Tanya Dapkey

Entomologist, Research Technician
Curriculum Vitae

Tanya Dapkey


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Master of Environmental Studies
May 2009
Capstone:  Combining DNA Barcoding and Macroinvertebrate Sampling to Assess Water Quality
West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Bachelor of Science in Biology
December 2003
Focus on aquatic ecosystems and entomology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
September 2004 - present
Research Technician
  • Barcode of Life Initiative, Lepidoptera of the ACG project
  • Prepare DNA tissue samples for lysis, create and maintain databases for Janzen website
  • Supervise Work-Study Students and Volunteers
  • Curate voucher specimens for Costa Rican biodiversity inventory
  • Manage and troubleshoot Janzen research laboratory
  • Administrative Assistant to Dr. Daniel Janzen
  • Initiated iNaturalist webpage for the Guanacaste Conservation Area
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
July 2015 to present
  • Prepare, photograph, and slide mount genitalia of DNA barcoded species of Lepidoptera
  • Describe Lepidoptera species and prepare publications for those newly described species
Let's Go Outdoors, Philadelphia, PA
August 2016 to present
Insect Educator
  • Educate grade school age children on entomology, ecology, and nature
WyzAnt, Levittown, PA
January 2016 to present
WyzAnt Tutor
  • Tutor High School students in biological sciences
  • Prepare lesson plans, administer work sheets and practice exams
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
September 2012 to March 2013
  • Identify insects for students in the Masters of Environmental Studies program, College of Liberal and Professional Studies
  • Utilized barcoding techniques to sample macroinvertebrates for species level identification
  • Second reader for Capstone projects with entomological aspects
Stroud Water Research Center, Avondale, PA
May 2005 to August 2005
Entomology Intern
  • Processed stream samples for Streamwatch Project 2005
  • Utilized a dissecting scope to sort and identify insects to family
  • Responsible for analyzing and presenting results to staff at Stroud
  • Field work on the last year of the New York City water quality monitoring project
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
May 2002 to August 2002
Research Assistant for Dr Eric Weinberg
  • Genetic Research of various Zebra Fish Mutations, as relates to auditory development
  • Performed PCR reactions, gel electrophoresis, embryonic dechorionation
  • Daily feeding of fish, tank cleaning, water quality testing
Springfield Animal Hospital, Springfield, PA
August 1999 to June 2004
Veterinary Techinician Assistant
  • Trained in x-ray and autoclave equipment operations
  • Administer intravenous, subcutaneous and intramuscular medication
  • Trained to take blood samples and place an IV
  • Additional administrative duties
Heart Recovery Service, Springfield, PA
August 1997 to August 1999
Assistant to the Vice President of Operations
  • Managed and organized the schedule and daily activities of the V.P. of Operations
  • Assisted in the research and creation of the employee benefit program
  • Supervised auto transport
Computer Skills -
Microsoft Office, File Maker Pro, Adobe Photoshop
Entomology -
Insect collection techniques (i.e. pinning, spreading, labeling, sorting), genitalia dissection, staining and photography, slide mounting, barcoding techniques including tissue sampling, lysis plate preparations, database management
Personal Interests -
Photography, Insect Collecting, Gardening, Nature Hikes, Camping
Research Interests -
DNA Barcoding, Fresh water ecosystems, Insects as bio-indicators of environmental deviations
Professional Development -
Member of the American Entomological Society, 2013 to 2017
2016 National Parks BioBlitz, Hopewell Furnace, Entomologist, May 20th, 2016
Attended Entomological Society of America Webinar “How to Take Better Insect Photographs with Any Camera” by Alex Wild, April 29, 2015
Valley Forge National Park BioBlitz, Entomologist, May 2014
Cheltenham Elementary School, Women and Girls in Science Fair, May 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, "Women in Entomology"
Insect Day Educator
- Primos Elementary School, Primos, PA April 30, 2015, March 19th, 2016
- Albert Schweitzer Elementary School, Levittown, PA March 8th, 2016, April 7, 2017
- Samuel Everitt Elementary School, Levittown, PA, April 17, 2015
- A Child's World Daycare center, Langhorne, PA, April 2013
Words at Work, taught by Janet Falon. Attended March 2012
Second Reader for University of Pennsylvania LPS students Capstone projects
- 2013, James Knighton, "Random Walk Modeling of Adult Leuctra ferruginea (Stonefly) Dispersal"
- 2014, Jia Xu, "Insects as Feed or Food: A Sustainable Nutrient Source?"
Attended Schuylkill Watershed Congress 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013
Research Activities -
NABS 2010 Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, May 6-11, 2010
Sweeney, B.W., T. Dapkey, J.K. Jackson, D.H. Funk and J.M. Battle. 2010. Paper: "Macroinvertebrate assessment of water quality in White Clay Creek based on specimens identified by amateurs, professionals, and barcoding". North American Benthological Society. Presented by Bern Sweeney

Schyukill Watershed Congress March 7, 2009
"Combining DNA Barcoding and Macroinvertebrate Sampling to Assess Water Quality" Presented by Tanya Dapkey

NABS 2009 Conference May 18, 2009
"Macroinvertebrate assessment of water quality in White Clay Creek based on specimens identified by amateurs, professionals, and barcoding" Presented by Bern Sweeney

Consortium for the Barcode of Life international Conference, Mexico City, Mexico. November 11, 2009
Keynote address: "Water quality analysis with macroinvertebrate barcoding."  Presented by Bern Sweeney
Publications -
Fleming A., et. al., including Tanya Dapkey. (2017) Nine new species of Uramya Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Tachinidae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica, with a key to their identification. Biodiversity Data Journal 5: e9649.

Fernandez-Triana, Jose, et. al., including Tanya Dapkey. 2016. Revision of the genus Promicrogaster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Microgastrinae) from Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica, with a key to all species previously described from Mesoamerica. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 50: 25-79.

Flemming, A.J., et. al., including Tanya Dapkey. 2016. A new species of Phosocephala Townsend, 1908 (Diptera: Tachinidae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7863. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7863.

Flemming, A.J., et. al., including Tanya Dapkey. 2016. Two new species of Erythromelana Townsend, 1919 (Diptera: Tachinidae) from Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in northwestern Costa Rica. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7386. DOI: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7386.

Knighton, James, Tanya Dapkey and Jason Cruz. 2014. Random Walk Modeling of Adult Leuctra ferruginea (Stonefly) Dispersal. Ecological Informatics. 19: 1-9.

Sweeney, Bern. et. al., including Dapkey,T. 2011. Can DNA barcodes of stream macroinvertebrates improve descriptions of community structure and water quality? Journal of the North American Benthological Society. 30(1): 195-216. 

Sharkey, Michael J., et. al. including Tanya Dapkey 2011. Lytopylus Forster (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Agathidinae) species from Costa Rica, with an emphasis on specimens reared from caterpillars in Area de Conservacion Guanacaste. ZooKeys.130: 379-419.

Janzen, Daniel, et. al. including Dapkey,T. 2009. Observations on the integration of DNA barcoding into an ongoing inventory of tropical complex biodiversity. Molecular Ecology Resources. 9(1): 1-26.

Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout Pack 316, 2016-2017
Assistant Den Leader, Wolf and Bear Dens
Snipes Farm and Education Center, Morrisville, PA, 2014, 2015 and 2016 growing season (May-Nov.)
Participated in the work share program for CSA members by washing 2 dozen eggs once a week.
Kool Kids Consignment Sale, Bucks County, PA, March 2012 through October 2014
Helped set up sales floor, organized racks, and assisted customers.
Schuylkill Valley Wildlife Clinic, Conshohocken, PA, August 2001 through January 2003
Trained by the Pennsylvania Game Commission to handle Rabies Vector Species, Vaccinated for Rabies 2002,Titer 1:500 as of 3/06, Knowledgeable in the care and handling of Pennsylvania Wildlife (Avian, Reptile, Mammals)
Tutoring, St Cyril of Alexandria School, East Lansdowne, PA 2003-2005       
Tutor grades 4-7 on basic scientific principles, utilizing visual and comprehensive learning techniques. Introduction to conservation, biodiversity and evolution
Research Assistant, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, March 2002 to May 2003
Assist Ecology Graduate Student, Jim Stanford, Salamander population density surveys,  Water quality sampling, GPS mapping
Dr. Sally Willig
Professor at the University of Pennsylvania
Dr. John Jackson
Senior Scientist at Stroud Water Research Center
Additional references, letters of recommendation and transcript copies available upon request.