Graduate Students

Giovanny Fagua, 2012-2017 PhD: “Phylogeny, evolution, and speciation of Choristoneura and Tortricidae (Lepidoptera).” Currently: Associate Professor, Department of Biology at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia; email:

Julian Dupuis, 2009-2016 PhD: “Speciation and hybridization in the Old World swallowtail butterfly (Papilio machaon) species complex.” Currently: Junior Faculty, University of Hawaii at Manoa and USDA-ARS Daniel K. Inouye US PBARC

Christianne McDonald, 2012-2015 MSc: “Integrative Taxonomy of Polygonia Hübner 1819 (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in Alberta.” Currently: Biology 108 Lab Coordinator, University of Alberta

Bryan Brunet, 2008-2014 PhD: “Genomic analysis of hybridization between the spruce budworm species Choristoneura fumiferana, C. occidentalis, and C. biennis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae).” Currently: Research Scientist (Entomology), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa Plant Laboratory, Ontario; email:

Marla Schwarzfeld, 2006-2013 PhD: “ Systematics and diversity of Ichneumonidae, with an emphasis on the taxonomically neglected genus Ophion Fabricius.” Currently: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Northern British Columbia.

Heather Bird
, 2010-2013 MSc: “Phylogenomics of the Choristoneura fumiferana species complex (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)”. Currently: Alberta Agriculture technician, Brooks, Alberta.

Sarah Leo, 2007-2009 USRA project and Undergrad Honours project; 2009-2012 MSc: “Genetic diversity and host specificity in the winter tick – Dermacentor albipictus (Acari: Ixodidae)”. Currently: PhD student at McGill University; email:; website:

Jason Dombroskie, 2006-2011 PhD: “Aspects of archipine evolution (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae)”. Currently: Collection Manager, Cornell University Insect Collection, and Coordinator of the Insect Diagnostic Lab;; website:

Marie Djernaes, 2005-2011 (U Alberta), Systematics and morphology of caddisfly sternal V gland (Trichoptera). Currently: Carlsberg Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum, London, England; Email:

Ben Proshek, 2007-2010 (U Alberta), Conservation genetics of metalmark butterflies (Apodemia). Currently: Ohio, USA; Email:

Lisa Lumley, 2006-2010 (U Alberta), Systematics and population genetics of spruce budworms (Choristoneura fumiferana complex; Tortricidae). Currently Postdoctoral Fellow with Canadian Forest Service and Laval University, Quebec; Email:

Wes Hunting, 2007-2009, MSc (Co-supervised by Dr. George Ball): “A taxonomic revision of the Cymindis (Pinacodera) limbata species group (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Lebiini), with notes about evolutionary considerations.” Currently: Research assistant to Dr. Ball, Strickland Museum, University of Alberta;  email:

Sean Bromilow, 2004-2007, MSc: “Genetic divergence and conservation of butterflies of the Peace River grasslands of Canada”. Currently: Research technician in insect/plant genomics, University of Alberta;

B. Christian Schmidt, 2003-2007, PhD: “Systematics of Grammia tiger moths (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)”. Currently: Research Scientist, CFIA, Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa; email:; website:

Amanda D. Roe, 2000-2001 Undergraduate Honours project, 2001-2006, PhD: “Species delimitation and systematics of Western North American Dioryctria (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)”. Currently: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Minnesota; email:

Vazrick Nazari, 2003-2006, MSc: “Phylogeny of Parnasiinae (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae)”. Currently: Research Technician at Canadian National Insect Collection, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa; Website:

Rich Laffin, 2001-2002 Undergraduate Honours project, 2002-2005 (co-chair L. Dosdahl; U Alberta), MSc: “Population structure and variation in Ceutorhynchus obstrictus and C. neglectus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)”. Currently: contract work in molecular genetics; email:

Trish Abe, 1999-2002 (U Alberta; co-chair J. Spence). MSc.: Water strider hybrid zone structure; Currently: Entomologist, Canadian Food and Inspection Agency, Ottawa, ON, Canada. email:

Stef Zaklan, 2000-2001, w. R. Palmer to 2000 (U Alberta). PhD: “Evolution of the family Lithodidae (Crustacea, Anomura, Paguroidea)”. Currently: Lecturer, Malaspina College, BC. Canada. email: zaklans@MALA.BC.CA

Josh Herbeck, 1997-2001, switched 2001-02 to G. Roderick (UC Berkeley). Moth phylogeny and molecular evolution. Currently: Postdoc, Center for AIDS Research and Department of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA. email:

Eugenie Phillips, 1996-2002 (UC Berkeley). PhD: Tortricid moth phylogeny and speciation. Currently: Curator of Lepidoptera, INBio, Costa Rican National Biodiversity Survey; email:

Dan Rubinoff, 1995–2001 (UC Berkeley). PhD: “Systematics and conservation of Hemileuca (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae)”. Currently: Assistant Professor, University of Hawaii, HI, USA; email: webpage:

Jim Kruse, 1996-2000 (UC Berkeley). PhD: “Phylogenetic systematics within and between species in the Tortricinae using classical and molecular methods.” Currently: Entomologist, USDA Forest Service, Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, USA; email: website:

Anthony Cognato, 1995-1998 (UC Berkeley), PhD title: “Molecular phylogenetics and evolutionary ecology of Ips bark beetles (Scolytidae)”. Currently: Assistant Professor, Texas A&M Univ., USA; email: website:

Sean O’Keefe, 1994-1998 (UC Berkeley; co-chair J. Doyen), PhD: “Systematics of ant-like stone beetles (Coleoptera: Scydmaenidae)”. Currently: Assistant Professor, Morehead State University, Morehead, KY, USA; email: