Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 63 - Auchenorrhyncha (Insecta: Hemiptera): catalogue - Contributors

Larivière, M-C; Fletcher, MJ; Larochelle, A 2010. Auchenorrhyncha (Insecta: Hemiptera): catalogue. Fauna of New Zealand 63, 232 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ISSN 1179-7193 (online) ; no. 63. ISBN 978-0-478-34720-3 (print), ISBN 978-0-478-34721-0 (online) ). Published 16 Jun 2010


Contributor Marie-Claude Larivière was born and educated in Québec, graduating with a PhD in systematic entomology from McGill University in 1990. For the following two years she did postdoctoral research at Agriculture Canada, Ottawa. In 1992, Marie-Claude moved to New Zealand to work as a full-time Hemiptera biosystematist with Landcare Research. From 1994 to 1997 she led the Biosystematics of New Zealand Land Invertebrates programme, from 1995 to 2005 the development of New Zealand Arthropod Collection’s databasing and digital imaging systems, from 1999 to 2004, the Koiora-BioAssist™ project (Biodiversity Assessment using Information Technology and Taxonomy), and from 2007 to 2010, the Invertebrate Biosystematics research group (Landcare Research, Auckland). Marie-Claude has been an active member of the Fauna of New Zealand series committee (1994–2004, 2007–present). She is the author of over 90 papers and monographs on the taxonomy, distribution and natural history of Hemiptera and Carabidae (Coleoptera), including seven Fauna of New Zealand contributions (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha catalogue, Heteroptera catalogue, Cixiidae and Pentatomoidea revisions; Carabidae: taxonomic catalogue; Harpalini revision; synopsis of supraspecific taxa). She has also published on Australian and South Pacific Hemiptera as well as on North and Central American Hemiptera, Orthoptera, and Carabidae. Many of her publications have been written in collaboration with her husband André Larochelle with whom she hopes to soon publish new works on New Zealand Hemiptera and Carabidae. In addition, she conducts international cooperative research and New Zealand-based commercial research for the Crown Research Institute Landcare Research. Marie-Claude has a keen interest in biological information technology, especially digital taxonomy, computer imaging, interactive identification, and web-publishing. She maintains electronic information on Hemiptera on The New Zealand Hemiptera website ( Since 1992 she has been actively involved in specialised field inventory, surveying Hemiptera in over 1000 localities, to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of New Zealand species.

Contributor Murray Fletcher was born in Adelaide, South Australia, but received most of his education in Sydney, where he graduated from Sydney University with BSc (Hons) in 1974 and PhD in 1978. Dr John W. Evans was an early mentor and encouraged him to focus on the planthoppers (Fulgoromorpha) for both his PhD project and his subsequent life’s work. In 1986, Evans passed his extensive reprint collection into Murray’s care. Murray had begun work as an insect taxonomist with the then NSW Department of Agriculture (later the NSW Department of Primary Industries) at the Biological and Chemical Research Institute (BCRI) at Rydalmere in Sydney’s west in May 1977. Murray’s initial focus was on the planthopper family Flatidae and in 1986, he expanded his interests to include the leafhoppers (Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadomorpha) of Australia. He has published more than 80 papers on these groups of insects, many with international collaborators, as well as over 30 electronic publications, particularly identification keys to the fauna of Australian and neighbouring areas on the ASCU website ( In 1997, BCRI was closed and the entomological and plant pathology collections and associated staff were relocated to Orange Agricultural Institute in the Central West of New South Wales where they are still located. Murray is now a Principal Research Scientist and Research Leader (Scientific Collections). He is also an Adjunct Professor with Charles Sturt University, Subject Editor (Fulgoromorpha) for Zootaxa and a member of the Editorial Boards for Fauna of New Zealand, Entomotaxonomia, Australian Journal of Entomology, and General and Applied Entomology. He is chair of the Standing Committee for International Auchenorrhyncha Congresses and editor of the Tymbal Auchenorrhyncha website. From 2004–2008 he was Vice President and Chairman of the Executive of the Australian Entomological Society and continues on the Society’s Council as Regional Councillor for rural NSW. He has supervised or co-supervised numerous postgraduate projects and is currently supervising three PhD projects, two of which are being undertaken by students at the North West Agriculture and Forestry University, Yangling, China.

Contributor André Larochelle was born and educated in Québec, graduating in 1974 with a Brevet d’Enseignement spécialisé from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He taught ecology at the Collège Bourget, Rigaud, Québec, until 1990. With the encouragement of the late carabid specialist Carl H. Lindroth, André very quickly became interested in the study of ground-beetles. From 1975 to 1979 he was the co-editor of two entomological journals, Cordulia and Bulletin d’inventaire des insectes du Québec. From 1986 to 1992, he was honorary curator to the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, McGill University, Québec. In 1992, André moved to New Zealand to work as a research scientist. Currently, he is a Research Associate with the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, Auckland. André has written over 400 papers on the distribution, ecology, biology, and dispersal power of North American carabids and other insects (including two handbooks on the Heteroptera of Québec). In 1990 he published “The food of carabid beetles of the world”; in 1993, with Yves Bousquet, he co-authored a “Catalogue of Carabidae of America North of Mexico”; and in 2001 and 2003, with his wife Marie-Claude, he published a “Natural History of the tiger beetles of North America North of Mexico” and “A Natural History of Carabidae” for the same region. His currrent main research interests are the faunistics and taxonomy of New Zealand ground-beetles on which he has co-authored three Fauna of New Zealand contributions (Catalogue of Carabidae, 2001; Revision of tribe Harpalini, 2005; Synopsis of supraspecific taxa, 2007). André is a keen provider of electronic information on ground-beetles on the internet via The New Zealand Carabidae website ( ). Since 1992, he has been actively involved in specialised field inventory, surveying carabids in over 1000 localities, to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of New Zealand species.

Birgit E. Rhode was born and educated in Germany where she graduated with a PhD in marine biology from the University of Hamburg in 1987. Between 1980 and 1993 she worked in estuarine and coastal marine ecology (Institute of Hydrology, Island of Norderney, North Sea), studied the developmental morphology of polychaete sense organs, and lectured in general zoology and marine biology (Zoological Institute, Free University of Berlin). In 1993, Birgit moved to New Zealand. Always open to new challenges, she abandoned the marine environment and moved on to drier grounds becoming a Research Assistant to Marie-Claude Larivière’s work on New Zealand Hemiptera. Birgit has always been fascinated with photography and structural details, so it was almost inevitable that with the introduction of digital imaging into the research environment she became more and more involved in imaging and graphics work. She is now fulfilling most of the imaging requirements of entomological systematists at Landcare Research.

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