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Heidi Hopkins
Ph.D. Candidate

Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Museum of Southwestern Biology
167 Castetter Hall, MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Voice mail: (505) 277-8949
Email (replace (AT) with @): hhopkins(AT)unm.edu
Curriculum vitae PDF

My research interests include evolutionary biology, particularly mechanisms of speciation and phylogenetic relationships, and biogeography. I use cockroaches to explore questions in these areas. I am also interested in cockroach mating systems and parenting behaviors, and the origins of sociality in insects.

My dissertation research is a revisionary monograph of the genus Arenivaga (Blattodea, Polyphagidae, Polyphaginae. This is an extraordinary group of desert cockroaches in one of the more basal families of cockroaches. This work includes identifying and describing new species, discovering the evolutionary relationships between the species in this genus, discovering and describing the biogeography of the genus, and writing a key to the genus.

My goals are to teach biology at the college level, to continue researching cockroach behavior, phylogeny, evolution and biogeography, and to produce the first field guide to the world's roaches.

Grants Awarded
  • 2/24/10 Smithsonian Institution Short-Term Visitor Grant - $1200
  • 3/5/10 Jessup Fellowship for Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences - $1250
  • 5/4/10 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant from AMNH in support of work in the field - $1500
Presentations and Awards
  • 4/2/10 19th Annual Research Day, Dept. of Biology, UNM "A Revision and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Genus Arenivaga (Blattodea, Polyphagidae); Review of the Literature and Search for Characters."
  • 12/12-12/15/10 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Second Place Award: "A Revision of the Genus Arenivaga Rehn (Blattodea, Polyphagidae, Polyphaginae)" in the graduate poster competition, Systematic and Evolutionary Biology section.
 

Heidi Hopkins
Heidi Hopkins

Heidi Hopkins
Heidi Hopkins

Heidi Hopkins
Heidi Hopkins

Arenivaga with ootheca
Arenivaga with ootheca

Female Arenivaga
Female Arenivaga

 
 

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