Robert Foottit, Ph.D.
Honorary Research Associate
Current Research Projects
- Morphological, morphometric and molecular systematics, and faunal analysis of aphids, psyllids, thrips and plant bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera)
- Databasing and analysis of the aphid faunas of North America, New Zealand (New Zealand aphid database), Pacific Basin
- Systematics, morphometrics, species delineation, DNA barcoding, taxonomy of aphids, thrips and related groups.
- Biological systematics of economically important pest insects with emphasis on aphids, thrips and plant bugs. A number of techniques are employed, including field collections and distributional analyses, morphological analysis of specimens, DNA molecular approaches, including DNA microsatellites and DNA barcodes. These techniques are used to detect significant morphological and genetic variation in pest insect populations and to develop diagnostic characters for accurate and efficient identification of populations and species. Applications of the research include the provision of identification systems for pest management programs, the monitoring of plant disease vectors, the detection of new pests and potentially invasive species, and the identification of species for biodiversity assessments in various habitats and regions.
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Dr. J.H. Skevington
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes
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