Dr. Hume B. Douglas

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Research Scientist

Beetle taxonomy research in support of agriculture, trade, and biodiversity knowledge for Canada.

Current research and/or projects

Invertebrate systematics addressing threats to Canadian plant health

Research and/or project statements

Recent publications (2024)

Douglas HB, Etzler FE, Johnson PJ, Hammond HEJ (2024) Matrix-based key to the click beetle genera of Canada and USA with a summary of habitat use (Coleoptera, Elateridae). ZooKeys 1200: 75-144. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1200.119315

Douglas HB, Smith TW, Bouchard P (2023) Palaearctic leaf beetle Chrysolina fastuosa (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Chrysomelinae) new to North America. Biodiversity Data Journal 11: e103261. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.11.e103261

Douglas HB, Konstantinov AS, Brunke AJ, Moseyko AG, Chapados JT, Eyres J, Richter R, Savard K, Sears E, Prathapan KD, Ruan Y, Dettman JR (2023) Phylogeny of the flea beetles (Galerucinae: Alticini) and the position of Aulacothorax elucidated through anchored phylogenomics (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini). Systematic Entomology n/a. doi:https://doi.org/10.1111/syen.12582

Douglas HB, Dumont S, Savard K, Thurston GS, Light MHS (2022) Palaearctic seed beetle Bruchus affinis (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Bruchinae) new to North America, arrival, distribution, and autecology. ZooKeys 1128: 19-31. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.1128.90016

Singleton K, Van Herk WG, Saguez J, Douglas HB, Gries G (2022) First record of the invasive wireworm Agriotes sputator Linnaeus, 1758 (Coleoptera: Elateridae) in Quebec, Canada, and implications of its arrival. The Pan-Pacific Entomologist 98: 184-187. https://doi.org/.3956/2022-98.3.184

Douglas, H.B, Dumont, S., Savard, K., & Chantal, C. (2021). Two adventive species of European Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) new to North America: Cryptocephalus moraei (Cryptocephalinae) and Psylliodes dulcamarae (Galerucinae: Alticini), and the origins of adventive Chrysomelidae in Canada and United States of America. The Canadian Entomologist, 1-13. https://doi.org/.4039/tce.2021.20

Douglas, H.B.; Kundrata, R.; Brunke, A.J.; Escalona, H.E.; Chapados, J.T.; Eyres, J.; Richter, R.; Savard, K.; Slipinski, A.; McKenna, D.; Dettman, J.R. Anchored Phylogenomics, Evolution and Systematics of Elateridae: Are All Bioluminescent Elateroidea Derived Click Beetles? Biology 2021, 10, 451. https://doi.org/10.3390/biology10060451

Professional activities / interests

Coleoptera, beetles

  • Chrysomelidae, leaf beetles
  • Elateridae, click beetles
  • Curculionidae: scolytinae, bark beetles

Key publications

  1. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: Update for the AAFC Biological Control Working Group, 2023

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  2. Saguez J, Singleton K, van Herk W.G., Douglas H.B., Gries R., Gries G. 2022. Agriotes sputator: un nouveau venu au Québec à surveiller. Réunion annuelle de la Société d’Entomologie du Québec. Granby, Qc. 27 octobre 2022. Poster.

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  3. Gallant B, Blatt S, Douglas HB, Labbe R, Makela K. 2021. How you can help protect Canada’s plant resources: report a plant pest. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 53: #-#.

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  4. Fernandez-Triana, J, Douglas, HB, Brunke, A, Bouchard, P, Huber, JT, Gibson, GAP, Bennett, AMR, Lonsdale, O. 2021. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: update for the AAFC Biological Control Working Group, 2021. November 5, 2021.

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  5. Kenyon, David, Highet, Fiona MBE, Caims, Rebecca, Nicolaisen, Mogens, Mouttet, Raphaëlle, Loomans, Antoon, Boavida, Conceiçao, de Andrade, Eugenia, Douglas, Hume, & Deczynski, Anthony. (2021). Epitrix (flea beetle) species, life cycles and detection methods (Epitrix II). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5668350

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  6. Douglas HB, Kundrata R, Brunke A, Chapados JT, Richter R, Savard K, McKenna D and Dettman JR (2020) Anchored Phylogenomics of Elateridae: some outgroups did not act as expected! Second International Symposium on Elateroidea (online international symposium). October 11, 2021. Invited oral presentation, 30 minutes.

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  7. Fernandez-Triana, J., Douglas, H., Huber, J.T., Brunke, A., Lonsdale, O., Sinclair, B., Landry, J-F, Gibson, G., O'Hara, J.E., Bennett, A.M.R., and Mason, P. 2020. Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes: update for AAFC Biological Control Working Group. 1–4.

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  8. Ruan, Y., Douglas, H.B., Qiu, L., Chen, X., Jiang, S. (2020). Revision of Chinese phorocardius species (Coleoptera, elateridae, cardiophorinae). ZooKeys, [online] 2020(993), 47-120. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.993.53805

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  9. Douglas, H.B., Cognato, A.I., Grebennikov, V., and Savard, K. 2019. Dichotomous and matrix-based keys to the Ips bark beetles of the World (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 38: 234pp. doi:10.3752/cjai.2019.38

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  10. Douglas H, Landry J-F. 2018. Taxonomy for the identification of invertebrate pests in support of regulatory entomology in Canada. AAFC Ottawa Research and Development Science Days – Biodiversity and Bioresources. February 5-6. Ottawa Canada.

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  11. Kundrata, R., Kubaczkova, M., Prosvirov, A.S., Douglas, H.B., Fojtikova, A., Costa, C., Bousquet, Y., Alonso-Zarazaga, M.A., Bouchard, P. (2019). World catalogue of the genus-group names in elateridae (Insecta, coleoptera). Part I: Agrypninae, campyloxeninae, hemiopinae, lissominae, oestodinae, parablacinae, physodactylinae, pityobiinae, subprotelaterinae, tetralobinae. ZooKeys, [online] 2019(839), 83-154. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.839.33279

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  12. Pentinsaari, M., Anderson, R., Borowiec, L., Bouchard, P., Brunke, A., Douglas, H., Smith, A.B.T., Hebert, P.D.N. (2019). DNA barcodes reveal 63 overlooked species of canadian beetles (Insecta, coleoptera). ZooKeys, [online] 2019(894), 53-150. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.894.37862

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  13. Bouchard P, Anderson RS, Douglas H, Pentinsaari (2018) How much do we know about Canadian weevils? An assessment based on taxonomic and DNA barcode diversity. Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, Joint Annual Meeting. Vancouver. Oral Presentation.

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  14. Douglas H, Kundrata R, Savard K (2018) Changes to the genera of Cardiophorinae (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, Joint Annual Meeting. Vancouver. Oral Presentation.

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  15. Kabaluk T, Douglas H, van Herk W (2018) Flight status of invasive European Elateridae in southwestern British Columbia. 58th Western Committee on crop pests. Loydminster AB. Oral presentation.

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  16. Hervet V, Douglas H (2018) First report of parasitoids associated with the spotted asparagus beetle in North America. 58th Western Committee on crop pests. Loydminster AB. Oral presentation.

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  17. Marshall SA, Douglas HB. 2018. Elateridae. pp 388, 389, 414-421 in Marshall, SA (ed) - Beetles: The Natural History and Diversity of Coleoptera. Firefly books.

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  18. Ottawa Entomology Club. Entomology Fieldwork in Vietnam. Co-presentation with Adam Brunke. September 2018. 1 hour

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  19. Douglas, H.B., Kundrata, R., Janosikova, D., Bocak, L. (2018). Molecular and morphological evidence for new genera in the click-beetle subfamily Cardiophorinae (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Entomological Science, [online] 21(3), 292-305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ens.12306

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  20. 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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