Andrea Acurio

Researcher - Curator of the Terrestrial Invertebrates Collection

Ecuadorian scientist with experience in Taxonomy, Systematics, Ecology and Evolution of Diptera. Andrea completed a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences at the Universidad Católica de Quito, Ecuador. In 2009, Andrea received a SENESCYT scholarship from the government of Ecuador that allowed her complete an Official Master's Degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, ​​Spain where she also completed an International Doctorate in collaboration with the University of California Berkeley, USA thanks to an FI-DGR fellowship granted in 2010 by the Autonomous Community of Catalonia, Spain. In 2015, she started working as a postdoctoral researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) at the Jacques Monod Institute, Paris.

Since March 2018, Andrea is part of the Charles Darwin Foundation as Curator of the Terrestrial Invertebrates Zoology Collection. Among her most relevant scientific contributions are: The first report of invasive species of Diptera in the Ecuadorian Amazon (Yasuní National Park). The discovery and phylogenetic analysis of a new fly species endemic from the Ecuadorian coast (Machalilla National Park) and the list of species and geographic records of Drosophilidae (Diptera) for Ecuador.

Among the awards she has received is the Mary Stopes Travel Award 2013, awarded by the Willi Hening Society in Germany. Andrea enjoys the field work, she has performed specimens collections in natural areas of Ecuador, Mexico, the United States and São Tomé Island in Africa. Andrea worked with us until March 2021.


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