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Rod Eastwood

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Rod Eastwood

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Research Interests

Phylogenetics and phylogeographics of Australian Lycaenidae and the evolution of lycaenid-ant mutualisms.

Current projects at Harvard University:

  • Phylogeny of Jalmenus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
  • Phylogeny of Theclinesthes and phylogeography of T. albocincta and T. hesperia (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
  • Phylogeny of Ogyris (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
  • Phylogeny of Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera)

Education and Research

2009-present Research Associate, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
2006-2008 Post-doc Harvard University: Phylogeny of Lycaenidae
2002-2006 PhD in Biology, Griffith University (including Fulbright Scholarship to Harvard University – 2003-2004). PhD thesis: Ant association and speciation in Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): consequences of novel adaptations and Pleistocene climate changes
2000-2001 BSc in Australian Environmental Studies with 1st Class Honours, Griffith University. Honours thesis: Molecular Phylogeny and Phylogeography of Acrodipsas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae)
1970 Production Engineering Certificate, Sydney Technical College, NSW

Awards

2006 Griffith University Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in the Doctor of Philosophy
2005 Phil Carne Prize, Australian Entomological Society
2005 Student presentation award 'I Econtro sobre Lepidoptera Neotropicais'
2003-2004 Fulbright Alumni WG Walker Memorial Postgraduate Award
2002 Australian Geographic Science Sponsorship
2002 Queensland Entomological Society Student Award
2002 APA Postgraduate Scholarship
2002 Griffith University Postgraduate Scholarship
2001 Griffith University Medal
2001 Patience Thoms Honours Scholarship
2000 Griffith University School of Environmental Sciences Medal
1999 Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence
1998 Griffith University Award for Academic Excellence

Teaching Experience

2008-2010 Harvard University Field Ecology course instructor, Sarawak, Malaysia
2006 Griffith University Field Ecology course supervisor, Sabah, Malaysia
2003 Griffith University Field Ecology, project supervisor
2002 Project Coordinator, Biodiversity Training Course, Vietnam
2001 Griffith University Advanced Population Biology, Genetics Tutor
2000-2002 Griffith University Field Ecology, instructor/technician

Publications

Braby, M. F., Eastwood, R. and Murray, N. (2012) The subspecies concept: has its application in taxonomy and conservation biology outlived its usefulness? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 106: 699-716.

Basset, Y., Eastwood, R., Sam, L., Lohman, D. J., Novotny, V., Treuer, T., Miller, S. E., Weiblen, G. D., Pierce, N. E., Bunyavejchewin, S., Sakchoowong, W., Kongnoo, P. & Osorio-Arenas, M. A. (2012) Cross-continental comparisons of butterfly assemblages in rainforests: implications for biological monitoring. Insect Conservation and Diversity 5(3): 1-11.

Vu, N. T., Eastwood, R. and Burckhardt, D. (2012) Life history, damage assessment and control of Trioza hopeae (Hemiptera: Psylloidea), a serious pest on Hopea odorata (Malvales: Dipterocarpaceae) in Vietnam. Entomological Research 42(1): 11-18.

Basset, Y., Eastwood, R., Sam, L., Lohman, D. J., Novotny, V., Treuer, T., Miller, S. E., Weiblen, G. D., Pierce, N. E., Bunyavejchewin, S., Sakchoowong, W., Kongnoo, P. & Osorio-Arenas, M. A. (2011) Comparison of rainforest butterfly assemblages across three biogeographical regions using standardized protocols. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 44: 17-28.

Eastwood, R. Kongnoo, P. and Reinkaw, M. (2010) Collecting and eating Liphyra brassolis (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in southern Thailand. Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera 43: 19-22.

Grund, R. and Eastwood, R. (2010) New Australian butterfly genus Jameela gen. nov. (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Polyommatinae: Polyommatini) revealed by morphological, ecological and molecular data. Entomological Science 13: 134-143.

Eastwood, R., Braby, M. F., Schmidt, D. and Hughes, J. M. (2008) Taxonomy, ecology, genetics and conservation status of the pale imperial hairstreak (Jalmenus eubulus) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae): a threatened butterfly from the Brigalow Belt, Australia. Invertebrate Systematics 22: 407-423.

Vu Thi Nga, Eastwood, R., Nguyen Thi Chat and Pham Van Lam (2008) Graphium agamemnon Linnaeus (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae), a pest of soursop (Annona muricata Linnaeus) in Vietnam: its biology and a novel method of control. Entomological Research 38(2): 174-177.

Eastwood, R., Braby, M. F., Lohman, D. J. and King, A. (2008) New ant-lycaenid associations and biological data for some Australian butterflies (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Entomologist 35: 47-56.

Vila, R. and Eastwood, R. (2006) Extrafloral nectar feeding by Strymon jacqueline Nicolay & Robbins, 2005 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini). Revista Peruana de Biología 13(1): 125-128. (PDF)

Vu Thi Nga, Eastwood, R., Nguyen Thi Chat and Pham Van Lam (2006) The fig wax scale Ceroplastes rusci (Linnaeus) (Homoptera: Coccidae) in southeast Vietnam: pest status, life history and biocontrol trials with Eublemma amabilis Moore (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Entomological Research 36: 196-201. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. and Vila, R. (2006) Congregación de Strymon jacqueline Nicolay & Robbins, 2005 (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae: Eumaeini) en nectarios extraflorales del cactus Neoraimondia arequipensis var. gigantea (Werdermann & Backeberg). Quepo 20: 28-35.

Vu Thi Nga, Eastwood, R., Nguyen Thi Chat and Pham Van Lam (2006) Breeding trials of Scymnus bipunctatus (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Chrysopa sp. (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae): potential biocontrol agents for the mealybug Dysmicoccus brevipes (Cockerell) (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) in Vietnam. Australian Entomologist 33(3): 115-122.

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Eastwood, R. Pierce, N. E., Kitching, R. L. and Hughes, J. M. (2006) Do ants enhance diversification in lycaenid butterflies? Phylogeographic evidence from a model myrmecophile, Jalmenus evagoras. Evolution 60(2): 315-327. (PDF)

Eastwood, R., Boyce, S. L. and Farrell, B. D. (2006) The provenance of Old World swallowtail butterflies, Papilio demoleus (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae), recently discovered in the New World. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99(1): 164-168. (PDF)

Eastwood, R., Kitching, R. L. and Hui Buu Manh (2005) Behavioral observations on the early stages of Jamides celeno (Lycaenidae) at Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam: an obligate myrmecophile? Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 59(4): 219-222. (PDF)

Braby, M. F., Trueman, J. W. H. and Eastwood, R. (2005) When and where did triodine butterflies (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) evolve? Phylogenetic and biogeographic evidence suggests an origin in remnant Gondwana in the Late Cretaceous. Invertebrate Systematics 19: 113-143. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. (2004) Successive replacement of tending ant species at aggregations of scale insects (Hemiptera: Margarodidae and Eriococcidae) on Eucalyptus in south-east Queensland. Australian Journal of Entomology 43: 1-4. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. and Hughes, J. M. (2003) Phylogeography of the rare myrmecophagous butterfly, Acrodipsas cuprea (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) from pinned museum specimens. Australian Journal of Zoology 51: 331-340. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. and Hughes, J. M. (2003) Molecular phylogeny and evolutionary biology of Acrodipsas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 27(1): 93-102. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. and Bean, A. R. (2002) Correcting erroneous larval food plant records: the case of Hypochrysops byzos (Boisduval) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Entomologist 29(4): 113-114.

Kitching, R. L., Eastwood, R. and Hurley, K. (2001) Butterflies and Wallace's Line: faunistic patterns and explanatory hypotheses within the south-east Asian butterflies. In: Faunal and Floral Migrations and Evolution in South East Asia/Australasia (eds. I. Metcalf, J. M. B. Smith, M. Morwood and I. Davidson) pp. 269-286. A. A. Balkema (Swets and Zeitlinger Publishers), Lisse. (PDF available on request)

Eastwood, R. and Fraser, A. M. (1999) Associations between lycaenid butterflies and ants in Australia. Australian Journal of Ecology 24: 503-537. (PDF)

Eastwood, R. (1999) An aberrant food-plant record for Jalmenus evagoras (Donovan) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Entomologist 26: 13-14.

Eastwood, R. and King, A. J. (1998) Observations of the biology of Arhopala wildei Miskin (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) and its host ant Polyrhachis queenslandica Emery (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Entomologist 25: 1-6.

Eastwood, R. (1997) Field observations on the symbiotic interactions of Ogyris genoveva (Hewitson) and Ogyris zosine (Hewitson) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) with Camponotus spp. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Australian Entomologist 24: 137-143.

Eastwood, R. (1997) An interesting local form and new larval hostplant of Hypochrysops byzos (Boisduval) (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Australian Entomologist 24: 37-38.

Eastwood, R. (1995) Additional records of butterflies taken at light in northern Queensland. Australian Entomologist 22: 77-78.

Eastwood, R. (1995) New distribution records of Hesperiidae and Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera) from northern Queensland. Australian Entomologist 22: 75-76.

Dunn, K. L. and Eastwood, R. (1991) Range extension for the butterfly Tagiades japetus janetta Butler (Lepidoptera: Hesperiidae) in Queensland. Australian Entomological Magazine 18: 91-93.

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Field trip to Peru 2004 - Huarez

Presentations

2012 Presentation: An Industrial Engineer’s Perspective on Digitization. iDigBio Specimen Digitization Tools and Practices Workshop, Columbus, OH.

2010 Presentation: Innovative Workflows for Efficient Data Capture in an Entomological Collection: The MCZ Rhopalocera (Lepidoptera) Rapid Data Capture Project. Entomological Collections Network, San Diego, CA.

2008 Presentation: Ant association and diversification in Lycaenidae: evidence from a model myrmecophile, Jalmenus evagoras. 'Towards a Unifying Theory of Cooperation and Mutualism', Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, Oeiras. Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal.

2007 Poster: Ant-attendance and the diversification of lycaenid butterflies. Biobutterfly 2007, Frascati, Italy.

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Field trip to Peru 2004 - Collecting the fabled Styx infernalis

2006 Seminar: Ant association and speciation in Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): consequences of novel adaptations and Pleistocene climate changes. National University of Singapore.

2006 Guest speaker: Ant association and speciation in Lycaenidae (Lepidoptera): consequences of novel adaptations and Pleistocene climate changes. Queensland Entomological Society, May meeting, Brisbane, Australia.

2005 Presentation: Do ants enhance diversification in Lycaenidae? Phylogeographic evidence from a model myrmecophile Jalmenus evagoras. Phil Carne Prize Presentation, Australian Entomological Society AGM, Canberra, Australia.

2005 Presentation: Ant-enhanced diversification in the Lycaenidae: evidence from a comparative analysis of the myrmecophilous genus Jalmenus. I Econtro sobre Lepidoptera Neotropicais, Campinas, Brazil.

2004 Presentation: Phylogeography of the obligate myrmecophile Jalmenus evagoras (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae): testing the mechanisms of 'ant-enhanced diversification'. Lepidopterists' Society AGM, Washington, USA.

2003 Poster: Phylogeography of the obligate myrmecophile Jalmenus evagoras (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). XIX International Congress of Genetics, Melbourne, Australia.

2002 Presentation: Molecular phylogeny of Acrodipsas (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Student prize presentation, Queensland Entomological Society, Brisbane.

Scientific Consultant

2003 Killer caterpillars. National Geographic Magazine, Washington
1998 The Ultimate Guide: Ants. Green Umbrella, Bristol for Discovery Channel
1997 Wildlife on One - The Butterfly, Beauty or the Beast. BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol
1996 Alien Empire: a Journey to the World of Insects. Part 5, Metropolis. BBC Natural History Unit, Bristol
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