Robert L. Zuparko

b_zuparkoAssistant Specialist/Curatorial Assistant

1170 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3112
(510) 643-0804

Research Interests

I received my B.S. at U.C. Berkeley in 1975 in the Conservation of Natural Resources major, specializing in integrated pest management. This led to a four-year stint in an urban IPM program led by Dr. William Olkowski, where I worked on pests of shade trees. In 1985-86, I worked under Dr. Roger Akre at Washington State University. In 1987 I began my graduate studies at Berkeley under Dr. Donald Dahlsten. Initially I studied the tuliptree aphid, but ultimately completed my dissertation investigating the biological control of the linden aphid.

As an associate curator of the Essig Museum, my primary duties are curating the Hymenoptera. I am also employed at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, working under Dr. Wojciech Pulawski and Dr. Norman Penny, as a curatorial assistant.

My research interests are the taxonomy of the Chalcidoidea and other parasitoid groups in the Hymenoptera, with special interest in their use in biological control programs.


Selected Publications

Zuparko, R.L., D.L. de Queiroz & J. LaSalle. 2011. Two new species of Tamarixia (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) from Chile and Australia, established as biological control agents of invasive psyllids (Hemiptera: Calophyidae, Triozidae) in California. Zootaxa 2921: 13-27.
Zolnerowich, G. & R.L. Zuparko 2011 (2010) Copidosoma howardi, a new name for Parapsilophrys gelechiae Howard, 1898. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 86(4): 135-138.
Zuparko, R.L. 2009 (2008). Lectotype designation for Anagyrus smithi Doutt. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 84(3): 244-245.
Starý, P. & R.L. Zuparko, R.L. 2006. Pauesia decurrens sp. nov. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a parasitoid of a Cinara sp. (Homoptera: Aphididae) from California. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 81(1/2): 171-176.
Daane, K.M., K.R. Sime, D.L. Dahlsten, J.W. Andrews Jr. & R.L. Zuparko. 2005. The biology of Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae), a parasitoid of the red gum lerp psyllid (Hemiptera: Psylloidea). Biological Control 32: 228-235.
Trjapitzin, V.A. & R.L. Zuparko. 2004. A synopsis of the genus Cheiloneurus Westwood, 1833 (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) of the New World. Russian Entomological Journal 13(4): 257-266.
Zuparko. R.L. 2004. Parasitic Hymenoptera (Hymenoptera: Parasitica). pp. 1629-1634 in Capinera, J.L. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Entomology. Kluwer Press, Dordrecht.
Berti Filho, E., V.A. Costa, R.L. Zuparko & J. LaSalle. 2003. Ocorrência de Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtide) no Brasil. Revista de Agricultura 78(3): 304.
Zuparko, R. L. & P. Starý. 2002. Diaeretus essigellae (Hymen: Braconidae), a new species parasitic on Essigella pine aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae) from California. Pan-Pac. Ent. 78(1): 56-61.
Zuparko, R. L., D.L. Dahlsten, A.E. Hajek, D.L. Rowney, & S.H. Dreistadt. 1999. Long-term sampling of Eucallipterus tiliae (Homoptera: Drepanosiphidae) and associated natural enemies in a northern California site. Environ. Entomol. 28(5): 845-850.
Zuparko, R. L., D.L. Dahlsten, E.P. Hansen, & R.B. Norgaard. 1998. Biological control of the blue gum psyllid proves economically beneficial. California Agriculture 52: 35-40.
Zuparko, R. L. & G. O. Poinar, Jr. 1997. Aivalykus dominicanus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a new species from Dominican amber. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 99: 744-747.
Zuparko, R. L. 1997. Notes on Brachycaudonia Ashmead spp. (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Pan- Pac. Entomol. 73: 243-244.
Zuparko, R. L. 1997. A review of the host ranges of aphidophagous Aphelinidae (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 6: 99-106.
Zuparko, R. L. 1996. Hymenoptera reared from Plagiotrochus suberi (Hymenoptera: Cynipidae) galls in California. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 72: 27-30.
Zuparko, R. L. & D. L. Dahlsten. 1995. Parasitoid complex of Eucallipterus tiliae (Homoptera: Drepanosiphidae) in northern California. Environmental Entomology 24: 730-737.
Zuparko, R. L. 1995. New host record for Metanotalia maderensis (Walker) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 71: 245-246.
Zuparko, R. L. & P. Starý. 1995. A new species of Trioxys (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from California. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 71: 173-175.
Zuparko, R. L. 1995. Notes on Parablastothrix nearctica (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society Washington 97: 884- 886.
Zuparko, R. L. & J. Hamai. 1994. Depositions of parasitic Hymenoptera (Insecta) types from the University of California, Berkeley. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 70: 313-317.