Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 41 - Coccidae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Coccoidea) - Contributor notes

Hodgson, CJ; Henderson, RC 2000. Coccidae (Insecta: Hemiptera: Coccoidea). Fauna of New Zealand 41, 264 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 41. ISBN 0-478-09335-7 (print) ). Published 23 Feb 2000

Contributor notes

Contributor Chris Hodgson graduated from Kings College, London University, in 1960 and taught in a small public school for two years. In 1962 he emigrated to what was then Rhodesia where he was a Research Officer for the Research and Specialist Services, Ministry of Agriculture, until 1967. It was during this period that he became fascinated by scale insects and published some 16 papers on them, mainly soft scales, many of these publications covering the whole of the Ethiopian Region. In 1967 he returned to England and became a Lecturer in Agricultural Entomology at Wye College, University of London, where he was until August 1999. For the first 20 years at Wye, Chris worked mainly on aphids, particularly on apterous dispersal and aphid-plant-virus interactions on which he did his doctoral research. Chris started working on scale insects again in 1990, since when he has published a further 14 papers, three of them on New Zealand scale insects. Chris has written or edited three books, and is the author or co-author of 6 book chapters and 59 scientific papers. Last year (1998) he organised the VIIIth International Symposium on Scale Insects Studies, held at Wye, and is currently editing the Proceedings.

Contributor Rosa Henderson graduated from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, in 1965, and was a Research Fellow investigating chromosome abnormalities in leukaemia for 5 years at the Cytogenetics Unit, Christchurch Hospital. After a 15-year break from science bringing up her family, she began an entomological career in 1985, rearing insects for DSIR at Mt Albert Research Centre. From moths and crickets, this progressed to rearing predatory ladybird beetles and mites (both feeding on scale insects) in a biological control project for kiwifruit. When the DSIR was broken up into ten Crown Research Institutes in 1992, Rosa became a science technician for Landcare Research working on scale insects in the N.Z. Arthropod Collection. She is responsible for the curation of the specimens in that part of NZAC. Her interest in the soft scales had its origins with the collection of many undescribed species during the Insect Survey of the East Cape Region, 1992-1994, organised by John Dugdale. John was leader of the Systematics team at that time, and strongly supported the revision of the N.Z. soft scales. In 1995, Rosa gained a Queen Elizabeth II Technicians Study Award and travelled to U.K. for a short period, to work with Chris Hodgson at Wye College on this revision. Rosa is author or co-author of 14 scientific papers.