Hawaii Biological Survey Staff

D.A. Polhemus

Dan A. Polhemus, Ph.D.

Research Associate - Entomology

phone: 808-847-8204
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  • Ph. D., Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City.
  • B. S., Entomology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Research Interests

  • Systematics, zoogeography, and ecology of true bugs (Insecta: Heteroptera) and damselflies (Insecta: Odonata: Zygoptera)
  • Zoogeographic and geological processes on island arcs and hotspots
  • Conservation and management of tropical aquatic ecosystems

Field Work and Museum Studies

  • Survey and field research in Southeast Asia, Madagascar,  New Guinea, Australia, Hawaii and other Pacific Islands, South America, and North America.
  • Recent museum studies at the Smithsonian Institution and National University of Singapore.

Professional Experience

  • Program Manager, Aquatic Ecosystem Conservation Program, Pacific Islands Fish & Wildlife Office, U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Honolulu, HI (2010–present).
  • Adminstrator, Division of Aquatic Resources, Department of Land and Natural Resources, State of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (2005–2010).
  • Research Entomologist, Dept. of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1996–2005).
  • Associate Entomologist, Dept. of Natural Sciences, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, HI (1990–1996).
  • Postdoctoral fellow, United States National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (1988–1990).

Selected Publications

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Polhemus, J. T. & D. A. Polhemus. 1989. The zoogeography, ecology and systematics of the genus Rhagovelia Mayr (Heteroptera: Veliidae) in Borneo, Celebes and the Moluccas. Insecta Mundi, 2: 161–230.

Polhemus, D. A. & J. T. Polhemus. 1989. The Aphelocheirinae of tropical Asia (Heteroptera: Naucoridae). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 36: 167–310.

Polhemus, D. A., J. Maciolek, & J. Ford. 1992. An ecosystem classification of inland waters for the tropical Pacific islands. Micronesica, 25 (2): 155–173.

Polhemus, D. A. 1994. Conservation of aquatic insects: worldwide crisis or localized threats? American Zoologist, 33: 588–598.

Polhemus, D. A. & A. Asquith. 1996. Hawaiian Damselflies - a field identification guide. Bishop Museum Press. 135 pp.

Polhemus, D. A. 1997. Island arcs, and their influence on Indo-Pacific biogeography, pp. 51–66 in The Origin and Evolution of Pacific Island Biotas, New Guinea to Eastern Polynesia: Processes and Patterns. SPB Academic Publishing, Amsterdam. 531 pp.

Polhemus, D. A. & J. T. Polhemus. 2002. Basins and ranges: the biogeography of aquatic true bugs (Insecta: Heteroptera) in the Great Basin. Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences, 33: 235–254.

Jordan, S., C. Simon & D. A. Polhemus. 2003. Molecular systematics and adaptive radiation of Hawaii's endemic damselfly genus Megalagrion. Systematic Zoology, 52: 89–109.

Polhemus, D. A. & J. T. Polhemus. 2004. Two new genera and thirty new species of Microveliinae (Heteroptera: Veliidae) from the East Papua Composite Terrane, far eastern New Guinea. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 147: 113–189.

Polhemus, J. T. & D. A. Polhemus. 2007. Global trends in the description of aquatic and semiaquatic Heteroptera species, 1758–2004. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie, 150: 271–288.

Polhemus, D. A. 2011. Continuing studies on the genus Orthotylus in the HawaiianIslands (Heteroptera: Miridae) with descriptions of thirty-two new species. Entomologia Americana, 117 (1/2): 37–109.


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