Josephine Rodriguez

Josephine RodriguezJosephine Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Biology
NSF S-STEM at UVa-Wise, Principal Investigator

Phone: 276.376.3439
Office: Science 132


  • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.S. Biological Sciences, San Jose State University
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, San Jose State University

Courses Taught

  • BIO 1020: Introduction to Biological Diversity
  • BIO 1021: Introduction to Biological Diversity Lab
  • BIO 2020: Ecology and Evolutionary Processes
  • BIO 2050: Evolutionary Processes
  • BIO 3270: Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIO 4950: Entomology (Special Topics)
  • ENV 4980: Environmental Science Seminar I
  • ENV 4990: Environmental Science Seminar II
  • SEM 1010: Freshman Success Seminar
  • SEM 1020: Freshman Skills Seminar

Research Interests

  • Insect biodiversity
  • Broadening STEM participation

Professional Experience

  • 2014-2015: Smithsonian Institution Fellow: Department of Entomology, National Museum of Natural History (summer)
  • 2010-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

Selected Awards and Honors

  • 2019-2024: NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM), Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) 1833781: Bridging the Natural Sciences and Liberal Arts to Increase Retention, Graduation, and Career Preparedness, Principal Investigator ($650,000)
  • 2016: Rising Star Award, UVA-Wise
  • 2016: Ecological Society of America (ESA) Education Scholar
  • 2015: Professor of the Year Award, UVA-Wise Student Government Association
  • 2013: Iconella jayjayrodriguezae (Braconidae: Microgastrinae) a new species of wasp named in my honor

Selected Publications

* denotes mentored undergraduate
** denotes mentored high school student

Bullion*, C., M. Huguenin**, J. Vance and J. Rodriguez. Phenological Shifts Detected for Zygoptera in the Context of an Ongoing Inventory of Odonata. Lux: Undergraduate Scholarship at UVa-Wise. (in review)

Fernández-Triana, J., C. Boudreault, T. Dapkey, M.A. Smith, J. Rodriguez, W. Hallwachs and D.H. Janzen (2016). Revision of the genus Promicrogaster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with a key to all species previously described from Mesoamerica. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 50: 25-79

Fernández-Triana J.L., J.B. Whitfield, J.J. Rodriguez, et al. (2014). Review of Apanteles sensu stricto (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, northwestern Costa Rica, with keys to all described species from Mesoamerica. ZooKeys 383: 1–565

Rodriguez, J.J., J.L., Fernández-Triana, M.A. Smith, D.H. Janzen, W. Hallwachs, T.L Erwin and J.B. Whitfield. (2013). Extrapolations from field studies and known faunas converge on dramatically increased estimates of global microgastrine parasitoid wasp species richness (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Insect Conservation and Diversity 6: 530–536

B.J. Abraham and J. Rodriguez. September 2012, posting date. Investigating the Ecology of West Nile Virus in the United States. Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology Vol. 8: Practice #3 [online]

Smith, M.A., … J. Rodriguez, et al. 2012. Wolbachia and DNA Barcoding Insects: Patterns, Potential, and Problems. PLoS ONE 7(5): e36514

Quicke, D.L.J., … J.J. Rodriguez, et al. 2012. Utility of the DNA barcoding gene fragment for parasitic wasp phylogeny (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonoidea): data release and new measure of taxonomic congruence. Molecular Ecology Resources 12: 676–685

Whitfield, J.B., J.J. Rodriguez and P.K. Masonick*. (2009). Reared microgastrine wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from Yanayacu Biological Station and environs (Napo Province, Ecuador): diversity and host specialization. Journal of Insect Science 9: article 31: 1-22

Janzen, D.H., … J.J. Rodriguez, et al. (2009). Integration of DNA barcoding into an ongoing inventory of complex tropical biodiversity. Molecular Ecology Resources 9, s1: 1-26

Smith, M.A., J.J. Rodriguez, J.B. Whitfield, A.R. Deans, D.H. Janzen, W. Hallwachs and P.D.N. Hebert. (2008). Extreme diversity of tropical parasitoid wasps exposed by iterative integration of natural history, DNA barcoding, morphology and collections. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 105: 12359-12364

Selected Recent Presentations

“Bridging STEM with the Liberal Arts: Teachers First and Mentors Always” Keynote Address, Co-Presented with Chancellor Donna Henry, 2017 Central Appalachia STEM Summit. Virginia Tech Southwest Center, Abingdon, VA (2017)

“Introduction to Entomology” for the Virginia Master Naturalists High Knob Chapter. Wise, VA (2017)

“Exploring the diversity of microgastrine braconid parasitoid wasps from Area de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) Costa Rica” Virginia Tech Department of Entomology, Invited Seminar. Blacksburg, VA (2016)

“Diversity of Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) at the UVa-Wise Wetlands” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC (poster) (2016) (with Austin Marshall)

“Assessment of Restoration Efforts on the University of Virginia’s College at Wise Campus” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, NC (poster) (2016) (with Michael Hinkle)