Senior Research Scientist
Biological Resource Division/CLBRR
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OC6
(613) 996-1665 ext. 7380
- B. Sc., Zoology, Charles University, 1952
- M. Sc., Entomology, Charles University, 1957
- Ph. D., Entomology, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 1962
1957-1968 Research Scientist Institute of Entomology, Czechoslovak
Academy of Sciences, Prague
1969-1983 Research Scientist Canadian Civil Service with Agriculture,
1983- Senior Research Scientist (RS-4) Biosystematics Research
1961 British Museum, London
1964 Smithsonian Institution, Washington
1965 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian National Research Council
1968 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Canadian National Research Council
1969 Fellowship, University of California, Berkeley
I originally came from a background in biological control. The pressing
needs, however, in the taxonomy of the Proctotrupoidea s.l. compelled me
to devote my entire time to their systematics. My research spans the
continuum between generic/ higher categories to revisionary work at the
species level. I am currently involved as an external collaborator in major
faunal surveys of Costa Rica (INBio) and Sulawesi (Natural History
Museum, London). The design and testing of new collecting tools and
techniques is an important interest. Finally, the enhancement and
development of the Proctotrupoidea s.l. of the Canadian National
Collections has been a major task for the past 24 years; I have assembled
the world's largest and most complete collection of these wasps, with an
estimated 300,000 specimens.
My current project (with Dr. J. L. Garcia, Universidad Central de Venezuela,
Maracaj) is "Keys to genera of diapriine wasps (Proctotrupoidea:
Diapriidae) of the Western Hemisphere". This includes keys, diagnoses and
descriptions of some 60 genera. It is the first key ever constructed.
family from Australia and a key to world families (Hymenoptera:
Proctotrupoidea s.l.). Aust. J. Zool. 33: 761-783.
- Masner, L. 1976. Revisionary notes and keys to world genera of
Scelionidae (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea) Mem. Ent. Soc. Can.
No. 97:87 pp.
- Masner, L. 1976. A revision of the Ismarinae of the New World
(Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae). Can. Ent. 108:
- Masner, L. 1979. Pleural morphology in scelionid wasps
(Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) - an aid to higher classification.
- Masner, L. 1980. Key to genera of Scelionidae of the holarctic
region, with descriptions of new genera and species
(Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea). Mem. Ent. Soc. Can. No. 113: 54
- Masner, L. 1983. A revision of Gryon Haliday in North America
(Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) Can. Ent. 115: 123-174.
- Masner, L. 1983. Revision of the Nearctic species of Trichacis
Foerster (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea: Platygastridae). Can.
Ent. 115: 1071-1093.
- Masner, L. and L. Huggert. 1989. World review and keys to
genera of the subfamily Inostemmatinae with reassignment of
the taxa to the Platygastrinae and Sceliotrachelinae
(Hymenoptera: Platygastridae). Mem. Ent. Soc. Can. No. 147: 214
- Masner, L. 1990. Status report on taxonomy of Hymenoptera in
North America, pp. 231-240. In M. Kosztarab and C.W. Schaeffer
(eds.). Systematics of the North American Insects and
Arachnids: Status and Needs. Virginia Agric. Experiment
Station Information Series 90-1, Blacksburg: Virginia
Polytechnic Institute and State University.
- Masner, L. 1991. Revision of Spilomicrus Westwood in America
north of Mexico (Hymenoptera: Proctotrupoidea, Diapriidae).
Can. Ent. 123:107-177.