Marie-Claude & André
I was born and educated in Québec, graduating with a PhD in systematics entomology from McGill University in 1990. From 1991 to 1992 I pursued postdoctoral research at the Canadian National Collection (CNC) of Insects in Ottawa. I moved to New Zealand in October 1992 to become a full-time Hemiptera taxonomist and Curator of Hemiptera, and on 1 July 2019 a Research Associate Emeritus, with the New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC), Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, Auckland.
From 1994, in addition to my research and curatorial duties, I also occupied a number of science leadership and management positions:
- Programme Leader, Biosystematics of New Zealand Land Invertebrates (1994-1997); Manager, NZAC Databases (1995-2005, 2011-2017); Project Leader and co-manager, NZAC digital imaging facilities (2000-2017); Project Leader, Koiora-BioAssist™ (Biodiversity Assessment using Information Technology and Taxonomy, 1999-2004); Research Leader of Invertebrate Systematics Group and Director of NZAC (2007-2010); Editorial Board Member (1994-2004, 2007-2012) and Associate Editor (2012-2019), Fauna of New Zealand series. Finally, throughout my working career I lead or participated to several commercially funded New Zealand projects delivering outcomes for major clients such as the Ministry of Primary Industry (MPI), Department of Conservation (DOC), various Crown Research Institutes, and universities.
I have authored or co-authored over 147 publications on the taxonomy, distribution and natural history of Hemiptera and Carabidae (Coleoptera). My New Zealand research has mainly been published in the Fauna of New Zealand series (9 monographs), Insecta Mundi (3 monographs), and Zootaxa (11 papers).
I have also published on Australian and South Pacific Hemiptera as well as on North and Central American Hemiptera, Orthoptera, and Carabidae. Many of these publications have been written in collaboration with my husband André. And together, we have provided web-based information on New Zealand Hemiptera.
So far I have described or co-described 19 new genera and 51 new species of Hemiptera, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, as well as 11 new genera and 72 new species of New Zealand ground-beetles.
I actively maintain an international network of relationships with other Hemipterists and entomological research institutes and collections. I have a great interest in biological information technology, especially e-taxonomy, computer-assisted biological illustration, digital micro- and macro-imaging, interactive identification systems, and web-publishing.
Finally, I am a keen and experienced field biologist. From 1992 to 2018, with André, I have conducted specialised field inventories across New Zealand's main islands in order to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of bugs and ground-beetles.
I was born and educated in Québec, graduating in 1974 with a Brevet d’Enseignement spécialisé from the Université du Québec à Montréal. I taught ecology at the Collège Bourget, Rigaud, Québec, until 1990. With the encouragement of the late carabid specialist Carl H. Lindroth, I quickly became interested in the study of ground-beetles. From 1975 to 1979 I was the co-editor of two entomological journals, Cordulia and Bulletin d’inventaire des insectes du Québec. From 1986 to 1992 I was Honorary Curator at the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, McGill University, Québec. I moved to New Zealand in 1992 to work as a research scientist.
Currently, I am a Research Associate with the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, Auckland. I have written over 400 publications 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 I published “The food of carabid beetles of the world”; in 1993 I co-authored a “Catalogue of Carabidae of America North of Mexico”; and in 2001 and 2003, with my wife Marie-Claude, we published a “Natural History of the tiger beetles of North America North of Mexico” and “A Natural History of Carabidae” for the same region.
My currrent main research interests are the faunistics and taxonomy of New Zealand ground-beetles. So far I have revised 33 genera and 195 species for this fauna, including the description of 11 new genera and 72 new species, and authored four (4) Fauna of New Zealand monographs (Carabidae Catalogue, 2001; Harpalini Revision, 2005; Synopsis of supraspecific taxa, 2007; Synopsis of Amarotypini, Cicindelini, Clivinini, Migadopini, Moriomorphini, Pamborini, Rhysodini, Trechini, 2013) and three (3) Insecta Mundi monographs (Synopsis of genus Bembidion, 2015; Supplement to 2001 Carabidae Catalogue, 2016; Synopsis of tribe Zolini, 2017).
I have also co-authored publications on New Zealand Hemiptera with Marie-Claude, including five (5) Fauna of New Zealand monographs as well as three (4) Saldidae revisions and a Checklist of Heteroptera in the journal Zootaxa. And, together, we have also provided web-based information on ground-beetles.
I am a keen and experienced field biologist and from 1992 to 2018 Marie-Claude and I have been conducting specialised field inventories in over 1000 New Zealand localities in order to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of ground-beetles and bugs.
Finally, every year I dedicate a number of months to improving the scientific curation of Carabidae specimens in the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Mannaki Whenua-Landcare Research, Auckland.