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Eliana Buenaventura

  • PHD
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • National Museum of Natural History Department of Entomology
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Research interests

SystematicsSarcophagidaePhylogeneticsMolecular phylogenyMale genitaliaHomologyDiptera

About

I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I studied music during my childhood, but once I fell in love with insects, there was no return back to the music. Although, I still enjoy playing oboe. I got my bachelor degree at Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas in Bogota with a thesis focused on taxonomy, distribution and biology of the Sarcophagidae of forensic importance of Colombia. For my master degree at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, I specialized in phylogenetics and taxonomy at the laboratory of Insect Systematics, with Dr. Carlos Sarmiento and Dr. Thomas Pape as supervisors. My master thesis consisted in a revision of the New World and largely Neotropical genus Peckia, which is one of the richest genus of sarcophagids in this region. Species of Peckia breed on vertebrate excrements and carrion, including human corpses, and have forensic and medical importance. I revised 67 species and described nine new species for science. Illustrations, photographs and a taxonomic key for all species were also provided. During my master studies, I had two short trainings: one with Dr. Catia Mello-Patiu at Museu Nacional in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and one with Dr. Thomas Pape at Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen (Denmark). As a master student, I was four times awarded wiht a scholarship by the Program for Outstanding Postgraduate Students of the Universidad Nacional. During those years, I also worked as editor assistant of Revista Colombiana de Entomología, which is the official scientific publication of the Colombian Society of Entomology (SOCOLEN). As a young researcher, I worked at the Laboratory of trophic networks at Universidad Militar Nueva Granada. There, I gained experience in field work and taxonomy of insects of agro-ecosystems of the Savanna of Bogota. Later, I got full-time job as a forensic entomologist at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences of Colombia. I finally could combine my training in taxonomy and phylogenetics with applied entomology. This institute is in charge of studying forensic evidences in criminal investigations. There, I gained experience on taxonomic identification of insects collected in human cadavers, which includes mostly flies and beetles of several families. I also characterised life cycles, succession patterns, and used insects as indicators of the post-mortem interval. Few years later, I also worked as a researcher/porfessor at Tecnológico de Antioquia where I performed faunistic studies of carrion flies in collaboration with colombian colleagues. In 2011, I moved to Copenhagen, Denmark in order to start my PhD studies at the Natural History Museum of Denmark/ University of Copenhagen. Early in 2015, I defended my PhD thesis entitled "Morphological and Molecular Evolution of flesh flies of Sarcophaginae". During my PhD, I got a PhD scholarship of Colciencias (Colombia) and I was awarded with a predoctoral fellowship of the Smithsonian Institution (USA). I finished 2015 with a post-doctoral stage at North Carolina State University, where I started a research on Phylogenomics of the flesh flies (Diptera: Sarcophagidae). Currently, I am still interested on the morphological evolution of phallic structures of males of Sarcophaginae. These intricate structures are known to provide signal to reconstruct the phylogenetic relationships of flies of Sarcophaginae, as well as many other insect groups. I am also using traditional PCR-based molecular studies as well as more modern Anchored Hybrid Enrichment to produce a robust phylogeny of sarcophagids. I continue to refine my technical skills in phylogenetic and biogeographic methods, through inspiration of the facinating world of flies.

Co-authors (15)

  • Eduardo Amat
  • Marjolaine Giroux

Publications (5)

  • DNA barcoding for identifying synanthropic flesh flies (Diptera, Sarcophagidae) of Colombia

    • Buenaventura E
    • Valverde-Castro C
    • Wolff M
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  • Corrigendum to “Multilocus and multiregional phylogeny reconstruction of the genus Sarcophaga (Diptera, Sarcophagidae)” (Mol. Phylogen. Evol. 107 (2017) (619–629) (S1055790316304535) (10.1016/j.ympev.2016.12.028))

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    • Pape T
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  • Molecular phylogeny of the hyperdiverse genus Sarcophaga (Diptera: Sarcophagidae), and comparison between algorithms for identification of rogue taxa

    • Buenaventura E
    • Whitmore D
    • Pape T
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  • Multilocus and multiregional phylogeny reconstruction of the genus Sarcophaga (Diptera, Sarcophagidae)

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    • Pape T
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  • Molecules and morphology unite Sarcophaga (Stackelbergeola) Rohdendorf and S. (Rohdendorfisca) Grunin within megadiverse Sarcophaga Meigen (sensu lato) (Diptera, Sarcophagidae)

    • Zhang M
    • Buenaventura E
    • Pape T
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Professional experience

Postdoctoral Fellow

National Museum of Natural History Department of Entomology

May 2016 - Present

Education

Natural History Museum of Denmark, Biosystematics

University of Copenhagen

November 2011 - March 2015(3 years)

Biology

Universidad Nacional de Colombia

January 2008 - December 2010(3 years)

Licenciatura en Biología

Universidad Distrital Francisco José de Caldas

January 2001 - August 2006(6 years)