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)

  • 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
  • Saunders, T. E., & Ward, D. F. (2018). Variation in the diversity and richness of parasitoid wasps based on sampling effort. PeerJ, 610.7717/peerj.4642
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41848
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Saunders
  • Saunders, T. E., & Ward, D. F. (2017). A new species of Lusius (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 40 (2), 72-78. 10.1080/00779962.2017.1357427
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/41733
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Tom Saunders
  • Hodge, S., Ward, D. F., Merfield, C. N., Liu, W. Y. Y., & Gunawardana, D. (2017). Seasonal patterns of drosophilid flies and parasitoid wasps attracted to rotting fruit and vegetable baits in Canterbury, New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 40 (1), 7-15. 10.1080/13235818.2017.1307097
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/35299


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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