Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

Dr Erinn Fagan-Jeffries

Postdoctoral Research Associate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Erinn is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences. She researches the systematics of parasitoid wasps, in particular the subfamily Microgastrinae, a key group of caterpillar parasitoids.

I'm a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the School of Biological Sciences. I am currently researching the systematics of parasitoid wasps, in particular the subfamily Microgastrinae, a key group of caterpillar parasitoids. I am passionate about engaging the community in the process of biodiversity discovery and taxonomy, and run a citizen science project partnering schools with taxonomists to discover and describe new species from their local area.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2019 Postdoctoral Research Associate University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2020 Award PhD Research Excellence Award South Australian Science Excellence Awards Australia
    2019 Award Postgraduate All-Round Achievement Award University of Adelaide, School of Biological Sciences, Department of Ecology and Environmental Biology Australia
    2019 Award Early-Career Research Excellence Award Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Australia
    2019 Award Harold Woolhouse Prize Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Doctoral Research Medal The University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 Award Perform your Science winner-Audience Choice Inspiring South Australia Australia
    2017 Award Faculty of Sciences Three Minute Thesis winner-1st Place The University of Adelaide Australia
    2016 Achievement 2016 Australian FameLab Winner Australia
    2012 Award Michael Smyth Prize The University of Adelaide School of Earth and Environmental Sciences: Ecology, Evolution and Landscape Sciences Australia
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2018 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
    2014 Australian National University Australia Master of Science Communication Outreach
    2013 Deakin University Australia Graduate Certificate of Museum Studies
    2012 University of Adelaide Australia BSc (Hons)
  • Research Interests

  • 2020: Bush Blitz Tactical Taxonomy Grant $15 000 for description of new species of Glyptapanteles
  • 2020: Australian Citizen Science Association Seed Funding $1000 for trials of a school citizen science projec
  • 2019: Australian Biological Resources Study Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant (CI) $420 000 total funding for a three year Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2019: National Science Week South Australia Grant $1500 for a public outreach event during National Science Week
  • 2018: Australian Biological Resources Study Bush Blitz Tactical Taxonomy grant (CI) $15 000 for description of new species from Bush Blitz expeditions
  • 2018: Australian Biological Resources Study Student Travel Award $1500 for travel to the International Society of Hymenopterists Congress, Japan
  • 2018: Perform your Science Grant $2000 to develop public outreach on taxonomy & biodiversity for National Science Week
  • 2016: The University of Adelaide Research Abroad grant $2000 for travel to The University of Illinois
  • 2016: Australian Biological Resources Study Student Travel Award $1500 for travel to The International Congress of Entomology in Florida, USA
  • 2016: International Society of Hymenopterists Student Travel Award $1500 for to travel to The International Congress of Entomology in Florida, USA
  • 2015: Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)                                                                                    
  • 2015: Australian Biological Resources Study Award $30 000 over three years for a PhD Top-Up Scholarship
  • 2013: Australian Biological Resources Study Award $10 000 Honours Scholarship

2021: Course Coordinator & Lecturer, Evolution and Diversity of Insects III, The University of Adelaide

2021: Lecturer, Zoology II, The University of Adelaide

2020: Lecturer, Evolution and Diversity of Insects III, The University of Adelaide

2016-2019: Practical Demonstrator, Evolution and Diversity of Insects III, The University of Adelaide

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor Systematics of the Chalcid wasp genus Psyllaephagus (Hymenoptora: Encyrtidae) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Alana Rose Delaine
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Investigating the biodiversity of an unexplored subfamily of parasitoid wasps in Australia (Braconidae, Miracinae) The University of Adelaide Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) III Other Full Time Mollie Slater-Baker
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Diversity in the antennal sensilla of microgastrine parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), with an assessment of their phylogenetic utility. The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Michael Scholich
    2018 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Systematics and host associations of Labium parasitoid wasps (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Labeninae) using an integrated molecular (COI) and morphological approach The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Madalene Giannotta
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Secretary Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Australia
    2016 - 2020 Representative Australian Entomological Society Australian Entomological Society Australia
    2015 - ongoing Council International Society of Hymenopterists International Society of Hymenopterists Australia
  • Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Email: erinn.fagan-jeffries@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor G
  • Room: G 16
  • Org Unit: School of Biological Sciences

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