Principal investigators

Chris Buddle is an Associate Professor of Insect Ecology at McGill University in Montreal Quebec, Canada. His research interests are varied, from canopy ecology to integrated pest management and biodiversity of arthropods in Arctic Canada.  Chris is interested in understanding the links between habitat features, ecosystem processes and arthropod biodiversity.

Terry Wheeler is an Associate Professor at McGill University and Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Terry’s current research program investigates systematics and ecology of flies, especially the abundant and diverse family Chloropidae.  He has broad interests in systematics and community ecology, and the NBP will provide a basis from which to examine the diversity and distribution of flies in northern environments over time.

Doug Currie is Senior Curator of Entomology at the Royal Ontario Museum and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Doug’s research interests are focused on the systematics and comparative biology of aquatic insects, with special reference to black flies. His current research focuses on the diversity and biogeography of northern Holarctic black flies and is based on material collected from major expeditions to Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Alaska and eastern Siberia. The NBP will provide an opportunity to continue this line of research while exploring new avenues related to climate change in northern environments.


Donna Giberson is a Professor at the University of Prince Edward Island and a fresh water ecologist with a particular interest in aquatic insects. Current interests include the study of aquatic insect biodiversity, life history responses to disturbance regime, salt marsh insects, pitcher plant-insect relationships, and general aquatic insect ecology. Donna has several years of working experience in the arctic and is interested in the potential effects of climate change on the biodiversity of northern aquatic insects.

David Langor is an entomologist at the Northern Forestry Centre in Edmonton (Natural Resources Canada) and Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta. He works in the areas of biodiversity and pest management, and has extensive experience with beetle taxonomy and ecology and large-scale biodiversity projects.

Jeremy Kerr is an Associate Professor at University of Ottawa. He has extensive expertise in ecoinformatics and works at the interface of macroecology, conservation biology and remote sensing, detection of global change influences on species distributions. He has significant interest in the response of arthropods to changing northern environments.

Wayne Pollard is an Associate Professor at McGill University and has widespread experience working in Canada’s arctic. He is also the Director of Centre for Climate and Global Change Research at McGill University and the Director of McGill Northern Field Stations in Schefferville and on Axel Heiberg Island. He will act in an advisory position.

Grant Gilchrist (Canadian Wildlife Service) has extensive experience working in Arctic Canada, as a wildlife biologist with broad research interests including marine birds and arthropod ecology.

Graduate students

Meagan Blair (M.Sc., supervisor: Terry Wheeler)

Sarah Loboda (M.Sc., supervisor: Chris Buddle)

Katie Sim (M.Sc., supervisor: Chris Buddle)

Ruben Cordero (M.Sc., supervisor: Doug Currie)

Patrick Schaefer (M.Sc., supervisor Doug Currie)

Crystal Ernst (Ph.D., supervisor Chris Buddle)

Laura Timms (Postdoctoral researcher, supervisors Terry Wheeler/Chris Buddle)


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