Dr. Kevin Floate

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Senior Research Scientist
  • Crop and livestock entomology, insect-microbe (symbiont) interactions, biological control of insect pests, non-target effects of chemical residues in livestock dung.

Current research and/or projects

  • Characterization of invasive pests and exotic biological control agents. Collaborator (2019 – 2022)
  • Subtle cascade effects: the consequences of veterinary medicinal products to non-target microbiomes. Principle Investigator (2019 – 2022)
  • Managing wireworms in southern Alberta wheat fields with crop rotations and beneficial insects. Collaborator (2017 – 2021)
  • Diversity and ecosystem function of insects in cattle dung on pastures. Principle Investigator (2017 – 2019)
  • Biological control of agricultural pests. Collaborator (2017 – 2019)
  • Diversity, structure and role of field boundary habitats in agro-ecosystems. ​Collaborator (2017 – 2019)

Research and/or project statements

  • molecular barcoding for insect identification
  • non-target effects of parasiticide use on pasture ecosystems
  • parasitic wasps as biocontrol agents agains crop and livestock pests
  • next-generation sequencing to characterize insect microbiomes
  • field guides to transfer research results to farmers and ranchers

Professional activities / interests

  • community insect ecology
  • participation in regional and national entomological societies
  • identification of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
  • student training

Education and awards

  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan, 1983
  • M.Sc. Biology, University of Saskatchewan, 1987
  • Ph.D. Zoology, Northern Arizona University, 1992
  • C. Gordon Hewitt Award (2000), presented by the Entomological Society of Canada (ESC)
  • ESC Service Award, Editor (2007 – 2009), Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada
  • ESC Service Award, Editor-in-Chief (2014 – 2017), The Canadian Entomologist

International experience and/or work

  • Founding Member – Dung Organism Toxicity Testing (DOTTS – SETAC) (2002-present)
  • Transfer of Work – University of Queensland (2004 – 2005)
  • Scientific Advisor – European Medicines Authority (2018)

Key publications

  1. Dufton, S.V., Laird, R.A., Floate, K.D., Otani, J.K. (2021). Diversity, rate, and distribution of wheat midge parasitism in the Peace River region of Alberta, Canada, 153(4), 461-469. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2021.7

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  2. Backmeyer, S., K.D. Floate and C. Goater. Assessing the non-target effects of LongRange® eprinomectin on dung-breeding insects. 68th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, October 22-23 [videoconference]

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  3. Noriega, J.A., Floate, K.D., Génier, F., Reid, C.A.M., Kohlmann, B., Horgan, F.G., Davis, A.L.V., Forgie, S.A., Aguilar, C., Ibarra, M.G., Vaz-de-Mello, F., Ziani, S., Lobo, J.M. (2020). Global distribution patterns provide evidence of niche shift by the introduced African dung beetle Digitonthophagus gazella, 168(10), 766-782. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eea.12961

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  4. Wilches, D.M., Laird, R.A., Fields, P.G., Coghlin, P., Floate, K.D. (2018). Spiroplasma dominates the microbiome of khapra beetle: comparison with a congener, effects of life stage and temperature, 76(3), 277-291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13199-018-0560-5

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  5. Nieman, C.C., Floate, K.D., Düring, R.A., Heinrich, A.P., Young, D.K., Schaefer, D.M. (2018). Eprinomectin from a sustained release formulation adversely affected dung breeding insects, 13(8), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0201074

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  6. Goater, C.P., Dyck, J., Proctor, H., Floate, K.D. (2018). Hyperparasitism of an Avian Ectoparasitic Hippoboscid Fly, Ornithomya anchineuria, by the Mite, Myialges Cf. Borealis, in Alberta, Canada, 104(2), 111-116. http://dx.doi.org/10.1645/17-171

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  7. Soden, C, Hao X, Thomas BW, Stoeckli K, Floate K, Lupwayi N. 2018. Could dung pats treated with and without ivermectin affect insect activities and impact soil available nitrogen on native pasture? 2018 Alberta Soil Science Workshop, Edmonton AB, Feb 20-22, 2018.

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  8. Floate, K.D., Huber, D. (2018). Congratulations to the Canadian Entomologist on this, its sesquicentennial anniversary!, 150(1), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2017.64

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  9. Hao, X., C. Soden, J. Stoeckli, B.W. Thomas, K.D. Floate and N. Lupwayi. 2018. Could insect activities reduce greenhouse gas emissions from dung pats? 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for Range Management, Sparks, Nevada, 28 January – 02 February. [oral presentation]

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  10. Hervet, V.A.D., Laird, R.A., Floate, K.D. (2018). Siblicidal behaviour by larvae of the gregarious parasitoid Cotesia vanessae,(67), 55-62. http://dx.doi.org/10.3897/jhr.67.28978

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  11. Floate, K.D., Shorthouse, J.D., Giberson, D.J., Cárcamo, H.A. (2017). Arthropods of Canadian grasslands: A retrospective of a 40-year project of the Biological Survey of Canada, 149(6), 702-707. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2017.46

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  12. Floate, K.D., Watson, D.W., Weiss, R.M., Olfert, O. (2017). Bioclimatic analyses for the distributions of Onthophagus nuchicornis, Onthophagus taurus, and Digitonthophagus gazella (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in North America, 149(4), 504-524. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2017.20

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  13. Erlandson, M.A., Holowachuk, J., Sieminska, E.A., Hummel, J., Otani, J., Floate, K.D. (2017). Development of a multiplex polymerase chain reaction assay for the identification of common cutworm species (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) infesting canola in western Canada, 149(4), 540-548. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2017.5

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  14. 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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  15. Noctuid (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) pests of canola in North America

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  16. Otani, J.K., Gavloski, J.E., Hervet, V.A.D., Meers, S., Barkley, S., Hartley, S., Hummel, J.D., Erlandson, M.A., Reid, P., Broatch, J.S., Laird, R.A., and Floate, K.D. (2016). "Cutworm Update.", 2016 Agronomy Update, Red Deer, AB, Canada, January 19-20, 2016, Presentation (~350 people), pp. 42.

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  17. Dufton, S., Otani, J., Laird, R., Floate, K. 2016. Effects of crop rotation and canopy cover on orange wheat blossom midge (Sitodiplosis mosellana) and assemblages of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the Peace River region. LeRDC Graduate Symposium, November 30, 2016, held at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre in Lethbridge, AB. (~80 attendees – scientists, technical staff, and students from LeRDC).

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  18. Wilches, D., R.A. Laird, K.D. Floate and P. Fields. 2016. Low and high temperature treatments as alternatives to methyl bromide control of Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). 10th International Conference on Controlled Atmosphere Storage and Fumigation. New Delhi, India, November 7-11. [oral presentation]

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  19. Nieman, C. and K.D. Floate. 2016. LongRange® (eprinomectin), faecal residues, and dung-breeding insects. 64th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Calgary, AB, October 27-29. [oral presentation]

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  20. Wilches, D., R.A. Laird, K.D. Floate and P. Fields. 2016. Controlling Trogoderma granarium with extreme temperatures. XXV International Congress of Entomology. Orlando, FL, September 25-30. doi: 10.1603/ICE.2016.91845 [oral presentation]

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Research facility

5403 1st Avenue South
Lethbridge, AB T1J 4B1
Canada

Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor – University of Lethbridge
  • President (2018 – 2019), Entomological Society of Canada
  • Member (2019 – 2022), National Science and Ethics Committee, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Past Editor-in-Chief (2014 – 2017), The Canadian Entomologist, Subject Editor (since 2002)
  • Member – Entomological Society of Canada, Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Alberta, International Organization for Biological Control (Nearctic Regional Section)

Language

English