Bobbie Peterson, Ph.D.


Stegopterna mutata (Simuliidae) photo by Tom Murray (image from BugGuide)

Biographic Sketch (Excerpted from: 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. Canadian Entomologist 143: xxx–xxx.).

Bobbie was born on December 16, 1928 in Price, Utah. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1958) from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City where he studied Simuliidae. He began work on black flies with Agriculture Canada in 1958 at the Medical and Veterinary Entomology Research Laboratory in Guelph. Bobbie was transferred to the Diptera Unit in Ottawa in 1963 to work on black flies and several other families, particularly those in Hippoboscoidea. In 1984 he accepted a position in the Systematic Entomology Laboratory of the USDA in Washington, DC where he continued to work primarily on black flies until his retirement in 1994. He authored or coauthored 98 scientific publications, including 15 chapters in the Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Bobbie published 76 new Diptera taxa (7 genus group names and 69 species group names). He died in Utah on March 29, 2006 at the age of 77.

Expertise (major areas of interest highlighted in bold)



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