Art Borkent is a world expert on the systematics of Ceratopogonidae (biting midges, no-see-ums), Corethrellidae and Chaoboridae (phantom midges) and has broad interests in the phylogenetic relationships of other Nematocera. His current work concentrates on the phylogenetic relationships between genera of Ceratopogonidae and the incredible fossil amber record of this family. A large project on the larvae and pupae of Ceratopogonidae at the generic level as well as a number of generic revisions are currently under way. Another major activity is the systematics of the Ceratopogonidae of Costa Rica, which is being supported as part of the World Bank's fauna and flora of Costa Rica project; he is on the organizing committee for the Diptera portion of this project.
He is coeditor, with Jeffrey M. Cumming, of the "Fly Times" which is a newsletter (online and hardcopy) sent to over 210 North American Dipterists, produced every six months.
Working independently since 1989, he is a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, U.S.A.
Go to his Ceratopogonidae site at INBio
Address: 1171 Mallory Road, Enderby, British Columbia, V0E 1V3, Canada
Bibliography: over 40 titles
Family Specialities: Ceratopogonidae, Chaboridae, Corethrellidae
Zoogeographical Regions:Afrotropical, Australasian/Oceanian, Nearctic, Neotropical, Oriental, Palaearctic
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