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Dr Maria Minor

Senior Lecturer in Ecology / Zoology

Institute of Agriculture and Environment

Soil ecology (focusing on ecology of soil invertebrates), systems ecology (focusing on the interactions between human land use and biodiversity) , New Zealand's Biological Heritage (focusing on diversity and conservation of native invertebarte fauna).

Professional

Contact details

  • Ph: +64 6 356 9099 ext. 84833
    Location: 116, AgHort A
    Campus: Manawatu

Qualifications

  • MSc equiv. (Zoology, Entomology) - Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia (1993)
  • PhD (Ecology) - SUNY-ESF, Syracuse, NY, USA (2003)

Research Expertise

Research Interests

If you are interested in studying for postgraduate degree in Ecology, Zoology, Soil Biology, or Systems Ecology at Massey University, contact me. I will help you to achieve your goals. Examples of projects involving soil invertebrates include: soil communities and ecosystem function; impacts of land management practices on soil invertebrate biodiversity; ecology of threatened NZ invertebrates; discovery and description of new species; ecological patterns in relation to abiotic gradients.

Other aspects of research focus on interdisciplinary approach and on using quantitative techniques to study the interactions between ecological systems and our economic activities, and the exchange in energy and matter between ecosystems and their environment. Examples include: sustainability assessment at the farm and catchment level by applying the paradigm of strong (biophysical) sustainability; energy and carbon accounting, combined with other environmental indicators such as nutrient loading, biodiversity, water quality, etc.

Current and Past Postgraduate Student’s Projects:       

  • Prey choice and foraging behaviour of giant Powelliphanta snails (BSc Hons)
  • Response of soil invertebrates to pastoral management, and their links to soil services (PhD).
  • The impacts of forest fragmentation on invertebrate community composition and ecological functioning (PhD).
  • Ecology and reproductive biology of the Bronze Beetle, Eucolaspis sp (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) (PhD).
  • Reproductive behaviour and fitness trade-offs in aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) (PhD). 
  • An environmentally-based systems approach to sustainability analysis of organic fruit production systems in New Zealand (PhD).
  • Catchment-scale sustainability: trends in carbon emissions during catchment-scale land use management (MSc).
  • Effect of translocations on dispersal and foraging behaviour of giant Powelliphanta snails (MSc).
  • Optimising methods for collecting invertebrates for agricultural biodiversity assessment and monitoring (BSc Honours).

Thematics

Resource Development and Management

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agricultural Spatial Analysis and Modelling (070104): Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling (070105): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100):
Biological Sciences (060000): Community Ecology (060202): Ecology (060200): Invertebrate Biology (060808): Population Ecology (060207): Terrestrial Ecology (060208): Zoology (060800)

Keywords

Soil Invertebrate Ecology

Invertebrate Zoology

NZ Biological Heritage - biology and conservation of native invertebrate fauna

Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 1 4

Research Outputs

Journal

Minor, MA., Meyer, V., Robertson, A., & Taiti, S. (2017). NZ Slaters: A Guide and Identification Key to New Zealand Terrestrial Isopoda (updated 31-Jan-2017).
[Internet publication]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Kant, R., & Minor, MA. (2017). Parasitoid diaeretiella rapae (hymenoptera: Braconidae) adjusts reproductive strategy when competing for Hosts. Environmental Entomology. 46(3), 521-527
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Babenko, AB., & Ermilov, SG. (2017). Oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) and springtails (Collembola) in alpine habitats of southern New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 44(1), 65-85
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Ermilov, SG., & Anichkin, AE. (2017). Biodiversity of soil oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in a tropical highland plateaux, Bi Doup–nui Ba National Park, Southern Vietnam. Tropical Ecology. 58(1), 45-55
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., Minor, MA., & Behan-Pelletier, VM. (2016). Contribution to the knowledge of the oribatid mite genus Safrobates (Acari, Oribatida, Punctoribatidae). SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED ACAROLOGY. 21(9), 1210-1224
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Babenko, AB., Ermilov, SG., Khaustov, AA., & Makarova, OL. (2016). Effects of cushion plants on high-altitude soil microarthropod communities: Cushions increase Abundance and Diversity of Mites (Acari), but not Springtails (Collembola). Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research. 48(3), 485-500
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Ermilov, SG., Philippov, DA., & Prokin, AA. (2016). Relative importance of local habitat complexity and regional factors for assemblages of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in Sphagnum peat bogs. Experimental and Applied Acarology. 70(3), 275-286
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG, ., & Minor, MA. (2016). New Oripodoidea (Acari, Oribatida) from alpine herbaceous snowbanks of New Zealand. Systematic & Applied Acarology. 21(8), 1116-1132
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, S. (2016). Asymmetric effects of adult nutrition on reproductive success of male and female Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). Physiological Entomology. 41(2), 91-95
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2016). Three new species of oribatid mites of the family Punctoribatidae (Acari, Oribatida) from alpine bogs of New Zealand. Zootaxa. 4092(2), 243-257
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., & Minor, MA. (2016). Sexual Receptivity and Mating Behavior of Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 109(1), 35-41
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Khaustov, AA., & Minor, MA. (2016). New taxa and record of mite family Microdispidae (Acari: Heterostigmata) from alpine New Zealand. International Journal of Acarology. 42(3), 159-167
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2016). Soil Bugs: An Illustrated Guide to New Zealand Soil Invertebrates. URL: http://soilbugs.massey.ac.nz (last updated 14-Dec-2016). : Massey University
[Internet publication]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Minor, MA., & Ermilov, SG. (2015). First record of atopochthonioidea from New Zealand, with description of Pterochthonius roynortoni sp. N. (Acari, Oribatida, Pterochthoniidae). Acarina. 23(2), 132-138
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). New species of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) of the genera Austrachipteria (Achipteriidae), Cultroribula (Astegistidae) and Microlamellarea (Lamellareidae) from New Zealand. Biologia (Poland). 70(11), 1501-1519
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). Two new species of neophysobates (Acari, Oribatida, Tegoribatidae) from New Zealand. Acarologia. 55(3), 285-295
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). Two new species of alpine Ceratozetoidea (Acari, Oribatida) from New Zealand. Systematic and Applied Acarology. 20(8), 907-918
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., Rogers, DJ., & Trewick, SA. (2015). Fifteen into three does go: Morphology, genetics and genitalia confirm taxonomic inflation of New Zealand beetles (chrysomelidae: Eucolaspis). PLoS ONE. 10(11)
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Ermilov, SG., Minor, MA., & Behan-Pelletier, VM. (2015). Zealandozetes southensis gen. nov., sp. nov. (Acari, Oribatida, Maudheimiidae) from alpine cushions plant in New Zealand. Zootaxa. 4027(1), 42-66
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., Wang, Q., Rogers, DJ., Koot, EM., & Trewick, SA. (2016). Role of olfaction in host plant selection and local adaptation of a polyphagous herbivore, Eucolaspis Sharp. Journal of Applied Entomology. 140(6), 444-452
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S., Wang, Q.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). New Oppiidae (Acari, Oribatida) from New Zealand. Zootaxa. 4007(2), 181-194
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Ermilov, SG. (2015). Effects of topography on soil and litter mites (Acari: Oribatida, Mesostigmata) in a tropical monsoon forest in Southern Vietnam. Experimental and Applied Acarology. 67(3), 357-372
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). The genus Scapheremaeus (Acari, Oribatida, Cymbaeremaeidae) in the oribatid mite fauna of New Zealand, with description of two new species. ZooKeys. 2015(508), 69-83
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Babenko, AB., & Minor, MA. (2015). Austrodontella monticola sp. nov., a new species of Collembola from New Zealand mountains. Zootaxa. 3974(1), 122-128
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). Two new species of dicrotegaeus (Acari, oribatida, cerocepheidae) from New Zealand. Systematic and Applied Acarology. 20(7), 757-768
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Ermilov, SG., & Minor, MA. (2015). The Oribatid Mite Genus Macrogena (Acari, Oribatida, Ceratozetidae), With Description Of Two New Species From New Zealand. ZooKeys. 2015(506), 13-26
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Parker, AN., & Minor, MA. (2015). Native and adventive detritivores (Diplopoda, Isopoda and Amphipoda) in a modified landscape: Influence of forest type and edge. New Zealand Journal of Ecology. 39(2), 323-331 Retrieved from http://www.newzealandecology.org/nzje
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Shear, WA., Jones, TH., Guidry, HM., Derkarabetian, S., Richart, CH., Minor, MA., . . . Lewis, JJ. (2014). Chemical defenses in the opilionid infraorder Insidiatores: divergence in chemical defenses between Triaenonychoidea and Travunioidea and within travunioid harvestmen (Opiliones) from eastern and western North America. The Journal of Arachnology. 42(3), 248-256
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Larsen, NJ., Minor, MA., Cruickshank, RH., & Robertson, AW. (2014). Optimising methods for collecting Hymenoptera, including parasitoids and Halictidae bees, in New Zealand apple orchards. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 17(3), 375-381
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Turner, RL., Carter, GM., Castro, IC., & Minor, MA. (2013). Use of adhesives to attach devices to invertebrates: Implications for depredation by ship rats (Rattus rattus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 40(2), 93-101
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Minor, M.
Doddala, PRC., Trewick, SA., Rogers, DJ., & Minor, MA. (2013). Predictive modelling of adult emergence in a polyphagous eucolaspis (Chrysomelidae: Eumolpinae) leaf beetle. Journal of Economic Entomology. 106(2), 899-904
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, M., Sandanayaka, M., & Trewick, S. (2013). Effects of mating and oviposition delay on parasitism rate and sex allocation behaviour of Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). Biological Control. 65(2), 265-270
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, M., & Trewick, S. (2012). Mating or ovipositing? A crucial decision in the life history of the cabbage aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (M'Intosh). Ecological Entomology. 37(3), 169-174
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Turner, RL., Carter, GM., Castro, IC., & Minor, MA. (2013). Use of adhesives to attach devices to invertebrates: implications for depredation by ship rats (Rattus rattus). New Zealand Journal of Zoology.
[Journal article]Authored by: Castro, I., Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2012). Vulnerability of soil invertebrate communities to the influences of livestock in three grasslands. Applied Soil Ecology. 53, 98-107
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., Trewick, SA., & Sandanayaka, WRM. (2012). Body size and fitness relation in male and female Diaeretiella rapae. BioControl. 57(6), 759-766
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Trewick, SA., Sandanayaka, WRM., Godfrey, AJR., & Minor, MA. (2012). Effects of multiple matings on reproductive fitness of male and female diaeretiella rapae. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 145(3), 215-221
[Journal article]Authored by: Godfrey, A., Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2012). Relationship between food resource, soil physical condition, and invertebrates in pastoral soils. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 76(5), 1644-1654
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Fraser, PM., Schon, NL., Piercy, JE., MacKay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2012). Influence of summer irrigation on soil invertebrate populations in a long-term sheep irrigation trial at Winchmore (Canterbury). New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 55(2), 165-180
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, SA. (2012). Reproductive strategies of Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiinae) during fluctuating temperatures of spring season in New Zealand. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 22(1), 1-9
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2012). Vulnerability of soil invertebrate communities to the influences of livestock in three grasslands. Applied Soil Ecology. 53(1), 98-107
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, SA. (2012). Fitness gain in a koinobiont parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) by parasitising hosts of different ages. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 15(1), 83-87
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2011). Effects of dairy cow treading pressures and food resources on invertebrates in two contrasting and co-occurring soils. Soil Research. 49(8), 703-714
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., Gray, RA., & Minor, MA. (2011). Earthworms in New Zealand sheep- and dairy-grazed pastures with focus on anecic Aporrectodea longa. Pedobiologia. 54(SUPPL.)
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., Trewick, SA., & Sandanayaka, WRM. (2011). Host selection for self-superparasitism by Diaeretiella rapae (M'Intosh) (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). New Zealand Plant Protection. 64, 37-43
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Page, G., Kelly, T., & Minor, MA. (2011). Modelling sustainability: what are the factors that influence sustainability of organic fruit production systems in New Zealand?. Organic Agriculture. 1(2), 55-64 Retrieved from http://springer.com/
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., Hedley, MJ., & Minor, MA. (2012). The soil invertebrate contribution to nitrogen mineralisation differs between soils under organic and conventional dairy management. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 48(1), 31-42
[Journal article]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2011). Soil fauna in sheep-grazed hill pastures under organic and conventional livestock management and in an adjacent ungrazed pasture. Pedobiologia. 54(3), 161-168
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., Gray, RAJ., & Minor, MA. (2011). Influence of phosphorus inputs and sheep treading on soil macrofauna and mesofauna in hill pastures. New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 54(2), 83-96
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2011). Spatial patterns and local diversity in soil oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in three pine plantation forests. European Journal of Soil Biology. 47(2), 122-128
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., MacKay, AD., Hedley, MJ., & Minor, MA. (2011). Influence of soil faunal communities on nitrogen dynamics in legume-based mesocosms. Soil Research. 49(2), 190-201
[Journal article]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Page, G., Kelly, T., Minor, M., & Cameron, E. (2011). Modeling carbon footprints of organic orchard production systems to address carbon trading: An approach based on life cycle assessment. HortScience. 46(2), 324-327
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Scheller, U., & Minor, M. (2010). New records of Pauropoda (Myriapoda) from New Zealand with descriptions of four new species and a new family Eirmopauropodidae. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 37(4), 323-337
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., Yeates, GW., & Minor, MA. (2010). Separating the effects of defoliation and dairy cow treading pressure on the abundance and diversity of soil invertebrates in pastures. Applied Soil Ecology. 46(2), 209-221
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., & Rogers, DJ. (2010). Population dynamics of bronze beetle, Eucolaspis spp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in relation to other sou macro-invertebrates in organic apple orchards in Hawke's Bay. New Zealand Plant Protection. 63, 195-200
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Wüst, PK., Horn, MA., Henderson, G., Janssen, PH., Rehm, BHA., & Drake, HL. (2009). Gut-associated denitrification and in vivo emission of nitrous oxide by the earthworm families megascolecidae and lumbricidae in New Zealand. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 75(11), 3430-3436
[Journal article]Contributed to by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2009). Surface energy balance and 24-h evapotranspiration on an agricultural landscape with SRF willow in central New York. BIOMASS & BIOENERGY. 33(12), 1710-1718
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2008). Protura in native and exotic forests in the North Island of New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Zoology. 35(4), 271-279
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Norton, RA. (2008). Effects of weed and erosion control on communities of soil mites (Oribatida and Gamasina) in short-rotation willow plantings in central New York. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 38(5), 1061-1070
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., Minor, MA., Yeates, GW., & Hedley, MJ. (2008). Soil fauna in grazed New Zealand hill country pastures at two management intensities. Applied Soil Ecology. 40(2), 218-228
[Journal article]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Cianciolo, JM. (2007). Diversity of soil mites (Acari : Oribatida, Mesostigmata) along a gradient of land use types in New York. APPLIED SOIL ECOLOGY. 35(1), 140-153
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Norton, RA. (2004). Effects of soil amendments on assemblages of soil mites (Acari: Oribatida, Mesostigmata) in short-rotation willow plantings in central New York. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 34(7), 1417-1425
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Volk, TA., & Norton, RA. (2004). Effects of site preparation techniques on communities of soil mites (Acari: Oribatida, Acari: Gamasida) under short-rotation forestry plantings in New York, USA. Applied Soil Ecology. 25(3), 181-192
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2002). Soil biodiversity under different land uses in New York State. : The Roosevelt Wild Life Station
[Internet publication]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (1999). Fauna and population of free-living mesostigmatic mites (Parasitiformes, Mesostigmata) of the Oka state biosphere reserve. Biology Bulletin. 26(1), 62-74
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Petrova-Nikitina, AD., Butovsky, RO., & Minor, MA. (1994). Effect of a highway on the microarthropod complex in an agricultural plant community. 2. Mesostigmatic mites (Parasitiformes, Mesostigmata).. Agrokhimiya. 3, 78-83 Retrieved from http://www.maik.rssi.ru/cgi-perl/journal.pl?name=agro&lang=eng
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.
Petrova-Nikitina, AD., Butovsky, RO., & Minor, MA. (1994). Effect of a highway on the microarthropod complex in an agricultural plant community. 1. Community structure.. Agrokhimiya. 10, 116-125 Retrieved from http://www.maik.rssi.ru/cgi-perl/journal.pl?name=agro&lang=eng
[Journal article]Authored by: Minor, M.

Book

Norton, RA., Sanders, FH., & Minor, MA. (2003). Euphthiracarus cooki sp. nov.: A new oribatid mite (Acari : Oribatida) from Michigan and New York. In An Acarological Tribute to David R. Cook - From Yankee Springs to Wheeny Creek. (pp. 201 - 210). West Bloomfield, MI: Indira Publishing House
[Chapter]Authored by: Minor, M.

Thesis

Minor, MA. (2003). Assessing the sustainability of short-rotation forestry for energy production in New York State. (Doctoral Thesis, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
[Doctoral Thesis]Authored by: Minor, M.

Report

Shadbolt, NM., Holmes, CW., Thatcher, AR., Kemp, PD., Harrington, KC., Palmer, AS., . . . Horne, DJ. (2010). Massey University Organic-Conventional Dairy Systems trial: Report after the seventh season of full certification.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Kelly, T., Shadbolt, N., Holmes, C., Thatcher, A., Kemp, P., Harrington, K., . . . Chandler, D. (2006). Massey University organic-conventional dairy systems trial: Report after the second season of full certification. Dairy Insight.
[Commissioned Report]Authored by: Harrington, K., Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A., Wolber, F.
Minor, MA.(2006). Guide to Soil Invertebrates..
[Technical Report]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Norton, RA., Volk, TA., Abrahamson, LP., & White, EH.(2002). Impact of willow biomass crops on abundance and diversity of soil microarthropods: Final report. Syracuse, NY: State University of New York
[Technical Report]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Norton, RA., Volk, TA., Abrahamson, LP., & White, EH.(2000). Impact of willow biomass crops on abundance and diversity of soil microarthropods. State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestr: United States Department of Energy Under Cooperative Agreement No. DE-FC36-96GO10132
[Technical Report]Authored by: Minor, M.

Conference

Liu, Z., Najar-Rodriguez, A., Minor, MA., & Morel, P. (2017). Production of black soldier fly larvae for animal feed. Proceedings of the Massey University Advancing Pork Production Seminar (2017). : 2017 Massey University Advancing Pork Production Seminar
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Minor, M., Morel, P.
Liu, Z., Minor, MA., Morel, P., & Najar-Rodrigues, A. (2017, April). Using black soldier fly Hermetia illucens (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) for organic waste conversion. Presented at The 66th Entomological Society of New Zealand Conference. Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Morel, P.
Minor, MA. (2016, August). Future of Soil Zoology in New Zealand. Presented at Roundtable “Current state and future perspective of soil zoology in Asian region” at the XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology. Nara, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2016, August). Soil invertebrates in New Zealand: The state of knowledge and the state of science. Presented at XVII International Colloquium on Soil Zoology. Nara, Japan.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Falla, C., Minor, MA., Harrington, K., Najar-Rodriguez, A., Paynter, Q., & Wang, Q. (2015, November). Ecological factors affecting the establishment of Gargaphia decoris Drake (Tingidae: Heteroptera) on the invasive weed Solanum mauritianum Scopoli (Solanaceae). Presented at New Zealand Ecological Society Annual conference. University of Canterbury, Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Harrington, K., Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014). Soil oribatid mites in cryophytic cushion plants of sub-nival alpine zone in New Zealand. In Problems of Soil Zoology: Materials of the XVII All-Russian conference on Soil Zoology(pp. 160 - 161). , Problems of Soil Zoology, The XVII All-Russian conference on Soil Zoology Moscow-Syktyvkar: Russian Academy of Science
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014). Assessing soil biodiversity: sampling and replication trade-offs.. Poster session presented at the meeting of The First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference: Assessing soil biodiversity and its role for ecosystem services. 2-4 Dec 2014, Dijon, France.. Dijon, France
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2013, April). Sampling and replication in soil invertebrate research.. Presented at The 62nd New Zealand Entomological Society Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., Trewick, SA., & Sandanayaka, WRM. (2013, April). Preference-performance testing in the aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae.. Presented at The 62nd New Zealand Entomological Society Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Turner, RL., Castro, I., & Minor, M. (2012). Fate over time of two populations of the endangered Powelliphanta traversari tararuaensis at two remaining strongholds. In New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2012: Is New Zealand Ecology on Solid Foundations?: Programme and Abstracts(pp. 35 - 35). , New Zealand Ecological Society Conference 2012: Is New Zealand Ecology on Solid Foundations? New Zealand: New Zealand Ecological Society
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Castro, I., Minor, M.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, SA. (2012, April). Effects of mate choice and mate density on mating success in Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae).. Presented at The 61st New Zealand Entomological Society conference. Whangarei, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., Sandanayaka, WRM., & Trewick, SA. (2012). Effects of host and foundress density on reproductive strategy of Diaeretiella rapae. In New Zealand Plant Protection Vol. 65 (pp. 294 - 294). , New Zealand Plant Protection Society Conference
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., Rogers, DJ., & Trewick, SA. (2011, November). Systematics and diversity of Eucolaspis in New Zealand. Presented at The 14th Annual New Zealand Molecular Ecology conference. Akitio, Tararua.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Doddala, P., Trewick, SA., Minor, M., & Rogers, D. (2011, August). Systematics and diversity of native pest beetles, Eucolaspis, in New Zealand. Presented at The 3rd Combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies Conference. Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, SA. (2011, August). Host selection for self-superparasitism by Diaeretiella rapae (M'Intosh) (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). Presented at New Zealand Plant Protection Society Annual Conference 2011. Rotorua, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., & Trewick, SA. (2011, August). Mating versus oviposition in Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae).. Presented at The 3rd combined Australian and New Zealand Entomological Societies Conference. Lincoln University, Christchurch.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Shear, WA., Guidry, HM., Jones, TH., Lewis, JJ., & Minor, MA. (2011). East is East and West is West: Defensive chemistry of North American travunioid harvestmen.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 35th Annual Meeting of the American Arachnological Society. Portland, Oregon, USA
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., Trewick, S., & Rogers, DJ. (2011). Modelling emergence of bronze beetle (Eucolaspis spp.) adults using degree-days and threshold temperatures.. Poster session presented at the meeting of 64th Annual Conference of New Zealand Plant Protection Society. Rotorua, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Doddala, PRC., Trewick, S., Minor, MA., & Rogers, DJ. (2011, March). Systematics and phylogeography of a native beetle Eucolaspis from New Zealand.. Presented at Global Conference on Entomology (GCE 2011). Chiang Mai, Thailand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Doddala, PRC., Trewick, S., Minor, MA., & Rogers, DJ. (2011). Taxonomic inflation?: assessing the case of a native beetle genus Eucolaspis from New Zealand. (pp. 99 - 99). , Biosystematics Berlin 2011
[Conference Abstract]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Minor, MA., Sandanayaka, WRM., & Trewick, SA. (2010). Parasitism and mating of Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) in an uncontrolled environment.. Poster session presented at the meeting of New Zealand Plant Protection Society Annual Conference 2010. New Plymouth, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Kant, R., Trewick, SA., Sandanayaka, WRM., & Minor, MA. (2010, April). Does parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae) discriminate its host cabbage aphid during superparasitism?. Presented at The 59th New Zealand Entomological Society Conference. Victoria University, Wellington.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Doddala, PRC., Minor, MA., & Rogers, DJ. (2010, August). Population dynamics of bronze beetle, Eucolaspis spp. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in relation to other soil macro-invertebrates in organic apple orchards in Hawke's Bay.. Presented at 63rd Annual Conference of New Zealand Plant Protection Society. New Plymouth, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Mackay, AD., & Minor, MA. (2010, September). Anecic earthworms in New Zealand sheep- and dairy-grazed pastures.. Presented at 9th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology. Xalapa, Mexico.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Schon, N., Minor, MA., Mackay, A., Yeates, G., & Hedley, M. (2010). A soil invertebrate indicator for New Zealand pastoral soils.. In RJ. Gilkes, & . Nattaporn Prakongkep (Eds.) Proceedings of the 19th World Congress of Soil Science. Soil Solutions for a Changing World.. (pp. 49 - 52). : Soil Solutions for a Changing World: 19th World Congress of Soil Science
[Conference Paper in Published Proceedings]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Doddala, P., Minor, M., Wang, Q., Trewick, S., & Rogers, D. (2010, April). Behavioural and ecological associations between bronze beetle, Eucolaspis spp (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and host plants: use of plant odours for host selection. . Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M., Trewick, S.
Schon, NL., MacKay, A., Yeates, GW., Hedley, MJ., & Minor, MA. (2008, December). Towards an invertebrate-based index of soil function for pastoral soils in New Zealand. Presented at Soils 2008, The Living Skin of Planet Earth. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Schon, NL., Yeates, GW., MacKay, A., Hedley, MJ., & Minor, MA. (2008, August). Towards an invertebrate-based index of soil health for pastoral soils in New Zealand. Presented at 15th International Colloquium on Soil Zoology. Parana, Brazil.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Page, GV., Kelly, TC., Minor, MA., & Cameron, EA. (2008). An application of a modelling approach for sustainability analyses to organic orchard systems in New Zealand. Poster session presented at the meeting of Carbon and Nutrient Management in Agriculture Conference. Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M.
Page, G., Kelly, T., Minor, MA., & Cameron, E. (2007). Developing sustainability assessment framework for horticultural systems.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) 1st National Conference. Lincoln University, Lincoln, New Zealand
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M.
Page, G., Kelly, T., Minor, MA., & Cameron, E. (2007, August). Sustainability of organic horticultural systems in New Zealand.. Presented at Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) 1st National Conference. Lincoln University, Lincoln, NZ..
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Stevens, MI., & Norton, RA. (2007, December). Application of DNA barcoding to asexual organisms: the case of oribatid mites. Presented at The Combined 8th Invertebrate Biodiversity and Conservation/ Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Conference. University of Queensland, QLD.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Woutersen, N., Mackay, A., Minor, MA., Yeates, GW., & Hedley, MJ. (2006, November). The response of soil biological communities to different fertiliser regimes. Presented at New Zealand Society of Soil Science Conference. Rotorua, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Hedley, M., Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Cianciolo, J. (2006, August). Is small-scale diversity of soil mites related to land use type?. Presented at Ecology Across the Tasman 2006: Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2006). An illustrated guide to New Zealand soil invertebrates. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecology Across the Tasman 2006: Joint Conference of the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Ecological Society of Australia. Wellington, NZ
[Conference Poster]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Minor, MA. (2003, April). The small-scale diversity of free-living soil mites (Acari: Oribatida, Acari: Gamasina) along a gradient of land use types in New York, USA. Presented at 52nd Annual Conference, Entomological Society of New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., Hall, C., & Volk, TA. (2001, July). Energy analysis of willow biomass plantations in Central New York. Presented at Symposium on Sustainability. Cheel Campus Center, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY.
[Conference Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.

Other

Minor, MA., Ermilov, S., & Tiunov, A. (2017). Taxonomic resolution and morphological functional groups in the analysis of tropical oribatid mite assemblages.
[Working Paper]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2016). "Wee beasties" - The invertebrates of New Zealand forest floor. In Forest & Bird Manawatu.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2016, February). New Zealand Soil Invertebrates. In Pukaha Mt Bruce BioBlitz Programme. Presented at Pukaha Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2015). Soil biodiversity in Central Otago mountains: where a horse hasn’t rolled. In Ecology Group Seminar series, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014, November). Speciation in parthenogenetic lineages and DNA-barcoding. In Seminar talk for postgraduate students, Department of Entomology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Presented at Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014, December). Invertebrate fauna of New Zealand: State of knowledge and hypotheses of origins. In Research staff at Sevetsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia. Presented at Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow, Russia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014, November). Invertebrate fauna of New Zealand: State of knowledge and hypotheses of origins. In Staff and postgraduate students, Department of Entomology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Presented at Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014, November). Invertebrate fauna of New Zealand: State of knowledge and hypotheses of origins. In Students at Tuymen State University, Tyumen, Russia. Presented at Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2014, November). Invertebrate fauna of New Zealand: State of knowledge and hypotheses of origins. In Research staff at Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia. Presented at Tyumen State University, Tyumen, Russia.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2013, March). The ships and the land: J.D. Dana (1813-1895). In Ecology Group Seminar Series, Massey University. Presented at Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2011). Invasive invertebrates in NZ environments.. In Ecology Group seminar series, Massey University,. Presented at Massey University, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2008). Applications of DNA barcoding: the case of oribatid mites. In Ecology Group seminar series, Massey University. Presented at Massey University, Palmerston North, NZ.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2008). Phytoseiidae of New Zealand (version 1.0, 2006, updated 2008).. New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Biosecurity New Zealand
[Other]Authored by: Minor, M.
Terry, K., Horne, D., Thatcher, A., Holmes, C., Shadbolt, N., Kemp, P., . . . Smith, T. (2007). Massey University Organic-Conventional Dairy Systems Trial.. Presented at Dexcel field day: Improve your Profit.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Horne, D., Kemp, P., Minor, M., Palmer, A., Shadbolt, N., Thatcher, A.
Minor, MA. (2006). Soil biodiversity in dairy pastures: a pilot study in 2005.. In Organic Dairy Advisory Meeting. Presented at Organic Dairy Advisory Meeting, Massey University.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA., & Robertson, AW. (2006). Getting to know what's beneath your feet. Massey University
[Other]Authored by: Minor, M., Robertson, A.
Minor, MA. (2005, March). Wee beasties-NZ soil invertebrates. : Ecology Group Seminar Series.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2003). Butterflies. In Palmerston North Junnates Club. Presented at Palmerston North Nature Centre.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.
Minor, MA. (2003, April). Assessing sustainability of short-rotation forestry in New York State. : Institute of Natural Resources Ecology Group.
[Oral Presentation]Authored by: Minor, M.

Supervision and Teaching

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Supervisor 4 3
CoSupervisor 1 2

Courses Coordinated

Current Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • Tun Tun - PhD
    Multitrophic interactions in giant willow aphid (Tuberolachnus salignus)
  • Stanislav Garbuz - PhD
    Linking soil functional biodiversity and processes to soil ecosystem services
  • Zhongyi Liu - PhD
    Using black soldier fly Hermetia illucens L. (Diptera: Stratiomyidae) for organic waste conversion
  • Cecilia Falla Mata - PhD
    Ecological factors affecting the establishment of Gargaphia decoris Drake (Heteroptera: Tingidae)

CoSupervisor of:

  • Godwin Gidiglo - PhD
    Understanding the mechanisms behind the toxicity of alternative fumigants

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Supervisor of:

  • 2012 - Prasad Rai Choudary Doddala - PhD
    Systematics of Eucolaspis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in New Zealand and ecology of Hawke's Bay lineage
  • 2012 - Rashmi Kant - PhD
    Reproductive behaviour and fitness trade-offs in the aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae)
  • 2010 - Nicole Ludwina Schon - PhD
    Response of soil invertebrates to pastoral management and their links to soil services

CoSupervisor of:

  • 2013 - Jessica Anne Costall - PhD
    The effects of restoration on the structure and function of litter invertebrate communities in New Zealand native forest remnants
  • 2009 - Girija Vinayak Page - PhD
    An environmentally-based systems approach to sustainability analyses of organic fruit production systems in New Zealand

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