Editorial board

The following people constitute the Editorial Board of Academic Editors for Acarologia. These active academics are the Editors who seek peer reviewers, evaluate their responses, and make editorial decisions on each submission to the journal.

Head of Managing Editorial Board
(Editor in Chief)

Serge KREITER (serge.kreiter@supagro.fr) Professor in Montpellier SupAgro University, France, has studied Zoology and Animal Biology in Nice University and Ecology in Marseille University, where he has got his PhD (1985) and his HDR (1997) on animal population ecology. He has done research for his PhD in Antibes-Sophia in INRA biological control laboratory on predators (Coccinellid beetles) and was than assistant teacher-researcher in Montpellier still working on predators (Phytoseiid mites). Professor in 1998, he was Head of the Department of Animal ecology and Agricultural zoology in Montpellier in 2000-2004. He has written 175 scientific papers, 40 book chapters and 150 papers for International Congresses and editor of two scientific books. His research concerns systematics, predation, predators, biocontrol and IPM in various perennial and horticultural crops in many regions of the world. He has research and/or teaching collaborations with many scientists particularly in Europe, Northern Africa, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Caribbean, South Africa and Indian Ocean. He has given courses in Belgium, The Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Scientific Journal Acarologia since January 2010 (Associated Editor from 1998 to 2010) and expert on macroorganisms in ANSES since 2011. He was Distinguished Professor from 2011 to 2021 and he is now Emeritus Professor Elected in Institut Agro (Montpellier).
Systematics of Phytoseiidae
Agricultural acarology
Biological control
Ecosystem services
Functional biology

Academic Editors

Philippe AUGER (philippe.auger@inrae.fr) is engineer at INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research : CBGP unit, Montpellier). He joined INRA in 1998 at the Acarology laboratory in Montpellier (head : Serge Kreiter) and, in 2001, after a stay in Carlos Flechtmann's lab (USP, Brazil) to learn the basics of tetranychid mites systematics, he became responsible for spider mites taxonomy for the laboratory. He completed his PhD at Montpellier SupAgro in 2005 in the field of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. Since that time, his work focuses on the systematics of Tetranychidae (biodiversity characterization, taxonomic revisions, etc.) and on the bioecology of spider mites of agronomic importance.
Systematics of Tetranychidae
Julia BAUMANN (julia.baumann@uni-graz.at) Institute of Biology, University of Graz, Universitätsplatz 2, 8010 Graz, Austria, studied Zoology at the Institute of Biology at the University of Graz, Austria. She finished her PhD in 2011 with a thesis on the intra- and interspecific morphometric variability of scutacarid mites. Since 2012, she works as lecturer for the University of Graz, giving lectures and practical courses on animal morphology and soil biodiversity. In her research, she focuses on taxonomy and morphometric analyses of different mite taxa (mostly Heterostigmatina and Oribatida), and on the mainly phoretic interactions between mites and insects. Julia joined the editorial team of Acarologia in 2018.
Systematics of Heterostigmata
Systematics of Oribatida
Mites associated with insects
Farid FARAJI (faridfaraji@eurofins-mitox.com) Eurofins MITOX, Science Park 408, 1098 XH Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Guest researcher at Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED), Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam. He completed his PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2001 by working on the foraging ecology and oviposition behavior of a predatory mite. Since then, he works as a senior scientist at Eurofins MITOX institution conducting different researches and projects on the biodiversity of mites mainly in Europe. His own interest is the systematic of predatory mites and biological control.
Systematics of Mesostigmata
Taxonomy of the predatory mites
Biological control
Fabio HERNANDES (abakashi@gmail.com) is a biologist at Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC, Florianópolis, Brazil). He completed his PhD in 2010 on the phylogeny and taxonomy of Aponychini spider mites (Tetranychidae) from the São Paulo State University (UNESP). Since then he has developed studies on the of morphology, biology and systematics of predatory (Bdellidae, Stigmaeidae, Phytoseiidae) and plant feeding mites (Tetranychidae, Tenuipalpidae, Tydeidae). His main interests are taxonomy, diversity and evolution of feather mites (Astigmata: Psoroptidia) in addition to plant and soil prostigmatan mites.
Feather mites
Joanna MĄKOL (joanna.makol@upwr.edu.pl) Professor at the Department of Invertebrate Systematics and Ecology, Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Wrocław, Poland. Her research interests focus on systematics and phylogeny of trombidiform mites, with special reference to terrestrial Parasitengona. She is studying the structure, function, biology, ecology and evolution of velvet mites. The recent research topics involve the genetic and environmental backgrounds of variation and co-evolution of parasitic species with arthropod and vertebrate hosts.
Systematics of Parasitengona
Diversity of Parasitengona
Phylogeny of Parasitengona
Palaeontology of Parasitengona
Dejan MARČIĆ (Dejan.Marcic@pesting.org.rs) is a Principal Research Fellow and Head of the Laboratory of Applied Entomology at the Institute of Pesticides and Environmental Protection (Belgrade, Serbia). He completed his PhD at Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade. His research interests focus on biodiversity and control of spider mites, acaricide toxicology and resistance, and biopesticides. He has published more than 100 scientific articles and reviewed many manuscripts for leading acarological and entomological journals. At Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, he teaches the course Arthropods and Pesticides on PhD studies. Since 2008, he has been Editor-in-Chief of "Pesticides and Phytomedicine", the scientific journal of the Plant Protection Society of Serbia. Beside the journal Acarologia, he serves as section editor of Systematic and Applied Acarology, and member of the Editorial Board of Acarological Studies.
Agricultural acarology
Life tables
Karen D. McCOY (karen.mccoy@ird.fr) is a Research Director at the CNRS working in the MIVEGEC laboratory in Montpellier France. Her research focuses on the ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions, with a specific interest in the relationship between parasite dispersal/transmission dynamics, host adaptive responses, and the evolution of host-associated divergences. She considers how these factors may influence the population structure of interacting organisms and, more generally, the evolution of parasite biodiversity. Her primary research model involves ticks (Ixodidae and Argasidae) interacting with colonial seabirds and includes a combination of field observations, experimentation and the use of molecular markers analysed within a population genetic framework.
Population genetics
Population dynamics
Host-parasite interactions
Population monitoring
Colonial birds
Alain MIGEON (Manager) (alain.migeon@inrae.fr) CBGP INRA Montpellier, France is working on various aspects regarding Tetranychidae biology and database managing. A large part of his work is devoted to Tetranychidae systematics mainly with phylogenetics, biogeography and phylogeography aspects. His other interests are distribution modelling and analysis. He is the author of Spider mites Web (http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/CBGP/spmweb/index.php), a database dedicated to all aspects of Tetranychidae systematics and biogeography
Systematics of Tetranychidae
Ecological and systematics databases
Distribution modeling
Maria MINOR (M.A.Minor@massey.ac.nz) is a Senior Lecturer in Zoology and Ecology at the School of Natural Sciences, Massey University, New Zealand. She supervised a number of PhD projects in plant protection, biocontrol, plant-arthropod interactions and soil ecology. Her own research interests focus on taxonomy, diversity and ecology of soil mites Oribatida and Mesostigmata, general community and ecosystem ecology of soil microarthropods, and soil biodiversity and functional ecology at the interface of agricultural systems and environment. She is also interested in spatial patterns in soil communities. The recent research projects involve the Oribatida communities of high alpine environments in New Zealand, and use of soil arthropod communities as bioindicators of soil health in agro-ecosystems.
Systematics and ecology of Oribatida
Systematics and ecology of soil Mesostigmata
Soil community ecology
Plant-arthropod interactions
Spatial ecology
Maria NAVAJAS (maria.navajas-navarro@inrae.fr) is a senior scientist working at the French Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA). Her main research focuses on the ecology and evolution of mite crop pests and their management within a population genetic framework. Emphasis is done on emerging threats caused by invasive species. Recent projects lead by Dr. Navajas involve the study of plant-pest-predator interactions and adaptation in the context of Climate Smart Agriculture: EU funded program FACCE-ERA-NET+ (see here ). In the ongoing EU H2020 project SuperPests (2018-2022) the study of spider mites incorporates tools and strategies for innovative pest control (see here ). Dr. Navajas serves as expert in numerous national and international scientific panels and committees. She acted (2009-2018) as vice-chair of the Plant Health Panel at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Currently, she serves (2018-2021) as expert for the French National Agency ANSES at the committee for biological risks for plant health. Dr. Navajas is part of the editorial and/or managing board of the four main journals devoted to Acarology.
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Evolutionary ecology
Population genetics
Invasive species
Denise NAVIA (denise.navia@embrapa.br) is a Researcher at EMBRAPA Recursos Genéticos e Biotecnologia in Brasilia, Brazil. Her activities focus on prevention and management of invasive pests. With this purpose she has worked on systematics of phytophagous mites, integrating morphological and molecular tools to ensure accurate identification of quarantine mites as well as of introduced species in the country. Main research experience is on Eriophyoidea, Tenuipalpidae and Tetranychidae mites. She has worked on projects involving invasive mite pests in Brazil, including bioecological and population dynamic studies and prediction of establishment. Along the last years has expanded her research lines toward molecular and morphometric characterization of predatory mites in the Phytoseiidae family with the purpose of supporting projects on biological control of invasive mite pests.
Agricultural acarology
Phytophagous mites
Plant protection
Invasive pests
Biological control
Predatory mites
Eric PALEVSKY palevskyy@volcani.agri.gov.il) is a researcher in the Department of Entomology at the Newe-Ya’ar Research Center of the Agricultural Research Organization, The Ministry of Agriculture, Israel (http://www.agri.gov.il/departments/13.aspx). He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) graduating in 1997 and his Post-Docs in Oregon USA on IPM in orchards and at HUJI on spider mite control in date palms in the Southern Arava Desert of Israel. His national and international research activities are focused on the integrated control of plant feeding mites, conservational biological control in outdoor systems using acarine predators, food provisioning for the enhancement of acarine bio-control agents in protected crops and acarine-fungal pathogen-plant interactions (http://www.agri.gov.il/en/people/723.aspx). He established and served as the convener of the International Organization of Biological Control "Integrated Control of Mite Pests" Working Group from 2007-2017. His current research on soil food webs is focused on the utilization of free living non parasitic nematodes to enhance the conservation biological of soil pests afforded by soil predatory mites.
Agricultural acarology
Mite fungal plant interactions
Augmentative biological control
Conservation biological control
Predatory mite behavior and ecology
Soil predatory mites and soil food web interactions
Tobias PFINGSTL (tobias.pfingstl@uni-graz.at) is a scientific project director and lecturer presently working at the Institute of Biology, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria. After finishing his PhD at the Institute of Zoology at the University of Graz, he spent one and a half year at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) on Bermuda to start his research on marine associated oribatid mites. After this period, he returned to Graz to continue his studies and since then, he performed several research projects investigating all biological aspects of this specific group of mites. His studies took him to the Caribbean, South-East Asia, Japan and South Africa where he studied phylogeographic, biogeographic and ecological patterns of these organisms. Apart from marine associated mites, his research interests also cover the evolution, ontogeny and ecomorphology of all Oribatida and beyond. Since 2016 he is an editor for the Journal ZOOTAXA (Section Oribatida) and in 2021 he also joined the editorial board of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).
Systematics of Oribatida
Functional morphology
Marine associated mites
Lise ROY (lise.roy@univ-montp3.fr) is Assistant Professor of Population Biology and Ecology at the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 and a member of the research center Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE) in Montpellier. Her research interests focus on the effect of human activities on populations and communities of mites (and other arthropods) in agroecosystems. She has been previously studying how long distance commercial trade (breaking down of geographical barriers by long-distance transports) and insecticide use (selective pressure) are shaping pest and non-target arthropod population structure in avian and crop farms. Currently she’s studying determinants of the biotic interactions involving the Poultry Red Mite Dermanyssus gallinae in poultry farms in two different axes: chemical interactions with the bird host, trophic interactions within arthropod food webs (including mite predators and other natural enemies of hematophagous mites). This is dedicated to advancing the understanding of mite ecology while helping to encourage agro-ecological pest management in poultry farms (e.g. attract-and-kill techniques, biological control).
Community ecology
Chemical ecology
Veterinary acarology
Biological control
Marie-Stéphane TIXIER (marie-stephane.tixier@supagro.fr) Professor Montpellier SupAgro University, France, female, has more than 18 years experience in research and higher education. She is the head of the department “Biology and Ecology” of Montpellier SupAgro (see here ) since 2014. She is involved in Plant protection teaching especially applied for arthropod pest control. She coordinates a MOOC on “taxonomy of arthropods and nematodes for agriculture challenges” delivered since 2017. She is specialist in systematics of a predatory mite family (Phytoseiidae) and biological control. She obtained a PhD in 2000 and a HDR diploma in 2010. She develops her research at the UMR CBGP, and is author of 88 scientific publications, 20 publications for professional journals, 68 oral congress communications and a web site containing on-line identification keys (http://www1.montpellier.inra.fr/CBGP/phytoseiidae/index.html ). She develops international and national collaborations, both with academic and professional partners.
General ecology
Systematics of Phytoseiidae
Community ecology
Mite phylogeny
Haralabos TSOLAKIS (haralabos.tsolakis@unipa..it) Associate professor, University of Palermo, Italy, has studied Agriculture Science in University of Palermo (Italy). In 1990-1992 he obtained a grant by the Italian Foreign Ministry for carrying out researches and studies on the predacious mites of the family Phytoseiidae. In 1994 he has got his PhD in Agricultural Entomology in University of Naples "Federico II". He collaborated with the University of Reggio Calabria, in researches on phytoseiid mites and with Rhône Poulenc SA, Uniroyal Chemical SA and Sipcam Italy SA in researches on the biocidal effects of new molecules towards phytophagous insects and mites and their side effects on some natural enemies. Researcher from 1995, and Associate professor from 2004 to present in the University of Palermo. He teaches Viticultural Entomology and Acarology, Agricultural Entomology, Acarology and Integrated pest management in the University of Palermo. He has been in the Scientific Board of the PhD in “Mediterranean Fruit farming” and he is author and/or co-author of 77 scientific papers in the agricultural Acarology and Entomology. He is component of the Italian Academy of Entomology.
Systematics of Phytoseiidae
Agricultural acarology
Biological control of mites
Botanical acaricides

International Editorial Board (2016-2022)

Dmitry Apanaskevich
Anne Baker
Badamdorj Bayartogtokh
Eugeniusz Biesiadka
Axel Christian
Louise Coetzee
Matt Colloff
Charnie Craemer
Enrico de Lillo
Ashley Dowling
Carlo Duso
Agustin Estrada-Pena
Norman Fashing
Francisco Ferragut
Carlos Flechtmann
Tetsuo Gotoh
Alberto A. Guglielmone
Xiao-Yue Hong
Ilinca Juvara-Bals
Pavel Klimov
Hans Klompen
Leonid Kolodochka
Jerry Krantz
Wojciech Magowski
Jaime Mayoral
Sergei Mironov
Maria Lourdes Moraza
Wojciech Niedbala
Roy Norton
Vladimir Pesic
Heather Proctor
Alireza Saboori
Heinrich Schatz
Peter Schausberger
Anna Skoracka
Piotr Skubala
Harry Smit
Edward A. Ueckermann
Calvin Welbourn
Wojciech Witalinski

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