Diego Inclán

Diego has just completed his PhD at the University of Padova. His project focused on the ecology of tachinid flies. His main research interests include the study of the effect of habitat fragmentation  and  agricultural management on the diversity of parasitoid flies.
Contact details:

University of Padova,
viale dell'Università
16, 35020, Legnaro (PD)-Italy

E-mail: diegojavier.inclanlunastudenti.unipd.it
Tel.: +39 0498272803

PhD Project

Landscape dynamics of tachinid parasitoids

The family of flies, Tachinidae, is one of the most diverse groups of parasitoids. The Tachinidae contain approximately 10,000 described species, ranks second in species richness among families of flies (Diptera) and represent the largest group of non-hymenopteran parasitoids. Even though tachinids play an important role in ecosystems, most ecological aspects of this family still remain poorly known. Therefore, studying the tachinid community composition from a landscape perspective will be an important step in order to understand the ecology of this important taxa. The main aims of this project are: (1) to evaluate the effect of habitat fragmentation on the diversity of Tachinidae in semi-natural grasslands and lowland forests; (2) to compare the effectiveness of forest restoration contrasting the Tachinidae communities of natural versus restored lowland forests; and (3) to assess the role of semi-natural habitats in the dispersal of tachinid parasitoids into the adjacent agricultural landscape

Inclán DJ, Dainese M, Cerretti P, Paniccia D, Marini L (in press). Spillover of tachinids and hoverflies from different field margins. Basic and Applied Ecology. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2015.08.005

Dainese M, Inclán DJ, Sitzia T, Marini L (in press) Scale-dependent effects of semi-natural habitats on farmland biodiversity. Ecological Applications. doi.org/10.1890/14-1321.1

Inclán DJ, Cerretti P, Gabriel D, Benton TG, Sait SM, Kunin WE, Gillespie MAK, Marini L (in press) Organic farming enhances parasitoid diversity at the local and landscape scale. Journal of Applied Ecology. doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.12457

Inclán DJ, Cerretti P, Marini L (2015) Landscape composition affects parasitoid spillover. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 208, 4854.

Cerretti P, Di Giulio A, Romani R, Inclán DJ, Whitmore D, Di Giovanni F, Scalici M, Minelli A (2015) First report of exocrine epithelial glands in oestroid flies: the tachinid sexual patches (Diptera: Oestroidea: Tachinidae). Acta Zoologica 96, 383–397.

Inclán DJ, Cerretti PF, Marini L (2014) Interactive effects of area and connectivity on the diversity of tachinid parasitoids in highly fragmented landscapes. Landscape Ecology 29, 879889.

Inclán DJ, Stireman JO III (2014) A new species and synonymy of the Neotropical Eucelatoria Townsend and redescription of Myiodoriops Townsend. ZooKeys 464, 6397.

Cerretti P, O'Hara JE, Wood DM, Shima H, Inclán DJ, Stireman JO III (2014) Signal through the noise? Phylogeny of the Tachinidae (Diptera) as inferred from morphological evidence. Systematic Entomology 39, 335–353.

Inclán DJ, Stireman JO III (2013) Revision of the genus Erythromelana Townsend (Diptera: Tachinidae) and analysis of its phylogeny and diversification. Zootaxa 3621, 182.

Inclán DJ, Stireman JO III (2012) Tachinid (Diptera: Tachinidae) parasitoid diversity and temporal abundance at a single site in the Northeastern United States. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104, 287296.

Inclán DJ, Bermúdez FJ, Alvarado E, Ellis M, Williams RN, Acosta N (2008) Comparison of biological and conventional insecticide treatments for the management of the pineapple fruit borer, Strymon megarus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae) in Costa Rica. Ecological Engineering 34, 328331

Last updated: 02/09/2015