Samantha Ward

Research Scientist

Bachelor of Science (Zoology), Master of Science (Environmental Management)

Sam joined the Cesar Australia team to manage the green peach aphid (GPA) work and use her expertise in taxonomy to contribute to a range of Cesar Australia projects.

In Wales, Sam received a first degree in BSc Zoology studying garden snails. She received industry funding to undertake an MSc in Environmental Management, investigating the effects of woodland conservation on arthropods. After spending a few years travelling around the globe and volunteering at the Natural History Museum in London, UK, working on parasitoid wasp taxonomy, Sam decided to return to study. At the University of Melbourne, she began a PhD on the topic of using parasitoid wasps to control grain aphids in 2016. A highlight of Sam’s career was naming a species of parasitoid wasp after her father; ‘Eretmocerus garrywardi’.

Sam is passionate about food security, habitat management and the adoption of beneficial invertebrates within integrated pest management strategies. As the editor of the Australian Entomological Society’s newsletter, Myrmecia, she is at the forefront of entomological news.

When not at work, Sam can be found adventuring around Australia or other parts of the world, looking for animals at all times of the day! She is a scuba diver instructor and enjoys
reading crime novels.

Ward SE, Umina PA, Macfadyen S, Hoffmann AA (2021) Hymenopteran parasitoids of
aphid pests within Australian grain production landscapes. Insects 12(1): 44.

Ward SE, van Helden M, Heddle T, Ridland PM, Pirtle E, Umina A (2020) Biology,
ecology and management of Diuraphis noxia (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in Australia.
Austral Entomology, 59(2): 238-252.

Scmidt S, Hamid H, Ubaidillah R, Ward S, Polaszek A (2019) A review of the
Indonesian species of the family Signiphoridae (Hymenoptera, Chalcidoidea), with
description of three new species. ZooKeys, 897: 29-47.

Ward SE, Shih YT, Ko C-C, Polaszek A (2016) Two new species of Eretmocerus
Haldeman (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) parasitizing Aleurolobus rhododendri
Takahashi and Dialeuropora decempunctata (Quaintance & Baker) (Hemiptera:
Aleyrodidae) from Taiwan. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4(4): e7713.

Ward SE, Valente C, Gonçalves C, Polaszek A (2016) Rediscovery and redescription of
Centrodora damoni (Girault) (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) from Australia, an egg
parasitoid of Gonipterus spp (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), after nearly a century.
Biodiversity Data Journal, 4(4): e7766.

Polaszek A, Shih Y-T, Ward SE (2015) A new species of Cales Howard, 1907
(Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) parasitizing Bemisia pongamiae (Takahashi)
(Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) in Taiwan, with a key to world species of the Cales
spenceri-group. Biodiversity Data Journal 3(4): e6352.