Hopkins, Heidi

From MolEvol

Ph.D. Candidate


Department of Biology
University of New Mexico
Museum of Southwestern Biology
167 Castetter Hall, MSC03 2020
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

  • Voice mail: (505) 277-8949
  • Email (replace (AT) with @): hhopkins(AT)unm.edu


My research interests include evolutionary biology, particularly mechanisms of speciation, phylogenetic relationships at the species level, and biogeography. I use cockroaches to explore questions in these areas. I am also interested in cockroach mating systems and parenting behaviors, and the origins of sociality in insects.

My dissertation research is a revisionary monograph of the genus Arenivaga (Blattodea, Corydiidae, Polyphaginae). This is an extraordinary group of desert cockroaches in one of the more basal families of cockroaches. My research includes identifying and describing new species, discovering the evolutionary relationships between the species in this genus, discovering and describing the biogeography of the genus, and writing a key to the genus.

I graduate in May 2014 and head to a postdoc at Rutgers University, NJ. My goals are to teach biology at the college level, to continue researching cockroach behavior, phylogeny, evolution and biogeography, and to produce the first field guide to the world's roaches.