Homepage of James E. O'Hara, Ph.D.


Contact details
Dr. James E. O'Hara
Invertebrate Biodiversity
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1795
Fax: 613-759-1927
E-mail: james.ohara@agr.gc.ca


  • Ph.D. (Entomology) 1987 - University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • M.Sc. (Entomology) 1981 - University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • B.Sc. (Honours Biology) 1978 - Carleton University, Ottawa.

Current Research Projects

  • Various systematic studies on the Tachinidae.
  • Review of the tachinid parasitoids of Choristoneura species (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) with keys to adults and puparia.
  • Development of Tachinidae website.


  • Primarily systematics of parasitic flies of the family Tachinidae (Insecta: Diptera).

Professional Activities

  • 2003 - present: Webmaster, North American Dipterists Society website.
  • 2002 - present: Council member, International Congresses of Dipterology.
  • 2002 - present: Member, Library Committee, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre, Ottawa.
  • 2002: Co-chair, Oestroidea Section, Fifth International Congress of Dipterology, University of Queensland, Brisbane.
  • 1998 - present: Special Graduate Faculty member, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1998: Chair, Tachinidae Section, Fourth International Congress of Dipterology, Oxford University, Oxford.
  • 1997-2003: Chair, Finance Committee, Entomological Society of Canada.
  • 1996-2003: Study Leader, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre, Ottawa.
  • 1996-1998: Secretary and Treasurer of the Canacoll Foundation.
  • 1995: Invited NSF sponsored visiting curator, Entomology Department, Texas A&M University.
  • 1994 - present: Member, Dipterology Fund Committee.
  • 1994: Chair, Tachinidae Section, Third International Congress of Dipterology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1992-1996: Chair, Handbook Committee, Insects and Arachnids of Canada series.
  • 1990-1994: Member, Organizing Committee for the Third International Congress of Dipterology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1988 - present: Editor, The Tachinid Times newsletter.
  • 1987: Co-coordinator of Scientific Program, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Drumheller.


  • Over 80 research, miscellaneous and electronic publications, mostly on tachinid flies. To see a list of these publications, click here.

Last update: 21 March 2004
J.E. O'Hara

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