Edda L. Martinez-Calez

Ph.D. student in Entomology
Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology

Edda Martinez

Mississippi State University, Box 9775
Mississippi State, 39762-9775
TEL: (662)325-2085, 2990

Major Professor: Richard L. Brown

Email: elm110@msstate.edu

 

 

 

B.S. Agronomy. 1997. University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.

M.S. Crop Protection (in the area of Entomology). 2002. University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
Thesis title: Martinez, E. 2003. Distribucion y abundancia de Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) en siembra comerciales de maiz en Puerto Rico.

Dissertation title: Tentative A revision and phylogenetic analysis of the New World species of Donacaula Meyerick and related Schoenobiinae (Lepidoptera: Crambidae)

I am studying the systematics of the genus Donacaula, a group of moths in the family Crambidae.  This genus has never been revised, and are species known only from their original descriptions.  My research project includes redescribing the genus and named species, and describing the new species, establishing the identity and monophyly of Donacaula, and to postulating the phylogenetic relationship of species in the Western Hemisphere.  My primary research interest is to continue working on this family and other groups of moths in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Professional Memberships
Alpha Zeta - Agriculture Honor Society, Puerto Rico chapter
Association of Southeastern Biologists
"Colegio de Agronomos de Puerto Rico"
Entomology and Plant Pathology-Treasurer 2005
Entomological Society of America
Future Farmers of America - College Chapter
Eta Gamma Delta - Beta Chapter
Lepidopterists Society
Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Awards and Honors Received
Pat and Linda Harris Scholarship
Justo Pratts Scholarship
Alpha Zeta - Agriculture Honor Society, Puerto Rico Chapter.

Selected Publications
Martínez, E. L. and R. L. Brown. 2006. Rediscovery of a lost species, Argyria rufisignella (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in Bibb County Glades Preserve, Alabama. The Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Science 51 (1). p. 115.

Brown, R. L and Martinez, E. 2004.  The Cactus Moth:  An Invading Pest. Information Brochure printed by MSU Printing Services.  Also available at following web site:  http://www.gri.msstate.edu/lwa/invspec/cactus_moth.php

Martínez, E. L. and R. L. Brown. In review. Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with redescription of Argyria rufisignella (Zeller). Submitted to Journal of the Lepidopterist‚ Society.

Posters
Martínez, E. L. and R. L. Brown. 2005. Rediscovery of a Lost Species, Argyria rufisignella (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in Bibb County Glades Preserve, Alabama. Poster-presented to: Mississippi Entomological Association: November 2-4, 2005 and Mississippi Academy of Science: February 23, 2006.

Martínez, E. L. and R. L. Brown. 2005. Argyriini (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama with redescription of Argyria rufisignella. Entomological Society of America: December 17, 2005 and Association of Southestern Biolologists: March 31,2006.

Martínez, E. L. and R. L. Brown. 2006. Acentropinae (Crambidae) of Mississippi and Alabama. Poster-presented to: Lepidopterists‚ Society: June 15, 2006 and MEA Oct. 26-28 2006.

Invited Presentations
Sampling and Identification Problems of the Cactus Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum). Richard L. Brown and Edda Martinez. Cactus Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) Detection Meeting.  Pensacola, FL. 29 June 04

The Cactus Moth: An Invading Pest. Edda Martinez and Richard L. Brown. Mississippi Entomological Association Annual Meeting. Mississippi State University, MS. 4 Nov. 04

Insect Collecting in Puerto Rico. Edda Martinez. 4-H Camp, Lowndes State Park, MS. Jun. 04

Distribution and Abundance of Helicoverpa zea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in commercial corn crops in Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus: Students and Professors - May 2003.

Parasitoids of the corn earworm: Distribution and Abundance in commercial corn crops in Puerto Rico. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus: Students and Professors - October 2000.

USDA APHIS Pest Detection Program. USDA PPQ Mayaguez Pier: Port Staff and Government Agency Representative of Dominican Republic - January 29, 2003.USDA APHIS Pest Detection Program. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus: Students and Professors - February 25, 2003.

Workshop "Basic Concepts in Entomology". USDA PPQ Mayaguez Pier: PPQ Technician -February 21 & 28, 2003.

Other Activities
Participated in William Cross Expeditions to Prairie Grove Glades, AL(2004) and DeSoto State Park and Little River Canyon National Preserve, AL (2005).

Participated in a collecting trip to Puerto Rico (Bosque Seco de Guánica) 2005.

Conducted research at Carnegie Museum (Pittsburgh), U. S. National Museum (Washington, D. C.), Florida State Collection of Arthropods (Gainesville, FL), American Museum of Natural History (New York City, NY).