Caroline Chaboo

Assistant Professor
Assistant Curator
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2005
Primary office:
Public Safety Building

Dr. Chaboo is a systematic entomologist with specialization in chrysomelid leaf beetles.

Chrysomelidae (∼40000 species) forms one of the largest radiations of animals, and they present many interesting research problems. The significant gap in knowledge of chrysomelid evolutionary relationships motivates my effort to collect the total data of individual species, develop character hypotheses that can be tested in phylogeny reconstruction, and help build strong classifications. My approach is holistic, with extensive fieldwork to explore life histories, ecology, behavior, and laboratory study of morphology and molecules.

Current Research Topics:

  • Biology of immature stages of Chrysomelidae.
  • Origin and diversification of subsociality in Chrysomelidae.
  • Construction of domiciles and defensive shields.
  • Tri-trophic interactions between host plants, chrysomelid herbivores, and their carabid beetle parasitoids.

Selected Publications

  • Jalinsky, J.**, T.A. Radocy**, R. Wertenberger**, & C.S. Chaboo. 2014. Insect diversity in phytotelmata habitats of two host plants, Heliconia stricta Huber Heliconiaceae) and Calathea lutea Schult (Marantaceae) in the south-east Amazon of Peru. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87(3): 299-311.
  • Chaboo, C. S. 2014.  New records in Neotropical tortoise beetles Chrysomelidae:  Cassidinae (sensu lato).  The Coleopterists Bulletin 68 (2): 1-2.
  • Radocy, T. A. and C. S. Chaboo.  2014.  Checklist of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of the Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Peru. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87(1): 92-95.
  • Chaboo, C. S., F. A.  Frieiro-Costa, J. Gomez-Urita, and R. Westerduijn.  2014.  Origins and diversification of subsociality in leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Chrysomelinae).  Journal of Natural History.
  • Ganguly, N., M. Luchi, F. L. Merino, and C. S. Chaboo. 2013. "Safe and successful use of permethrin for extraction of Dermatobia hominis larvae in a patient with cutaneous myiasis" Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 31(1). 46-47.
  • Shin, C. W., C. S. Chaboo, and S. M. Clark. 2012. "Revision of the endemic Hispaniolan genus Asteriza Chevrolat, 1836, with description of two new species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Ischyrosonychini)" Zootaxa. 3227. 34-53.
  • Shin, C. W. and C. S. Chaboo. 2012. "Phylogenetic revision of the flightless genus Stoiba Spaeth 1909, with description of a new species/genus from Haiti (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)" Zookeys. 224. 1-36.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2012. "New records of Diamphidia Gerstaecker 1855 and Polyclada Chevrolat 1840 in the Republic of Mozambique (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae s.l.)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 66(1). 70-71.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2012. "New distribution records for Cassidinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)" Neotropical Entomology. 41(5). 435-436.
  • Shin, C. W., H. Jin, and C. S. Chaboo. 2012. "Biology and morphology of Neochlamisus gibbosus (Fabricius, 1776) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae: Chlamisini)" Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society. 85(2). 116-134.
  • Niemack, R. S., D. J. Bennett, I. Hinojosa-Diaz, and C. S. Chaboo. 2012. "A contribution to the knowledge of the orchid bees of the Los Amigos Biological Station, Madre de Dios, Peru (Hymenoptera: Apidae: Euglossini)" Check List. 8(2). 215-217.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2011. "Defensive behaviors in leaf beetles: From the unusual to the weird" Chemical Biology of the Tropics. edited by Vivanco, J. and T. Weir. 59-69.
  • Prathapan, K. D. and C. S. Chaboo. 2011. "Biology of Blepharida-group flea beetles with the first natural history of Podontia congregata Baly 1865, an endemic flea beetle from southern India (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae: Alticini)" ZooKeys. 157. 95–130.
  • Barve, V. V. and C. S. Chaboo. 2011. "A specialized carabid larval predator of an adult toad in India (Coleoptera: Carabidae; Anura: Bufonidae: Duttaphrynus Frost)" Herpetological Review. 42(1). 83-84.
  • Chaboo, C. S. and J. V. McHugh. 2010. "Maternal care in a Pselaphacus species from Peru (Coleoptera: Erotylidae: Erotylinae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 64(2). 116-118.
  • Chaboo, C. S., E. Grobbelaar, and H. Heron. 2010. "Life history and host records of the South African leaf miner, Oncocephala promontorii Péringuey 1898 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Oncocephalini)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 64(1). 21-29.
  • Flowers, R. W. and C. S. Chaboo. 2009. "Novel host records of some cassidine leaf beetles from Ecuador (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)" Insecta Mundi. 95. 1-8.
  • Prathapan, K. D., C. S. Chaboo, and K. Karthikeyan. 2009. "Natural history and leaf shelter constructions of the Asian rice leptispa beetle, Leptispa pygmaea Baly (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Leptispini)" Zoological Studies. 48(5). 625-631.
  • Chaboo, C. S., M. S. Engel, and M. L. Chamorro-Lacayo. 2009. "Maternally-inherited architecture in Tertiary leaf beetles: Paleoichnology of cryptocephaline fecal cases in Dominican and Baltic amber" Naturwissenschaften. 96(9). 1121-1126.
  • Chaboo, C. S. and M. S. Engel. 2009. "Eocene tortoise beetles from the Green River Formation in Colorado, U.S.A. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)" Systematic Entomology. 34(2). 202-209.
  • Gustafson, G. T. and C. S. Chaboo. 2009. "Ambulatory use of abdominal ampullae in larvae of Labidomera clivicollis (Kirby) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Chrysomelinae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 63(3). 357-363.
  • Rhodes, J. A. and C. S. Chaboo. 2009. "Disonycha alternata (Illiger, 1807) on Coronilla varia (Linnaeus) Lassen (Fabaceae; crown vetch) in Kansas, USA (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 63(2). 232-234.
  • Chaboo, C. S., C. G. Brown, and D. J. Funk. 2008. "Fecal case architecture in the gibbosus species group of Neochlamisus Karren (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae: Chlamisini)" Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 152. 315-351.
  • Weber, D. C., P. Saska, and C. S. Chaboo. 2008. "Carabid Beetles, Parasitoid" Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition. edited by Capinera, J.. 35-36.
  • Grobbelaar, E. and C. S. Chaboo. 2008. "Metriopepla inornata (Waterhouse) (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Basiprionotini): newly recorded from South Africa with biological notes" African Entomology. 16(1). 134-136.
  • Chaboo, C. S., E. Grobbelaar, and A. Larsen. 2007. "Fecal ecology in leaf beetles: novel records in the African arrow-poison beetles, Diamphidia Gerstaecker and Polyclada Chevrolat (Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 61(2). 297-309.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2007. "Biology and phylogeny of the Cassidinae (tortoise and leaf-mining beetles) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)" Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History. 305. 250 pages.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2004. "Natural history observations in Eurypepla calochroma Blake (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Physonotini)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 58(1). 142-143.
  • Chaboo, C. S. and T. C. Nguyen. 2004. "Immatures of Hemisphaerota palmarum (Boheman), with a discussion of the caudal process and shield architecture in the tribe Hemisphaerotini (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)" New Developments in the Biology of Chrysomelidae. edited by Jolivet, P., J. Santiago-Blay, and M. Schmitt. 171-184.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2003. "Tortoise beetles from Costa Rica: new records and localities (Coleoptera: Chysomelidae: Cassidinae)" Genus. 14(1). 109-120.
  • Chaboo, C. S. and L. Borowiec. 2003. "Annotated checklist of tortoise beetles from Trinidad and Tobago (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 57(1). 71-78.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2002. "Range extensions of tortoise beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae)" Proceedings of the Washington Entomological Society. 104(3). 716- 720.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2002. "First report of immatures, genitalia and maternal care in Eugenysa columbiana (Boheman) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Eugenysini)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 56(1). 50-67.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2001. "Revision and phylogenetic analysis of the genus Acromis Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Stolaini)" Coleopterists Bulletin. 55(1). 75-102.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 2000. "Revision and phylogeny of the Caribbean genus Elytrogona (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae: Stolaini)" The Coleopterists Bulletin. 54(3). 379-394.
  • Grimaldi, D. A., C. S. Chaboo, and K. Schmidt. 1993. "Amber fossil Enicocephalidae (Heteroptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of Lebanon and Oligo-Miocene of the Dominican Republic, with biogeographic analysis of Enicocephalus" American Museum Novitates. 3071. 30.
  • Chaboo, C. S.. 1990. "The Vegetation of the Five Islands" Living World. 10-11.
  • Chaboo, C. S. and Y. S. Baksh-Comeau. 1988. "Natural History Museums in Trinidad and Tobago" Biospectrum. 1. 5-7.

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