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. Floate, KD. 2023. Cow patty critters: An introduction to the ecology, biology and identification of insects in cattle dung on Canadian pastures. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. 224 pp.

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  2. Liu, X.; Floate, K.D.; Gorzelak, M.A.; Holman, D.B.; Hrycauk, S.; Kubota, H.; Lupwayi, N.; Neilson, J.A.D.; Ortega Polo, R.; Petri, R.M.; Tran, L.; Wang, H.; Wilches, D.; Yang, X.; Zorz, J.; Guarna, M.M. Prairie Agroecosystems: Interconnected Microbiomes of Livestock, Soil and Insects. Agriculture 2023, 13, 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture13020326

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  3. Moffat, C.E., Floate, K., De Clerck-Floate, R. Detection and implications of cryptic species in weed biocontrol systems. In: Inspiration from Hidden Diversity: Cryptic Species and the Future of Insect Taxonomy Symposium. 2022 ESA, ESC and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting. November 13-16 2022. Vancouver, BC.

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  4. Otani, J., Weiss, R., Trudel, S., Rounce, T., Giffen, D., Gavloski, J., Floate, K., Barkley, S., Soroka, J., Baute, T., Hueppelsheuser, T., Tansey, J., Duval, B., Liu, S., Congdon, C., Holden, D., Olfert, O., Vankosky, M. 2022. Prairie Pest Monitoring Network “Weekly Update” Webpage-bulletin, May 20, 2022 edition (Issue 2). url: https://prairiepest.ca/2022/week-2/#post_12501 (retrieved 2022Nov16).

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  5. 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. The Canadian Entomologist, [online] 153(4), 461-469. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2021.7

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  6. 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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  7. 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. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, [online] 168(10), 766-782. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/eea.12961

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  8. Finch, D., Schofield, H., Floate, K.D., Kubasiewicz, L.M., Mathews, F. (2020). Implications of Endectocide Residues on the Survival of Aphodiine Dung Beetles: A Meta-Analysis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, [online] 39(4), 863-872. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/etc.4671

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  9. Jiménez-Padilla, Y., Esan, E.O., Floate, K.D., Sinclair, B.J. (2020). Persistence of diet effects on the microbiota of Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae). The Canadian Entomologist, [online] 152(4), 516-531. http://dx.doi.org/10.4039/tce.2020.37

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  10. Shivananjappa, S., Fields, P., Laird, R.A., Floate, K.D. (2020). Contributions of diet quality and diapause duration to the termination of larval diapause in khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Journal of Stored Products Research, [online] 85 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jspr.2019.101535

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  11. Wilches, D., P. Coghlin, A. Smith and K.D. Floate. 2019. Status of the Aphodius fimetarius / A. pedellus complex in Canada. 6th Joint Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Saskatchewan and Alberta. Elkwater, AB, 3-5 October.

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  12. Shivananjappa, S., D.M. Wilches, K.D. Floate, R. Laird, P. Fields and V. Hervet*. 2019. Diapause, desiccation and cold tolerance in khapra beetle, Trogoderma granarium. 12th Conference of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group Integrated Protection of Stored Products (IPSP), Pisa, Italy, September 4-6.

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  13. Bezanson, G.A., Floate, K.D. (2019). An Updated Checklist of the Coleoptera Associated with Livestock Dung on Pastures in America North of Mexico, 73(3), 655-683. http://dx.doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-73.3.655

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  14. Wilches, D.M., Laird, R.A., Floate, K.D., Fields, P.G. (2019). Control of Trogoderma granarium (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) Using High Temperatures. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 112(2), 963-968. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jee/toy379

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  15. Bezanson, G.A., C.P. Goater and K.D. Floate. 2018. Assessing dung beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) diversity in open and forested pasture in southern Alberta, Canada. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada / Entomological Society of America / Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11-14 [oral presentation]

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  16. Shivananjappa, S., R.A. Laird, K.D. Floate and P. Fields. 2018. Induction and termination of diapause in the quarantine insect Trogoderma granarium (khapra beetle). Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada / Entomological Society of America / Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11-14 [oral presentation]

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  17. Floate, K.D. and R. De Clerck-Floate. 2018. A possible case of gall wasp speciation induced by endosymbiotic bacteria. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada / Entomological Society of America / Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11-14 [oral presentation]

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  18. Dufton, S., J. Otani, K.D. Floate, R.A. Laird and O.O. Olfert. 2018. Effects of crop type and canopy cover on wheat midge (Sitodiplosis mosellana) and assemblages of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in the Peace River region. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada / Entomological Society of America / Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11-14 [oral presentation]

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  19. Wilches, D.M., R.A. Laird, P. Fields, K.D. Floate and P. Coghlin. 2018. The microbiome of Trogoderma granarium: First report on the presence of Spiroplasma bacteria. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada / Entomological Society of America / Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, November 11-14 [oral presentation]

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  20. 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. Symbiosis, [online] 76(3), 277-291. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13199-018-0560-5

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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