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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Chris Borkent

Dr. Chris Borkent

Postdoctoral Scientist

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.
916-262-1152 office, 916-262-1190 fax, chris.borkent@cdfa.ca.gov

 

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Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 2006 –2012, Ph.D. Entomology, McGill University.
    Thesis: Phylogeny of the tribe Sciophilini and the systematics of Leptomorphus Curtis, 1831 (Diptera: Mycetophilidae s.s.).
  • 2000 – 2003, M.Sc. Ecology, University of Calgary.
    Thesis: The association of fly pollination and the dioecious breeding system in flowering plants: An empirical examination.
  • 1996 – 2000, B.Sc. Biology with Honours and Co-op, University of Victoria.
    Thesis: Seasonal fluctuations in the sex ratio of Tigriopus californicus: The role of environmental sex determination and differential male/female survival.
  • 1995 – 1996, Biology transfer, Okanagan University College, Salmon Arm, British Columbia.

Research and Professional Experience

  • January 2012 – Present Diptera Systematics Postdoctoral Research Fellow, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Plant Pest Diagnostic Center, Sacramento, CA
  • December 2003 – November 2006 Diptera pollination Research Scientist, Schlinger Foundation/Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia.
  • May – August 2000 Pollination Ecology Research Assistant, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
  • June – September 1999 Amphibian Ecology Research Assistant, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
  • January 1999 – April 2000 Entomology Work Study, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
  • May – December 1998 Salmonid Ecology Research Assistant, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia.
  • January – April 1997 Collections Assistant (Entomology), Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, British Columbia.

Teaching Experience

  • January – May 2010 Sessional Lecturer, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University [Taught first year undergraduate course in Evolution and Phylogeny (90 students)].
  • 2006 – 2008 Teaching Assistant, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University [ Courses: Insect Biology, Principles of Ecology].
  • September – November 2006 Guest Lecturer, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University [Three lectures in Insect Biology].
  • 2000 – 2003 Teaching Assistant, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary [Courses: Ecological Entomology, Ecology of Individuals and Introduction to Plants and Animals].

Refereed Publications

  1. Schlinger, E.I., J.P. Gillung, and C.J. Borkent. In Press. New spider flies from the Neotropical Region (Diptera: Acroceridae) with a key to New World genera. Zookeys.
  2. Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. In Press. Phylogeny of the tribe Sciophilini (Diptera: Mycetophilidae: Sciophilinae).
  3. Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2012. Systematics and phylogeny of Leptomorphus Curtis (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Zootaxa 3549: 1-117.
  4. Larrivée, M, and C.J. Borkent. 2009. New spider host associations for three acrocerid fly species (Diptera: Acroceridae). Journal of Arachnology 37: 241-242.
  5. Borkent, C.J., and A. Borkent. 2008. The description and phylogenetic interpretation of larval air sac chromatophore migration to adult structures in some Chaoboridae (Diptera). Canadian Entomologist 140: 630-640.
  6. Borkent, A., C.J. Borkent, B.J. Sinclair. 2008. The male genital tract of Chaoboridae (Diptera: Culicomorpha). Canadian Entomologist 140: 621-629.
  7. Borkent, C.J., and E.I. Schlinger. 2008. Flower-visiting and mating behaviour of Eulonchus sapphirinus (Diptera: Acroceridae). Canadian Entomologist 140: 250-256.
  8. Borkent, C.J., and E.I. Schlinger. 2008. Pollen loads and diversity on bodies of Eulonchus tristis (Diptera: Acroceridae); implications for pollination and flower visitation. Canadian Entomologist 140: 257-264.
  9. Borkent, C.J., and L.D. Harder. 2007. Flies (Diptera) as pollinators of two dioecious plants: behaviour and implications for plant mating. Canadian Entomologist 139: 235-246.
  10. Borkent, C.J., and R.A. Cannings. 2004. Polistes dominulus (Christ) (Hymenoptera: Vespidae: Polistinae) in British Columbia: first collection records of an invasive European paper wasp in Canada. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia 101: 149-150.
  11. Albert, A.Y.K., C.J. Borkent, S.L. Duquette, M.J. Voordouw, and B.R. Anholt. 2001. Effects of an introduced mosquito on juvenile Tigriopus californicus (Copepoda: Harpacticoidea) in supratidal pools. Archiv fuer Hydrobiologia 152: 203-213.

Non-Refereed Publications

  1. Borkent, C.J. 2006. A new alien among us. The Victoria Naturalist 62(6): 8-9.
  2. Borkent, C.J. 2003. The association of fly pollination and the dioecious breeding system in flowering plants: An empirical examination. Master’s thesis. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.
  3. Borkent, C.J. 2002. Ecology 429 Laboratory Manual: The Ecology of Individuals, University of Calgary, Department of Biological Sciences.
  4. Borkent, C.J. 2000. Seasonal fluctuations in the sex ratio of Tigriopus californicus: The role of environmental sex determination and differential male/female survival. Undergraduate Honours thesis, University of Victoria.
  5. Borkent, C.J. and L. Greenaway. 1997. Sphinx moths (Family Sphingidae) in British Columbia: Biological notes, distribution maps and field key based on specimens in the Royal British Columbia Museum. Royal British Columbia Museum, Forest Renewal B.C. Report. Available online.

Awards and Scholarships

  • FQRNT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2012 – 2014 ($60,397)
  • Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science Excellence Award, 2010 ($1300)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, McGill University, 2010 ($250)
  • H. Madsen Student Travel Scholarship, Entomological Society of British Columbia, 2009 ($500)
  • Graduate Research Enhancement and Travel Award, McGill University, 2009 ($500)
  • Keith Kevan Scholarship, Entomological Society of Canada, 2009 ($1000)
  • Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University, 2009 ($750)
  • Alma Mater Travel Grant, McGill University, 2008 ($750)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship D3, 2007 – 2010 ($63,000)
  • Margaret DuPorte Fellowship, McGill University, 2006 ($8000)
  • University of Calgary Research Grants Committee Graduate Conference Travel Grant, 2002 ($1000)
  • Graduate Students Association Academic Projects/Conference Fund Grant, University of Calgary, 2002 ($500)
  • Alberta Heritage Graduate Student Scholarship, 2002 ($2000)
  • Department of Biological Sciences Fee Scholarship, University of Calgary, 2001 ($500)
  • C. Wilkes Bursary, University of Victoria, 1998 ($1000)
  • Dot Beraro Memorial Scholarship, Okanagan University College, 1996 ($800)

Research Funding

  • Dipterology Fund Student Research and Travel Grant, 2008, ($1000) [Support for entomological fieldwork in Western United States and research visit to California State Collection of Arthropods, Sacramento, CA]
  • Williston Fund, Smithsonian Institution, 2008, (US $1350) [Support for visit to Department of Entomology, United States National Museum, Washington, DC to study insect collection]
  • Schlinger Foundation Grant, 2003 – 2006 (US $128,200) [Funding for studies of pollination by spider parasitic Diptera (Acroceridae)]
  • Alberta Conservation Association Challenge Grants in Biodiversity, 2001 – 2002 ($13375) [Support for field studies on fly pollination in dioecious plants]

Invited Presentations

  • Borkent, C.J. 2012. Hiding in the shadows: the fascinating diversity and evolutionary history of Fungus gnats (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). CDFA / Plant Pest Diagnostics Center Seminar Series, Feb 16, 2012
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2010. Systematics of Leptomorphus and the phylogeny of the tribe Sciophilini (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Graduate Student Symposium, Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Oct 31- Nov 3, 2010.
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2010. Systematics of Leptomorphus (Mycetophilidae). Sciaroidea workshop, Seventh International Congress of Dipterology. San José, Costa Rica. Aug 8-13, 2010.
  • Borkent, C.J. and A. Borkent. 2006. Migration of light-reactive larval pigment cells in Chaoborus americanus (Chaoboridae) during pupation: extra gamete protection for males in the Culicoidea? Behaviour and Physiology of Diptera Symposium, Sixth International Congress of Dipterology, Fukuoka, Japan. Sept 23-28, 2006.
  • Borkent, C.J. and E.I. Schlinger. 2006. Flower visiting in the genus Eulonchus (Acroceridae): pollination or exploitation? Behaviour and Physiology of Diptera Symposium, Sixth International Congress of Dipterology, Fukuoka, Japan. Sept 23-28, 2006.

Conference Presentations

  • Wheeler, T.A., C.J. Borkent, V. Lévesque-Beaudin, and J.J. Mlynarek. 2010. Forging an alliance: linking taxonomy, phylogeny and community ecology in terrestrial insects. (poster) Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania, USA. Aug 1-6, 2010
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2009. Limits and generic relationships of the tribe Sciophilini (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Dec 13-16, 2009
  • Wheeler, T.A., C.J. Borkent, V. Lévesque-Beaudin, and J.J. Mlynarek. 2009. Forging an alliance: linking taxonomy, phylogeny and community ecology. (poster) Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Dec 13-16, 2009
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2009. Monophyly of the Sciophilini (Diptera: Mycetophilidae) and generic relationships within the tribe. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Oct 18-21, 2009
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2008. Systematics and phylogeny of Leptomorphus (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Reno, Nevada, USA. Nov 16-19, 2008
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2008. Natural history and taxonomy of Leptomorphus (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Oct 19-22, 2008
  • Borkent, C.J. and T.A. Wheeler. 2007. Systematics, zoogeography and phylogeny of the Nearctic Leptomorphus (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). (poster)  Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. San Diego, California, USA. Dec 8-12, 2007
  • Borkent, C.J. and E.I. Schlinger. 2006. Pollination in the genus Eulonchus (Diptera: Acroceridae): Flower visiting behaviour, pollen loads, and mate detection. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and le Société d’entomologie du Québec. Montreal, Quebec. Nov 18-22, 2006
  • Borkent, C.J. 2005. Flower visiting in a little-known fly family: Are acrocerids pollinators or opportunists? Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of Alberta, Canmore, Alberta. Nov 2-5, 2005
  • Borkent, C.J. 2005. Pigment cells in Chaoborus larvae migrate during pupation to form another function in the adult. Annual General Meeting of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, Victoria, British Columbia. Oct 21, 2005
  • Borkent, C.J. and L.D. Harder. 2003. Fly pollination and the dioecious breeding system in plants: A relationship of cause or consequence? Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada and the Entomological Society of British Columbia, Kelowna, British Columbia. Nov 1-5, 2003
  • Borkent, C.J. and L.D. Harder. 2002. Fly pollination and plant breeding systems: Are flies good pollinators? Fifth International Congress of Dipterology, Brisbane, Australia Sept 29-Oct 4, 2002
  • Borkent, C.J. 2001. Flies as Pollinators. Kananaskis Field Station summer open house. (poster)

Travel - Entomological expeditions & fieldwork experience

  • North America
    California (2012)
    Quebec (2007 – 2010)
    Maine (2009)
    Nova Scotia (2008)
    Washington, Oregon, California (2003 – 2006, 2008)
    British Columbia (2003-2006, 2008)
    Alberta (2001-2002)

  • International
    Costa Rica (1993 – 1994, 2010)
    Japan (2006)
    Australia; Southern Queensland (2002)

Travel - Entomological museums

  • California State Collection of Arthropods, Sacramento, CA (2008, 2012 – present)
  • Bohart Museum of Entomology, University of California, Davis, CA (2012)
  • Lyman Entomological Museum, McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC (2006 – 2012)
  • Essig Museum of Entomology, university of California, Berkeley, CA (2012)
  • Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa, ON (2006 – 2009, 2012)
  • Beaty Biodiversity Museum: Spencer Entomological Collection, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC (2010)
  • Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad, Santo Domingo de Heredia, Costa Rica (2010)
  • Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC (2003 – 2006, 2009)
  • United States National Museum, Washington, DC (2008)
  • California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA (2003, 2008)

Professional societies

  • Pacific Coast Entomological Society (2012-present)
  • Quebec Centre for Biodiversity Science (2009-present)
  • Entomological Society of America (2007-present)
  • Entomological Society of Canada (2005-present)
  • Entomological Society of British Columbia (2004-present)
  • North American Dipterists Society (2003-present)

Administration and Service

Committees

  • 2008 – 2010: Member, Organizing Committee, Seventh International Congress of Dipterology, San Jose, Costa Rica (August 2010)
  • 2006 – 2009: Member, Biological Survey of Canada subcommittee on funding for climate change and arctic insect research
  • 2005 – 2008: Co-chair, Student Affairs Committee, Entomological Society of Canada
  • 2005 – 2008: Governing Board, Entomological Society of Canada
  • 2002: Produced abstract booklet and agenda for 35th Annual Prairie Universities Biological Symposium
  • 2000: Co-organizer of the Annual Ecology and Evolutionary Biology retreat, University of Calgary
  • 1998 – 1999: Organized 2 annual invertebrate symposia, Biology Department, University of Victoria

Manuscript Reviewer

  • Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (1)
  • Bishop Museum Bulletin in Entomology (1)
  • The Canadian Entomologist (2)
  • Fiji Arthropods (1)
  • Zootaxa (11)

Volunteer Service and Other Activities

  • 2012 – present: Diptera Subject Editor, The Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
  • 2012 – present: Diptera Subject Editor, The Pan-Pacific Entomologist
  • 2012: Elementary School Entomology outreach, Sacramento, CA
  • 2012: State of California Scientist Day presenter, Sacramento, CA
  • 2008 – 2011: Guide for public school tours, Lyman Entomological Museum, QC
  • 2010: Biological Survey of Canada Curation Blitz, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, BC
  • 2009 – 2010: Sciaroidea Workshop organizer and moderator for the Seventh International Congress of Dipterology, San Jose, Costa Rica (August 2010)
  • 2007 – 2009: Parish Council, St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church, Pierrefonds, QC
  • 2006 – 2008: Organizer/Moderator of the Graduate Student Symposium at the Entomological Society of Canada’s Joint Annual Meetings
  • 2005 – 2006: Parish Council, St Matthias Anglican Church, Victoria, BC
  • 2004 – 2006: Entomology collection maintenance and development, Royal BC Museum
  • 2004: 3-day insect survey of Gulf Islands National Park, BC
  • 1997 – 1998: Royal B.C. Museum invertebrate collections volunteer (collection maintenance)
  • 1994: Volunteered at Guayabo National Park, Costa Rica, maintaining archaeological sites and cataloguing artifacts