Dr. Stefan Schmidt

Dr. Stefan Schmidt

Section Hymenoptera

  • Head of Section
  • Tel: +49 (0)89 8107-159
  • E-Mail: Hymenoptera@snsb.de
  • Research:: Hymenoptera taxonomie and systematics, in particular Chalcidoidea (Aphelinidae, Eulophidae) and Symphyta (Pergidae)

Biographic data

I am employed as curator for Hymenoptera (bees, wasps, ants, and parasitic wasps) at the Zoologische Staatssammlung München (ZSM, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology). The ZSM is part of the Bavarian Natural History Collections that is one of 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 morphological and molecular data and 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 Eulophidae
  • Taxonomy, systematics, functional and evolutionary ecology of Symphyta, im particular Pergidae

Postal address

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


Countries that I visited

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Qualifications

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

Appointments

Awards

  • 2014: CSIRO Chairman’s Medal for their outstanding multidisciplinary research (Silverleaf Whitefly Integrated Pest Management Team).

Research Projects