The Department of Natural Sciences
Evolutionary history of fruit flies, family Drosophilidae
Phone: (646) 660-6203
Location: Rm 906B, 23rd St. building
Valerie Schawaroch received her Ph.D. in October 2000 from The Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (Biology: ecology, evolution and behavior). She subsequently served as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project conducted at the American Museum of Natural History.
“I study the evolutionary history of fruit flies in the family Drosophilidae. My research employs both molecular and morphological techniques to identify species and determine relationships among these species. Molecular techniques employed are DNA isolation, PCR amplification (to make copies of trace amounts of DNA) and DNA sequencing (to read the genetic code of the fly species). The morphology or external features of these tiny flies are examined with traditional light microscopes as well as the scanning electron microscope and the confocal laser scanning microscope. My current collaborations are with researchers at the American Museum of Natural History, The City College of New York and The Newark Museum.”
Klaus, A.V., V. Kulasekara and V. Schawaroch. 2003.
Three-Dimensional Visualization of Insect Morphology Using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy. Journal of Microscopy. In press.
Schawaroch, Valerie. 2002.
Phylogeny of a paradigm lineage: the Drosophila melanogaster species group (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 76: 21-37. http://www.blackwell-synergy.com
Brower, A. V. Z. and V. Schawaroch. 1996.
Three steps of homology assessment. Cladistics. 12: 265-272. http://www.sciencedirect.com/, 13: 34-40.