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. 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

    2018 - View publication details

  2. 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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  3. Douglas HB, Cognato AI, Grebennikov V, Savard K (2017) A matrix key to the Ips bark beetles of the World (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Entomological Society of Canada, Annual Meeting. Winnipeg Manitoba. Oral Presentation.

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  4. Ameen A, Favrin R, Douglas H, Henry G (2017) Where is the native range of Epitrix papa, a damaging invasive pest of potato tubers, recently introduced into Portugal? Entomological Society of Canada, Annual Meeting. Winnipeg Manitoba. Poster Presentation.

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  5. Mason PG, De Clerck-Floate RA, Gallant B, Gillespie DR, Floate K, Bourchier R, Douglas H, Vincent C, Boivin G (2017) Guide for the Importation and Release of Arthropod Biological Control Agents in Canada. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada A42-122/2017E.

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  6. International Plant Protection Convention. 2017. Diagnostic Protocol 20. Diagnostic Protocols for Regulated Pests: Dendroctonus ponderosae. Annex to International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures 27. Diagnostic Protocol 20. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy. [Drafted by L. Semeraro, H. Douglas, B. Wessels-Berk, J.-F. Germain, E. Tadeu-Iede and N. Barr]. Refereed.

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  7. Douglas, H.B. (2017). World reclassification of the Cardiophorinae (Coleoptera, Elateridae), based on phylogenetic analyses of morphological characters. ZooKeys, [online] 2017(655), 1-130. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.655.11894

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  8. Bouchard P, Douglas, H (2016). Origin and establishment of non-native weevils in Canada, with a focus on Solanaceae. PROCINORTE - Plant Health Task Force Workshop. Pests and diseases of solanaceans in North America: Trilateral approaches for their management. Ottawa, Canada. October 26–28, 2016. Invited oral presentation.

    2016 - View publication details

  9. Bouchard, P, Douglas H, Anderson RS (2016) Adventive weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) recorded from Canada. International Congress of Entomology 25, Orlando Florida. Oral Presentation.

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  10. Kundrata, R., Gunter, N.L., Douglas, H., Bocak, L. (2016). Next step toward a molecular phylogeny of click-beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae): redefinition of Pityobiinae, with a description of a new subfamily Parablacinae from the Australasian Region. Austral Entomology, [online] 55(3), 291-302. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aen.12185

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  11. Douglas, H., Bouchard, P., Anderson, R.S., de Tonnancour, P., Vigneault, R., Webster, R.P. (2013). New Curculionoidea (Coleoptera) records for Canada. ZooKeys, [online] 309 13-48. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.309.4667

    2013 - View publication details

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960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6


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