Stephanie Sopow



Stephanie Sopow is an entomologist specialising in forest insect ecology, biosecurity, taxonomy, and biological control. She is Entomology Team Lead, Project Leader for Forest Health Diagnostics, Project Leader for Biological control of giant willow aphid, Curator of the National Forestry Insect Collection, and looks after the Forest Health Database.


  • MSc (Forest Entomology), University of New Brunswick, Canada - 2000
  • BSc (Hons) (Biology), University of Victoria, Canada -1996

Research capabilities

  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Biological control
  • Biosecurity / Invasive species
  • Taxonomy
  • Insect identification and diagnostics

Selected papers

Brockerhoff EG, Gresham B, Meurisse N, Nahrung H, Perret-Gentil A, Pugh A, Sopow S, Turner RM. 2023. Pining away and at home: global utilisation of Pinus radiata by native and non-native insects. NeoBiota 84: 137-167.

Sopow SL, Wardhaugh C, Turner R, Gresham B, Sutherland R, Woodall G, Withers T (2021) Host specificity testing of Pauesia nigrovaria (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Aphidiinae) for classical biological control of Tuberolachnus salignus (Hemiptera: Aphididae: Lachninae) in New Zealand. Biocontrol 66: 739–751.

Sopow SL, Jones T, McIvor I, McLean JA, Pawson SM (2017) Potential impacts of Tuberolachnus salignus (giant willow aphid) in New Zealand and options for control. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, DOI: 10.1111/afe.12211.

Sopow SL & Bain J (2017) A checklist of New Zealand Cerambycidae (Insecta: Coleoptera), excluding Lamiinae. New Zealand Entomologist, 40(2): 55-71. DOI 10.1080/00779962.2017.1357423.

Sopow SL, Bader MK-F, Brockerhoff EG (2015) Bark beetles attacking conifer seedlings: picking on the weakest or feasting upon the fittest? Journal of Applied Ecology 52: 220-227.

Sopow S, Gresham B, Bain J (2015) Exotic longhorn beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) established in New Zealand. New Zealand Entomologist, 38(2): 107-125. DOI 10.1080/00779962.2014.993798.

Bain J, Sopow SL, Bulman LS (2012) The Sirex woodwasp in New Zealand: History and current status in Slippers, B.; de Groot, P.; Wingfield, M.J. (eds) The Sirex Woodwasp and its Fungal Symbiont: Research and Management of a Worldwide Invasive Pest. Springer. XII, 301p. 71 illus., 52 in color.

Silk PJ, Sweeney J, Wu J, Sopow S, Mayo PD, Magee D (2011). Contact sex pheromones identified for two species of longhorned beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) Tetropium fuscum and T. cinnamopterum in the subfamily Spondylinidae. Environmental Entomology 40(3): 714-726.

Sopow SL, Shorthouse JD, Strong W, Quiring DT (2003) Evidence for dose-dependent chemical gall induction by Adelges cooleyi. Ecology Letters 6:1-4.


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