Clarisa Castanos

Clarisa Castanos

Miss, Doctor of Philosophy Student

  • The University of Western Australia (M316), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


I come from Mexico, where I studied my Bachelor and Master’s degree in biological sciences in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During my Bachelor’s degree I got interested in different areas of the biological sciences, especially in the fields of genetics, molecular sciences and entomology. For my bachelor’s thesis I worked in a project about genetics and DNA regulations of bacteria. For my Master’s studies I worked with physiology and ecology of damselflies, writing a thesis about this and collaborating in the same field with the study of other insects. After my master’s I wanted to keep working with insects but with a molecular approach, so came to Australia to study the PhD at UWA. Here I joined The Honey Bee Health Research Group of Dr Julia Grassl working with the CRC for Honey Bee products. As part of the Honey Bee Health Research Group I am studying the honey bee nutrition through biochemical techniques but also beekeeping skills, to improve beekeeping management strategies in WA.

Current projects

Project title: Honey Bee Nutrition - Early detection of malnutrition and colony collapse

Project outline: My project aims to identify metabolomic profiles of honey bees during a nutritional decline and correlate them with hive health indicators. Using these biomarkers, nutritional strategies are been evaluated to assist beekeepers with management decisions, minimising the risk of productivity losses.


  • Identify molecular indicators for the early onset of honey bees malnutrition.
  • Determine the best nutritional strategies for the management of colonies, regarding time windows and supplementary food sources.
  • Write a report for beekeepers about the best management strategies to prevent and control bee malnutrition in order to achieve an optimal productivity. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger


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