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.
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.
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.