Dr Darren Francis Ward

BSc Honours (Otago); MSc (La Trobe); PhD (Auckland)

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Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

Biodiversity, Biosecurity and Conservation

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

My main interests are: diversity across different landscapes; invasive species; and taxonomy


Please contact me if you are interested in a research project on Hymenoptera, or other groups of insects.

I work at Landcare Research, but have a joint appointment with the University, and have an office at the University of Auckland Tāmaki Innovation campus (building 733).

There are also volunteer opportunities at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection. Based at Tāmaki, this is the largest collection in NZ, with over 1 million invertebrates. If you are interested in entomology and would like a career in this discipline, then volunteering some of your time can lead into summer scholarships and graduate projects.

Teaching | Current

Terrestrial Ecology 396

Entomology 320

Post-grad Entomology 730

Post-grad Biosecurity & Conservation 747

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Quicke, D. L. J., Ward, D. F., & Butcher, B. A. (2019). First host record and morphological notes on the rare Chilean wasp Vervoortihelcon scaramozzinoi van Achterberg (Hymenoptera, Braconidae, Helconinae,Vervoortihelconini). JOURNAL OF HYMENOPTERA RESEARCH, 68, 13-16. 10.3897/jhr.68.32954
  • Bartomeus, I., Stavert, J. R., Ward, D., & Aguado, O. (2018). Historical collections as a tool for assessing the global pollination crisis. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 374 (1763).10.1098/rstb.2017.0389
  • Quicke, D. L. J., Belokobylskij, S. A., Ward, D. F., Hebert, P. D. N., & Butcher, B. A. (2018). Revision of the endemic New Zealand braconid wasp genus Metaspathius: new subfamily placement, and descriptions of four new species including three with fully winged females (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Mesostoinae). NEW ZEALAND ENTOMOLOGIST, 41 (2), 46-65. 10.1080/00779962.2018.1551707
  • Edney-Browne, E., Brockerhoff, E. G., & Ward, D. (2018). Establishment patterns of non-native insects in New Zealand. Biological Invasions, 20 (7), 1657-1669. 10.1007/s10530-017-1652-5
  • Khalaim, A. I., & Ward, D. F. (2018). Tersilochinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. Part 1. Generic key and three new genera. Zootaxa, 4425 (1), 41-77. 10.11646/zootaxa.4425.1.3
  • Bertelsmeier, C., Ollier, S., Liebhold, A. M., Brockerhoff, E. G., 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. 10.1073/pnas.1801990115
  • Seebens, H., Blackburn, T. M., Dyer, E. E., Genovesi, P., Hulme, P. E., Jeschke, J. M., ... Winter, M. (2018). Global rise in emerging alien species results from increased accessibility of new source pools. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115 (10), E2264-E2273. 10.1073/pnas.1719429115
  • Hartnett, D. E., MacDonald, F. H., Martin, N. A., Walker, G. P., & Ward, D. F. (2018). A survey of the adventive parasitoid Meteorus pulchricornis (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and native larval parasitoids of native Lepidoptera. New Zealand Journal of Zoology, 1-15. 10.1080/03014223.2018.1426021


Contact details

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Senior Lecturer in Entomology

Email: wardda@landcareresearch.co.nz

Primary office location

TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 1, Room 101
New Zealand

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