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Mar Ferrer-Suay

Post-doctoral Researcher

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  • Education

      • Universidad de Valencia (Spain), MS c., 2015
      • Universidad de Barcelona (Spain), Ph.D., 2014
      • Universidad de Valencia (Spain), MS c., 2011
      • Universidad de Valencia (Spain), B.S., 2009
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      Dr. Ferrer-Suay is a Hymenopteran taxonomist, specialized in Cynipoidea group. She performed her PhD at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Her PhD was based to solve the taxonomy of an important group of wasps, the Charipinae (Hym., Cynipoidea: Figitidae). Members of the subfamily Charipinae (Hymenoptera: Cynipoidea: Figitidae) are secondary parasitoids of aphids via Aphidiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Aphelininae (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) and secondary parasitoids of psylids via Encyrtidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea). The charipines affect effectiveness of the primary parasitoids by decreasing their abundance and modifying their behavior. As a result, increase of aphid host populations can cause severe yield losses in some of the most important crops. Therefore, studies on the subfamily Charipinae have a great economical and biological importance. The knowledge about the subfamily Charipinae has been significantly increased, with special attention to the Alloxysta and Phaenoglyphis, the most abundant and widely distributed genera within this subfamily; these genera are also the most important affecting to the practices of aphid biological control.  Thanks to the study of this type material, with the revision of many specimens deposited in different institutions and sent to the University of Barcelona, it has been possible to establish the interspecific limits based on morphological features, making new synonymies or breaking down groups of species when it has been necessary. Now the taxonomy of this group is completely solved, for consulting please visit:

      As a post-doctoral fellow in the American Museum of Natural History she is interested in the study of the Kinsey gall wasps collection. The gall wasps are other important group within the superfamily Cynipoidea. The Kinsey Collection is one of the greatest assets of the American Museum of Natural History (New York, USA). Comprises 5.5 million of insects inducing galls oak (Cynipidae: Cynipini), 1.25 million inquilines (which develop inside the galls of other cynipids instead of making galls by themselves), and 0.25 million galls. Only from México, Alfred Kinsey described more than 130 species in three years. However, his work is incomplete having many undescribed species (manuscript species) because in 1937 he left the entomology to devote to human sexual behavior studies. For this reason the lectotypes of many species are not designed and there is a very large chaos which makes very difficult the work of those who want to access to the Kinsey Collection. With the aim to make the Kinsey collection more accessible to researchers, it is proposed the following objectives: (i) taxonomically revise all the Cynipidae material within the Kinsey collection, (ii) establish the lectotypes of the type material of the described species, (iii) describe new species when necessary, (iv) create a database which compile images and information of all Kinsey specimens deposited in this institution as well as images of their galls and labels (this way the Kinsey collection will be available to everyone interested to be consulted online). This will certainly increase the number of type species located in this institution, enriching the reservoir of the Museum and at the same time facilitating the detection of material by those responsible for the collections and on-line consultation of researchers.

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