Julie M. Urban, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator

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Post-doctoral Fellow

New York State Museum

Research & Collections

3140 Cultural Education Center

Albany, NY 12230, USA

Contact:

Phone: (518) 474-6290

Email: jurban(AT)mail.nysed.gov [replace (AT) with @]

Education

Ph.D. (2008), Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

M.S. (2005), Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University at Albany, Albany, NY.

Ph.D. (1995), Human Factors Psychology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

B.S. (1990), Psychology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

Research Focus

My research focuses on the evolution of planthoppers, a diverse and often morphologically bizarre group of phloem-feeding insects in the Hemiptera. By performing phylogenetic reconstructions of relationships among planthopper lineages using molecular and morphological data, my research tests hypotheses concerning classification, biogeography, morphological character evolution, and the co-evolution of planthoppers with their bacterial endosymbionts.

Academic Awards

  • Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award, University at Albany. Award given to the best dissertation in the College of Arts and Sciences, 2008.
  • President’s Prize, Student Competition in Systematics, Morphology, and Evolution for paper presentation entitled: Does a new phylogeny change old ideas? Revisiting host plant mediated diversification in planthoppers (Fulgoroidea). 2004 Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Recipient New York State Museum Graduate Fellowship, 2003-2006.
  • Presidential Scholarship Recipient, University of Dayton (1986-1990). Academic merit-based full tuition, four year scholarship.

Selected Scholarly Presentations

  • Urban, J.M. and Cryan, J.R. 2010. "Illuminating the Lanternfly tree: Phylogenetic investigation of the planthopper families Fulgoridae and Dictyopharidae." 13th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress, Vaison la Romaine, Provence, France.
  • Urban, J.M., and Cryan, J.R. 2009. "Illuminating the lanternfly tree: Phylogenetic investigation of the planthopper family Fulgoridae and their bacterial endosymbionts." Paper presented at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.

Selected Public Outreach Presentations

  • Urban, J.M. 2010. "A visit to Gunung Mulu National Park." Invited presentation given to NYS Capital Region OASIS, sponsored by Center for Excellence in Aging Services, University at Albany, Albany, NY.
  • Urban, J.M. 2010. "Cool Science: Planthopper evolution." Invited presentation given to visiting New York State high school students, NYSM, Albany, NY.
  • Urban, J.M. 2010. "Bugs within Bugs: Extreme evolution of obligate mutualists." Invited presentation given at the New York State Museum’s 8th Annual Teachers’ Workshop on Evolution, Albany, NY.
  • Urban, J.M. and Krishnankutty, S. 2009. "Targeted taxonomic inventory and evolutionary studies of the insects of Gunung Mulu." Invited presentation given to park guides and staff, Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia.

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

  • Urban, J.M., Bartlett, C.R., and Cryan, J.R. In Press. Evolution of Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea): Combined-evidence phylogenetics reveals importance of grass host shifts. Systematic Entomology (accepted March, 2010).
  • Urban, J.M. and Cryan, J.R. 2009. Entomologically famous, evolutionarily unexplored: The first phylogeny of the lanternfly family Fulgoridae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 50, 471-484.
  • Urban, J.M. and Cryan, J.R. 2007. Evolution of the planthoppers (Insecta: Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42, 556-572.
  • Urban, J.M. 2005. Tales from the field: A graduate student collects insects in Africa. Legacy Magazine, a publication of the New York State Museum.