Sallqa-Tuwa Bondoc Mafla
Sallqa-Tuwa Bondoc Mafla is a Filipina-Ecuatoriana PhD candidate studying the island biogeography and community structure of tropical Odonata at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Rutgers University Newark, New Jersey. Sallqa-Tuwa’s research focuses on evaluating how morphology, range, and gene flow vary across species. In particular, she studies how this variation affects insect dispersal and migration across spatial and temporal scales.
As a Philippine Islander and an Ecuadorian, Sallqa-Tuwa is particularly interested in documenting the life histories of the endemics that inhabit her ancestral islands and mountains while actively engaging indigenous naturalists and entomologists in every project she undertakes. Sallqa-Tuwa has conducted field work in Guyana and Mexico, and learned canopy fogging from Dr. Terry Erwin in Ecuador. A main pillar of her work includes empowering historically excluded students to pursue entomological focused research projects.
Sallqa-Tuwa served as a panelist on Entomological Society of America Diversity & Inclusion panels, and currently serves as the Student Representative to the Governing, the Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity section (SysEB) D&I representative, and is a founding member of Entomologists of Color. Sallqa-Tuwa’s commitment to advocating for entomology and diversity can be seen at her institution, where she has directly mentored five undergraduate students on entomological research projects through Rutgers University-Newark’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program.