'Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi

Faculty of Biology

Invertebrate Diversity & Phylogenetics Research Group

Bd. Carol I 20A

700505 Iasi, Romania

E-mail: mircea.mitroiu@uaic.ro


Research interests:

Taxonomy of parasitic wasps, especially Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae.


Invertebrate systematics; Biology of animal pests; Environmental problems management; Ecosystems and risk factors; Evolutionary biology.


2016, Habilitation;

2002-2006, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, Ph.D. (cum laudae);

2002-2004, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, M.Sc.;

Oct.2000-Mar.2001, Gent Universiteit (Erasmus mobility);

1998-2002, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, B.Sc..



Oct.2016-Mar.2017, Fulbright Senior Scholar, University of California Riverside, USA;

From 2014, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Reader (Associate Professor);

2008-2014, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Lecturer;

2010-2013, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Postdoctoral Researcher;

2003-2008, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University Iasi, Faculty of Biology, Teaching Assistant;

2002-2003, Biological Research Institute Iasi, Biological Control Laboratory, Research Assistant.


Current projects:

Revision of the world species of Netomocera Boucek (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae);

Key to the Afrotropical genera of Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea);

Parasitoids of Nezara viridula: revision of selected genera;

Parasitoids of synanthropic flies: DNA barcoding and morphology.


Visiting scientist:

Institut Sophia Agrobiotech, France (2018);

Zoological Museum Copenhagen, Denmark (2018);

Centre de Biologie pour la Gestion des Populations, Montpellier, France (2017, 2018);

IZICO Museums of South Africa (2017);

University of California Riverside, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Dept of Entomology (2016-2017);

The Natural History Museum London, U.K. (2008, 2010, 2015);

Naturalis Biodiversity Center Leiden (Nationaal Natuurhistorisch Museum Leiden), The Netherlands (2009, 2013);

Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Madrid, Spain (2012);

Museo Civico di Storia Naturale "Giacomo Doria" Genova, Italy (2011);

Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle Paris, France (2011, 2017); 

Koninklijk Museum voor Midden-Africa Tervuren ('Africa Museum'), Belgium (2010, 2017);

Národní Muzeum Praha, The Czech Republic (2010);

Iowa State University of Science and Technology, College of Agriculture, U.S.A. (2004);

Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique Bruxelles, Belgium (2001).

Training provider:

Distributed European School of Taxonomy (DEST), Expert-in-training programme: "Collecting methods and identification of parasitic wasps, with special emphasis on Chalcidoidea (Hymenoptera)" (2014-2017);

European Distributed Institute of Taxonomy (EDIT) summer school, Muraska Planina, Slovakia: "Taxonomy of the European chalcid wasps (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea)" (2009).


International Society of Hymenopterists (ISH);

Fauna Europaea Database (www.faunaeur.org) – Group Coordinator for Hymenoptera Apocrita excl. Ichneumonoidea; Taxonomic Specialist for part of the superfamily Chalcidoidea.

COIMBRA GROUP Life Sciences Working Group Member.

Coordinated projects:

2017-2019: Enhanced biological control through integrated taxonomy: the case of the invasive green vegetable bug Nezara viridula (Insecta: Hemiptera) and its parasitoids (Insecta: Hymenoptera) (ANCSCNCS-UEFISCDI, PN-III-P4-ID-PCE-2016-0233);

2013-2015: Parasitoids of synanthropic flies: advanced identification methods using an integrated approach (ANCSCNCS-UEFISCDI, PN-II-RU-TE-2012-3-0057); 

2013: Diversity of the Vietnamese Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea): a preliminary assessment based on material from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (SYNTHESYS Grant NL-TAF-2618);

2010: Contribution to a future key to the genera of Afrotropical Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) (SYNTHESYS Grant BE-TAF-464, Africa Museum Tervuren, Belgium);

2008: Taxonomic studies on the European species of Macroglenes Westwood (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, Pteromalidae) (SYNTHESYS Grant GB-TAF-3999, The Natural History Museum, London, U.K.);

2003-2006: Biodiversity of the Romanian pteromalids (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea, Pteromalidae) (CNCSIS BD Grant, Romanian Ministry of Education and Research);

2001-2002: The role of pteromalids (Hym: Pteromalidae) in the regulation of the insect populations from David’s Valley Natural Reserve Iasi (CNCSIS S Grant, Romanian Ministry of Education and Research).


Team member:

2016-2019: An integrative approach to understanding the evolution and systematics of Chalcidoidea: A recent megaradiation of Hymenoptera (National Science Foundation–NSF, USA, grant 1555053);

2014-2015: Monitoring the conservation status of the Romanian species and habitats based on the 17th article of the Habitats Directive (Monitorizarea stării de conservare a speciilor şi habitatelor din România în baza articolului 17 din Directiva Habitate) (POS Mediu);

2011-2012: Improvement of the conservation status of the Black Grouse Tetrao terix in the Calimani National Park (SMIS CSNR 126);

2005-2008: Expertise center for sustainable exploitation of the ecosystems. Case study: terrestrial and aquatic periurban  ecosystems  from Ciric river basin, north of Iasi city (CEEX program);

2004-2005: Fauna Europaea (funded by the European Commision in the frame of FP 5; international coordination: the University of Amsterdam assisted by the University of Copenhagen and the National Museum of Natural History in Paris);

2001-2005: Modular biostation for trichogramms production (AGRAL program);

2001-2005: Producing and using trichogramms as biopesticide – the main procedure in ecological apple and pear orchards (BIOTECH program);

2001-2004: Improvement of apple quality and derived products resulted from industrialization by conversion of some conventional orchards to ecological production (AGRAL program);

2000-2002: Marginal areas as sources of insect diversity and their relations to surrounding cultivated lands (ORIZONT program);

2000-2002: Diversity of the entomofauna in apple orchards as main source of equilibrium in the ecosystem and its evolution, considering the degree and type of phytosanitary protection (ORIZONT program).

Recent selected publications:

Thomson S.A., Pyle R.L., [...] Mitroiu M.-D., [...] et al., 2018. Taxonomy based on science is necessary for global conservation. PLoS Biology 16(3): e2005075. [doi: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.2005075]
Mitroiu M.-D., 2017. Revision of world Austroterobiinae and Parasaphodinae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Pteromalidae), parasitoids of giant scales (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Monophlebidae). Zootaxa 4301(1): 001-063 (ISBN: 978-1-77670-193-3). [PDF]

Mitroiu M.-D., 2016. Review of world genera of Ceinae, with the description of two new Palaearctic species of Spalangiopelta Masi (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea, Pteromalidae). European Journal of Taxonomy 251: 1-15. [PDF]

Mitroiu M.-D., 2016. Pireninae (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) of Papua New Guinea: key to genera and description of new taxa, in ROBILLARD T., LEGENDRE F., VILLEMANT C. & LEPONCE M. (eds), Insects of Mount Wilhelm, Papua New Guinea. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris : 307-320 (Mémoires du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle 209). ISBN : 978-2-85653-784-8. [PDF]

Mitroiu M.-D., 2015. Revision of the Afrotropical species of Norbanus Walker (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Zootaxa 3969(1): 001-103 (ISBN: 978-1-77557-717-1)

Popovici O. A., Mitroiu M.-D., Notton D. G., 2014. New teratological cases in Platygastridae and Pteromalidae (Hymenoptera). Turkish Journal of Zoology 38: 491-499 (doi:10.3906/zoo-1312-30).

Tselikh E. V., Mitroiu M.-D., 2014. Wing polymorphism in Netomocera ramakrishnai Sureshan, 2010 (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) in East Asia, with the first description of a brachypterous form. Proceedings of the Zoological Institute Russian Academy of Sciences 318(1): 70-75. 

Mitroiu M.-D., van Achterberg C., 2013. Revision of the Oriental species of Apsilocera Boucek (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), with description of twelve new species. Zootaxa 3717(4): 448-468 (http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3717.4.2).

Mitroiu M.-D., 2013. Taxonomic review of Afrotropical Watshamia Boucek (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae), with description of a new speciesEntomological Science 16: 191-195 (doi:10.1111/j.1479-8298.2012.00554.x).