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Jeff Skevington

Adjunct Research Professor, Research Scientist

Degrees:B.Sc. (Guelph), B.Ed. (Lakehead), M.Sc. (Guelph), Ph.D. (Queensland)
Office:Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 CARLING AVE, Bldg. 21,

Central Experimental Farm

Ottawa, ON K1A 0C6
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

Jeff is a systematist – a scientist who focuses on studying the evolutionary relationships and taxonomy of living things. He works mostly on higher flies and has conducted most of his research on big-headed flies (Pipunculidae), thick-headed flies (Conopidae) and flower flies (Syrphidae). The latter two families have featured heavily in recent research and graduate student training relating to Canadian insect pollinators and the Canpolin initiative (

Selected Publications

(see web link above for all of Jeff’s publications)

Gibson, J.F., Skevington, J.H. and Kelso, S. (2013). A phylogenetic analysis of relationships among genera of Conopidae (Diptera) based on molecular and morphological data. Cladistics. 29: 193-226.

Lambkin, C.L., Sinclair, B. J., Pape, T., Courtney, G. W., Skevington, J.H., Meier, R., Yeates, D.K., Blagoderov, V. and Wiegmann, B.M. (2013). The phylogenetic relationships among infraorders   and      superfamilies of Diptera based on morphological evidence. Systematic Entomology. 38: 164-179.

Locke M.M. and Skevington J.H. (2013). Revision of Nearctic Dasysyrphus Enderlein (Diptera: Syrphidae). Zootaxa. 3660: 1-80.

Penney, H.D., Hassall, C., Skevington, J.H., Abbott, K.R., Sherratt, T.N. (2012). A comparative analysis of the evolution of imperfect mimicry. Nature. 483: 461-466.

Wiegmann, B. M., Trautwein, M. D., Winkler, I. S., Barr, N. B., Kim, J.-W., Lambkin, C., 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., 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 United States of America. 108(14): 5690-5695.