I study the taxonomy and systematics of parasitoid wasps. This means I describe new species, giving them names and a formal description so that they can be identified by scientists and the public (taxonomy), and also look at how those species are related to each other through time (systematics). I have just completed my PhD on a group of wasps called the Microgastrinae. These wasps are parasitoids of butterfly and moth caterpillars, and are really important in the environment for controlling caterpillar populations.

I am passionate about outreach, and hold a Masters in Science Communication Outreach from the Australian National University, where I spent a year travelling around to schools and helping to run public science exhibitions with the Questacon Science Circus.

I have worked as a science communicator for a not-for-profit science outreach organisation, developing and presenting workshops and interactive science shows to school children and the public.

I give numerous talks and interactive lectures on insects, wasps and biodiversity every year to community groups or schools, and love sharing the wonderful world of insects with people.

Find out more about my day-to-day life as I was completing my PhD  at my blog (suitable for school students) or check out my published research. or there’s some videos and media links here!

I do work in the lab, but my favouriite part of entomology is being in the field – below is a video of a recent Bush Blitz trip to the Great Victoria Desert in South Australia!

Bush Blitz in three minutes.

Posted by Erinn Fagan-Jeffries on Friday, 29 September 2017