Researcher Profile

Douglas C. Currie

Job Title: Curator of Entomology
Employer: Royal Ontario Museum
Place of Birth: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Further Education: University of Alberta (B.Sc., Ph.D.)
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, USA, Vietnam, Russia (Far East

Brief synopsis of current research:
My research program concerns the systematics and comparative biology of aquatic insects with special reference to black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) and caddisflies (Trichoptera). Current projects include phylogenetic studies on selected groups of black flies, evolution of case-building behavior in caddisflies, biodiversity surveys of aquatic insects in Northwest Territories, and a book on the Black Flies of North America (co-authored with P.H. Adler and D.M. Wood).

Mailing address:
Curator of Entomology, Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C6
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto
Office: (416) 586-5532; Fax: (416) 586-5553
E-mail: OR

Recent Publications:

Currie, D.C. and D. Grimaldi. In Press. A new black fly (Diptera: Simuliidae) genus from mid Cretaceous (Turonian) amber of New Jersey. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.

Craig, D.A. and D.C. Currie. 1999. Phylogeny of the Central-Western Pacific subgenus Inseliellum (Diptera: Simuliidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 77: 610-623.

Currie, D. C. 1997. Black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) of the Yukon, with reference to the black-fly fauna of northwestern North America. pp. 563-614 in H.V. Danks and J.A. Downes (Eds.), Insects of the Yukon. Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods), Ottawa. 1034 pp.

Hunter, D.B., C. Rohner, and D.C. Currie. 1997. Mortality in fledgling great horned owls from black fly hematophaga and Leucocytozoonosis. J. Wildl. Dis. 33: 486-491.

Currie, D. C., and I.R. Walker. 1992. Recognition and Palaeohydrologic significance of fossil black fly larvae, with a key to the Nearctic genera (Diptera: Simuliidae). Journal of Paleolimnology 6: 37-54.

Enquiries are welcome from students interested in persuing postgraduate research on the systematics and comparative biology of aquatic insects.