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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). Graduate students have worked with Jeff on all of these fly families as well as a few other groups. Much of the current work in his lab are on flower flies. Cutting edge phylogenomic techniques are used to generate large datasets for phylogenetic analysis and taxonomic projects rely heavily on the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes (CNC is the 5th largest collection of arthropods in the world with over 17 million pinned specimens). Over 18 scientists work on systematics of arthropods at the CNC, making it the largest and most dynamic group of systematists under one roof anywhere in the world.

Selected Publications

Beatty, C. D., Herrera, M. S., Skevington, J. H., Rashed, A., Van Gossum, H., Kelso, S., et al. (2017) Biogeography and systematics of endemic island damselflies: The Nesobasis and Melanesobasis (Odonata: Zygoptera) of Fiji. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 7117–7129.

Courtney, G. W., Pape, T., Skevington, J. H. & Sinclair, B. J. (2017) Biodiversity of Diptera. Second Edition. In: R. G. Foottit & P. H. Adler (Eds), Insect Biodiversity. Science and Society. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK, pp. 340-409.

Gibson, J. F. & Skevington, J. H. (2013) Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of all genera of Conopidae (Diptera) based on morphological data. Zoological Journal of the Linnaean Society, 167, 43-81.

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

Miranda, G. F. G., Skevington, J. H., Marshall, S. A. & Kelso, S. (2016) The genus Ocyptamus Macquart (Diptera: Syrphidae): A molecular phylogenetic analysis. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny, 74, 161-176.

Moran, K. M. & Skevington, J. H. (2019) Revision of world Sphecomyia Latreille (Diptera, Syrphidae), including description of seven new species. ZooKeys, In press.

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.

Skevington, J. H., Locke, M. M., Young, A. D., Moran, K., Crins, W. J. & Marshall, S. A. (2019) Field Guide to the Flower Flies of Northeastern North America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 512 pp.

Vezsenyi, K. A., Skevington, J. H., Moran, K., Young, A. D., Locke, M. M., Schaefer, J. A., et al. (2019) Sampling Syrphidae using Malaise and Nzi traps on Akimiski Island, Nunavut. Journal of the Entomological Society of Ontario, 150, 11-26.

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., Heimburg, A.M., Wheeler, B.M., Peterson, K.J., Pape, T., Sinclair, B.J., Skevington, J.H., et al. (2011) Episodic radiations in the fly tree of life. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 108, 5690-5695.

Winterton, S.L., Lemmon, A.R., Gillung, J.P., Garzon, I.J., Badano, D., Bakkes, D.K., Breitkreuz, L.C.V., Engel, M.S., Lemmon, E.M., Liu, X., Machado, R.J.P., Skevington, J.H. and Oswaldd, J.D. (2017) Evolution of lacewings and allied orders using anchored phylogenomics (Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera). Systematic Entomology, 43, 330-354.

Young, A. D., Lemmon, A. R., Skevington, J. H., Mengual, X., Ståhls, G., Reemer, M., et al. (2016) Anchored enrichment dataset for true flies (order Diptera) reveals insights into the phylogeny of flower flies (family Syrphidae). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16, 1-13.

Young, A. D., Marshall, S. A. & Skevington, J. H. (2016) Revision of Nearctic Platycheirus Lepeletier and Serville (Diptera: Syrphidae). Zootaxa, 4082, 1-317.