Skevington, Jeff, Ph.D.

Research Scientist


Contact Information:

960 Carling Ave
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1647
Fax: 613-759-1927
Email: jeffrey.skevington@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Pipunculidae
  • morphological systematics
  • molecular systematics
  • phylogenetics
  • Syrphidae
  • Conopidae
  • insects systematics
  • taxonomy of Diptera

Current Projects:

  • Assess Interactions and Impacts Between Invasive Alien Species, Agricultural Practices and Arthropod Biodiversity
  • Develop a National Arthropod Information system Through the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids & Nematodes, Provision of Expert Identification, Consultation & Training
  • Develop Systematic Knowledge of Arthropod Pests, Beneficial Arthropods, and Environmentally Sensitive Arthropods

Research Publications:

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

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

  • Cumming, J.M., Sinclair, B.J., Brooks, S.E., O'Hara, J.E., and Skevington, J.H. (2011). "The history of dipterology at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, with special reference to the Manual of Nearctic Diptera.", The Canadian Entomologist, 143(6), pp. 539-577. doi : 10.4039/n11-029
  • Gibson, J.F., Kelso, S., Jackson, M.D., Kits, J.H., Miranda, G.F.G., and Skevington, J.H. (2011). "Diptera-Specific PCR-Amplification Primers of Use in Molecular Phylogenetic Research.", Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 104(5), pp. 976-997. doi : 10.1603/AN10153
  • Sinclair, B.J., Cumming, J.M., Brooks, S.E., O'Hara, J.E., and Skevington, J.H. (Eds.) (2011). "Ottawa Dipterology (1937-1989): Festschrift commemorating the coordinators of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera and their contributions to building the Canadian National Collection of Insects. Part 1.", Canadian Entomologist, 143(6), pp. ii + 539-740.
  • Wiegmann, B.M., Trautwein, M.D., Winkler, I.S., Barr, N.B., Kim, J.W., Lambkin, C.L., Bertone, M.A., Cassel, B.K., Bayless, K.M., Heimberg, A.M., Wheeler, B.M., Peterson, K.J., Pape, T., Sinclair, B.J., Skevington, J.H., Blagoderov, V.A., Caravas, J., Kutty, S.N., Schmidt-Ott, U., Kampmeier, G.E., Thompson, F.C., Grimaldi, D.A., Beckenbach, A.T., Courtney, G.W., Friedrich, M., Meier, R., and Yeates, D.K. (2011). "Episodic Radiations in the fly tree of life.", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 108(14), pp. 5690-5695. doi : 10.1073/pnas.1012675108

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2017

  • Skevington, J.H. and Young, A.D. (2016). 6.18. Flower Flies. pp.152-157. In: Working Group on General Status of NWT Species. NWT Species 2016-2020 – General Status Ranks of Wild Species in the Northwest Territories, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Government of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT. 304 pp.

2015

  • Burt, T.O., Skevington, J.H., and others (2015). Revision of Nearctic Conopidae (Diptera). M.Sc. Biology Thesis, 422 pages., Canada: Carleton University, Ottawa.
  • Jackson, M.D., Marshall, S.A., and Skevington, J.H. (2015). "How do you solve a problem like Micropeza (Diptera: Micropezidae)? Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions.", 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, November 18, 2015.
  • Kelso, S., Skevington, J.H., Ståhls, G., Mengual, X., Jordaens, K., and Reemer, M. (2015). "Syrphidae molecular systematics – round table discussion.", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany.
  • Mutin, V., van Steenis, W., Bot, S., Palmer, C., van Steenis, J., Skevington, J.H., Mengual, X., Merkel-Wallner, G., van Zuijen, M., Zeegers, T., and Ssymank, A. (2015). "Syrphid fauna of Tumnin River basin (the Eastern macroslope of the Northern Sikhotealin).", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany.
  • Skevington, J.H. (2015). "Flies.", Invited talk. Macnamara Field Naturalist’ Club, Arnprior, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2015). "Pollinator gardening.", Invited talk. Friends of the Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H., Mengual, X., Ståhls, G., Kelso, S., Young, A.D., Jordaens, K., Reemer, M., Hauser, M., van Steenis, J., van Steenis, W., van Zuijen, M., de Groot, M., Moran, K., Bot, S., Miranda, G.F.G., and De Meyer, M. (2015). "Syrphidae phylogenetics: An update on our efforts to create a comprehensive hypothesis of world flower fly relationships.", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany, Invited talk.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., and Thompson, F.C. (2015). "Natural History and Systematics of Flower Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae).", Western Australia Department of Food and Agriculture, Perth, Australia, Invited talk.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., van Steenis, W., van Zuijen, M., and Thompson, F.C. (2015). "Revising a continental fauna: Australian Syrphidae.", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany.
  • Sommaggio, D., Skevington, J.H., and Nowell, V. (2015). "How difficult can the taxonomy of big, showy syrphids possibly be? Revising Nearctic Chrysotoxum (Diptera: Syrphidae) from the comfort of a padded cell.", Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2015, Queens University Biological Station, Chaffeys Lock, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ståhls, G., Mengual, X., Reemer, M., Morales, M.N., and Skevington, J.H. (2015). "The same old gene fragments but considerably improved taxon sampling: impact on Syrphidae phylogeny.", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany.
  • Young, A.D., Marshall, S.A., and Skevington, J.H. (2015). "The uses of molecules and morphology in taxonomy: A revision of the Nearctic species of Platycheirus (Diptera, Syrphidae).", 8th International Symposium on Syrphidae, Monschau, Germany.
  • Young, A.D., Skevington, J.H., Mengual, X., Ståhls, G., Reemer, M., Jordaens, K., Kelso, S., Lemmon, A.R., Lemmon, E.M., Wiegmann, B.M., Hauser, M., De Meyer, M., and Misof, B. (2015). "Anchored hybrid enrichment produces a highly-resolved phylogeny of world Syrphidae.", Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting 2015, Queens University Biological Station, Chaffeys Lock, Ontario, Canada.

2014

  • Jackson, M.A., Skevington, J.H., Marshall, S.A., and Kelso, S. (2014). "Diverse biology and deep sampling: molecular phylogeny of the Nerioidea and Diopsoidea.", International Congress of Dipterology, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Skevington, J.H. (2014). "A Naturalist’s Garden.", Rockcliffe Park Garden Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
  • Skevington, J.H. (2014). "A special thanks to Morgan Jackson.", The ESO Newsletter, 19(2), pp. 81. (Newsletter)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2014). "ESO Past President's Message.", The ESO Newsletter, 19(1), pp. 2-3. (Newsletter)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2014). "When is a Raven not a Raven? Taxonomy in the 21st century.", Mississippi Valley Field-Naturalists’, Almonte, Ontario, Canada.
  • Skevington, J.H. (2014). "When is a Raven not a Raven? Taxonomy in the 21st century.", Owen Sound Field-Naturalists’, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada.
  • Skevington, J.H., Kehlmaier, C., De Meyer, M., Rafael, J.A., and Kelso, S. (2014). "Pipunculidae phylogenetics: Preparing the ground for an updated classification and a wave of host research and ecological discovery.", International Congress of Dipterology, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Skevington, J.H., Mengual, X., Ståhls, G., Young, A.D., Hauser, M., and Kelso, S. (2014). "Syrphidae phylogenetics.", 8th International Congress of Dipterology, Potsdam, Germany, August 10-15, 2014, Invited talk.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., Mengual, X., van Steenis, W., van Zuijen, M., Ståhls, G., Hauser, M., Kelso, S., and Thompson, F.C. (2014). "Putting Australian Flower Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) into a World Phylogenetic Context.", Australian Entomological Society Conferences, Canberra, Australia.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., and Thompson, F.C. (2014). "Natural History and Systematics of Flower Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae).", CSIRO, Canberra, ACT, Australia, Invited talk.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., and Thompson, F.C. (2014). "Natural History and Systematics of Flower Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae).", Queensland Entomological Society, Brisbane, Queensland, Canada.
  • Skevington, J.H., Young, A.D., and Thompson, F.C. (2014). "Natural History and Systematics of Flower Flies (Diptera: Syrphidae).", Victoria Department of Agriculture, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Young, A.D., Skevington, J.H., Thompson, F.C., van Steenis, W., and van Zuijen, M. (2014). "Syrphidae: A revision of the Australian Fauna.", Australian Entomological Society Conferences, Canberra, Australia.

2013

  • Burt, T., Skevington, J.H., and Dawson, J (2013). "A Nearctic revision of the Conopidae: the challenges.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Burt, T., Skevington, J.H., and Dawson, J (2013). "Taxonomic revision of Nearctic Conopidae.", North American Dipterists’ Society, Starkville, Mississippi, USA. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "A Naturalist's Garden.", Greely Gardeners, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "A Naturalist's Garden.", Ottawa Horticulture Club, Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "Breaking the taxonomic barrier: Research on Diptera pollinators in Canada.", Wildlife Preservation Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "ESO President's Message.", The ESO Newsletter, 18(1), pp. 1-2. (Newsletter)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "Naturalized Gardens – Bringing Nature to your Doorstep.", Ottawa Horticultural Society, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "The challenges and joys of birding in West Papua, Indonesia.", Ottawa Field Naturalists’ Club, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2013). "Update on Syrphidae research at CNC.", Symposium on Syrphidae, Novosibirsk, Russia. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. and Cumming, J.M. (2013). "In Memory: Richard (Dick) Vockeroth 2 May 1928 to 16 November 2012.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 45(1), pp. 32-33.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Cumming, J.M. (2013). "In Memory: Richard (Dick) Vockeroth 2 May 1928 to 16 November 2012.", Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, 45(1), pp. 32-33.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Cumming, J.M. (2013). "Richard (Dick) Vockeroth 2 May 1928 to 16 November 2012.", Fly Times, 50, pp. 29-30.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Cumming, J.M. (2013). "Richard (Dick) Vockeroth 2 May 1928 to 16 November 2012.", Fly Times, 50, pp. 29-30.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Marshall, S.A. (2013). "Canpolin research on Diptera Pollinators.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada, Invited talk.
  • Solecki, A.M., Skevington, J.H., Buddle, C.M., and Wheeler, T.A. (2013). "Phylogeography of higher Diptera in disjunct xeric grasslands.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
  • Young, A.D., Miranda, G.F.G., Locke, M.M., Skevington, J.H., and Marshall, S.A. (2013). "A key to the genera of Nearctic Syrphidae. Photographic and comprehensive.", Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Ontario and Canada, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

2012

  • Sinclair, B.J., Cumming, J.M., Brooks, S.E., O'Hara, J.E., and Skevington, J.H. (2012). "Ottawa Dipterology (1937-1989): Festschrift commemorating the coordinators of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera and their contributions to building the Canadian National Collection of Insects. Part 2. (Foreword).", Canadian Entomologist, 144(1), pp. ii.
  • Skevington, J.H., Thompson, F.C., and Gibson, J.F. (2012). "Sid Camras and his conopid legacy.", Fly Times, 49, pp. 39-65.

2011

  • Locke, M.M., Skevington, J.H., and Marshall, S.A. (2011). "Revision of Nearctic Dasysyrphus (Diptera: Syrphidae).", 6th International Symposium on the Syrphidae, Glasgow, UK, August 5-8, 2011.
  • Locke, M.M., Skevington, J.H., and Marshall, S.A. (2011). "Revision of Nearctic Dasysyrphus (Diptera: Syrphidae).", Entomological Society of Ontario 148th Annual General Meeting, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, October 21-23, 2011.
  • Miranda, G.F.G., Young, A.D., Marshall, S.A., Locke, M.M., and Skevington, J.H. (2011). "Flower flies made easy: an open-access photographic key to the flower flies (Diptera: Syrphidae) of North America.", 6th International Symposium on the Syrphidae, Glasgow, UK, August 5-8, 2011. (Poster)
  • Sinclair, B.J., Cumming, J.M., Brooks, S.E., O'Hara, J.E., and Skevington, J.H. (2011). "Ottawa Dipterology (1937-1989): Festschrift commemorating the coordinators of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera and their contributions to building the Canadian National Collection of Insects. Part 1. (Foreward).", Canadian Entomologist, 143(6), pp. i-ii.
  • Skevington, J.H. (2011). "Gardening to Maximize Minibeast Diversity.", Parry Sound Field Naturalists’, Parry Sound, ON, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2011). "Gardening to maximize minibeast diversity.", Ottawa Master Gardener’s, Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Presentation)
  • Skevington, J.H. and Callaghan, C. (2011). "The 50th Annual Regional Science Fair – OFNC Awards.", Trail & Landscape, 45(3), pp. 120-122.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Thompson, F.C. (2011). "Revision of New World Sericomyia (Diptera: Syrphidae) – A contribution to the upcoming Festschrift to be published in The Canadian Entomologist.", Entomological Society of Ontario 148th Annual General Meeting, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, October 21-23, 2011.
  • Skevington, J.H., Bura, V., Matheson, S., Mitra, O., Young, A.D., and Locke, M.M. (2011 Internal). Syrphidae (Flower Flies). Draft report assessing the status of all 490 Canadian syrphid fly species submitted to Environment Canada. (Report)
  • Skevington, J.H., Marshall, S.A., Miranda, G.F.G., Locke, M.M., Young, A.D., Crins, W.J., and Thompson, F.C. (2011). "Canadian flower fly research - An update on recent Canpolin supported research.", 6th International Symposium on the Syrphidae, Glasgow, UK, August 5-8, 2011.
  • Young, A.D., Marshall, S.A., and Skevington, J.H. (2011). "The use of molecules and morphology in taxonomy: A review of the Nearctic species of Platycheirus (Diptera: Syrphidae).", 148th Annual General Meeting for the Entomological Society of Ontario, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada, October 21-23, 2011. (Presentation)

2010

  • Fitzsimmons, J.M. and Skevington, J.H. (2010). "Metrics: don’t dismiss journals with a low impact factor.", Nature, 466, pp. 179.

2009

  • Callaghan, C. and Skevington, J.H. (2009). "The 47th Annual Regional Science Fair – OFNC Awards.", Trail & Landscape, 42(2), pp. 110-112.
  • Sinclair, B.J., Cumming, J.M., Brooks, S.E., Skevington, J.H., and O'Hara, J.E. (2009). "Ottawa Dipterology (1937-1989): Festschrift commemorating the coordinators of the Manual of Nearctic Diptera and their contributions to building the Canadian National Collection of Insects.", Fly Times, 43, pp. 17-18. (Newsletter)
  • Skevington, J.H. (2009). "Pipunculidae.", published in Encylopedia of Life, Edition: 2 November 2005, ported from Tree of Life in 2009. Access date: 13 December 2009, http://www.eol.org/pages/8991.
  • Skevington, J.H. (Ed.) (2009). "Conopidae.", published in Encylopedia of Life, Edition: 17 August 2009. Access date: 13 December 2009.
  • Skevington, J.H. and Callaghan, C. (2009). "The 48th Annual Regional Science Fair – OFNC Awards.", Trail & Landscape, 43(3), pp. 113-115.
  • Winterton, S.L., Skevington, J.H., and Lambkin, C.L. (2009). "Stiletto Flies of Australia. An interactive key to adult Therevidae (Diptera) of the Australasian region.", published by California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), Edition: February 2005. Access date: 11 July 2009, http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/PPD/Lucid/Therevidae/Austherevid/key/Austherevid/Media/Html/opening_page.html.
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