Erika Tucker

Erika Tucker
Milwaukee Public Museum | Biodiversity Outreach Network

Doctor of Philosophy
Terrestrial Parasite Tracker (TPT @ MPM) Biodiversity Outreach Network (BON) Writing for Bug News: https://bug.news/

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June 2021 - present
Bug News
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  • Entomologist
Description
  • https://bug.news/ Short stories about bugs and nature. The company provides a public outreach platform to talk about local insects people may come across, as well as other biological related topics. The intent is to be fun and get people interested in the natural world around them.
June 2018 - August 2021
University of Michigan
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  • Manager
June 2015 - May 2018
University of New Hampshire
Position
  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (35)
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Concerns about the rapid and severe declines of many bumble bee (Bombus spp.) species in Europe, and more recently North America, have spurred research into the extent and possible causes for these losses. Drawing conclusions has been difficult due to a lack of long-term data, especially for specific regions that may have different factors at play...
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• Wild bees comprise a diverse group of pollinators essential to healthy ecosystems and crop pollination. Despite their importance, the way in which many driving factors affect specific bees or pollinators in specific regions remains unknown. Northern New England is one such place lacking detailed study. Accordingly, we collected bees from three di...
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Many wild bee species are in global decline, yet much is still unknown about their diversity and contemporary distributions. National parks and forests offer unique areas of refuge important for the conservation of rare and declining species populations. Here we present the results of the first biodiversity survey of the bee fauna in the White Moun...
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Wild bees are essential to the functioning of both agricultural and natural ecosystems, yet these pollinator communities are declining worldwide. Agricultural intensification by means of habitat and floral resource loss is thought to be one of the leading causes of wild bee population deterioration. This study examined multiple agricultural land us...
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Conserving and maintaining a diverse assemblage of wild bees is essential for a healthy and functioning ecosystem, as species are uniquely evolved to deliver specific plant–pollination requirements. Understanding the biology and ecology of bees in poorly studied regions is the first step towards conservation. Detailed surveys in New Hampshire revea...
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The concept of the species Cremnops desertor (Linnaeus, 175814. Linnaeus, C. (1758). Systema Naturae (10th Ed. 10, Vol. 1). Holmiae: Impensis Direct. Laurentii Salvii.View all references) and its complicated taxonomic history are discussed. A phylogenetic distance tree, based on COI data, is used to help delimit species. The recognition of C. alter...
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A new genus and species of Ichneutinae s. l., Colemanus keeleyorum Fisher, is described from the Eocene Green River Formation in Colorado, USA. Colemanus was placed on a phylogenetic hypothesis using morphological data. Using a parsimony criterion, Colemanus is placed within Proteropini (Ichneutinae s. l.). Reconstructions of well-preserved regions...
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Little work has been done with the African species of Cremnops since their original descriptions. Herein we propose new combinations for five species that are currently placed in Cremnops, i.e., C. atripennis Szépligeti 1914 and C. elegantissima Szépligeti 1908 are moved to Disophrys; C. borealis (Szépligeti 1914) and C. rubrigaster Masi 1944 are m...
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Parasitoid wasps are known for their importance in ecological systems and pest control, but they are also known for being difficult to identify with their diverse morphology and numerous cryptic species. One of these important yet difficult to identify groups of parasitoid wasps is Cremnops, a cosmopolitan genus of Agathidinae (Hymenoptera: Braconi...
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Parasitoid wasps are known for their importance in ecological systems and pest control, but they are also known for being difficult to identify with their diverse morphology and numerous cryptic species. One of these important yet difficult to identify groups of parasitoid wasps is Cremnops, a cosmopolitan genus of Agathidinae (Hymenoptera: Braconi...
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Cremnops is a morphologically diverse, cosmopolitan genus of Braconidae in the subfamily Agathidinae that has about 100 species worldwide. They primarily attack and parasitize larval Pyralidae, which are important pests in agro-ecosystems. New molecular phylogenetic analyses of the species in this group have uncovered interesting geographic distrib...
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Hymenoptera exhibit an incredible diversity of phenotypes, the result of ~240 million years of evolution and the primary subject of more than 250 years of research. Here we describe the history, development, and utility of the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology (HAO) and its associated applications. These resources are designed to facilitate accessible a...
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Cremnops is a cosmopolitan braconid in the subfamily Agathidinae. It is estimated to have 120 species, of which only 77 have been described to date. Cremnops primarily attack and parasitize larval Pyralidae, which are often important pest in agro-ecosystems. Taxonomic revisions have been conducted for all world regions except the Afrotropical regio...
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Twelve species of Costa Rican Lytopylus are treated; these include all species reared from Lepidoptera caterpillars in Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica, over 32 years of caterpillar inventory, as well as two species recorded in the literature as occurring in Costa Rica. Ten new species are described, i.e., Lytopylus bradzlotnicki, Lytopy...
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Cremnops is cosmopolitan genus with approximately 130 species. Revisions for a realms have been conducted except for the Afrotropical region, but no phylogenetic analyses have been conducted using either morphological or molecular characters. This presentation will outline my current molecular and morphological research to delimit species limits an...

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