Clarisa Castanos

Dr, Associate researcher , Miss

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

    6009 Perth


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Clarisa came from Mexico, where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biological sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). During her Bachelor's studies, her interest spanned various biological science disciplines, with a particular focus on genetics, molecular sciences, and entomology.

For her Bachelor's thesis, she engaged in a project centered on the genetics and DNA regulation of bacteria. Subsequently, during her Master's studies, Clarisa studied physiology and ecology of damselflies. Her research efforts culminated in a Master's thesis that explored these subjects and extended her contributions to the study of various other insects.

Following her Master's degree, Clarisa's passion for entomology with a molecular emphasis led her to embark on a journey to Australia, where she pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Western Australia (UWA). At UWA, she became a member of Dr. Julia Grassl's Honey Bee Health Research Group as part of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Honey Bee Products. In her role within the Honey Bee Health Research Group, Clarisa worked in honey bee nutrition, employing biochemical techniques and beekeeping. 

Presently, Clarisa is an Associate Researcher in a project funded by AgriFutures Australia. This project is dedicated to evaluate and determine specific nutritional requirements of honey bees, for maintaining the health and productivity of bee colonies. 

Current projects

Project Title: Setting New Standards for Honey Bee Nutrition in Australian Bee Stock

Project Outline: This research aims to identify and assess specific nutritional requirements of honey bees for maintaining healthy and productive colonies. By evaluating the effect of various nutritional diets on honey bee brood rearing capability and determining essential and minimal requirements for bee nutritional health, it will assist beekeepers in making management decisions, particularly regarding supplementary feed. 

This research will help to better understand the nutritional deficiencies of individual bees and bee colonies. This knowledge is essential to support beekeepers, increasing food security, and safeguarding the provision of crop pollination and honey production.

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

Research expertise keywords

  • Honey Bees
  • Agriculture
  • Honey bee nutrition
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Entomology
  • Physiology of insects
  • Metabolomics
  • Lipidomics


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