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 & 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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