Marie-Claude Lariviere

Insect Hemiptera Taxonomist

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My name is Marie-Claude Larivière, I was born and educated in Québec, graduating with a PhD in systematics entomology from McGill University in 1990. From 1991 to 1992 I did postdoctoral research at the Canadian National Collection (CNC) of Insects in Ottawa. I moved to New Zealand in October 1992 to work as a full-time Hemiptera systematist and Curator of Hemiptera at the New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC), Landcare Research, Auckland.

From 1994 I also occupied a number of science leadership and management positions: Programme Leader, Biosystematics of New Zealand Land Invertebrates (1994-1997); Manager, NZAC Databases (1995-2005, 2011-present); Project Leader and co-manager, NZAC digital imaging facilities (2000-present); Project Leader, Koiora-BioAssist™ (Biodiversity Assessment using Information Technology and Taxonomy, 1999-2004); Research Leader of Invertebrate Systematics Group and Director of NZAC (2007-2010); Editorial Board Member (1994-2004, 2007-2012) and Associate Editor (2012-present), Fauna of New Zealand series.

I have authored or co-authored over 140 publications on the taxonomy, distribution and natural history of Hemiptera and Carabidae (Coleoptera). Much of my New Zealand research has been published in the Fauna of New Zealand series (9 monographs), Insecta Mundi (2 monographs), Zootaxa (8 papers, e.g., Heteroptera Checklist, Saldidae revisions), and the New Zealand Hemiptera website ( I have also published on Australian and South Pacific Hemiptera as well as on North and Central American Hemiptera, Orthoptera, and Carabidae. Many of these publications have been written in collaboration with my husband André. So far I have described or co-described 19 new genera and 47 new species of Hemiptera, mostly from Australia and New Zealand, as well as 10 new genera and 47 new species of New Zealand ground-beetles.

I maintain a number of international research collaborations and participate to New Zealand-based commercial research. I have a great interest in biological information technology, especially e-taxonomy, computer-assisted biological illustration, digital micro- and macro-imaging, interactive identification systems, and web-publishing.

Finally, I am a keen and experienced field biologist and since 1992 André and I have been conducting specialised field inventories in over 1000 New Zealand localities in order to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of bugs and ground-beetles.

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Marie-Claude Lariviere
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