Dr Federica Turco

Federica was born in Rome, Italy and moved to Australia in 2007 as a permanent resident.

Federica Turco

She graduated in Biology in March 2001 (110/110 cum laude) at the University "Roma Tre" with a dissertation on "Sexual and cleaning behaviour and related morphology in the genus Cerocoma (Coleoptera, Meloidae)".

In 2007 she joined the Queensland Museum after completing her PhD in Biology ("Roma Tre") with a project on "Multidisciplinary research on the phylogenetic reconstruction of the tribe Cerocomini (Coleoptera, Meloidae)". During her PhD she gained a good proficiency with molecular lab techniques as well as morphological and molecular data management.

Federica has worked in the field collecting beetles in Italy, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and Australia (Queensland, NSW and WA).

Federica also has lecturing experience at all levels. She taught basics of Environmental Sciences from primary to high school in Italy, and she had a long and intense didactic activity (theoretical and practical) at the University "Roma Tre" (Zoology, Entomology and Ethology).

Research interests

Federica's research interests include:

  • systematics, behaviour, faunistics and larval morphology of beetles (Coleoptera), focusing in particular on some Tenebrionoidea families (Meloidae, Zopheridae and Ripiphoridae).
  • ground beetles (Carabidae).
  • a multidisciplinary approach to systematics, using morphological and molecular data.

Professional Associations

  • Entomological Society of Queensland, joined July 2007
  • Society of Australian Systematic Biologists (SASB), joined December 2007.

Work experiences, Scholarships and Fellowships

2001: Contract to realise bibliographic databases at the Zoogeography and Systematic Zoology Laboratory (University "Roma Tre", Department of Biology).

Federica Turco

Contract at the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale di Lazio e Toscana (Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Latium and Tuscany) to work on the Blue Tongue National Action Plan, Entomological Surveillance Plan (Diptera, Ceratopogonidae, Culicoides).

2002: Fellowship for research to work on a historical and environmental atlas of Anzio and Nettuno area (Rome province); the study was commissioned by the Provincia di Roma (Province of Rome Administration) and by CROMA (University "Roma Tre", Rome). She was engaged in the faunistic analysis and in the historical review of malaria epidemics in the above-mentioned area.

2003: Fellowship for research on "Databases and cartography of the biodiversity" by the University "Tor Vergata" (Rome) carried out at the University "La Sapienza" (Rome), under the supervision of Prof. Augusto Vigna Taglianti. She worked on the database of ground beetles (Coleoptera, Carabidae) in Latium (Central Italy).

2003: Fellowship for research to carry out her Ph.D. project on "Multidisciplinary research on the phylogenetic reconstruction of the tribe Cerocomini (Coleoptera, Meloidae)".

2003-2006: Collaboration on a project on "Zoogeographical analysis of mediterranean-south african disjunct models of distribution in arthropods and vertebrates selected taxa using molecular and morphological techniques", granted by Italian Ministry of University and Research.

2004: Participation in the European program "FaunaEuropea" to create a taxonomic and geographical database on European fauna [Fauna Europaea Web Service (2004) Fauna Europaea version 1.1, Available online at http://www.faunaeur.org]. Federica worked on Coleoptera Ripiphoridae.

2005: Awarded a grant from SYNTHESYS Programme by the European Community in order to work at the "Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle" in Paris and at the "Hungarian Natural History Museum" in Budapest on her Ph.D. research project (Coleoptera, Meloidae).
Worked at the "National Museum", Department of Entomology in Prague on her Ph.D. research project.

2006: Attended the International Summer School on "Genome Evolution in Eukariotes" - 17th-22nd September 2006, organised by the University of Bologna, Department of Experimental Evolutionary Biology, Italy.

2007: Awarded a grant from SYNTHESYS Programme in order to work at “Natural History Museum” in London on a project regarding the "Taxonomic revision of the Australian blister beetles, with phylogenetic and biogeographical implications (Coleoptera, Meloidae):.

2007-2009: Worked as Assistant Collection Manager at the Biodiversity section (Entomology) of the Queensland Museum (Brisbane, QLD) with a temporary part-time contract (supervisor Dr Christine L. Lambkin).

2007-2008: Assisted Dr Christine L. Lambkin in her work within the IBISCA Queensland project, sorting Diptera samples to family and managing the resulting database.

September 2008: Currently working as Subject Editor for the Australian Entomologist.

July 2009: Currently working as post doctoral fellow at the Queensland Museum (Entomology) working on the "Systematics of Australian Zopheridae (Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea) from morphological data, with development of a bio-indicator for Australian forest management and conservation", granted by the Australian Government via ABRS (2009-2012).


Post Doctoral Fellow, Entomology, Biodiversity Program


Post Doctoral Fellow, Entomology, Biodiversity Program

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