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AURA PAUCAR-CABRERA

Aura Paucar-Cabrera, Aura Herman

  

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EDUCATION

  • M.S. Entomology, University of Nebraska Lincoln, December 2001
    • Thesis:Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini).

  • B.S. Biological Sciences, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Ecuador, November 1998
    • Thesis:A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of Ecuador.

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APPLIED EXPERIENCE

Alegent Health, Omaha, Nebraska

June 2008- Present

  • Medical Interpreter/Translator
  • Experience in interpretation including but not limited to pediatrics, cardiology, diabetes education, oncology, orthopedics, gastroenterology, ob/gyn, preparation for surgery and recovery, diagnostic tests (MRI, X-Rays, ultrasound, CT, mammogram, nuclear medicine, etc), patient assesments, neurology, maternal fetal medicine, urology, family medicine, physical/occupational therapy, emergencies, endocrinology, otolaryngology.
  • Phone interpretations.
  • English-Spanish translations.
  • Sight translations.
  • Webmaster of the Alegent Health Language Access Department internal
    web site

University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska

January 2005- Present

  • Scientific Illustrator (see some of her illustrations)
  • Division of Entomology:
  • Scarabs of southern South America
  • Dynastinae of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador

  • Division of Parasitology
  • mammal internal parasites

  • Expertise in: pen and ink, coquille board, carbon dust, color pencil, Photoshop: image scanning, touch-up and plate preparation.

July 1999-November 2002

  • Researcher and scientific illustrator
  • Scientific illustrator for the research “Systematics of the Asian scarab beetle genus Peltonotus (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae)”. 
  • Research assistant for the NSF-PEET project:  Monograph, phylogenetics, and developing expertise in New World pleurostict scarab beetles.
    • Data basing of insect specimens and entomological literature.
    • Entomological collection duties: specimen preparation, identification, labeling, storage.
    • Inter museum loan preparation.

University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, Lincoln, Nebraska

November 2002- October 2004

  • Research Technologist III
  • Perform cultures and identification for bacterial and fungal pathogens; including but not limited to Mycoplasma, Listeria, Leptospira, Escherichia, Salmonella, anaerobes, and select agents.
  • Performed serology and fluorescent antibody testing; including, but not limited to Streptococcus suis, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, Leptospira, Brucella canis and Ehrlichia canis serology.
  • Preparation of SOP for Leptospira culture and person in charge of cultures.
  • Documentation and tracking for the laboratory; verified accuracy and reporting of cases.
  • Communicate with clients daily and assist veterinarians with interpretation of results.
  • Identify internal and external parasites and perform egg counts from a wide variety of species.
  • Johne’s culture and identification.
  • Supervise five student workers.
  • Train new microbiologists in current lab techniques and protocols including laboratory managers.
  • Serve as an assistant supervisor in Dr. Cerny’s absence.
  • Research assistant for pulse-field gel electrophoresis for Moraxella bovis and Moraxella ovis.
  • Perform sensitivities to pathogens.
  • Preparation of media and plates for bacterial cultures.
  • In charge of laboratory maintenance and ordering of materials.  
  • Safety shipment of infectious agents.

International Communications Inc., Lincoln, Nebraska

July 2002

  • Interpreter Spanish and English
  • Served as interpreter between medical doctor and patient.

Instituto Juan Cesar García, Quito, Ecuador

August 1998- June 1999

  • Researcher
  • Researcherfor the project: "Epidemiological role of Rhodnius ecuadoriensis (Reduviidae: Triatominae) vector of Chagas disease in Ecuador".  Supported financially by TDR-WHO.
  • Put into operation a laboratory to rear triatomines for research.
  • Keeper of mice, hens and rabbits that supplied blood to the triatomines at the lab.
  • Collecting trips to El Oro, Pichincha and Loja, Ecuador.
  • Research trips to Loja, Ecuador.  Collection of patients’ blood, performed interviews and collected Triatomine specimens from patients’ houses.
  • Collecting triatomines in the field using mouse traps.
  • Preparation of specimens for the National Health Institute vector collection.
  • Identification of Triatominae specimens for the Catholic University Museum entomological collection.

Instituto de Ecologia Xalapa-Mexico, Veracruz, Mexico

October 1997- November 1997

  • Internship
  • Responsible for scarab beetle collections and field work.

Quito Metropolitan Zoo, Quito, Ecuador

March 1997- August 1997

  • Volunteer
  • Transportation of all the animals from the Colegio Militar Zoo to the new Quito Metropolitan Zoo.  Animals included lions, jaguar, pumas, ocelots, spectacle bears, brown bear, monkeys, tropical birds, condors, Andean fox, Galapagos tortoises, and alligators.
  • Assisting with anesthesia injection, translocation, weight and measurements, veterinary examination, chip placement, and food preparation.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

August 1995- July 1996

  • Curator’s Assistant
  • In charge of scientific insect collections.  Duties included specimen preparation, labeling, identification and collection keeper.

Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador

June 1996

  • Volunteer
  • At the scientific exhibition “Butterflies of Ecuador”.  Duties included advertisement, visitor tour and collection keeper.

Ecuadorian Museum of Natural Sciences, Quito, Ecuador

March 1993- June 1993

  • Volunteer
  • Curator’s assistant in the Orthoptera and Lepidoptera collections.

Rotary Club, Quito, Ecuador

January 1991

  • Interpreter Spanish and English
  • Served as interpreter between ophthalmologist and patients.

FIELD RESEARCH EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING

  • Montreal, Ottawa; Canada (collection research, 1 week). 2000.
  • Belém, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo; Brazil (collections research, 2 weeks). 2000.
  • Insects, micro-mammals, and reptiles collecting in the southern provinces of Ecuador (15 days). 1997.
  • Research assistant in the project "Epidemiological role of the Chagas disease vector Rhodnius ecuadoriensis (Reduviidae: Triatominae) in Ecuador". Loja, Ecuador (10 days). 1999.
  • Conduction of the survey "Prey Selection by the insectivorous bat Mycronycteris megalotis, at Otonga Reserve, a Noroccidental Cloudy Forest" (15 days). 1998.
  • Research assistant in the project "Chiroptera species of Morona Santiago Province- Ecuador". 1995.
  • Numerous collecting trips to all Ecuadorian provinces (except Galapagos) for the project: "A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador".1996-1998.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Earth Day Omaha. Booth, nature activities for kids. 2011.
  • September Fest, Omaha. Booth, nature activities for kids. 2010.
  • Earth Day Omaha. Booth, nature activities for kids. 2010.
  • Tutoring on Dreamweaver Studio 8 and Adobe Photoshop.  2007.
  • Collaboration at the event “Women in Science” to promote the career of Entomology to high school students.  Doane College, Crete, Nebraska. 2001
  • Collaboration at the insect festival “Bug Bash”, organized by the University of Nebraska, Entomology Department.  Lincoln, Nebraska. 2001      
  • Collaboration at the insect festival “Bug Bash”, organized by the University of Nebraska, Entomology Department.  Lincoln, Nebraska. 2000 
  • Collaboration as science judge at the Natural Sciences Fair organized by the Anna Zeman Elementary School, Lincoln Nebraska. 2000.
  • (Fall Semester). Teaching assistant of the course “Insect Identification” (Entomology 116).  Department of Entomology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2000
  • Collaboration at the insect festival “Bug Bash”, organized by the University of Nebraska, Entomology Department.  Lincoln, Nebraska. 1999  
  • Organizer and instructor of the workshop of scarabs and dung beetles. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador. 1999      

PUBLICATIONS

  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. and Andrew Herman. 2010. Ciencia, Arte y Educación. La Visión de una Empresa de Biólogos. Boletín de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina
    21(2): 7-8.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A.  2005.  A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador.  Zootaxa 948: 1-92.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A.  2003.  Description of the third instar larvae of Dynastes hercules (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae).  In.  The Dynastines of Panama and Costa Rica.  Brett Ratcliffe. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16: 1-506.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003.  Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini).  Coleopterists Bulletin Monographic series vol II.
  • Morón, M. A. and A. Paucar-Cabrera.  2003. Larvae and pupae of species of the genus Macraspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). The Canadian Entomologist 135:437-491.
  • Jameson, M.L, A. Paucar-Cabrera and A. Solís. 2003.  Synopsis of the New World genera of anomaline scarabs (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini) and description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(4):415-432.
  • Abad-Franch, F, H. M. Aguilar V., A. Paucar C, ES Lorosa, F Noireau.  2002.  Observations on the Domestic Ecology of Rhodnius ecuadoriensis (Triatominae). Meorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 97 (2): 199-202.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A and A. B. T. Smith.  2002. Description of the third instar larvae of Platycoelia gaujoni and Platycoelia lutescens (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini).      Coleopterist Bulletin 56 (3): 438-445.
  • Abad-Franch, F., A. Paucar C., C. Carpio C., C. A. Cuba Cuba, H. M. Aguilar V., M. A. Miles. 2001. Biogeography of Triatominae (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) in Ecuador: Implications for the design of control strategies. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz 96(5): 611-620.
  • Abad-Franch, F., F. Noireau, A. Paucar C., H. M. Aguilar V., C. Carpio, J. Racines V. 2000. The use of live bait traps for the study of sylvatic Rhodnius (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) populations in palm trees. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 94:629-630.
  • Smith, A.B.T. and A. Paucar C.  2000.  Taxonomic review of Platycoelia lutescens Blanchard (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini) and a description of the use of this species as food by       the people of the Ecuadorian highlands.  Annals of the Entomological Society of America 93:408-414. 
  • Aguilar, V, H. Marcelo, F. Abad-Frach, J. Racines V., A. Paucar C. 1999. Epidemiology of Chagas disease in Ecuador, a brief review. Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz Vol. 94(1): 387-397.

MANUSCRIPTS IN PREPARATION

  • Lasso, D. and A. Paucar-Cabrera. Scarab beetles as part of the diet of the bat Micronycteris megalotis in the northwestern Ecuador. Museo de Zoología, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A., F. Ocampo, and A. B. T. Smith.  Larval description and key to three species of Brachysternus Philippi and Philippi (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini).

ELECTRONIC PUBLICATIONS

  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. Mary Liz Jameson. 2010. Scarabs for Kids.
    URL: http://www.unl.edu/museum/research/entomology/Scarabs-for-Kids/home.html
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. Mary Liz Jameson. 2010. Escarabajos para Niños.
    URL: http://www.unl.edu/museum/research/entomology/Escarabajos-para-Ninos/principal.html
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2006. Reunión Latinoamericana de Scarabaeoidología.
    URL: http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/RELAS/home.html
  • Publications in the Guide to New World Scarab Beetles: 
    URL: http://www-museum.unl.edu/research/entomology/Guide/Guide-introduction/Guideintro.html
    • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2006. Key to Epectinaspis species.
    • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2005. Profiles to the genera: Anomalorhina and Balanogonia.
      Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2004. Profiles to the genera: Elcarmeniella, Parisolea, Parisoleoides, and Promacropoides.
    • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001. Overview of the tribe Anomalini (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae), genera of the New World. Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001. Profiles to the genera: Anomala, Anomalacra, Callirhinus, Callistethus, Chelilabia, Dilophochila, Epectinaspis, Leptohoplia, Mazahuapertha, Nayarita, Popillia, Rugopertha, Strigoderma, and Yaaxkumukia.
    • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2001.Profiles to the species of Epectinaspis.Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2000. Monographic research on the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Rutelinae: Anomalini).

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION

  • Ratcliffe, B.C. and R.D. Cave. 2006. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 21: 1-424. Carbon pencil and ink habitus of Orizabus botox.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2005. A catalog and distributional analysis of the Rutelinae of Ecuador. Zootaxa 948: 1-92. Carbon pencil and ink habitus.
  • Jameson, M. L. and K. Wada. 2004. Revision of the genus Peltonotus Burmeister (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae) from Southeastern Asia. Zootaxa 502: 1-66. Ink and carbon pencil drawings.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini). Coleopterists Bulletin Monographic series vol II. Ink drawings.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Description of the third instar larvae of Dynastes hercules (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). In: The Dynastes of Panama and Costa Rica. Brett Ratcliffe. Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 16:1-506. Ink drawings.
  • Jameson, M. L., Paucar-Cabrera, A., Solís, A. 2003. synopsis of the New World genera of anomaline scarabs (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini) and description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 96(4):415-432. Ink drawings.
  • Morón, M. A. and Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2003. Larvae and pupae of species of the genus Macraspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini). The Canadian Entomologist 135: 437-491. Ink drawings.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. and A.B.T. Smith. 2002. Description of the third instar larvae of Platycoelia gaujoni and Platycoelia lutescens (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anoplognathini). Coleopterists Bulletin 56(3): 438-445. Ink drawings.
  • Jameson, M. L., B. C. Ratcliffe, and V. Maly. 2002. Review of the genus Acrobalbia with remarks on its classification, and a key to the world genera of Cyclocephalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Folia Heyrovskyana 10(1): 1-15. Ink drawings.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. Systematics and Phylogeny of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini).  Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. December 2001.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. Systematics and Phylogeny of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini).  Thesis defense, University of Nebraska, Lincoln. December 2001.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. The New World Anomalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) and a description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Poster.  Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, EEUU.  March 2001.
  • Laso-Meza, D.O. , & Paucar-Cabrera, A. Scarabaeidae as diet of the insectivorous bat Mycronicteris megalotis. III Latin American Reunion of Scarabaeoidology.  Quito, Ecuador, March 2001.
  • Ocampo, F. C. , & Paucar-Cabrera, A. Distributional patterns of the Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Ecuador: a study applying Parsymony Analysis of Endemicity (PAE).  Poster.  III Latin  American Reunion of Scarabaeoidology.  Quito, Ecuador, March 2001.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. Overview of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis Blanchard (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae:       Rutelinae: Anomalini). III Latin American Reunion of Scarabaeoidology.  Quito, Ecuador, March 2001.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. The New World Anomalini (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae) and a description of a new genus from Costa Rica. Entomological Society of America/Entomological Society of Canada, Montreal, Canada, 4-7 December 2000.
  • Ocampo, F. C. and Paucar-Cabrera, A. Distributional patterns of the Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Ecuador: a study applying Parsymony Analysis of Endemicity (PAE). Entomological Society of America/Entomological Society of Canada, Montreal, Canada, 4-7 December 2000.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. A preliminary overview of the Neotropical genus Epectinaspis Blanchard (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Anomalini). International Congress of Entomology. Iguazu, Brazil, 20-26 August 2000.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. A faunistic survey of the Rutelinae (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae) of Ecuador. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis. Lincoln, USA, April 2000.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. A Faunistic Survey of the Rutelinae (Scarabaeidae) of Ecuador. Entomological Society of America, National Science Fundation-Partnerships in Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET) meeting, Washington, D. C, March 1999.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. A faunistic survey of the Rutelinae (Coleoptera : Scarabaeidae) of Ecuador. Entomological Society of America Meeting. Atlanta, USA, 12-16 December 1999.
  • Abad-Franch, F., Paucar-Cabrera, A., H.M. Aguilar V. and J. Racines V. Vectors of Chagas disease in Ecuador (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Triatominae). Zoogeography and a preliminary morphometric study. Poster Simposio International sobre avanz no conhecimento da doença de Chagas 90 anos apos a sua descoberta, FIOCRUZ. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 1999.
  • Lasso, D., P. Jarrín, Paucar-Cabrera, A. "The insectivorous bat Mycronicteris megalotis is selective or opportunistic?" XX1I Biology Congress of Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador, November 1998.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. "Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of Ecuador: Catalogue, Zoogeography and Biological Notes". Licenciatura thesis, Biology Department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Quito, Ecuador, November 1998.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. "Zoogeographical Distribution of Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Ecuador". III Latin American Reunion of Scarabaeidology. Xalapa, Mexico, October 1997.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. "Zoogeographical Distribution of Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Ecuador". XX1 Biology Congress of Ecuador. Guayaquil, Ecuador, November 1997.
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. "Zoogeographical Distribution of Anomala Samouelle and other Rutelinae (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in Ecuador". XX Biology Congress of Ecuador. Esmeraldas, Ecuador, November 1996.

OTHER PUBLICATIONS (Writer and illustrator)

  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2007. Mi primer libro sobre mariposas y polillas del Ecuador (My first book on butterflies and moths from Ecuador).
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. (In prep.). Mientras duermes.  La aventura de los animales nocturnos del Ecuador (While you are sleeping.  The adventure of Ecuadorian nocturnal animals).
  • Paucar-Cabrera, A. 2008. While you are sleeping.  The adventure of South American nocturnal animals.

 GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • 2001. International affairs, travel grant.
  • 2000. Sigma Xi student travel grant.
  • 2000. Initiative for Ecological and Evolutionary Analysis travel support.
  • 2000. Swenk Fund Grant, Department of Entomology University of Nebraska, travel grant.
  • 2000. International affairs, travel grant.
  • 1999-2001. Masters Degree in Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, scholarship by the National Science Foundation/Partnerships in Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy.
  • 1999. Swenk Fund Grant, Deparment of Entomology University of Nebraska, travel grant.
  • 1995. Recognition at the University Career Fair Exhibition, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador.
  • 1992. First place award in Genetics in the III National Inter-School Biology Contest "Dr. Carlos Chiriboga"
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