Royal Ontario Museum
BSc, Queens; MSc, Utah; PhD, Cornell
Web Page: http://www.rom.on.ca/collections/curators/darling.php
Research Areas: Biodiversity & Systematics Conservation Biology
Study Organisms: Animals
Systematic studies are based on comparative morphology and phylogenetics with the long-term goal of providing insights into a natural classification of Chalcidoidea. Biological studies concentrate on the ecology and behaviour of parasitic Hymenoptera, with consideration of the implications for biological control of insect pests. Current studies include (1) generic revisions and phylogenetic studies of Perilampidae, Leucospidae and Pteromalidae, (2) comparative morphology of adults and larvae, (3) population biology of Nasonia, (4) organization of parasitoid communities, and (5) biodiversity conservation in Indonesia.