Catherine N. Duckett
Systematic Entomologist

Systematics is the study of biological diversity and its classification. Central questions include questions include the almost gossipy "who is related to whom?", which scientifically translates into drawing phylogenetic trees. Other goals include description and documention of new taxa and morphological features. Moreover, a phylogenetic tree which has morphological features or ecologicaltraits such as host plant use, mapped on can be used to test evolutionary hypotheses.

I work on the taxonomy and systematics of the Chrysomelidae or the leaf beetles. The main focus of my work is on the phylogeny of flea beetles (Alticini: Galerucinae). In the past I have focused on the Oedionychines (like Alagoasa aurora) with Karl Kjer, here at Rutgers, however, we are expanding our work. Besides phylogeny, I am interested in the evolution of mimicry, evolution of larval morphologies, and host-plant use patterns .My current projects are described in greater detail below.



              Alagoasa
"aurora"

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Beetle Images

Rutgers University
Blake Hall
93 Lipman Dr.
New Brunswick NJ 08901-8524

 


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