Purdue Entomological Research Collection

Jennifer Zaspel

Assistant Professor, Entomology
Director of Purdue Entomological Research Collection

Education

PhD, 2008, University of Florida
MS, 2004, University of Minnesota
BS, 2001, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

My research focuses on reconstructing the phylogenetic relationships among various groups of insects (mostly Lepidoptera or butterflies and moths) in order to better understand the evolution of their feeding and mating behaviors.

Contact

Email: jzaspel@purdue.edu
Phone: 765-494-4599
Office: Smith B16
Curriculum Vitae

Publications

Zaspel, J.M., Weller S.J., CT. Wardwell, R. Zahira & Wahlberg, N. 2014. Phylogeny and evolution of pharmacophagy in tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae). In Press: PLoS One.

Zaspel, J.M., C.H. Scott, S.R. Hill, V.S. Kononenko, Ignell, R., & Weller, S.J. Geographic distribution, phylogeny and genetic diversity of the fruit and blood feeding moth Calyptra thalictri Borkhausen (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Erebidae). In press: Journal of Parasitology.

Zaspel, J.M., Weller S.J., CT. Wardwell, R. Zahira & Wahlberg, N. 2014. Phylogeny and evolution of pharmacophagy in tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae). Under Revision: PLoS One.

Scott, C.H., Zaspel, J.M., Chialvo, P., & Weller, S.J. 2014. A preliminary molecular phylogenetic assessment of the lichen moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Lithosiini) with comments on palatability and chemical sequestration. Systematic Entomology 39(2): 286-303.

Zaspel, J.M., Coy, S., Habanek, K. & Weller, S.J. 2013. Presence and distribution of sensory structures on the mouthparts of self-medicating moths. Zoologischer Anzeiger 253: 6–10.

Scott, C.H., Zaspel, J.M., Chialvo, P., & Weller, S.J. 2013. A preliminary molecular phylogenetic assessment of the lichen moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Arctiinae: Lithosiini) with comments on palatability and chemical sequestration. Accepted pending Revisions: Systematic Entomology

Habanek, K. & Zaspel, J.M. 2012. Scientific Illustration: One Undergraduate's Experience. Online Publication: Oshkosh Scholar (Impact Factor N/A).

Zaspel, J.M., Zahiri, R., Janzen, D., Hoy, M.A., Weller, S.J. & Wahlberg, N. 2012. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the vampire moths and their fruit-piercing relatives (Lepidoptera: Erebidae: Calpinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 65: 786-793 (3.609 Impact Factor).

Zaspel, J.M., Weller, S.J., & Branham, M.A. 2011. A comparative survey of proboscis morphology and associated structures in fruit-piercing, tear-feeding and bloodsucking moths in the subfamily Calpinae (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Zoomorphology 130: 203-225 (1.283 Impact Factor).

Hill, S.R., Zaspel, J.M., Weller, S.J., Hansson, B.S., Ignell, R. 2010. To be or not to be... a vampire: a matter of sensilla numbers in Calyptra thalictri? Arthropod Structure and Development 39: 322-333 (2.122 Impact Factor).

Bybee, S., Zaspel, J.M., Beucke, K.A., Branham, M.A., Smith, B.W., & Scott, C.H. 2010. Are molecular data supplanting the use of morphological data in modern phylogenetics? Systematic Entomology, 35 (1): 2-5 (2.943 Impact Factor).

Zaspel, J.M. & Hoy, M.A. 2008b. Microbial diversity associated with the fruit-piercing and blood-feeding moth Calyptra thalictri (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101 (6): 1050-1055 (1.317 Impact Factor).

Zaspel, J.M. & Branham, M.A. 2008. World checklist of tribe Calpini (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae: Calpinae). Insecta Mundi 0047: 1-15 (Impact Factor N/A).

Zaspel, J.M. & Hoy, M.A. 2008a. Comparison of short-term preservation and assay methods for the molecular detection of Wolbachia in the Mediterranean flour moth Ephestia kuehniella. Florida Entomologist 91 (3): 494-497 (1.363 Impact Factor).

Zaspel, J.M., Weller S.J., & Cardé, R.T. 2008. A faunal review of Virbia (formerly Holomelina) for North America North of Mexico (Arctiidae: Arctiinae: Arctiini). Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 48 (3): 59-118 (Impact Factor N/A).

Zaspel, J.M., Kononenko, V.S., & Goldstein, P.Z. 2007. Another blood feeder? Experimental feeding of a fruit-piercing moth on human blood in the Primorye Region of Far Eastern Russia (Noctuidae: Calpinae: Calpini). Journal of Insect Behavior 20 (5): 437-451 (1.179 Impact Factor).

Zaspel, J.M. & Weller S.J. 2006. Review of generic limits and biogeographic patterns in the New World tiger moth genus Virbia (Arctiidae: Arctiinae). Zootaxa 1159: 1-68, 48 plates, 103 references (.927 Impact Factor).