Dr. Adam J. Brunke

Current research and/or projects

  • Assess interactions and impacts between invasive alien species, agricultural practices and arthropod biodiversity
  • Develop a national arthropod information system through the Canadian national collection of insects, arachnids and nematodes, provision of expert identification, consultation and training
  • Develop systematic knowledge of arthropod pests, beneficial arthropods, and environmentally sensitive arthropods

Research and/or project statements

  • Staphylinidae/rove beetles
  • Coleoptera
  • Taxonomy
  • Systematics
  • Identification tools
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Fossil analysis
  • 3-D morphological analysis
  • Evolution
  • Systematics
  • Biogeography

Professional activities / interests

  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Zootaxa
  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Zookeys
  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Insecta Mundi
  • Chair of Common Names Committee of the Entomological Society of Canada
  • Member of the Graduate Student Award Committees for the Coleopterists’ Society and Entomological Society of Canada

Key publications

  1. Bouchard, P., Bousquet, Y., Brunke, A., Davies, A.E., Douglas, H., Smith, A.B.T. and Manoogian, J. 2017. 150 years of new beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera) described in The Canadian Entomologist (1868-2017) and associated publications. Oral presentation. Annual Meeting, Entomological Society of Canada. 2017. Winnipeg, Canada.

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  2. Kypke, J., Yamamoto, S., Solodovnikov, A., Brunke, A., Zyla, D. 2017. The past and the present: The rove beetle tribe Othiini now and 99 million years ago. Oral presentation. Annual Meeting, Entomological Society of America. Denver, United States

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  3. Brunke, A., Smetana, A. and Buffam, J. 2017. Vertebrates as drivers of speciation in Nearctic Staphylinidae. Oral presentation. 31th Annual Meeting on the Systematics and Biology of Staphylinidae. Helsinki, Finland.

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  4. Jałoszyński, P., Brunke, A.J., Metscher, B., Zhang, W.-W., Bai, M. (2017). Clidicostigus gen. nov., the first Mesozoic genus of Mastigini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae) from Cenomanian Burmese amber, 72 110-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2016.12.022

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  5. Brunke, A., Smetana, A., Carruthers-Lay, D., Buffam, J. (2017). Revision of Hemiquedius Casey (Staphylinidae, Staphylininae) and a review of beetles dependent on beavers and muskrats in North America. ZooKeys, [online] 2017(702), 27-43. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.702.19936

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  6. Brunke, A.J. (2016). First detection of the adventive large rove beetle Ocypus nitens (Schrank) in Canada and an update of its Nearctic distribution using data generated by the public, 4(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.4.e11012

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  7. Brunke, A. J., Chatzimanolis, S., Schillhammer, H. and Solodovnikov, A. 2016. Early evolution of the hyperdiverse rove beetle tribe Staphylinini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae) and a revision of its higher classification. Cladistics 32: 427–451.

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  8. Brunke, A., Newton, A., Klimaszewski, J., Majka, C. and Marshall, S. 2011. Staphylinidae of Eastern Canada and Adjacent United States. Key to Subfamilies; Staphylininae: Tribes and Subtribes, and Species of Staphylinina. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification No. 12, 20 January 2011, available online at doi: 10.3752/cjai.2011.12.

    2011 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6


  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Zootaxa
  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Zookeys
  • Subject Editor for the scientific journal Insecta Mundi
  • Member of the Graduate Student Award Committee for the Coleopterists’ Society