Graduate Students

The CUIC supports graduate (MS and PhD) research in a variety of ways. The CUIC provides reference material for insect identifications, provides information on species distributions, flight times, host and host-plant preferences, and provides material for studies of internal and external comparative morphology. The CUIC has had a long history of supporting and facilitating graduate research in entomology. Students in the graduate Field of Entomology are encouraged to deposit voucher specimens from their thesis research in the CUIC.

Current Students

Kyhl Austin

I am working in the CUIC to revise the Caribbean Archipini (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) as well as overseeing the curation of the Noctuoidea and the digitization of the Franclemont genitalia slide collection. I am broadly interested in the taxonomy and systematics of Lepidoptera with a particular fondness for more neglected families. I graduated from Davidson College in May 2018 with a B.S. in Biology and began my studies at Cornell in June 2018.

Selected publications

Austin, K.A., Nazari, V., Landry, J.-F., Johnson, S.R. 2017. “Lepidotarphius perornatella (Walker, 1864) (Lepidoptera: Glyphipterigidae) new to North America”. News of The Lepidopterists’ Society, 59(4): 182-184.

Austin, K.A., Dombroskie, J.J., Matthews, D.L., Miller, J.Y. 2019. A review of the Archipini of The Bahamas with the description of a new species of Argyrotaenia Stephens (Tortricidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists’ Society, 73(1): 5–17.

Grehan J.R., Mielke C.G.C., Ignatyev N., De Groof B., Austin K., Witt T.J. 2019. Three new species of Endoclita C. &. R. Felder, 1874 from northern Laos and Thailand (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae). Entomofauna, 40(2): 273–298.

Austin, K. A., Dombroskie, J.J. 2020. New Combinations in Neotropical Archipini and Atteriini (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae: Tortricinae), with the Description of a New Genus. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 122(1): 1–11.

Eiseman, C.S., Austin, K.A. Blyth, J.A., Feldman, T.S. 2020. New records of leaf-mining Tortricidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with the description of a new species of Grapholita. Zootaxa, 4748(3): 514–530.

Graduate Student Kyhl Austin at the CUIC
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