insect Collection of Southern Ecuador. Scarabs Newsletter, 75: 7-11.

Moore, M. R., M. L. Jameson and A. Paucar-Cabrera. 2014. Taxonomic and nomenclatural changes in the anticheirine scarabs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). Insecta Mundi 0392: 1-20.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. y Andrew Herman. 2010. Ciencia, Arte y Educación. La Visión de una Empresa de Biólogos. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina 21(2): 7-8.Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2005. A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador. Zootaxa 948: 1-92.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini). Coleopterists Bulletin Monographic series vol II.

Morón, M. A. and A. Paucar-Cabrera. 2003. Larvae and pupae of species of the genus Macraspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). The Canadian Entomologist 135: 437-491.

Jameson, M. L., A.Paucar-Cabrera and A. Solís. 2003. synopsis of the New World genera of anomaline scarabs (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini) and description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(4):415-432.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Description of the third instar larvae of Dynastes hercules (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). In: The Dynastes of Panama and Costa Rica. Brett Ratcliffe. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16:1-506.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. and A.B.T. Smith. 2002. Description of the third instar larvae of Platycoelia gaujoni and Platycoelia lutescens (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini). Coleopterists Bulletin 56(3): 438-445.

Abad-Franch, F., A. Paucar C., C. Carpio C., C. A. Cuba Cuba, H. M. Aguilar V., M. A. Miles. 2001. Biogeography of Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in Ecuador: Implications for the design of control strategies. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 96(5):611-620.

Abad-Franch, F., F. Noireau, A. Paucar C., H. M. Aguilar V., C. Carpio, J. Racines V. 2000. The use of live bait traps for the study of sylvatic Rhodnius (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) populations in palm trees. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 94:629-630.

Smith, A.B.T. and A. Paucar C. 2000. Taxonomic review of Platycoelia lutescens Blanchard (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini) and a description of the use of this species as food by the people of the Ecuadorian highlands. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93:408-414.

Aguilar, V. H. Marcelo , Fernando Abad Franch, José Racines V, Aura Paucar C. 1999. Epidemiology of Chagas disease in Ecuador, a brief review. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz Vol 94(1): 387-393.

Books:

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2007. Mi primer libro sobre mariposas y polillas del Ecuador.  Bio-graphica International.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2007. Mientras duermes.  La aventura de los animales nocturnos del Ecuador. Bio-graphica International.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2008. While you are sleeping.  The adventure of South American nocturnal animals. Bio-graphica International.

Manuscripts in preparation:

  1. Paucar-Cabrera, A., B. Ratcliffe and R. Cave. Dynastinae of Ecuador.
  2. Lasso, D. y A. Paucar-Cabrera. Scarab beetles as part of the diet of the bat Micronycteris megalotis in the northwestern Ecuador. Museo de Zoología, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  3. Paucar-Cabrera, A and A. B. T. Smith.  Larval description and key to two species of Brachysternus Philippi and Philippi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini).
 

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2006. Reuni
ón Latinoamericana de Scarabaeoidología.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2006. Key to Epectinaspis species.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2005. Profiles to the genera: Anomalorhina and Balanogonia.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2004. Profiles to the genera: Elcarmeniella, Parisolea, Parisoleoides, and Promacropoides.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001. Overview of the tribe Anomalini (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae), genera of the New World.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001. Profiles to the genera: Anomala, Anomalacra, Callirhinus, Callistethus, Chelilabia, Dilophochila, Epectinaspis, Leptohoplia, Mazahuapertha, Nayarita, Popillia, Rugopertha, Strigoderma, and Yaaxkumukia.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001.Profiles to the species of Epectinaspis.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2000. Monographic research on the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Rutelinae: Anomalini).

 
WEB PAGE DESIGN

University of Nebraska State Museum-Entomology Division

Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles

Scarabaeoidea of Southern South America

Faunistic Survey of the Dynastinae of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador

Scarab Workers World Directory.
 
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SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

Ratcliffe, B.C. and R.D. Cave. 2006. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 21: 1-424. Carbon pencil and ink habitus of Orizabus botox.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2005. A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador. Zootaxa 948: 1-92. Carbon pencil and ink habitus.

Jameson, M. L. and K. Wada. 2004. Revision of the genus Peltonotus Burmeister (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from Southeastern Asia. Zootaxa 502: 1-66. Ink and carbon pencil drawings.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini). Coleopterists Bulletin Monographic series vol II. Ink drawings.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Description of the third instar larvae of Dynastes hercules (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). In: The Dynastes of Panama and Costa Rica. Brett Ratcliffe. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16:1-506. Ink drawings.

Jameson, M. L., A.Paucar-Cabrera and A. Solís. 2003. synopsis of the New World genera of anomaline scarabs (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini) and description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(4):415-432. Ink drawings.

Morón, M. A. and A. Paucar-Cabrera. 2003. Larvae and pupae of species of the genus Macraspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). The Canadian Entomologist 135: 437-491. Ink drawings.

Paucar-Cabrera, A. and A.B.T. Smith. 2002. Description of the third instar larvae of Platycoelia gaujoni and Platycoelia lutescens (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini). Coleopterists Bulletin 56(3): 438-445. Ink drawings.

Jameson, M. L., B. C. Ratcliffe, and V. Maly. 2002. Review of the genus Acrobalbia with remarks on its classification, and a key to the world genera of Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Folia Heyrovskyana 10(1): 1-15. Ink drawings.

 
TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2000. Teaching Assistant, Insect Identification (Entomology 116). Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska.

1999. Workshop of scarabs and dung beetles. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador.

 

FIELD RESEARCH AND PROFESSIONAL TRAVEL

2014-Present. “Arca de Noé” Project. Dynastines of the Podocarpus National Park and Yacuri National Park. Funded by SENESCYT. Ecuador.

2014-2015. Co-editor of the Forensic Sciences Special Volume. Revista Ecuatoriana de Medicina y Ciencias Biológicas. Ecuador.

2000. Montreal, Ottawa; Canada (collection research, 1 week).

2000. Belém, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo; Brazil (collections research, 2 weeks).

1997. Insects, micro-mammals, and reptiles collecting in the southern provinces of Ecuador (15 days).

1999. Research assistant in the project "Epidemiological role of the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius ecuadoriensis (Reduviidae: Triatominae) in Ecuador". Loja, Ecuador (10 days).

1998. Conduction of the survey "Prey Selection by the insectivorous bat Mycronycteris megalotis, at Otonga Reserve, a Noroccidental Cloudy Forest" (15 days).

1995. Research assistant in the project "Chiroptera species of Morona Santiago Province- Ecuador".

Oct 1997- Nov 1997. Instituto de Ecologia Xalapa-Mexico, Veracruz, Mexico. Research assistant/fieldwork assistant.

1996-1998. Numerous collecting trips to all Ecuadorian provinces (except Galapagos) for the project: "A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador".

 

 

 

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