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K. Samanta Orellana Arévalo

Country of origin: Guatemala Currently in: United States, AZ General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2018 Master Biological Systems and Organisms
2014 Undergraduate Biological Systems and Organisms
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Biological Systems and Organisms

I am a Guatemalan Biologist and Entomologist. Currently, I am an Evolutionary Biology PhD Student and a Graduate Research Assistant in the Franz Lab of Insect Systematics and Evolution, Arizona State University. My current research is focused on resolving the higher-level systematics of the fungus weevils (Coleoptera: Anthribidae) and studying the biodiversity of weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) in Northern Mexico.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Yoshimoto, J., Cano, E.B. & S. Orellana (Editors). (2015). “Insectos de Guatemala: Guía de Identificación (Insects of Guatemala: Identification Guide)”. Guatemala: University of The Valley of Guatemala and The Museum of Natural History of San Carlos of Guatemala University. (Book).

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Higher Education Study


The Coleopterists Society
Entomological Society of America
Colegio Profesional de Farmacéuticos y Químicos de Guatemala
Prizes, Grants and Awards

Other Awards

Aug 2016
In Region Scholarship-DAAD
In Region Scholarship for Masters Studies 2016-2018, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).