Catling, Paul, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1373
Fax: 613-759-1599
Email: paul.catling@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • plant taxonomy
  • native germplasm
  • berry crops
  • medicinal plants
  • invading alien plants
  • curator
  • botany
  • dao herbarium
  • national vascular plant identification service
  • prioritization analyses of new native and foreign crops and potential crops including berry crops and medicinal plants
  • efficient utilization and optimal protection of Canadian bioresources and germplasm through biosystematic research
  • protection of Canadian crops and ecosystems by documenting the systematics, distribution, and status, and predicting the spread of invasive alien and weedy plant species
  • curator of the National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO herbarium)
  • supervisor of the Vascular Plant National Identification Service

Current Projects:

  • Plants: Develop new information on taxonomy, phylogeny, distribution and biology of plants including systematic research related to new and existing crop/bioproduct development, alien invasive species and impacts of genetically modified plants.
  • Build and maintain reference collections and databases of plants and fungi: AAFC National Collection of Vascular Plants and National Mycological Herbarium (DAOM). Support for Canadian Collection of Fungal Cultures (CCFC).
  • Accurate identification, information and related training for scientific research and biodiversity protection.

Affiliations:

  • COSEWIC Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada
  • Board of Directors Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Chair Biodiversity Publications Committee
  • Chair Ecology Canadian Botanical Association
  • Adjunct Professor University of Ottawa
  • Associate Editor Biodiversity
  • Associate Editor Canadian Field-Naturalist
  • IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2015

2014

2013

2012

  • Freedman, W., Catling, P.M., and Lucas, Z. (2012). "Effects of Feral Horses on Vegetation of Sable Island, Nova Scotia.", Canadian Field Naturalist, 125(3), pp. 200-212.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2012). Canadian medicinal crops., NRC Research Press. (Book)
  • Small, E., Catling, P.M., and Brookes, B. (2012). Official Plant Emblems of Canada: A Biodiversity Treasure., Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) / Travaux publics et Services gouvernementaux Canada (TPSGC). (Book)

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2014

  • Côté, M.J., Leduc, L., Kerr, D., Dollard, C., Blain, A., Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., Martin, S.L., Smith, T.W., and Macklin, J.A. (2014). "Barcoding of Quarantine and invasive species in Canada: Invasive Plants.", Weeds Across Boarders, Ottawa, Canada, October 2014. (Abstract)
  • Catling, P.K., Catling, P.M., Cayouette, J., Oldham, M.J., Ford, B., Hamel, C., and Friesen, C. (2014). "Canadian alvars and limestone barrens: areas of “Special Conservation Concern” for plants?", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 47(1), pp. 9-11.
  • Catling, P.M. (2014). "Review of Dickenson, R., and F. Royer, Plants of southern Ontario, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns and aquatic plants (2014) Lone Pine Publishing. 527 pp." (Review)
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2014). "Major Invasive Alien plants of Canada series now at number 10. http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ben/ben483.html#3", Botanical Electronic News, 483.
  • Catling, P.M., Freedman, W., Lucas, Z., and Blaney, S. (2014). Vascular plants of Sable Island., Canadian Parks Service. (Report)
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Vasseur, L. (2014). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada, 8. Smooth Brome, Brome inerme: Bromus inermus Leysser.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 47(2), pp. 56-63.
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Ward, A. (2014). "Database Update - European Common Reed: Past, future, and identity.", Canadian Botanical Association Annual Meeting 2014, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Ward, A. (2014). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada, 9. Reed Canarygrass, Phalaris Roseau: Phalaris arundinacea L.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 47(1), pp. 25-34.
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Ward, A. (2014). "The Phragmites database: New information on the spread, potential distribution, habitats, identification and problems with European Common Reed in the Canadian portion of the Great Lakes and across Canada.", International Association for Great Lakes Research, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada. (Abstract)
  • Freedman, W., Catling, P.M., Lucas, Z., Colville, D., and Lacoul, P. (2014). Vegetation of Sable Island., Canadian Parks Service. (Report)
  • Freedman, W., Lucas, Z., Lacoul, P., and Catling, P.M. (2014). Chemistry of ponds on Sable Island., Canadian Parks Service. (Report)
  • Mitrow, G. and Catling, P.M. (2014). "Collections Sharing Strategic Information.", AAFC Plant Gene Resources of Canada in Saskatoon, University of Alberta herbarium (ALTA), Alberta provincial Museum herbarium (PMAE) and the University of Calgary herbarium (UAC), August 2014. (Abstract)
  • Mitrow, G., Catling, P.M., Cayouette, J., Macklin, J.A., Smith, T.W., and Ward, A. (2014). "Preventing humidity and direct water damage in a dried plant collection (DAO).", The Society for Preservation of Natural History Collection (SPNHC), June 2014. (Poster)
  • Mitrow, G., Catling, P.M., Cayouette, J., Macklin, J.A., Smith, T.W., and Ward, A. (2014). Annual Report of the AAFC National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO Herbarium) and National Vascular Plant Identification Service (January – December 2013). Completed in May 2014. (Report)

2013

  • Côté, M.J., Leduc, L., Kerr, D., Dollard, C., Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., Martin, S.L., Smith, T.W., and Macklin, J.A. (2013). "Barcoding of Quarantine and Invasive Species in Canada: Invasive Plants. Co-operation project between the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – CFIA and AAFC (GRDI - Genomics Research and Development).", Plant Genome Evolution Meeting 2013, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 8-10, 2013. (Abstract)
  • Catling, P.M. (2013). "New book: Eastern Alpine Guide (http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/ben/ben463.html).", Botanical Electronic News, 463.
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2013). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada, 6. European Frog-Bit.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 46(1), pp. 13-18.
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2013). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada, 7a. Japanese Knotweed, 7b. Giant Knotweed, 7c. Bohemian Knotweed, 7d. Himilayan Knotweed.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 46(2), pp. 53-60.
  • Catling, P.M., Kostiuk, B., Brooke, B.M., and Wheatley, B. (2013). The Kamloops Herbarium at the AAFC Range Experiment Station, Kamloops, BC., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. (Report)
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., Small, E., Macklin, J.A., and Cayouette, J. (2013). "Examples of the value of The AAFC National Collection of Vascular Plants.", Bulletin technique soumis à la Direction du CRECO, 2013(Avril), pp. 9p.
  • Mitrow, G. and Catling, P.M. (2013). "Valuing and processing collection backlog.", International Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections Annual Meeting, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA, pp. 32. (Abstract)
  • Mitrow, G., Catling, P.M., Cayouette, J., Macklin, J.A., and Ward, A. (2013). Annual Report – Vascular Plant Herbarium. (Report)

2011

  • Catling, P.M. (2011). "History of improvement in insect pest control in the Canadian National Collection of Vascular Plants (DAO).", Botanical Electronic News, 443, pp. 2-6.
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2011). "How do you tell the real Christmas Mistletoe?", Botanical Electronic News, 444, pp. 1-2.
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2011). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada. 1. European Common Reed, Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. Ex Steud. Subsp. Australis.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 44(2), pp. 52-61.
  • Catling, P.M. and Mitrow, G. (2011). "Major invasive alien plants of natural habitats in Canada. 2. Scotch Broom or Common Broom, genet à balais, Cytisus scoparius (L.) Link.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 44(3), pp. 90-99.
  • Consaul, L., Morgan, I., Charette, D., Catling, P.M., Kattuk, E., Kudlerok jr., S., Ekidlak, C., Tsujimoto, M., and Doubleday, N. (2011). "Traditional knowledge and botanical collections help study climate change effects in the southern arctic.", Plant Canada 2011, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011, pp. 111. (Abstract)
  • Mitrow, G. and Catling, P.M. (2011). "Collection network, the best source of information on invasive alien plants. Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections.", 4th Joint Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections and the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA), San Francisco, CA, USA, May 23-28, 2011, pp. 40. (Abstract)
  • Mitrow, G. and Catling, P.M. (2011). "Evaluation of a collections network as a source of information on economically important plants.", Collection Forum, 26(1-2), pp. 70-87.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2011). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 15. Maples.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 44(1), pp. 17-32.
  • Venn, J. and Catling, P.M. (2011). "Remembering John Morton (1928-2011).", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 44(1), pp. 10-11.

2010

  • Catling, P.M., Bennett, B.A., Mitrow, G., Cook, F.R., and Cayouette, J. (2010). "One step at a time, a tribute to William J. (Bill) Cody, 1922 – 2009.", Canadian Field Naturalist, 124(1), pp. 71-96.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2010). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 12. Yukon.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 43(1), pp. 8-20.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2010). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 13. The Northwest Territories.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 43(2), pp. 38-47.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2010). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 14. Nunavut.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 43(3), pp. 65-71.

2009

  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Cayouette, J. (2009). "Obituary. William James (Bill) Cody (1922-2009).", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 42(2), pp. 37-38.
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Cayouette, J. (2009). "The AAFC National Collection of Vascular Plants.", published by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)/Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC).
  • Catling, P.M., Mitrow, G., and Cayouette, J. (2009). "William James (Bill) Cody (1922-2009).", Flora of North America Newsletter, 23(1), pp. 10-11. (Newsletter)
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2009). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 10. Alberta.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 42(2), pp. 51-70.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2009). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 11. British Columbia.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 42(3), pp. 88-100.
  • Small, E. and Catling, P.M. (2009). "Native plant emblems of Canada - 9. Saskatchewan.", Canadian Botanical Association Bulletin, 42(1), pp. 14-28.
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