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Samanta Orellana Arevalo

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Grad Research Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4601
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Evolutionary Biology
The College of Lib Arts & Sci

Biography: 

Guatemalan biologist and entomologist, interested in taxonomy, systematics and evolution of neotropical fungus weevils (Curculionoidea: Anthribidae). Currently pursuing a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the School of Life Sciences of Arizona State University. Research Assistant in Dr. Nico Franz Lab and the ASU Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center.

 

Research and scientific outreach profiles:

 

Education: 

Ph.D. Student, Evolutionary Biology, Arizona State University (2019-present)

MSc. in Entomology, University of Panama (2018)

BSc. in Biology, University of San Carlos of Guatemala (2014)

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Eugonus robustus Jordan (Anthribidae)

Anthribidae

A specimen of Eugonus robustus Jordan (Anthribidae) from Panama, imaged at ASU Biocollections by Samanta Orellana.
Panama

Neotropical forests

Tropical forest in San Lorenzo, Panama. Photo by Samanta Orellana.
Fieldwork

Fieldwork

Samanta Orellana collecting fungivorous beetles in Panama. Photo by Yusseff Aguirre.
Collection UCR

Collection work

Samanta Orellana examining Anthribidae specimens at the University of Costa Rica. Photo by Jairo Mora.
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Research Interests: 

My research focuses on the taxonomy, systematics and biodiversity of the family Anthribidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea), commonly known as fungus weevils. My main interest is the neotropical Anthribidae fauna, but I am also interested in the evolution and biogeography of pantropical groups. I have previous publications about the diversity of fungivorous Coleoptera of Guatemalan and Panamanian tropical forests and, in 2015, I co-edited a field guide about the Insects of Guatemala (updated and reprinted in 2018). Due my research activities, I have experience on entomological field work and entomological collections management and digitization.

Publications: 

Orellana, K.S. & Barrios, H. (2021). Catalogue of the Anthribidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of Panama, including new country records and a key to genera. Zootaxa 4904 (1), 1-71. https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4904.1.1

Orellana, S. & Barrios, H. (2018). Abundancia de Coleópteros (Insecta: Coleoptera) en dos órdenes de macrohongos (Basidiomycota) de un bosque tropical de Panamá. Scientia Panamá 28(1): 45-59. 10.5281/zenodo.3968793

Yoshimoto, J., Cano, E.B. & S. Orellana (Editors) (2018). “Insectos de Guatemala: Guía de Identificación (Insects of Guatemala: Identification Guide)”. Second Edition. Guatemala: University Del Valle of Guatemala, The Museum of Natural History and the Biology School of San Carlos of Guatemala University. (Book).

Orellana, S. & M. Quezada. (2015). “Efecto de la conformación del paisaje en coleópteros (Insecta: Coleoptera) asociados a macrohongos de la Ecorregión Lachuá, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala (Effect of landscape conformation on the coleopterans (Insecta: Coleoptera) associated with fungi of the Eco-region Lachua, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala)”. Revista Científica 25(1): 37-48. 10.5281/zenodo.3968462

Yoshimoto, J., Cano, E.B. & S. Orellana (Editors). (2015). “Insectos de Guatemala: Guía de Identificación (Insects of Guatemala: Identification Guide)”. Guatemala: University Del Valle of Guatemala and The Museum of Natural History of San Carlos of Guatemala University. (Book).

 

Presentations: 

Orellana, K.S. "Digitization of biological collections using the Guatemala Biodiversity Portal" (in Spanish). Guest lecturer, School of Biology, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala. February 2021.

Orellana, K.S. “Current studies on Central American Anthribidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea): The impressive diversity of fungus weevils in Panama”. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting (virtual). November 2020.

Orellana, K.S. “Promoting the digitization of Latin American entomological collections using Symbiota portals”. Equity, Justice and Inclusion in Ento: Making Entomological Collections Research more Accessible Mini Symposium. Entomological Collections Network Annual Meeting (virtual). October 2020.

Orellana, K.S. "Introduction to the Order Coleoptera". Guest lecturer, School of Agronomy, University of Costa Rica, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. October. 2020.

Orellana, K.S. “Digitization of Mesoamerican Biological Collections using Symbiota portals” (In Spanish). Mesoamerican Society of Biology and Conservation, I Virtual Meeting (virtual). October 2020.

Orellana, K.S. "Collection-based research: Discovering the Neotropical Anthribidae”. II Symposium of Evolutionary Biology, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Arizona (virtual). August 2020.

Orellana, K.S. "Relevance of entomological collections in the study of biodiversity: Research experiences in North and Central America” (in Spanish). Guest lecturer, School of Biology, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala. March 2020.

Orellana, K.S. “Research experiences in Central America: Tropical forests, beetles and collections”. II Symposium of Evolutionary Biology, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Arizona. August 2019.

Orellana, K.S. “New country records and range extensions for the Anthribidae (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) of Panama” (in Spanish). III Colloquium of Biology. University of The Valley of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala. October 2018.

Orellana, K.S. “Effect of landscape conformation on the coleopterans (Insecta: Coleoptera) associated with fungi of the Eco-region Lachua, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala” (in Spanish). Annual Scientific Meeting of the Chemical and Biological Research Institute. Faculty of Pharmacy and Chemical Sciences, University of San Carlos of Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala. September 2015.

Service: 

I am constantly volunteering in education and outreach activities about entomology, natural history collections management, and digitization in several Latin American countries (including Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Dominican Republic). I currently co-manage the Guatemala Biodiversity Portal, a Symbiota collections management portal, created with the help of Edward Gilbert and Dr. Nico Franz, and hosted at the Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center, at ASU.

In 2015, I co-edited and published a field guide about Insects of Gutemala, which has become an important resource for entomology students in Guatemala. Additionally, I manage a free website about Insects of Guatemala to facilitate the access to entomological information in the country for students, teachers and researchers.