Tara Dawne Gariepy

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences
Kauai Agricultural Research Center
7370 Kuamoo Rd., Kapaa, HI 96746

Tel: 808-822-4984 x.233
Fax: 808-822-2190




Research Interests

My research interests include the development and use of molecular diagnostic tools in pre- and post-release studies on exotic parasitoids, and the evaluation of direct and indirect non-target effects associated with natural enemy introductions.


My current research focuses on the investigation of competitive interactions among parasitoids that share the same host species, and the effect of multiparasitism and hyperparasitism on parasitoid establishment and target pest suppression. In-host interactions can be difficult to study using conventional rearing and dissection techniques; however, molecular techniques for the detection and identification of natural enemies within their hosts provide a unique approach to study multi-species and intraguild interactions in field-collected insects.



Gariˇpy, T.D., Kuhlmann, U., Gillott, C. and Erlandson, M. 2007. Parasitoids, predators and PCR: The use of diagnostic molecular markers in biological control of arthropods. Journal of Applied Entomology 131: 225-240. 

Erlandson, M. & Gariˇpy, T.D. 2005. Tricks of the Trade: Developing species-specific PCR primers for insect identification. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada 37: 76-82. 

Gariˇpy, T.D., Kuhlmann, U., Haye, T., Gillott, C., and Erlandson, M. 2005. A single-step multiplex PCR assay for the detection of European Peristenus spp., parasitoids of Lygus spp. Biocontrol Science and Technology 15: 481-495. 

Gariˇpy, T.D., Rahe, J.E., Lˇvesque, C.A., Spotts, R.A., Sugar, D.L., and Henriquez, J.L. 2005. Neofabraea species associated with bullās-eye rot and cankers of apple and pear in the Pacific Northwest. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 27: 118-124.

Gariˇpy, T.D., Lˇvesque, C.A., de Jong, S.N., and Rahe, J.E. 2003. Species specific identification of the Neofabraea pathogen complex associated with pome fruits using PCR and multiplex DNA amplification. Mycological Research 107: 528-536.