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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Rosser Garrison

Dr. Rosser Garrison

Senior Insect Biosystematist

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.
916-262-1167 office, 916-262-1190 fax, rgarrison@cdfa.ca.gov

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Curriculum vitae

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Entomology) - University of California, Berkeley, CA, December 1979: Population dynamics and systematics of the damselfly genus Enallagmaof the western United States (Odonata: Coenagionidae). 1979 [published in 1984].
  • Master of Science ( Entomology) - University of California, Berkeley, CA, June 1974: Multivariate analysis of geographic variation in Libellula luctuosa Burmeister (Odonata: Libellulidae). 1974 [published in 1976].
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors - Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, January 1971;

Work and Work-related Experience

  • 2007 – Present. Senior Insect Biosystematist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Laboratory, California Department of Food & Agriculture. Identify all potentially important agricultural orthopteroids, Heteroptera, and terrestrial mollusks entering California.
  • 2004 – 2007. Associate Insect Biosystematist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Laboratory, California Department of Food & Agriculture. Identify all potentially important agricultural orthopteroids, Heteroptera, and terrestrial mollusks entering California.
  • 1984 – 2004. Senior Biologist/Entomologist for Los Angeles County. Identify all potentially important agricultural invertebrate pests entering Los Angeles County. Provide insect identification services for public, nurseries, farmers, granaries, and advise them on means of control.
  • 1999 – 2004. Instructor Rio Hondo Community College.  Taught courses in general entomology.
  • 1982 – 2000. Adjunct scientist and consultant. Terrestrial invertebrate ecologist for Center for Energy and Environment Research (CEER), San Juan, Puerto Rico. Provide ecological and taxonomic information for ongoing ecological research in tropical rain forest at El Verde Field Station in Luquillo National Forest.
  • 2001 – 2002. Research supervisor for postdoctoral student selected by the Fundación Antorchas (Argentina).  Supervised student's research project on Biodiversity of neotropical Odonata, with special reference to the Family Aeshnidae (Insecta: Odonata: Anisoptera) during student's tenure at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.
  • 1998 – present. Editor for Odonatologica (quarterly Journal of the Societas Internationalis Odonatologica).  Editorial review of submitted manuscripts on systematics, ecology and biology of odonates.
  • 1981 – 1982. Terrestrial invertebrate ecologist for CEER. Conducted ecological research in tropical rain forest for CEER at El Verde Field Station in Luquillo Forest.  Sampled and identified major invertebrate components of ecosystem and determined major food-web chains. Initial phase of a multi-year project with the U.S. Department of Energy. Also aided development of environmental impact statement for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority at Rincon and Aguada.
  • 1981. Research supervisor for visiting college student selected by Oak Ridge Associated University Program. Supervised student's research project on vertical transect sampling for invertebrates in a tropical rain forest during student's 10-week stay in Puerto Rico. Resulted in written scientific report for CEER.
  • 1981. Teaching associate for aquatic insect ecology course taught by Dr. V. H. Resh,Univ. of Calif. Organized and presented laboratory exercises and prepared and presented lectures in the course.
  • 1978. Teaching associate for systematic entomology course taught by Dr. J. A. Powell, Univ. of Calif. Organized and presented laboratory exercises and lectures in laboratory sections.
  • 1976 – 1977. Staff research associate for Dr. E. I. Schlinger, Univ. of Calif. Identified aquatic insects for environmental impact statement for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.
  • 1976. Teaching assistant for general entomology course taught by Dr. H. V. Daly, Univ. of Calif. Organized and presented laboratory exercises and lectures in laboratory sections.
  • 1985. Teaching assistant for systematic entomology course taught by Dr. J. A. Powell, Univ. of Calif. Organized and presented laboratory exercises and lectures in laboratory sections.
  • 1972. Teaching assistant for insect classification course taught by Dr. J. T. Doyen, Univ. of Calif. Prepared and supervised laboratory sections.
  • 1970. Plant quarantine inspector, Arizona State Agricultural Commission, San Simon. Inspected agricultural products crossing Arizona state line for pests. Issued permits for agricultural products and livestock.

Publications

  1. Garrison, R. W. 1973. The female of Libellula (Holotania) gaigei Gloyd, 1939 (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Odonatologica, 2(2):109-113. PDF available
  2. Garrison, R. W. 1976. Multivariate analysis of geographic variation in Libellula luctuosa Burmeister. Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 52(3):181-203. PDF available
  3. Paulson, D. R. & R. W. Garrison. 1977. A list and new distributional records of Pacific Coast Odonata. Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 53(2):147-160. PDF available
  4. Garrison, R. W. 1978. A mark-recapture study of imaginal Enallagma cyathigerum (Charpentier) and Argia vivida Hagen (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 7(3):223-236. PDF available
  5. Garrison, R. W. 1981. Description of the larva of Ischnura gemina with a key and new characters for the separation of sympatric Ischnura larvae. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 74(6):525-530. PDF available
  6. Garrison, R. W. & J. E. Hafernik, Jr. 1981a. Population structure of the rare damselfly, Ischnura gemina (Kennedy) (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Oecologia, 48:377-384. PDF available
  7. Garrison, R. W. & J. E. Hafernik, Jr. 1981b. The distribution of Ischnura gemina (Kennedy) and a description of the andromorph female (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 10(2):85-91. PDF available
  8. Garrison, R. W. 1982. Archilestes neblina, a new damselfly from Costa Rica, with comments on the variability of A. latialatus Donnelly (Odonata: Lestidae). Occasional Papers of the University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, 702:1-12. PDF available
  9. Garrison, R. W. 1982 [1983a]. Paltothemis cyanosoma, a new dragonfly from Mexico (Odonata: Libellulidae.) Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 58(2):135-138. PDF available
  10. Garrison, R. W. 1983b. Odonata collected in Canaima, Venezuela, in September, 1980. Notulae Odonatologicae, 2(2):24-25. PDF available
  11. Garrison, R. W. 1984a. Orthemis flavopicta Kirby, new for Panama (Anisoptera: Libellulidae). Notulae Odonatologicae, 2(3):48-49. PDF available
  12. Garrison, R. W. 1984b. Revision of the genus Enallagma of the United States west of the Rocky Mountains and identification of certain larvae by discriminant analysis (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). University of California Publications in Entomology, Berkeley, 105:1-129. (ISBN. 0-520-09954-0). PDF available
  13. Reagan, D. P., R. W. Garrison, R. B. Waide. 1984. Preliminary evaluation of trophic structure in a Puerto Rican rain forest. Octavo Symposio de los Recursos Naturales, San Juan, Puerto Rico, pp. 78-99. PDF available
  14. Garrison, R. W. 1985. Acanthagrion speculum, a new damselfly from Costa Rica (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 14(l):37-44. PDF available
  15. Garrison, R. W. 1986a. Diceratobasis melanogaster spec. nov., a new damselfly from the Dominican Republic (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae), with taxonomic and distributional notes on the Odonata of Hispaniola and Puerto Rico. Odonatologica, 15(l):61-76. PDF available
  16. Garrison, R. W. 1986b. A monograph of the Birdwing Butterflies [Book Review]. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society, 40(l):74. PDF available
  17. Garrison, R. W. 1986c. The genus Aphylla in Mexico and Central America, with a description of a new species, Aphylla angustifolia (Odonata: Gomphidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 79(6):938-944. PDF available
  18. Willig, M. R., R. W. Garrison & A. Towland 1986. Population dynamics of a neotropical walking stick, Lamponius portoricensis Rehn (Phasmatodea: Phasmatidae). Texas Journal of Science, 38(2):121-137. PDF available
  19. Hafernik, J. E. Jr. & R. W. Garrison. 1986. Mating success and survival rate in a population of damselflies: results at variance with theory? American Naturalist, 128(3):353-365.
  20. Garrison, R. W. & M. L. May. 1988. The females of Enallagma eiseni Calvert and E. semicirculare Selys, with a key to the females of the Mexican members of the genus (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 17(2):99-106. PDF available
  21. Garrison, R. W. & E. González-Soriano. 1988. Population dynamics of two sibling species of neotropical damselflies, Palaemnema desiderata Selys and P. paulitoyaca Calvert (Odonata: Platystictidae). Folia Entomológica Mexicana, 76:5-24. PDF available
  22. Sorensen, J T., R. W. Garrison & R. J. Gill. 1989. MEALYBUG, a computer-interactive key to the genera of Neartic Pseudococcidae (Homoptera: Coccoidea). Entomography, 6:327-334.
  23. Garrison, R. W. 1990. A synopsis of the genus Hetaerina with descriptions of four new species (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 116(l): 175-259. PDF available
  24. Sorenson, J. T., R. Gill, R. V. Dowell, R. W. Garrison. 1990. The introduction of Siphoninus phillyreae (Halliday) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) into North America: niche competition, evolution of host plant acceptance, and a prediction of its potential range in the Nearctic. Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 66(1): 43-54. PDF available
  25. Cannings, R. A. & R. W. Garrison. 1991. Sympetrum signiferum, a new species of dragonfly (Odonata: Libellulidae) from western Mexico and Arizona. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 84(5): 474-479. PDF available
  26. Garrison, R. W. 1991. Telebasis aureipennis Jurzitza, 1980, a junior synonym of T. theodori(Navás, 1934) (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 20(4): 459-463. PDF available
  27. Garrison, R. W. 1992a. Libellula mariae spec. nov., a new dragonfly from Costa Rica (Anisoptera: Libellulidae).  Odonatologica, 21(1):85-89. PDF available
  28. Garrison, R. W. 1992b. Using ordination methods with geographic information: species resolution in a partially sympatric complex of neotropical Tramea dragonflies (Odonata: Libellulidae), pp. 223-240 in J.T. Sorensen and R.L. Foottit, eds., Ordination in the study of morphology, evolution, and systematics. Elsevier Press, Amsterdam.  viii + 418 pp. (ISBN. 0-444-89801-8). PDF available
  29. Garrison, R. W. 1994a. Telebasis boomsmae spec. nov., a new damselfly from Belize (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae).  Odonatologica, 23(3):277-282. PDF available
  30. Garrison, R. W. 1994b. A synopsis of the genus Argia of the United States with keys and descriptions of new species, Argia sabino, A. leonorae, and A. pima (Odonata: Coenagrionidae).  Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 120(4):287-368. PDF available
  31. Garrison, R. W. 1994c. A revision of the New World genus Erpetogomphus Hagen in Selys (Odonata: Gomphidae). Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 137:173-269. PDF available
  32. Garrison, R. W. 1996. A synopsis of the Argia fissa group, with descriptions of two new species, A. anceps sp. n. and A. westfalli sp. n. (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae).  Odonatologica 25(1):31-47. PDF available
  33. Garrison, R. W. & Michael R. Willig. 1996. Chapter 6. Arboreal Invertebrates, pp. 183-245 in Douglas P. Reagan and Robert B. Waide, eds., The Food Web of a Tropical Rain Forest. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. xi + 616. (ISBN. 0-226-70599-1). PDF available
  34. Louton, J. A., R. W. Garrison & O. S. Flint. 1996. The Odonata of Parque Nacional Manu, Madre de Dios, Peru; natural history, species richness and comparisons with other Peruvian sites, pp. 431-449 in Manu, the biodiversity of southeastern Peru, D.E. Wilson and A. Sandoval, eds.  Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 679pp. (ISBN. 1-56098-710-3). PDF available
  35. Garrison, R. W. 1997a. Odonata, pp. 551-579 in Nomina insecta nearctica a check list of the insects of North America.  Volume 4: Non-holometabolous orders, R. W. Poole et al., eds.  Entomological Information Services, Rockville, Maryland. 731pp. (ISBN. 1-889002-04-06). PDF available
  36. Garrison, R. W. 1997b. Telebasis milleri spec. nov., a new damselfly from Peru, with comments on the status of T. fluviatilis St. Quentin (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica 26(4):467-472. PDF available
  37. Dahlsten, D. L., S. H. Driesdadt, R. W. Garrison & R. J. Gill. 1999. Eucalyptus redgum lerp psyllid.  University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Pest Notes Publication 7460:1-3. [revised January 2003]. PDF available
  38. Garrison, R. W. 1999a.  Aerial dragons. Terra, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County  36(4/5):2-4. PDF available
  39. Garrison, R. W. 1999b. The genus Neoneura, with keys and description of a new species, Neoneura jurzitzai spec. nov. (Zygoptera: Protoneuridae). Odonatologica, 28(4):343-375. PDF available
  40. Hoekstra, J. D. & R. W. Garrison. 1999. Range extension of Palaemnema domina Calvert (Odonata: Platystictidae) to southeastern Arizona, U.S.A.: a new odonate family for the United States.  Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 101(4):756-759.
  41. Millar, J. G., T. D. Paine, K. A. Campbell, R. W. Garrison & S. H. Driesdadt. 1999. Eucalyptus tortoise beetle.  University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Pest Notes Publication 74104:1-4. PDF available
  42. Novelo-Gutiérrez, R. & R. W. Garrison. 1999. Erpetogomphus erici spec. nov. from Mexico, and a description of the male of E. agkistrodon Garrison (Anisoptera: Gomphidae).  Odonatologica, 28(2):171-179. PDF available
  43. Schauff, M. E. & R. W. Garrison. 2000. An introduced species of Epichrysocharis (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) producing galls on Eucalyptus in California with notes on the described species and placement of the genus. Journal of Hymenoptera Research, 9(1): 176-181. PDF available
  44. Costa, J. M. & R. W. Garrison. 2001. Description of the female of Leptagrion aculeatum Santos, 1965 with keys to the known species (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 30(4):381-394. PDF available
  45. Garrison, R. W. 2001a. Dragonflies of North America. Revised Edition. James G. Needham, Minter J. Westfall, Jr., Michael L. May. [Book Review]. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 103(3): 772-775. PDF available
  46. Garrison, R. W. 2001b. Subfamily Hetaerinae pp. 78-79. In: Silsby, J. Dragonflies of the world. CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Australia. vii+216 pp. (ISBN. 0-643-06512-1) PDF available
  47. Garrison, R. W. & J. M. Costa. 2002. The Identity of Agrion? minutissimum, Selys, 1876 and Leptobasis rosea Selys, 1877 (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Odonatologica, 31(4):395-401. PDF available
  48. Garrison, R. W., von Ellenrieder, N. & M. F. O'Brien. 2003. An annotated list of the name bearing types of species-group names in Odonata preserved in the University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology. Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, 736: 1-73. PDF available
  49. Hutchins, M., A. V. Evans, R. W. Garrison & N. Schlager (eds.). 2003. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 3. Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 2nd Edition, xvi + 472 pp. (ISBN. 0-7876-5362-4)
  50. von Ellenrieder, N. & R. W. Garrison. 2003a. A synopsis of the genus Triacanthagyna (Odonata: Aeshnidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 6 (2): 147-184. PDF available
  51. von Ellenrieder, N. & R. W. Garrison. 2003b. Lepidoptera (Butterflies, skippers, and moths), pp. 383-404. In: Hutchins, M., A.V. Evans, R. W. Garrison & N. Schlager (eds.), Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Volume 3. Gale Group, Farmington Hills, Michigan, 2nd Edition, xvi + 472 pp. (ISBN. 0-7876-5362-4) PDF available
  52. Garrison, R. W. 2004. An analysis of the Psaironeura tenuissima complex, including synonymy of P. machadoi De Marmels with P. bifurcata Sjöstedt (Odonata: Protoneuridae). Odonatologica, 33(1): 83-89. PDF available
  53. Garrison, R. W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2004. Orthemis sibylla, a junior synonym of O. ambirufa (Odonata: Libellulidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 7(3): 467-470. PDF available
  54. De Marmels, Jürg & R. W. Garrison. 2005. Comments on the Genus Leptagrion Selys, 1876 in Venezuela and on other poorly known species, with a description of Bromeliagrion gen. nov. (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Canadian Entomologist, 137(3): 257-273. PDF available
  55. Garrison, R. W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2005. Neuragrion mysticum Karsch 1891(Odonata: Megapodagrionidae) demystified. Canadian Entomologist137(1): 169-173.  PDF available
  56. von Ellenrieder, N. & R. W. Garrison. 2005. A synopsis of the South American genus Gomphomacromia (Odonata: Libellulidae). International Journal of Odonatology, 8(1): 81-96. PDF available
  57. von Ellenrieder, N. & R. W. Garrison. 2005. Case 3294. Triacanthagyna Selys, 1883 and Gynacantha Rambur, 1842 (Insecta, Odonata): proposed conservation of usage by suppression of the name Acanthagyna Kirby, 1890 and designation of Gynacantha nervosa Rambur, 1842 as type species of Gynacantha. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature, 62(1): 14-17. PDF available
  58. Garrison, R. W. 2006. A synopsis of the genera Mnesarete Cowley, Bryoplathanon gen. nov., and Ormenophlebia gen. nov. (Odonata: Calopterygidae).Contributions to Science, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 506: 1-84. PDF available
  59. Garrison, R. W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2006. Generic diagnoses within a closely related group of genera: Brechmorhoga, Gynothemis, Macrothemis, and Scapanea (Odonata: Libellulidae). Canadian Entomologist, 138(3): 269-273. PDF available
  60. Garrison, R. W., N. von Ellenrieder & J. A. Louton. 2006. Dragonfly genera of the New World. An illustrated and annotated key to the Anisoptera. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, vii + 368pp. see website
  61. von Ellenrieder, N. & R. W. Garrison. 2006. Rediscovery of Oxyagrion bruchi Navás, 1924 from Argentina, with a description of its larva (Zygoptera: Coenagrionidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 82(3/4): 362-374. PDF available
  62. Garrison, R. W. 2007. Kalocora Kennedy, 1940, a junior synonym of Cora Selys, 1853 (Odonata: Polythoridae). International Journal of Odonatology 10(2): 185-188. PDF available
  63. Garrison, R. W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2007. The true Argia difficilis Selys, 1865, with the description of Argia yungensis sp. nov. (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society 133(1+2): 189-204. PDF available
  64. von Ellenrieder, N. R. W. Garrison. 2007a. Dragonflies of the Yungas (Odonata). A Field guide to the species from Argentina, Libelulas de las Yungas (Odonata). Una Guia de Campo para las especies de Argentina., Pensoft Series Faunistica 67, 168pp. ISSN 1312-0174. see webite
  65. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2007b. Dragonflies and Damselflies (Insecta: Odonata) of the Argentine Yungas: Species composition and larval identification. Scientific Reports 7. Società Zoologica ‘La Torbiera’, Italia 7: 1-103. PDF available
  66. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2007c. Untangling some taxonomic riddles on damselfly genera (Zygoptera) from the neotropical region. International Dragonfly Fund Reports 11: 1-34. PDF available
  67. Garrison, R. W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2008. Dolonagrion nov. gen. for Telagrion fulvellum (Selys, 1876) nov. comb. from South America (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology 11(2): 173-183. PDF available
  68. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2008. A redefinition of Telagrion Selys and Aceratobasis Kennedy stat. rev. and the description of Schistolobos gen. nov. for Telagrion boliviense Daigle (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) Transactions of the American Entomological Society 134(1+2): 1-22. PDF available
  69. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2008. Drepanoneura gen. nov. for Epipleoneura letitia and Protoneura peruviensis, with description of eight new Protoneuridae from South America (Odonata: Protoneuridae). Zootaxa 1842: 1-34. PDF available
  70. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2008. Oreiallagma gen. nov. with a redefinition of Cyanallagma Kennedy 1920 and Mesamphiagrion Kennedy 1920, and the description of M. dunklei sp. nov. and M. ecuatoriale sp. nov. from Ecuador (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa 1805: 1-51. PDF available
  71. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2008. The genus Oligoclada in Argentina, with description of O. rubribasalis (Odonata: Libellulidae). International Journal of Odonatology 11(2):249-260. PDF available
  72. Garrison, R. W. 2008. 100 Years of the Biologia Centrali-Americana, Neuroptera. Argia 20(4): 5-8. PDF available
  73. Garrison, R. W. 2009. A Synopsis of the genus Telebasis Selys (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Journal of Odonatology 12 (1): 1-121. PDF available
  74. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2009. Odonata, pp. 95-143. In: Domínguez, E. & H. R. Fernández (eds.). Macroinvertebrados bentónicos sudamericanos. Fundación Miguel Lillo, Tucumán, xvi + 654 pp. [ISBN 978-950-668-015-2] PDF available
  75. La Salle, J., G. Arakelian, R.W. Garrison & M.W. Gates. 2009. A new species of invasive gall wasp (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae: Tetrastichinae) on blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) in California. Zootaxa 2121: 35–43. PDF available
  76. Garrison, R.W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2009. Redefinition of Mesoleptobasis Sjöstedt, 1918 with the inclusion of Mesoleptobasis [sic] cyanolineata (Wasscher, 1998) comb. nov., and description of a new species, M. elongata (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa 2145: 47-68. PDF available
  77. Garrison, R.W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2010. Redefinition of Leptobasis Selys with the synonymy of Chrysobasis Rácenis and the description of L. mauffrayi sp. nov. from Peru (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa 2438: 1-36. PDF available
  78. Garrison, R.W., N. von Ellenrieder & J. A. Louton. 2010. Damselfly genera of the New World. An illustrated and annotated Key to the Zygoptera. The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, xiv + 490 pp, + 24 color plates.
  79. von Ellenrieder, N. & R.W. Garrison. 2011. Odonata from Tiputini, Orellana Province, Ecuador. Agrion 15(2): 40-46. [ISSN 1476-2552]. PDF available.
  80. Pinto, A., R.W.Garrison, D.R. Paulson, T.W. Donnelly & M. May. 2012. Case 3584. Erythemis Hagen, 1861: proposed precedence over Lepthemis Hagen, 1861 (Insecta, Odonata). Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature 69(2): 92-100. PDF available.
  81. Garrison, R.W. 2012. Skiallagma baueri Förster 1906, a geographically misplaced damselfly, is a junior synonym of Xiphiagrion cyanomelas Selys 1876 (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa 3514: 84–88. PDF available.
  82. Garrison, R.W. 2012. 'Functional morphology and evolution of the male secondary copulatory apparatus of the anisoptera (Insecta: Odonata)' by Hans Klaus Pfau [Book Review]. Entomologist's Monthly Magazine 148 (1780–83): 184–185. PDF available
  83. Dijkstra, K.-D. B., G. Bechly, S.M. Bybee, R.A. Dow, H.J. Dumont, G. Fleck, R.W. Garrison, M. Hamalainen, V.J. Kalkman, H. Karube, M. L. May, A.G. Orr, D.R. Paulson, A.C. Rehn, G. Theischinger, J.W.H. Trueman, J. van Tol, N. von Ellenrieder & J. Ware. 2013. The classification and diversity of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata), pp. 36-45. In: Zhang, Z.-Q. (Ed.) Animal Biodiversity: An Outline of Higher-level Classification and Survey of Taxonomic Richness (Addenda 2013). Zootaxa 3703(1): 1-82. PDF available
  84. Garrison, R.W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2013. A contribution to the study of the biodiversity of Odonata in Costa Rica with an emphasis on the genus Argia (Insecta: Odonata: Coenagrionidae). International Dragonfly Fund Report 62: 1-23. PDF available
  85. Garrison, R.W. 2014. Review of Oxystigma Selys with the synonymy of Oxystigma williamsoni Geijskes (Odonata: Heteragrionidae). Zootaxa 3780(2): 347–364. PDF available
  86. Garrison, R.W., & N. von Ellenrieder. 2015. Damselflies of the genus Argia of the Guiana Shield (Odonata: Coenagrionidae). Zootaxa 4042(1): 1–134. [ISSN 1175-5326] PDF available.
  87. Garrison, R.W., A. Cordero-Rivera and H. Zhang. 2015. Odonata collected in Hainan and Guangdong Provinces, China in 2014. Faunistic Studies in SE Asian and Pacific Island Odonata. 12: 1-62. PDR freely available

Consulting Experience

  • 2002 – 2003. Topic Co-editor services for "Insects" Volume of Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, recommending changes, additions, and deletions, suggesting potential contributors, and reviewing chapters.
  • 1998 – 2001. Consultant for Sha Lo Tung Development Corporation, Hong Kong, on ecology of S.E. Asian dragonflies.
  • 1990. As visiting curator program, invited to curate the Odonata collection at Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • 1985 – 2000. Consultant for University of Puerto Rico and Center for Energy and Environment Research. Ongoing work involves identification of all invertebrate taxa, determining components of ecosystem, and determining major food-web components. Also identification of stomach contents of insectivorous bats, birds, reptiles, amphibians.
  • 1981 – 1985. Consultant for terrestrial ecology to study population biology of a common neotropical walking stick, Lamponius portoricensis  (CEER).
  • 1980 – 1981. Consultant for terrestrial ecology for site study of a coal/oil-fired power plant proposed by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. Sampled and identified invertebrates of El Verde Field Station Insect Collection and wrote report under CEER. (Center for Energy and Environment Research of the University of Puerto Rico and U.S. Department of Energy - CEER).
  • 1980. Invited to curate the Odonata collection at Harvard University.
  • 1980 – 2000. Associate member of Odonata specialist group of the International Union for the Conservancy of Nature (IUCN). Regional consultant for monitoring status of Odonata in western United States and Caribbean.

Grants and Fellowships

  • 2013. Travel grant from International Dragonfly Fund to collect insects in Costa Rica. Co-investigator.
  • 2011. Schure-Beijerinck-Popping Fund grant for the advancement of knowledge of Suriname’s Biodiversity. Subject: The Odonates of Suriname deposited at the Collection of Naturalis (RMNH), Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • 2009. Smithsonian Short Term Visitor Travel Grant. To work on book project ‘Damselfly genera of the New World. An illustrated and annotated Key to the Zygoptera’.
  • 2007. Travel grant from International Dragonfly Fund to study type material of neotropical damselfly genera (Zygoptera) in IRSN and BMNH collections.
  • 2006 – 2007. Grant from National Geographical Society to join Argentinean scientist in assessing odonate distributions in the Argentine Yungas, South America.
  • 2005. Smithsonian Short Term Visitor Travel Grant. Involved work on book project ‘Dragonfly genera of the New World. An illustrated and annotated Key to the Anisoptera’.
  • 2002. Grant from Insect Division's Ammerman Fund from the University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology. Involved work on a type cataloge and identification of Neotropical damselflies of the UMMZ collection.
  • 2000. Grant funded by Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro to work on odonate projects in southern Brazil.
  • 1999. Grant from Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico to help a university researcher survey odonate diversity in northeastern Mexico.
  • 1999. Travel grant from University of Florida to present seminar “Important agricultural pests for southern California”.
  • 1995. Grant from National Geographical Society to join Argentinean scientists in assessing odonate distributions in Patagonia, South America.
  • 1993. Grant from USNM program “BIOLAT”; invited to survey for Odonata in SE Peru.
  • 1983. Grant from Instituto de Biologia, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico to help a university researcher interpret data and write a paper on population dynamics of two species of damselflies, Palaemnema paulitoyaca and P. desiderata.
  • 1982. Grant from Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México to participate in university research on population biology of two neotropical damselflies, Palaemnema desiderata and P. paulitoyaca, involving one month of intensive field work.
  • 1979. Xerces Society grant to study population biology and reproductive behavior (including measurements of mating success) of a San Francisco Bay Area endemic damselfly, Ischnura gemina.
  • 1971 – 1975. NIH Traineeship. Geographic variation in a Nearctic dragonfly, Libellula luctuosa, using multivariate techniques (Univ. of California).
  • 1968. Tri-Beta Biological Honorary Travel Grant.

Professional Societies, Registration, and Affiliation

  • Entomological Association of Southern California
  • Lorquin Entomological Society
  • Societas Intenationalis Odonatologica
  • Worldwide Dragonfly Association
  • Research Associate: Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History

Research Interests

  • Application of biometry and biostatistics to systematic and ecological research of insects. Systematics and evolution of aquatic insects, especially Odonata. Life history studies and population dynamics of aquatic insects. Ecology of tropical and temperate terrestrial and aquatic insects.

Skills

  • Teaching of Entomology (biology, ecology, taxonomy of larvae and adults) to grade school, junior high, and college level groups. 
  • Illustrated (slide, PowerPoint) talks to broad audiences, from lay people to professionals, on topics related to Insect biology, Systematics, Pest insects, Integrated Pest Management and Ecology.
  • Broad spectrum of identification in economically important insect groups
  • Broad spectrum of identification in other insect groups
  • Curator of all insect groups
  • Scientific illustration, especially pen and ink
  • Reading ability in scientific French
  • Communicative skills in spoken Spanish
  • Close-up photography of living invertebrates
  • Computer skills in text processors, Internet searching, statistical analysis, illustration and mapping software (Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Micrografx Publisher, Visio, ArcView GIS)

Travel Experience

  • Collected and conducted research in the following countries: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Venezuela, French Guiana, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and People's Republic of China.
  • Lived in Puerto Rico for 2 1/2 years; worked in the field in Mexico for many years.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistantships:

  • General Entomology (1 term)
  • Insect Classification (1 term)
  • Systematic Entomology (2 terms)
  • Aquatic Insect Ecology (1 term)

Guest Lecturer:

  • Aquatic Insect Ecology: University of California, Berkeley; University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras;
  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Mexico City

College Instructor:

  • General Entomology, Rio Hondo Jr. College (3 semesters)

Work on Major Museum Collections

Examined types, borrowed specimens/types, identified specimens for, or visited:

Argentina:

  • Instituto Superior de Entomología, Tucumán
  • Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Salta (visited)
  • Universidad Nacional de la Plata (visited)

Austria:

  • Natuurhistorisches Museum, Vienna (visited)

Belgium:

  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles (visited)

Brazil:

  • Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro (visited)

Canada:

  • Provincial Museum, Victoria

Costa Rica:

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Heredia

England:

  • British Museum (Natural History) (visited)

France:

  • Musée d'Histoire Naturelle

Germany:

  • Landessammlungen fur Naturkunde
  • Zoologisches Forschungsinstitut und Museum
  • Zoologisches Museum, Humboldt Universitat

Mexico:

  • Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (visited)

The Netherlands:

  • Rijksmuseurn van Natuurlijke Historie

U.S.A.:

  • Arizona State University
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • Carnegie Museum Cornell University
  • Florida State Collection of Arthropods
  • Los Angeles County Museum
  • Michigan State University
  • Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard
  • Northern Arizona University
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
  • University of California: Berkeley, Davis, Riverside
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Puerto Rico
  • USNM

Venezuela:

  • Universidad Central de Venezuela

Assistance and contributions to Scientific Congresses and Workshops

  • 59th ESA Annual Meeting. 13-16 November 2011, Reno, Nevada, USA. Organized by Entomological Society of America:
    • Garrison, R.W. 2011. Ongoing research on Argia (Odonata: Coenagrionidae), a megadiverse genus of New World damselflies: Current results and challenges ahead.
  • 5th WDA International Congress of Odonatology. 16-20 Abril 2007, Swakopmund, Namibia. Organized by Worldwide Dragonfly Association and National Museum of Namibia, Windhoek:
    • Garrison, R.W. 2007. Research on the Neotropical Odonata: Current results and challenges ahead. Pag. 22.
    • Garrison, R.W. & N. von Ellenrieder. 2007. Will the real Argia difficilis please stand up?. Pag. 23.
    • von Ellenrieder, N & R.W. Garrison. 2007. Dragonfly guardians of the southern wing of the Yungas mountain rain forest. Pag. 75.

Awards

  • Award for Excellence 2007 from the Worldwide Dragonfly Association, for outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of Odonatological research.