A. Carolina Monmany Garzia

A. Carolina Monmany Garzia
National University of Tucuman | UNT · Instituto de Ecología Regional (IER)

Ph.D. Biology
I study ecosystem services and disservices by insects in natural and human-dominated environments.

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Introduction
I study ecosystem services and disservices by insects in natural and anthropic environments. I am interested in how landscape modifications influence insect species and body size diversity, and insect ecological functions perceived as ecosystem services and/or disservices. I am also analyzing urban solid waste patterns, processes and dynamics at different spatial scales.
Additional affiliations
November 2016 - present
National Scientific and Technical Research Council
Position
  • Researcher
August 2013 - December 2014
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
January 2000 - November 2004
University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras
Field of study
  • Biology (Ecology)
March 1994 - December 1999
National University of Tucuman
Field of study
  • Biology (Zoology)

Publications

Publications (36)
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Plant–insect interactions and their implications for agricultural systems in premontane forests of the High Bermejo: the case of Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit). The Yungas premontane forests have been highly transformed for agriculture and they are represented by forest fragments embedded in an agricultural matrix. This transformation alters...
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Abstract Male honey bees fly and gather at Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs), where drones and queens mate in flight. DCAs occur in places with presumably characteristic features. Using previously described landscape characteristics and observations on flight direction of drones in nearby apiaries, 36 candidate locations were chosen across the main i...
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Small-scale variables likely influence parasitism more than variables operating at larger scales, because parasitoids respond directly to herbivores. To test this prediction, plants, herbivores, and parasitoids were collected and identified, and parasitism was estimated in 11 forest fragments and two continuous forests along a precipitation gradien...
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Plastic production has been increasing exponentially in the last 60 years, but plastic disposal is out of control, resulting in the pollution of all ecosystems on Earth. Finding alternative environmentally sustainable choices, such as biodegradation by insects and their associated gut microbiota, is crucial, however we have only begun to characteri...
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Low density polyethylene (LDPE), biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP), and expanded polystyrene (EXPS) are the most common plastics found in every home of the world, but only ~10% enter the recycling chains. Consequently, the study of plastic biodegradation by microorganisms and insects, such as the wax moths, has gained special interest. Galler...
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En los ecosistemas naturales y en los modificados por el hombre, la biodiversidad juega un papel importante en el funcionamiento de ecosistemas y de los servicios ecosistémicos, como el control de herbívoros por insectos parasitoides. En este estudio nuestro objetivo fue examinar los tamaños corporales y la proporción de sexos en el género Copecryp...
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Varroa destructor is a serious ectoparasite of the western honey bee, Apis mellifera, which negatively impacts on colonies health and survival worldwide. Drone-mediated movement and the presence of the mite in Drone Congregation Areas (DCA) may play a relevant role in Varroa dispersal. The objectives of this study were to characterize mite infestat...
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Qué ocurre primero: el dengue o las condiciones socio-ambientales desfavorables para que el mosquito Aedes aegypti exista? La respuesta desde una visión integrada es "ambas y de manera sinérgica". Será difícil controlar al dengue, una enfermedad viral transmitida por el mosquito Ae. aegypti, si no mejoramos estas condiciones. En el Gran San Miguel...
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What kind of research questions do ecologists make in relation to plastic waste in Argentina? This question gathered a group of researchers at the symposium “Ecology of plastic waste: What do we study in Argentina?”, held at the XXVIII Argentinian Ecology Meeting. In this communication we analyze the national context on plastic waste. Our studies o...
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La incógnita planteada en el título reunió a un grupo de investigadores en el simposio “Ecología de residuos plásticos: ¿Qué estudiamos en Argentina?”, llevado a cabo en la XXVIII Reunión Argentina de Ecología. En esta comunicación hacemos un análisis del contexto nacional sobre residuos plásticos. Nuestros estudios en ecología de plásticos buscaro...
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Achroia grisella and Galleria mellonella (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) are two of the most common pests in apiaries worldwide since in their larval stage they feed on wax combs that bees use for their offspring, on bees’ food, and on the wooden boxes. After finding some specimens of parasitoids associated to A. grisella cocoons in Tucuman, Argentina, ou...
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Water availability may affect plant productivity because it limits a plant’s ability to reproduce and defend itself. In this field study, we studied the effect of water increment in relation to: a) flower production, b) fruit production and c) herbivory, focusing on Fuchsia boliviana (Onagraceae) in the Yungas forest of Northwestern Argentina. We s...
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WATER AVAILABILITY MAY AFFECT PLANT PRODUCTIVITY BECAUSE IT LIMITS A PLANT’S ABILITY TO REPRODUCE AND DEFEND ITSELF. IN THIS FIELD STUDY, WE STUDIED THE EFFECT OF WATER INCREMENT IN RELATION TO A) FLOWER PRODUCTION, B) FRUIT PRODUCTION, AND C) HERBIVORY, FOCUSING ON FUCHSIA BOLIVIANA (ONAGRACEAE) IN THE YUNGAS FOREST OF NORTHWESTERN ARGENTINA. WE S...
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Varroa destructor is one of the main factors affecting beehive health. There are few studies on the relative effect of climate and landscape on Varroa infestations. This work aims to identify climate and landscape variables that influence the presence of Varroa in a hive by analyzing cases in three regions of Argentina: Tucumán (T), Santiago (S) an...
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Apis mellifera reproduction system involves drones and virgin queens that mate up in the air in drone congregation areas (DCAs). Bees' parasites, such as Varroa destructor can also be present in the DCAs, causing infestation and subsequent impact on the health of the colonies. The objectives of this study were: to locate DCAs in two eco-climatic re...
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In this note we report Achroia grisella F. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), a beehive pest, for the first time in Argentina. In addition, we report observations of the larvae of this pest species consuming silo-bags, a material commonly used in the country for hive management. Silo-bags are composed of three layers of polyethylene and one anti-UV layer an...
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Insect parasitism patterns are influenced by vegetation structure and landscape complexity. Our objective was to examine the effects of vegetation structure and landscape complexity on parasitism based on direct measurements of structure and diversity indices as well as on metrics based on remote sensing using Quickbird images. We collected 2,266 l...
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Assessing the relationships between weather patterns and the likelihood of fire occurrence in the Caribbean has not been as central to climate change research as in temperate regions, due in part to the smaller extent of individual fires. However, the cumulative effect of small frequent fires can shape large landscapes, and fire-prone ecosystems ar...
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Las abejas de miel Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera, Apidae) constituyen uno de los polinizadores más importantes para la agricultura y para los sistemas naturales en el mundo (Gennari & Barreto 2016). Además es la especie principal en cuanto a producción de miel, de la cual Argentina es el segundo exportador a nivel mundial. Esta especie de amplia dist...
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Global estimates of fire frequency indicate that over 70% of active fires occur in the tropics , and the size and frequency of fires are increasing every year. The majority of fires in the tropics are an unintended consequence of current land-use practices that promotes the establishment of grass and shrubland communities, which are more flammable...
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La acumulación desmedida de residuos generados por el consumo humano es un hecho evidente. Existen cinco islas de basura permanentes flotando en los océanos que se estima abarcan 250,000 toneladas en superficie y más en la profundidad. Esto resulta de la actividad de consumo de millones de personas acelerado sobre todo en los últimos 50 años. Este...
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Los patrones de parasitismo de insectos están influenciados por modificaciones en la estructura de la vegetación y en la complejidad del paisaje. Muchos estudios utilizan sensores remotos para entender estas modificaciones pero se enfocan mayormente en campos agrícolas o agroecosistemas templados y se basan en clasificaciones de cobertura de suelo...
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Honey bees [Apis mellifera L. (Apidae, Hymenoptera)] show spatial learning behavior or orientation, in which animals make use of structured home ranges for their daily activities. Worker (female) orientation has been studied more extensively than drone (male) orientation. Given the extensive and large flight range of drones as part of their reprodu...
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Background/Question/Methods The relationship between viruses and plants is complex. Yet understanding this interaction in wild plants has been a challenge, which now can be approached with various innovative techniques. The occurrence of plant viruses is affected by both environmental and anthropomorphic factors, such as climatic variables and the...
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Viruses infecting plants may cause large economic losses worldwide but the relationship between viruses, plants and environment is still not clear. Not only virus-plant-environment interactions but also the impact of viruses of cultivated crops introduced into natural environments has received limited attention. In order to develop efficient strate...
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We studied the consequences of nest-site choice on nesting success under differing disturbance levels for the Rufous-bellied Thrush (Turdus rufiventris). We compared nest-site choice and nest success between a disturbed site and an undisturbed site in a montane subtropical forest in northwestern Argentina. We found no overall difference in daily pr...
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We studied the effect of a road on bird movements at La Florida Provincial Reserve (Tucumán, Argentina). A road cuts the reserve leaving a forest fragment detached from the continuous forest. Understory birds were captured monthly for 12 months using 12-15 mist nets located in forest sites on both sides of the road, and birds crossing the road were...
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Male honey bees fly and gather at Drone Congregation Areas (DCAs), where drones and queens mate in flight. DCAs occur in places with presumably characteristic features. Using previously described landscape characteristics and observations on flight direction of drones in nearby apiaries, 36 candidate locations were chosen across the main island of...

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Dear all,
I have been loking for this difficult one with no success:
Nixon, G. E. J. (1965). A reclassification of the tribe Microgasterini (Hymenoptera: Braconidae).—Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent.). Suppl. 2, 1–284
Can anyone help ? Thanks a lot,
Carolina

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Our goal is to study the relationships among regulation and support ecosystem services (i.e. biological control, pollination, and organic matter production), crop yields, and landscape. We are analyzing to what degree the size and shape of natural vegetation patches and their landscape configuration determine the diversity and functioning of organisms. In addition, we are interested in understanding how this diversity relates to ecosystem services that influence crop yields.
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Examine patterns and processes at microbiological, entomological, and socio-ecological levels. We study the microbiological communities of the wax moths Galleria mellonella and Achroia grisella (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) and the dynamics of waste in terrestrial ecosystems, with emphasis in northwestern Argentina.
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Study the influence of Apis mellifera's genetic composition on the behavior of this species across a hybridization region in Argentina