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Maria Cigliano
Title: Research Scientist
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Division Entomologia,
Paseo del Bosque S/N
1900 La Plata,
La Plata, 1900
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Systematics, phylogenetics, biodiversity and biogeography of Neotropical Acridoidea (Insecta: Orthoptera)
Curator of the Orthoptera Species File Online
Ongoing research projects include phylogenetic and biogeographic studies within the South American grasshopper subfamily Melanoplinae and Romaleini; biodiversity studies of grasshopper species from Argentina. 
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Professional affiliations:
Society of Systematic Biologists.
The Willi Hennig Society.
Orthopterists' Society.
Sociedad Entomologica Argentina.
Selected publications:

Castillo, E.R.D, Marti, D., Maronna, M., Scattolini, M.C., Cigliano, M.M. 2018. Chromosome evolution and phylogeny in Ronderosia (Orthoptera, Acrididae, Melanoplinae): clues of survivors to the challenge of sympatry? Syst. Entomology (in press)

Scattolini, M.C., Confalonieri, V, Lira-Noriega, A., Pietrokovsky, S. & Cigliano, M.M. 2018. Diversification mechanisms in the Andean grasshopper genus Orotettix (Orthoptera:     Acrididae): ecological niches and evolutionary history. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2018, 123, 697–711.

Pocco, M.E., Guzman, N., Confalonieri, V.A., Lange, C.E., Cigliano, M.M.  2018. Diversification patterns of the grasshopper genus Zoniopoda Stål (Romaleidae, Acridoidea, Orthoptera) in open vegetation biomes of South America. Systematic Entomology 43, 290–307

Guzman, N.V., Pietrokovsky, S.M., Cigliano, M.M., Confalonieri, V.A. 2017. Unraveling the diversification history of grasshoppers belonging to the `Trimerotropis pallidipennis'' (Oedipodinae: Acrididae) species group: a hotspot of biodiversity in the Central Andes. PeerJ 5:c3835; DOI 10.7717/peerj.3835

Castillo ERD, Taffarel A, Maronna MM, Cigliano MM, Palacios-Gimenez OM, Cabral-de Mello DC. 2017. Phylogeny and chromosomal diversification in the Dichroplus elongatus species  group (Orthoptera, Melanoplinae). PLoS ONE 12(2): e0172352. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.017235

Pocco M.E., Minutolo C., Confalonieri  V.A., Lange  C.E., Cigliano M.M. 2015. Species delimitation in the Andean grasshopper genus Orotettix Ronderos & Carbonell (Orthoptera: Melanoplinae): an integrative approach combining morphological, molecular, and biogeographic data. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 733-759. 

Song H., Amedegnato C., Cigliano M.M., Desutter-Grandcolas L., Heads S.W., Huang Y., Otte D., & Whiting M.F. 2015. 300 million years of diversification: elucidating the patterns of orthopteran evolution based on comprehensive taxon and gene sampling. Cladistics 31: 621-65.

Pocco, M.E., Scattolini, C., Lange, C.E., Cigliano, M.M. 2014. Taxonomic delimitation in color polymorphic species of the South American grasshopper genus Diponthus Stål (Orthoptera, Romaleidae, Romaleini). Insect Systematics and Evolution 45:303–350

Cigliano, M.M., Pocco, M.E. & Pereira, H. L. 2014. Avances tecnológicos y sus aplicaciones en la cibertaxonomía. Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina 73: 1-14.

Pocco, M.E., Lange, C.E., Posadas, P. & Cigliano, M.M. 2013. Patterns of diversification in the high Andean Ponderacris grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplinae). Systematic Entomology 38: 365-389

Husemann, M., Guzman, V.G., Danley, P.D., Cigliano, M.M. & Confalonieri, V.A. 2013. Biogeography of Trimerotropis pallidipennis (Acrididae: Oedipodinae): deep divergence across the Americas. Journal of Biogeography 40, 261–273
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Professional society involvement and activities:
President (2009-2013), The Orthopterists' Society, USA.
Orthoptera Species File Officer (2013-present), The Orthopterists' Society, USA

PhD, La Plata National University, Argentina, 1987.
MA, Zoology, La Plata National University, Argentina,1982.

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