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.
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