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Stefan Schmidt

Biographic data

I am employed as curator for Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, and ants) at the Zoologische Staatssammlung in Munich (ZSM, urn:lsid:biocol.org:col:34660). The ZSM is part of the Bavarian Natural History Collections, the largest union of natural history institutions in Germany.

Research interests

My research on hymenopterous insects, mainly microhymenoptera and sawflies, focuses on resolving difficult species complexes and inferring phylogenies using on morphological and molecular data applying innovative techniques. The main direction of my research is explaining biodiversity based on sound theoretical foundations. This often demands a multidisciplinary approach using varied methods. This is supported by an interest in evolutionary aspects, in particular the process of speciation. My main groups of interest include:

  • Taxonomy and systematics of Chalcidoidea, in particular Aphelinidae and Tetrastichinae (Eulophidae)
  • Taxonomy, systematics, functional and evolutionary ecology of Symphyta, im particular Pergidae

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Postal address

  • Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns
  • Zoologische Staatssammlung
  • Hymenoptera Section
  • Muenchhausenstr. 21
  • 81247 Munich, Germany

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Online ressources


  • University of Freiburg, Germany. Diplom-Biologie (1989)
  • University of Hamburg, Germany. PhD (1995) - Systematics and ecology of willow feeding sawflies (Hymenoptera, Symphyta, Tenthredinidae)



  • CSIRO Chairman’s Medal for their outstanding multidisciplinary research (Silverleaf Whitefly Integrated Pest Management Team).