Robert Foottit, Ph.D.
Current Research Projects
- Genomics Research and Development Initiative: Barcoding of quarantine and invasive species in terrestrial ecosystems; Direct detection of forest and agricultural pests.
- Morphological, morphometric and molecular systematics, and faunal analysis of aphids, thrips and plant bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera)
- DNA barcoding of aphids, thrips and related groups in collaboration with Paul Hebert and staff of the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph; Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD); and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL)
- Molecular phylogenetics of aphids and plant bugs.
- Databasing and analysis of the aphid faunas of North America, New Zealand (New Zealand aphid database), Pacific Basin; Quebec aphids
- A handbook of the aphids of Hawaii (with Russ Messing, University of Hawaii, and Keith Pike, Washington State University).
- Monitoring aphid vectors of Plum Pox Virus in southern Ontario (with T. Lowery, AAFC, Summerland, and Eric Maw).
- Handbook on the Genera of the Aphids of North America (with Eric Maw).
- Morphometric, genetic and ecological variation of tropical pest aphids, in collaboration with Ross Miller, University of Guam.
- Systematics and its contribution to integrated pest management.
- 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.
- Research Scientist, and Unit Curator of Hemiptera, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids & Nematodes, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa.
- Member, Scientific Committee, Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods)
- Treasurer, Entomological Society of Canada, 1991-95, 98-99
- President, Entomological Society of Canada, 2001-2
- H.R. Macmillan Fellowship (Simon Fraser University), 1980-82
- Visiting Scientist, National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, Republic of South Korea, 1998
- McMaster Research Fellowship (CSIRO, Australia), 2009
- Over 90 publications on taxonomy, evolution, ecology of aphids, thrips, scale insects and plant bugs. To see a list of these along with pdf files of some, click here.
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Dr. J.H. Skevington
Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes
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