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Darren Ward

Senior Researcher - Entomologist
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Research interests

I study the biology of insects, especially ants, bees, social and parasitoid wasps (collectively known as Hymenoptera)

My main interests are insect diversity across different landscapes, invasive species, and taxonomy.

Currently I am interested in compiling and using big datasets to answer environmental questions, and particularly using historical information from natural history collections, such as insect decline, and spatial and temporal patterns of biodiversity.


Probert AF, Ward DF, Beggs JR, Lin SL, Stanley MC 2020. Conceptual Risk Framework: Integrating Ecological Risk of Introduced Species with Recipient Ecosystems. Bioscience 70(1): 71-79. WOS:000508115600012.

Fernandez-Triana JL, Ward DF 2020. Notogaster, a new genus of Microgastrinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from New Zealand. Zootaxa 4801(2): 251-279. WOS:000540902100003.

Quicke DLJ, Ward DF, Butcher BA 2019. A new micropterous, ground-dwelling, non-cyclostome braconid parasitoid wasp, Epigeiobracon perplexus Quicke & Ward, gen. et sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from New Zealand of uncertain relationships. Austral Entomology 58(3): 478-483. WOS:000483807600002.

Khalaim AI, Ward DF 2019. Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. Part 2. Review of genera Kiwi gen. nov. and Zealochus Khalaim. Zootaxa 4613(3): 521-545. WOS:000470912300006.

Saunders TE, Ward DF 2018. Variation in the diversity and richness of parasitoid wasps based on sampling effort. Peerj 6. WOS:000429847800002.

Bertelsmeier C, Ollier S, Liebhold AM, Brockerhoff EG, Ward D, Keller L 2018. Recurrent bridgehead effects accelerate global alien ant spread. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 115(21): 5486-5491. WOS:000432663000063.

Saunders TE, Ward DF 2017. A new species of Lusius (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 40(2): 72–78.

Ward DF, Anderson DP, Barron MC 2016. Using spatially explicit surveillance models to provide confidence in the eradication of an invasive ant. Scientific Reports 6: 34953.

Ward DF 2015. Review of the Anomaloninae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand with a description of a new genus and two new species. New Zealand Entomologist 38(1): 58–66.

Ward DF, Leschen RAB, Buckley TR 2015. More from ecologists to support natural history museums. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30(7): 373–374.

Barron MC, Ward DF, Anderson DP 2014. How do we know the zeroes are real? - Surveillance to declare eradication. Protect (Spring 2014): 17–18.

Lester PJ, Brown SDJ, Edwards ED, Holwell GI, Pawson SM, Ward DF, Watts CH 2014. Critical issues facing New Zealand entomology. New Zealand Entomologist 37(1): 1–13.

Ward DF, Young M, Booth KAM, Beggs JR 2014. Patterns of beetle diversity in kauri forest. New Zealand Entomologist 37(2): 75–82.

Ward D 2014. Options for the biological control of Vespula wasps in New Zealand. Landcare Research Contract Report ; LC1684. Landcare Research. 15 p.

Lester PJ, Beggs JR, Brown RL, Edwards ED, Groenteman R, Toft RJ, Twidle AM, Ward DF 2013. The outlook for control of New Zealand’s most abundant, widespread and damaging invertebrate pests: social wasps. New Zealand Science Review 70(4): 56–62.

Fernández-Triana J, Ward DF, Cardinal S, Van Achterberg C 2013. A review of Paroplitis (Braconidae, Microgastrinae), and description of a new genus from New Zealand, Shireplitis, with convergent morphological traits. Zootaxa 3722(4): 549–568.

Ward DF 2013. Revision of Bethylidae (Hymenoptera) from New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist 36(2): 107-130.

Stanley MC, Nathan HW, Phillips LK, Knight SJ, Galbraith JA, Winks CJ, Ward DF 2013. Invasive interactions: can Argentine ants indirectly increase the reproductive output of a weed? Arthropod-plant interactions 7(1): 59-67.

Ward D 2013. Status of control options for Vespula wasps in New Zealand. Landcare Research contract report ; LC1162. Landcare Research. 48 p.

Stanley MC, Ward DF 2012. Impacts of Argentine ants on invertebrate communities with below-ground consequences. Biodiversity and conservation 21: 2653–2669.

Smith MA, Fernández-Triana JL, Eveleigh E, Gómez J, Guclu C, Hallwachs W, Hebert PDN, Hrcek J, Huber JT, Janzen D, Mason PG, Miller S, Quicke DLJ, Rodriguez JJ, Rougerie R, Shaw MR, Várkonyi G, Ward DF, Whitfield JB, Zaldívar-Riverón A 2012. DNA barcoding and the taxonomy of Microgastrinae wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae): impacts after 8 years and nearly 20 000 sequences. Molecular ecology resources 13(2): 168-176.

Fernandez-Triana JL, Ward DF, Whitfield JB 2011. Kiwigaster gen. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from New Zealand: the first Microgastrinae with sexual dimorphism in number of antennal segments. Zootaxa 2932: 24–32.

Ward DF 2011. Ichneumonidae of New Zealand., updated 2013.

Ward D, Goulet H 2011. Moaxiphia goulayi sp.n. (Hymenoptera: Xiphydriidae), a new endemic woodwasp from New Zealand. New Zealand entomologist 34: 1-4.

Ward D 2011. Poecilocryptus zealandicus sp. n. (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae: Labeninae) from New Zealand. New Zealand entomologist 34(1): 37-39.

Roura-Pascual N, Hui C, Ikeda T, Leday G, Richardson DM, Carpintero S, Espadaler X, Gomez C, Guenard B, Hartley S, Krushelnycky P, Lester PJ, McGeoch MA, Menke SB, Pedersen JS, Pitt JPW, Reyes J, Sanders NJ, Suarez AV, Touyama Y, Ward D, Ward PS, Worner SP 2011. Relative roles of climatic suitability and anthropogenic influence in determining the pattern of spread in a global invader. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 108(1): 220-225. WOS:000285915000043.

Stanley MC, Ward DF 2010. [Abstract] Do Argentine ants have impacts on ecosystems? Proceedings: Biodiversity : 2010 and beyond : programme and abstracts, University of Otago, Dunedin, 22-25 November 2010. Pp. 116-117.

Stanley MC, Keeling H, Galbraith J, Nathan H, Phillips L, Knight S, Winks CJ, Ward DF 2009. [Abstract] Do Argentine ants have impacts on ecosystems? Proceedings: Islands and hotspots: the 58th annual conference of the Entomological Society of New Zealand, Tamaki Campus, University of Auckland, Auckland N.Z., 5-8 April, 2009. Pp. 33.

Ward D 2009. Primary type specimens in the New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC) : Hymenoptera., updated July 2009.

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