Insect Communities

Sentiko Ibalim, Ph.D. student

Born 25th June 1983 in Papua New Guinea


2004: Diploma in Applied Science, Lae Technical College,Lae, Papua New Guinea.
2014: BSc. in Biodiversity and Conservation, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia.
2018: MSc. in Biology (Phylogenetics), University of Papua New Guinea
Since 2019: Ph.D. studies of Entomology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic.


2006-2011: New Guinea Binatang Research Centre, Madang, Papua New Guinea. – (para-taxonomist, later logistics co-ordinator)
since 2019: Institute of Entomology, Biology Centre, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (Ph.D. student)

Field research at remote field conditions

2006-2009: Three 3 months expedition in the Ramu River flood plains, Madang Province, PNG.
2007: Ant survey in Fogomayu, Southern Highlands, PNG.
2008: Water beetle survey in Garaina, Morobe Province, PNG.
2009: General biodiversity survey in the Southern Highlands, PNG.
2010: Water beetle survey in Telefomin, Sandaun Province, PNG.
2014: Bee biodiversity survey, PNG.
2015: General Biodiversity survey in the Whiteman Range, West New Britain Province, PNG.
2016: Social economic survey investigating 2015 El Nino effects from Chimbu Province to Madang Province, PNG.


Toussaint E.F.A., Hall R., Monaghan M.T., Sagata K., Ibalim S., Shaverdo H.V., Vogler A.P., Pons J., Balke M. (2014) The towering orogeny of New Guinea as a trigger for arthropod megadiversity. Nature Communications 5: 4001.

Klimeš P., Janda M., Ibalim S., Kua J., Novotný V. (2011) Experimental suppression of ants foraging on rainforest vegetation in New Guinea: testing methods for a whole‐forest manipulation of insect communities. Ecological Entomology 36: 94–103.