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Roger Burks

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Department of Entomology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 43210, USA

I was a Ph.D. student at the University of California at Riverside under Dr. John M. Heraty. My scientific goals include improving the classification, identification methods, and overall knowledge base for parasitoid wasps. I am interested in parasitoid wasps because I believe that they are important for improvement of the quality of life for those of us who depend upon large-scale agriculture and who are impacted by diseases spread by insect vectors. The most important headway that I have made towards improving our knowledge of parasitic wasps so far has been in development and improvement of photographic identification keys, integration of molecular and morphological evidence for discovery of the phylogeny of the family Pteromalidae, and exploration of measures of the strength of evidence provided by phylogenies. I am also interested in improving the knowledge base of important host species of parasitoid wasps, and this has occasionally led me to publish revised information concerning insects other than parasitoids.

 

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