Stephanie Sopow



Stephanie Sopow is an entomologist specialising in forest insect ecology and taxonomy. She is Project Leader for Scion’s plant health diagnostic services and a biological control project to manage giant willow aphid, and Curator of the National Forest Insect Collection.


  • 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

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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