Héctor Cárcamo, Ph. D.

Image Hector Carcamo
Research Scientist

Elucidating insect-plant interactions to validate economic thresholds for prairie crop pests

Development and integration of biological and cultural control approaches with chemical control to improve the sustainability of crop production

Biodiversity conservation studies with a focus on carabid beetles and spiders

The role of natural enemies in contributing to pest management

Current research and/or projects

Projects

Validation of canola insect pest action thresholds.  Project Leader(s): H. Carcamo. Collaborators: J. Otani, D. Bruhjell, T. Wist, J. Gavloski (MAFRI), S. Meers (AAF), A. Costamagna (U of MB)

Integrated approaches for flea beetle control – seeding rates, economic thresholds, prediction models, landscape effects, and natural enemies. Project Leader(s): A. Costamagna (U of MB), T. Wist is AAFC Cluster Lead. Collaborators: H. Carcamo, J. Otani, J. Gavloski (MAFRI).

Biology and management of pea leaf weevil in support of faba bean and field pea production. Project Leader(s): H. Carcamo. Collaborators: M. Evenden, D. Bruhjell, R. De Clerck Floate, N. Harker, J. Broatch (AAF), S. Chatterton.

Sustainable reduced chemical strategies to manage pea leaf weevil in pulse crops in Saskatchewan. Project Leader(s): M. Vankosky.  Collaborators: M. Evenden, H. Carcamo, B. Mori.

Biological control of cabbage seedpod weevil. Project Leader(s): H. Carcamo. Collaborators: G. Labrie, E. Lucas, L. Belzile, P. Bouchard, T. Gariepy, P. Mason, M. Vankosky, B. Mori, D. Johnson, S. Meers.

Seed Forage insect pest management. Project Leader(s): H. Carcamo and J. Otani. Collaborators: B. Mori, M. Vankosky 

Lygus biological control in emerging and established crops. Project Leader(s): H. Carcamo. Collaborators: Geneviève Labrie, Dan Johnson, Kevin Floate, Diana Wilches, Piratheepa Jegatheeswaran

 

Research and/or project statements

Our team researches ecological insect pest management strategies to improve the environmental sustainability of crop production

Professional activities / interests

Subject Editor for Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 2014-present.

Secretary of the Entomological Society of Alberta, 2018 to present.

Head Organizer (Chair) of the 6th Joint Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Alberta and Saskatchewan, October 3rd-5th, Elkwater, Alberta.

Co-Editor of Special Issue of Canadian Entomologist to commemorate 40th anniversary of the Biological Survey of Canada (2016-2017).

Co-editor, Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands (Biodiversity and Systematics), Volumes 3-4, published in 2014.

Research Leader for the Field Crops unit at the Lethbridge Research Centre (2012-2013).

+160 abstracts published in conference proceedings, scientific programs or meeting minutes from 1989 to 2019.

40+ miscellaneous publications including thesis, reports and extension articles.

Numerous extension contacts including entomological presentations to elementary school children, business groups, invited lectures or seminars at universities, entomology updates to producer organizations and television, radio and print media interviews.

Reviewer. External referee for scientific manuscripts submitted to international entomology, agronomy, ecology and soil biology journals.

Mentor/supervisor to university undergraduate and graduate students employed at the Lethbridge Research Centre .

Education and awards

Education:

1993-1997                   Ph. D. Soil Ecology, University of Calgary

                                    (Effect of sulphur pollution on forest floor invertebrates)                                                           

 

1990-1992                   M. Sc. Entomology, University of Alberta

                                    (Effect of agricultural practice on ground beetles)

           

1986-1990                   B.Sc. Agricultural Entomology (distinction)

                                    University of Alberta

Awards:

AAFC Gold Harvest Award, Team member recipient 2015 and 2016 (Insect Pest Field Guide, and Integrated Agronomy)

APHIS – USDA Administrators Award, Team member recipient 2010 (Cereal Leaf Beetle Biocontrol)

IPM Team Award, Pacific Branch of The Entomological Society of America, 2009 (Biological Control)

2013 Canadian Society of Agronomy Outstanding Paper Award in the Canadian Journal of Plant Science:

Beres, B.L., H.A. Cárcamo, J.R. Byers, F.R. Clarke, C.J. Pozniak, S.K. Basu, et al. 2013. Host plant interactions between wheat germplasm source and wheat stem sawfly Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae) I. Commercial cultivars. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 93:607-617.

Beres, B.L., H.A. Cárcamo, J.R. Byers, F.R. Clarke, C.J. Pozniak, S.K. Basu, et al. 2013. Host plant interactions between wheat germplasm source and wheat stem sawfly Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: CephidaeII. Other germplasm. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 93: 1169-1177 doi:10.4141/CJPS2013-035

 

 

 

International experience and/or work

International experience:
Mentorship of graduate students from China, France, Colombia, Iran, India, Sirilanka

Key publications

  1. Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Gavloski, J.E., and Hartley, S. (2014). "Recent changes in insect communities associated with agricultural systems in the Prairies.", 2014 Joint Annual Meeting of Entomological Society of Saskatchewan and Entomological Society of Canada, Saskatoon SK, Canada, September 28-October 1, 2014, Invited Symposium.

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  2. Fernández, D.C., Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., and Laird, R.A. (2014). "Seasonal occurrence of Lygus bugs (Hemiptera: Miridae) and their parasitoids on alfalfa fields in Southern Alberta.", Joint Conference of NAAIC, Trifolium, & Grass Breeders, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, July 8-10, 2014. (Poster)

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  3. Cárcamo, H.A. and Olfert, O.O. (2014). "Control biológico de insectos plagas invasivas en cereales en las Praderas Canadienses.", Simposio en México, November 14, 2014.

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  4. Holliday, N.J., Floate, K.D., Cárcamo, H.A., Stjernberg, A., and Roughley, R.E. (2014). "Ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the prairie grasslands of Canada.", in Cárcamo, H. and Giberson, D. (eds.) - Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands Volume 4, Biological Survey of Canada (BSC), pp. 1-85.

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  5. Brian L. Beres, Héctor. A. Cárcamo, J. Robert Byers, Fran R. Clarke, Yuefeng Ruan, Curtis J. Pozniak, Saikat K. Basu, and Ron M. DePauw. 2014. Host Plant Interactions between Wheat Germplasm Source and Wheat Stem Sawfly Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae), Joint Annual Meetings of the Canadian Societies of Agronomy and Horticultural Sciences, Lethbridge, AB, Canada, July 10-12

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  6. Brian L. Beres, B. D. Hill, D. K. Weaver, J. J. Knodel, H. A. Cárcamo, C. J. Pozniak, K. T. Nilsen, P. B. Beauzay, P. F. Lamb, J. A. Holmes, M. L. Hofland, P. R. Miller, R. D. Cuthbert and L. E. Talbert. 2014. Variations in physiological response of solid stem spring wheat cultivars across diverse growing environments and agronomic systems, 6th International Wheat Stem Sawfly Conference, Bozeman, MT USA, April 11-12.

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  7. Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., Cárcamo, H.A., El-Bouhssini, M. (2014). Antixenosis resistance to Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) in Central Asian wheat germplasm. Journal of Economic Entomology, [online] 107(1), 410-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EC13065

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  8. Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., Cárcamo, H.A. (2014). Plant vigor metrics determine spatio-temporal distribution dynamics of Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its larval parasitoid, Tetrastichus julis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Environmental Entomology, [online] 43(5), 1295-1308. http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EN14066

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  9. Cárcamo, H.A. and Otani, J.K. (2013). Refine and validate economic threshold for lygus bugs in canola production in Alberta (Project Code: PRR12-030). Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Pest Management Centre, Reduced Risk Pesticide Program, Final Report 2012-2013, March 31, 2013. (Report)

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  10. Olfert, O.O., Cárcamo, H.A., and Meers, S. (2013). "Wheat stem sawfly in Alberta in 2012. 2012 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2013(1), pp. 16-17.

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  11. Olfert, O.O., Meers, S., Cárcamo, H.A., and Hartley, S. (2013). "Pea leaf weevil in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2012. 2012 Crop Variety Highlights and Insect Pest Forecasts.", Saskatoon Research Centre Technical Bulletin, 2013(1), pp. 18-19.

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  12. Cárcamo, H.A., Meers, S., Dosdall, L.M., and Olfert, O.O. (2013). Management of lygus bugs and seedpod weevil in canola at the farm level. Final Report submitted to the Canola Council of Canada for Project #2010-020 of the Canola Agronomic Research Program. (Report)

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  13. Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., Cárcamo, H.A., El-Bouhssini, M. (2013). Antibiosis resistance to cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (L.) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), in Central Asian wheat germplasm. Journal of Applied Entomology, [online] 137(10), 751-760. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jen.12074

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  14. Beres, B.L., Cárcamo, H.A., Byers, J.R., Clarke, F.R., Ruan, Y., Pozniak, C.J., Basu, S.K., DePauw, R.M. (2013). Host plant interactions between wheat germplasm source and wheat stem sawfly Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae). II. other germplasm. Canadian Journal of Plant Science, [online] 93(6), 1169-1177. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-035

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  15. Cárcamo, H.A., Herle, C.E., Broadbent, A.B., Gariepy, T.D., and Gualtieri, L. (2012). "Neo-classical biocontrol of Lygus in canola in the Canadian Prairies-treading lightly.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #27. (Abstract)

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  16. Kher, S.V., Cárcamo, H.A., Dosdall, L.M., and Goettel, M.S. (2012). "Laboratory bioassay of Beauveria bassiana strain GHA (BotaniGardTM) efficacy on cereal leaf beetle (Oulema melanopus) and non-target effects on its parasitoid Tetrastichus julis.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #97. (Abstract)

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  17. Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "Host-plant nutrients and plant vigor effects on spatio-temporal distribution patterns of cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #95. (Abstract)

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  18. Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "The pea leaf weevil (Sitona lineatus L.) - an overview of recent research and knowledge gaps.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #26. (Abstract)

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  19. Kher, S.V., Dosdall, L.M., and Cárcamo, H.A. (2012). "Understanding host-finding behaviour of cereal leaf beetle, Oulema melanopus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) and its principal parasitoid Tetrastichus julis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) using olfactory bioassays.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #96. (Abstract)

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  20. Cárcamo, H.A., Hervet, V.A.D., Dosdall, L.M., Kher, S.V., and Chelle, C.D. (2012). "Host range assays of Tetrastichus julis - an effective biocontrol agent of cereal leaf beetle.", Entomological Society of Canada 62nd and Entomological Society of Alberta 60th joint Annual Meeting, Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel, Edmonton, AB, Canada, November 4-7, 2012, #28. (Abstract)

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Research facility

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

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor: Department of Entomology, University of Manitoba

Associate Member of the School of Graduate Studies of the University of Lethbridge

Member of the Entomological Society of Alberta

Member of the Entomological Society of Canada

Member of the Biological Survey of Canada

Member of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada

Language

English
French

Other languages

Spanish, Nawat, some Portuguese