D. Monty Wood, Ph.D.
Honorary Research Associate
Biographic Sketch (Excerpted from: Cumming, J.M., Sinclair, B.J., Brooks, S.E., O’Hara, J.E. and Skevington, J.H. 2011. The history of dipterology at the Canadian National Collection of Insects with special reference to the Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Canadian Entomologist 143: xxx–xxx.).
Monty was born on December 22, 1933 in London, Ontario. He received his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1956 and 1959 respectively, and his Ph.D. on a phylogenetic interpretation of the Eusimulium-group of black flies from McMaster University in Hamilton in 1963. Monty joined the Diptera Unit in 1964 as a specialist on Simuliidae but quickly became responsible for numerous other groups, most notably the huge family Tachinidae for which he is the world’s leading expert. Monty retired in 1986, but continues working in the Unit as an Honourary Research Associate. He is a keen collector and has travelled extensively on field trips, most notably throughout the Americas and Australia. He has contributed tens of thousands of superbly mounted specimens to the CNC. To date Monty has authored or coauthored 75 scientific publications. This includes seven chapters in the Manual of Nearctic Diptera, most significantly his chapter on Tachinidae (Wood 1987) and his chapter with Art Borkent on phylogeny and classification of Nematocera (Wood and Borkent 1989). Monty is a co-author on a massive treatment of the black flies of North America (Adler et al. 2004). He is the only coordinator of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera who continued his editorial duties in the Manual of Central American Diptera project. Monty has published 92 new Diptera taxa to date (4 family group names, 2 genus group names, and 86 species group names). He was elected as one of seven Honorary Members of the International Congresses of Dipterology in 2006 for his outstanding contributions to dipterological knowledge. As of November 2011, Monty divides his time between the CNC and Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad in Costa Rica, with numerous forays to other locations to collect Diptera or study collections.
Current Research Projects
1. Contribute chapter on Tachinidae to the Manual of Central American Diptera.
2. Revise Costa Rican Tachinidae.
Expertise (major areas of interest highlighted in bold)
This page last updated on 18-Apr-2012
Dr. J.H. Skevington