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Alien Species in the Maltese islands – Online Meeting with David Mifsud
26 November 2022 @ 19:00 – 20:00
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Alien Species in the Maltese islands
Online Meeting with Professor David Mifsud
Despite the fact that the central Mediterranean Islands of the Maltese archipelago are surrounded by the sea and the nearest land mass (Sicily) is some 90 km away, almost all alien species of insects that invaded the Mediterranean basin managed to find their way also to Malta. A brief overview will be provided of these alien species and their possible introductory pathways discussed. Their impacts on the natural environment will also be highlighted.
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Professor David Mifsud graduated with a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from the University of Malta and then he continued his studies in Switzerland (Basel) from where he earned a Ph.D. in zoology. He is also a Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS) and of the Royal Entomological Society (FRES). He was also awarded the National Order of Merit (MOM) for his vast contributions in the study of entomology. Currently, David holds the post of Associate Professor in Entomology at the Department of Rural Sciences and Food Technology at the Institute of Earth Systems, University of Malta and he is also Director of the Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences. He also serves on government boards mainly related to plant health and beekeeping.
David is also President of the Entomological Society of Malta (ESM) and Founder of the Association of Maltese Apiculturists (AMA). Both NGOs are directly linked with the study and dissemination of information on insects, a subject, for which David dedicated most of his career.
David published more about 200 publications in scientific journals. Most of his publications focus on studies related to biodiversity with special reference to that of the Maltese Islands. His main area of research is that pertaining to the study of insects (entomology), but he is also actively involved in other studies such as that for mites, plant pathogenic fungi and plant parasitic nematodes. David has also described more than 80 species of insects new to science.
David is editor of a peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to the study of insects, the “Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Malta”. In these last eight years, David managed to involve 30 Maltese naturalists and some more than 80 scientists from abroad to publish their original research work pertaining mostly to the study of Maltese insects in this journal. In fact, to-date nine volumes have been published which contain around over 150 scientific publications, providing information on more than 1,600 species of insects which occur in the natural environment of out islands.