Julio Rivera, M.Sc.

University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Mailing Contact:
Royal Ontario Museum
Department of Natural History
100 Queen’s Park
Toronto, ON
M5S 2C6

Professional Preparation
2008, M.Sc., University of Toronto, Canada (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology)
2002, B.S., La Molina National Agrarian University, Peru (Biology)


Associated Researcher, Klaus Raven Buller Entomological Museum, La Molina National Agrarian University (UNALM), Peru.

Associated Researcher, Centro de Ornitologia & Biodiversidad (CORBIDI), Peru.

Research Interests

My research is focused on Neotropical Mantodea revisionary systematics and phylogenetic relationships. Using phylogenetic methods, I aim to restructure Mantodea classification to reflect natural lineages and produce a comprehensive monograph of the Earless Neotropical Mantodea. I am also interested in the evolution of the egg case or ootheca, a protein-made structure that mantids form around their eggs to provide them with mechanical support and protection against natural enemies and environmental conditions. Egg cases show tremendous structural variation and on going research suggest that this variation contains phylogenetic signal. I am aiming to develop a system to code egg cases characters in order to incorporate this data into Mantodea systematics and taxonomy.

Editing Work

I am currently acting as editor for Mantodea for the journal ZOOTAXA (since July 2010).

2011 French Guiana
2011 Brazil
2010 Peru

Digitized Publications