Collection manager of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera), the Steinhardt Museum
IT specialist, the Steinhardt Museum
Tirza Stern was a collection manager of Auchenorrhyncha (Hemiptera) and an IT specialist at the Steinhardt Museum. She received her MSc in Zoology in 1993 from Tel Aviv University. Her thesis was on Biological and behavioral aspects of Delphastus pusillus (Coleoptera: Coccinelidae), predator of the tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) and was supervised by Prof. Dan Gerling. In the following years she was a technician in Prof. Gerling’s lab, where she was involved in research on biological control, pests, and their natural enemies, and in introducing integrated pest management to the Tel Aviv University botanical gardens. She also served as a lab technician in Prof. lan Golani’s lab at the Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University, which studies animal behavior. Tirza was responsible for computerization, digitization and all other information-technology aspects in the museum, including the design and development of the collections database and its user interface. She was among the founding members of the biological control lab at Kibbutz Sedé Eliyahu, which has since evolved into the major biological pest control enterprise BioBee. She was also the site manager for the Electronic Journal of Ichthyology (edited by Prof. Menachem Goren). Tirza is currently a volunteer in the entomology section of the Steinhardt Museum and assists with various projects, including maintenance and reorganization of the Orthoptera collection.