Alvarado Mabel

Mabel Alvarado

Graduate Student
Public Safety Building

My research is concentrated in the hyperdiverse family Ichneumonidae. These wasps are a significant component of virtually all natural and agricultural ecosystems, and are vital to regulating the populations of their hosts. Despite this vital utility in sustainably agriculture as well as for maintaining healthy natural ecosystems, the biological diversity of this group remains one of the least understood throughout South America. It is becoming increasingly clear that the fauna of Ichneumonidae is diverse in the Neotropics, with merely a fraction of this diversity documented.

I have mostly worked in Peru, where I expect that less than 10% of the fauna is currently documented. The aim of my research is to document the diversity of Ichneumonidae in the Neotropical region; with an extended data set and geographical representation, I will have a better understanding of their evolutionary patterns, as well as ecological preferences and host associations

  • Alvarado, M. & Rodriguez-Berrio, A. 2013. Ten new species of Triclistus Förster, 1869 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae) from Peru, with a key to Neotropical species. Zootaxa, 3702(5), 401– 423.
  • Alvarado, M. & Rodriguez-Berrio, A. 2013. Four new species of the genus Synosis Townes (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from the eastern Andes of Peru and key for the New World species. Journal of Natural History, 47(37-38), 2479-2492.
  • Alvarado, M. 2012. Discovery of the genus Meggoleus Townes, 1971 (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonidae, Tersilochinae) in Peru, with the description of two new species. Zookeys 163: 83-90
  • Figueroa, L. & Alvarado, M. 2011. Coleópteros coprófagos (Scarabaeidae: Scarabeinae) de la Reserva Nacional Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Perú. Revista peruana de biología 18(2): 209 – 212.
  • Alvarado, M., Bordera, S. & Rodríguez-Berrío, A. 2011. First record of Oxytorinae (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae) from South America, with description of a new species of Oxytorus Förster, 1869. Biologia 66/5: 866—869.
  • Grados, J., Figueroa, L. & Alvarado, M. 2010. Insectos: Scarabaeinae (Coleoptera) y Arctiidae (Lepidoptera). Pp. 103-120. In: Figueroa, J. & Stucchi, M. (Eds.), Biodiversidad de los alrededores de Puerto Maldonado. Línea Base ambiental del EIA del lote 111, Madre de Dios, Perú. IPyD Ingenieros y AICB. Lima, Perú. 224 pp.
  • Alvarado, M., Rodríguez-Berrío, A. & Bordera, S. 2010. Colección de Ichneumonidae (Hymenoptera) del Museo de Entomología "Klaus Raven B." y del Museo de Historia Natural de la UNMSM, Perú. Pp. 66–70. In: Toledo, V.H., Corona, A.M., Flores, A.P., Tovar, E., Coronado, J.M. & Ruíz-Cancino, E (Ed.), II Taller Internacional de Recursos Naturales. Red de Cuerpos Académicos. Morelos, México. 107 pp.