Curriculum Vitae


Derek S. Sikes

Curator of Insects
Associate Professor of Entomology
University of Alaska Museum
907 Yukon Drive
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6960
USA

email: dssikes 'at' alaska.edu

 

 

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Principal Research Interests

Taxonomy, morphological and molecular based phylogenetics, conservation, and faunistics of Coleoptera

 

Tertiary Education

Ph. D. Ecology & Evolutionary Biology- University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, May 2003 (Major advisor, C. W. Schaefer)
MS, Entomology- Montana State University, Bozeman MT. December 1994. (Major advisor, M. A. Ivie)
BA, Biology- University of California, Santa Cruz, CA. April 1992 (Major advisor, D. K. Letourneau).

 

Refereed Publications

32. Mousseau, T.*, D. S. Sikes. 2011. Almost but not quite a subspecies: A case of genetic but not morphological diagnosibility in Nicrophorus (Coleoptera: Silphidae). The Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society. 102: 311-333.


31. Hagelin, J. C., M. L. Perry, B. S. Ewen-Campen, D. S. Sikes, S. Sharbaugh. 2011. Nest mass is related to habitat type and fledging success in an Alaskan population of the Arctic Warbler (Phylloscopus borealis kennicotti). The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 122(4): 699-705.


30. Smith, D. R., H. Goulet, D. S. Sikes. 2010. A new Pseudodineura Konow (Hymenoptera: Tenthredinidae) from Kasatochi Island, Alaska. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 112(3): 439-443.


29. Sikes, D. S., Slowik, J.* 2010. Terrestrial arthropods of pre- and posteruption Kasatochi Island, Alaska, 2008-2009: A shift from a plant-based to a necromass-based food web. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research. 42: 297-305.


28. Triebenbach, A. N.*, S. J. Vogl, L. Lotspeich-Col*, D. S. Sikes, G. M. Happ, and K. Hueffer. 2010. Detection of Francisella tularensis in Alaskan mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) and assessment of a laboratory model for transmission. Journal of Medical Entomology. 47: 639-648.


27. Majka, C. and D. S. Sikes. 2009. Thomas L. Casey and Rhode Island's precinctive beetles: Taxonomic lessons and the utility of distributional checklists. Zookeys. 22: 267-283. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.22.93

26. Demain, J.G., Gessner, B.D., McLaughlin, J.B., Sikes, D.S., Foote, J.T. 2009. Increasing insect reactions in Alaska: Is this related to changing climate? Allergy & Asthma Proceedings 30: 238-243.


25. Nishikawa, M. and D. S. Sikes. 2008. New records and range extensions of Asian Silphidae (Coleoptera). Taichius Special Publication of the Japan Coleopterological Society, 2: 127-143.


24. Sikes, D. S., S. M. Vamosi, S. T. Trumbo, M. Ricketts*, C. Venables*. 2008. Molecular systematics and biogeography of Nicrophorus in part – The investigator species group (Coleoptera: Silphidae) using mixture model MCMC. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 48: 646-666. [doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2008.04.034]


23. Zhang, A. B., D. S. Sikes, C. Muster, S. Q. Li. 2008. Inferring species membership via DNA barcoding with back-propagation neural networks. Systematic Biology, 57: 202-215.


22. Smith, G.*, S. T. Trumbo, D. S. Sikes, M. P. Scott and R. L. Smith. 2007. Host shift by the burying beetle, Nicrophorus pustulatus, a parasitoid of snake eggs. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 20: 2359-2399. doi: 10.1111/j.1420-9101.2007.01404.x


21. Sikes, D. S., R. B. Madge and S. T. Trumbo. 2006. Revision of Nicrophorus in part: New species and inferred phylogeny of the nepalensis group based on evidence from morphology and mitochondrial DNA (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae). Invertebrate Systematics 20: 305-365.


20. Sikes, D. S. 2005. Silphidae. pp. 288-296 in: Handbook of Zoology, Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta Part 38 (Kristensen, N. P. & Beutel, R. G. eds.), Coleoptera, Beetles Volume I: Morphology and Systematics (Archostemmata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim) (Beutel, R. G. & Leschen, R. A. B. eds.). Waler de Gruyter, Berlin, New York xi + 567 pp. [pdf (2.5 MB)]

19. Sikes, D. S., and R. P. Webster. 2005. Bioinventory of Rhode Island Coleoptera: 45 new records. Coleopterists Bulletin. 59(3):311-327.

18. Sikes, D. S. 2004. The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island: An annotated checklist. Volume 3 of The Biota of Rhode Island. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston. 328 pp. (BOOK) [link]

17. Sikes, D. S. 2004. Case 3293: Nicrophorus olidus Matthews 1888 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over Nicrophorus quadricollis Gistel, 1848. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 61(2): 95-97. pdf] ruling by the commission [pdf]

16. Sikes, D. S. 2004. Case 3288: Nicrophorus tomentosus Weber 1801 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation of the specific name. Bulletin of Zoological Nomenclature. 61(2): 92-94. [pdf]

15. Sikes, D. S. 2003. The beetle fauna of the state of Rhode Island, USA (Coleoptera): 657 new state records. Zootaxa. 340: 1-38. [pdf]

14. Ruzicka, J., J. Schneider, D. S. Sikes, J. Hava. 2003 ("2002"). Distribution records of carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) from China, Part II. Klapalekiana 38: 227-253.

13. Sikes D. S. 2002. Beetles of Block Island: Rare species that once occurred on the mainland. Chapter 11, pp. 183-191 in Paton, P. W., Gould, L. L., August, P. V. and Frost, A. O. (eds) The Ecology of Block Island: Proceedings of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey Conference, October 28, 2000. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI. vii + 235 pp. [pdf] [pdf - appendix]

12. Sikes, D. S., R. B. Madge, A. F. Newton. 2002. A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world. Zootaxa 65: 1-304. (BOOK) [pdf (1.5MB)]

11. Sikes, D. S. and C. Raithel. 2002. A review of hypotheses of decline of the endangered American burying beetle (Silphidae: Nicrophorus americanus Olivier). Journal of Insect Conservation. 6: 103-113. [pdf]


10. Sikes, D. S. 2002. Lessons in digital taxonomy: Software review of two digital catalogs. American Entomologist. 48(2): 76-81

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9. Trumbo, S. T., M. Kon, & D. S. Sikes. 2001. The reproductive biology of Ptomascopus morio, a brood parasite of Nicrophorus. Journal of Zoology, 255(4): 543-560.


8. Trumbo, S. T. & D. S. Sikes. 2000. Intersexual selection on leg morphology in burying beetles. Entomological Science 3: 585-589.


7. Szalanski, A., D. S. Sikes, R. Bischof, M. Fritz. 2000. Population genetics and phylogenetics of the endangered American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 93: 589-594. [pdf]


6. Sikes, D. S. & S. B. Peck. 2000. Description of Nicrophorus hispaniola, new species, from Hispaniola (Coleoptera: Silphidae) and a key to the species of Nicrophorus of the New World. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 93:391-397. [pdf] (separate of inverted illustration)


5. Sikes, D. S. and M. A. Ivie. 1998. Descriptions of Micromyrmex darlingtoni n. sp. from Jamaica and Micromyrmex spatulata n. sp. from Hispaniola (Curculionidae: Otidocephalina). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 100(1) 154-159.


4. Sikes, D. S. 1996. The natural history of Nicrophorus nigrita, a western nearctic species. (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist. 72: 70-81.


3. Ivie, M. A. and D. S. Sikes. 1995. Description of Micromyrmex asclepia, new species, with a redefinition of the genus and life history notes. Coleopterists Bulletin. 49:235-248.


2. Sikes, D. S. and M. A. Ivie. 1995. Predation of Anetia briarea Godart (Nymphalidae: Danainae) at aggregation sites: A potential threat to the survival of a rare montane butterfly in the Dominican Republic. Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society. 49:223-233.


1. Sikes, D. S. 1993. The black burying beetle, Nicrophorus nigrita Mannerheim, displays red maculations. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 47:231-232.

Editor Reviewed Publications

 
12. Sikes, D. S. 2011. Comparison of current ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and spider (Arachnida: Araneae) faunas in the Aleutians, Alaska, with samples made pre-1965. Newsletter of the Alaska Entomological Society 4(1): 3-9. { http://www.akentsoc.org/doc/AKES_newsletter_2011_I.pdf}


11. Sikes, D. S. 2009. The birth of the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection. Newsletter of the Biological Survey of Canada (Terrestrial Arthropods) 28(2):57-62.


10. Sikes, D. S. 2009. Book review of: Hanley, G. A., and D. L. Cuthrell. 2008. The carrion beetles of North Dakota, including species descriptions and identification keys for the entire North American silphid fauna. The Coleopterists Bulletin. 64: 516-518.


9. Sikes, D. S. 2008. Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Capinera, J.L. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd ed. Springer Press. pp 749-758.


8. Sikes, D. S. 2008. Outbreaks of the grass fly Thaumatomyia annulata (Walker) (Diptera: Chloropidae) in Alaska. Newsletter of the Alaska Entomological Society 2(1): 2-4. {http://www.akentsoc.org/doc/AKES_newsletter_2008_I.pdf}


7. Sikes, D. S. 2008. Book review of “Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity” by S. A. Marshall. American Entomologist. 54 (1): 57.


6. Trumbo, S.T., Smith, G. and Sikes D.S. 2005. Number vs. body size of offspring in biparental burying beetles. In: Learning the Skills of Research: Animal Behavior Exercises in the Laboratory and Field (eds. Jakob, E,M, & Hodge, M.), Sinauer. [gif]


5. Sikes, D. S. 2005. Book review of “Ground Beetles of Connecticut (Coleoptera: Carabidae, excluding Cicindelini): An annotated checklist.” American Entomologist 51(2): 116-117. [pdf]


4. Sikes, D. S. 2003. Book review of “A Field Guide and Identification Manual for Florida and Eastern U.S. Tiger Beetles.” American Entomologist 49(4): 250-251.


3. Sikes, D. S. 1999. The Rhode Island Beetle Fauna: Past, Present and Future. RINHewS: The Newsletter of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, 6:8-10.
[pdf]


2. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Rare and endemic Rhode Island beetles. RINHewS: The Newsletter of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey, 5(1):6-7.
[pdf]


1. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Hidden Biodiversity: The benefits of large rotting carcasses to beetles and other species. Yellowstone Science, 6(1): 10-14.


Unpublished Research Reports

1. Sikes, D. S. 1997. Connecticut Tiger Beetle Status Survey (Carabidae: Cicindelinae): Conservation status, Taxonomy and Ecology. Research final report to The Nature Conservancy, Connecticut Chapter. 73 pp.

2. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Connecticut Tiger Beetle Status Survey (Carabidae: Cicindelinae) 1996-1998: Conservation status, Taxonomy and Ecology. Research final report to The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. 72 pp. [webpage]

3 Sikes, D. S. 2000. Preliminary Coleoptera inventory of The Nature Conservancy's Queen's River Preserve, Exeter, Rhode Island. Research final report to: The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Field Office Science and Stewardship Program. 22 pp.  

 

Software: Phylogenetic

1. Sikes, D. S. & P. O. Lewis. 2001. beta software, version 1. PAUPRat: PAUP implementation of the parsimony ratchet. Distributed by the authors. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs. [download page]

Software: Biodiversity

1. Designed Periodical Cicada database for Dr. Chris Simon using FileMakerPro. One table: collection events. 1998. Placed on-line at: http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/cicadacentral/Databases/magidb.html

2. Designed New Zealand and Australian Cicada database for Dr. Chris Simon using FileMakerPro. One table: collection events. 1999. Placed on-line at http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/cicadasearch_nz.html

3. Designed Paleobotany database for University of Connecticut's Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Paleobotany specimen collection using FileMakerPro. 2 tables: specimens & literature. 1999. Placed on-line at: http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/fossilplants/fossilplants.html

4. Designed Rhode Island Beetle fauna checklist database using FileMakerPro. Four tables: families, literature, species, synonyms. 1996-2001. Placed on-line at: http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/insects/ribf/ribfcover.html

Software: Journal

1. Redesigned Editorial/ms submission database for Society of Systematic Biologists using FileMakerPro: Three tables- manuscripts, authors, reviewers. 2001

 

Websites designed

1. Sikes, D. S. 1997. The Tiger Beetles of Connecticut (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Cicindela): Conservation status, Taxonomy and Natural History. {Apr 1999}.http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/insects/CTBnew/ctb.htm

2. Simon, C. & D. S. Sikes. 1998. Periodical Cicadas: An on-line database. {Apr 1999} http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/cicadacentral/Databases/magidb.html

3. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Field Entomology: EEB 252. {Apr 1999} http://www.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/Eeb252/eeb252su00/home.html

4. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Connecticut Entomological Society. {Apr 1999} http://www.peabody.yale.edu/other/ces/

5. Sikes, D. S. 1999. Biological Collections Website: University of Connecticut. {Apr 1999} http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/chp.html

6. Sikes. D. S. 1999. Coleoptera of Rhode Island: An on-line checklist. {Apr 1999} http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/collections/insects/ribf/ribfcover.html (On 26 May 1999, this site was chosen as "Web Pick of the Day" by the HMS Beagle, a biweekly webzine for biological and medical researchers, with a daily digest of the highest-quality Web resources and published material.)

7. Sikes, D. S., S. T. Trumbo and S. B. Peck. 1999. Nicrophorus Central: A website devoted to research of all things nicrophorine. {Apr 1999} http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/nicroweb/nicrophorus.htm

8. Sikes, D. S. 1999. Influences of ungulate carcasses on coleopteran communities in Yellowstone National Park, USA. MS Thesis, Montana State University. 1994. {Apr 1999} http://virgin.msu.montana.edu/Ynpmsweb/ynpmsin.htm

9. Naskrecki. P., & Sikes, D. S. 2000. Museum of Comparative Zoology: Entomology Primary Type Database. http://mcz-28168.oeb.harvard.edu/mcztypedb.htm {May 2000}

10. Simon, C., P. Arensburger, & D. S. Sikes. 2000. New Zealand and Australian Cicadas: An on-line database. {June 2000} http://collections2.eeb.uconn.edu/cicadasearch_nz.html

11. Chandler, D. S. & D. S. Sikes. 2001. University of New Hampshire Insect and Arachnid collections. http://insectcoll.unh.edu/ {April 2001}

 

Scientific Illustration (example)

1. Nicrophorus hispaniola Sikes & Peck 2000 (inverted; large jpg - 352 k)

 

 

Theses

Sikes, D. S. 1994. Influences of ungulate carcasses on Coleopteran communities in Yellowstone National Park, USA. Montana State University, Master's of Science (Entomology) Thesis. x + 179 pp. [web]

Sikes, D. S. 2003. Systematic revision of the subfamily Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Connecticut. xxiv + 938 pp.

 

Invited Presentations

1. Sikes, D. S. & P. D. Perkins. 2000. Joint Presentation -University of Connecticut & Harvard University: Online systematic databases: FileMaker Pro and Windows NT. Association of Systematic Collections annual meeting, Baltimore, MD, May

2. Sikes, D. S. 2000. Beetles of Block Island: Rare species. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Sixth Annual Conference, North Kingston, RI, October.

3. Sikes, D. S. 2001. Burying Beetle natural history, conservation, and evolution (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Cambridge Entomological Club, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May.

4. Sikes, D. S. & S. T. Trumbo. 2001. Burying Beetle systematics: From carrion traps to computers. Annual Address to the Coleopterists' Society Meeting, San Diego, CA, December.

5. Sikes, D. S. & S. T. Trumbo. 2002. Burying Beetle systematics: From carrion traps to computers. Connecticut Entomological Society, CT, February.

6. Sikes, D. S. 2002. Modern monography and efficient taxonomic enterprise: A revision of a behaviorally complex beetle genus (Coleoptera: Silphidae). University of Massachusetts, Amherst, September.

7. Sikes, D. S. 2003. Revision of a behaviorally complex beetle genus (Silphidae: Nicrophorus): An example of Modern Taxonomy. Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, January.

8. Sikes, D. S. 2003. Systematics of a behaviorally complex beetle genus (Silphidae: Nicrophorus). University of California, Berkeley, March.

9. Sikes, D. S. 2003. Monography of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae): A trip down the phylogenetic lane of burying beetle evolution. University of Calgary, April.

10. Sikes, D. S. 2003. Revision and phylogeny of the subfamily Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae). University of Alberta, November.

11. Sikes, D. S. 2005. Challenging phylogenetic problems: Branches that are too long or too short and conflicting dataset signals. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, February.

12. Sikes, D. S. 2008. Alaskan Arthropods: Baseline biodiversity. EPSCoR seminar series, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, April.

 

Presentations

1. Sikes, D. S. 1993. Evolutionary implications of Anetia life history, with special reference to Danaine aggregations (Nymphalidae: Danainae). Co-authored with M.A. Ivie. Entomological Society of America, annual meetings, Indianapolis, IN, December.

2. Sikes, D. S. 1994. Influences of ungulate carcasses on Coleopteran communities in Yellowstone National Park, USA. Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Dallas TX, December.

3. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Nicrophorus diversity and evolution: The unstudied species. Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Las Vegas, NV, November.

4. Sikes, D. S. 1998. Bugs in the web: Entomological Resources on the Internet. 380th meeting of the Connecticut Entomological Society, Storrs, CT January.

5. Trumbo, S. T. & D. S. Sikes. 1999. Nesting behavior and the evolution of complex parental care: a comparative study of nicrophorines. Anim. Behav. Soc. in June, at Bucknell University.

6. Sikes, D. S. 2000. Molecular evidence for new species of Nicrophorus in the Asian nepalensis group (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Entomological Society of America annual meeting, Montreal, December.

7. Sikes, D. S. 2002. Bibliographic taxonomy (a.k.a. the valley of the shadow of death): Lessons from the other side. 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium: Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Univ. CT., Storrs, March.

8. Sikes, D. S. 2002. Phylogeny of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae): Evidence from morphological and mtDNA data. Evolution and Society of Systematic Biologists annual meeting, Univ. Illinois, Urbana, June.

9. Sikes, D. S. 2004. Comparison of Bayesian Inference with Parsimony in a possible case of morphological long-branch attraction (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorus). XXII International Congress of Entomology, Brisbane, Australia. August.

10. Sikes, D. S. 2004. A challenging phylogenetic problem: Long-branches and conflicting dataset signals versus Bayesian Inference and Parsimony. Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Lloydminster, AB, October.

11. Sikes, D. S. & Tonya Mousseau. 2005. Long morphological branches in the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Fort Lauderdale, FL, December.

12. Sikes, D. S. 2006. The Beetle Fauna of Rhode Island. Section A Symposium: Notes from the field: Biodiversity of Coleoptera. A Symposium Honoring the Memory and Contributions of Steve Ashe, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN, December.

13. Sikes, D. S. 2006. The birth of the University of Alaska Museum Entomology Collection. Entomological Collections Network annual meeting. Indianapolis, IN, December.

14. Sikes, D. S. 2007. Burying beetle biology, conservation, and evolution (Coleoptera: Silphidae). First Annual Meeting of the Alaska Entomological Society, Fairbanks, AK, January.

15. Naskrecki, P. and Sikes, D. S. 2007. Mantis - a cross platform biological data manager. Entomological Collections Network annual meeting. San Diego, CA, December.

16. Sikes, D. S. 2007. Specimen barcoding (not DNA) at the University of Alaska Museum. Entomological Collections Network annual meeting. San Diego, CA, December.

17. Sikes, D. S. 2007. The parsimony model for morphology: No longer justified? Entomological Society of America annual meeting. San Diego, CA, December. [pdf]

18. Sikes, D. S. 2008. Entomological data standards and best practices. Alaska Entomological Society. Second Annual Meeting of the Alaska Entomological Society, Anchorage, AK, January.

19. Philip, K. & Sikes, D. S. 2008. Entomological data standards and best practices. National Park Service Curation Workshop, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, AK, April

20. Sikes, D. S. 2008. The parsimony model for morphology: No longer justifiable?  University of Alaska, Institute of Arctic Biology Seminar series. Fairbanks, AK, April

21. Sikes, D. S.  2009. Alaskan Arthropods: Baseline biodiversity IPM Cooperative Extension April.

22. Sikes, D. S.  2009. Alaskan Arthropods: Baseline biodiversity. EPSCoR all hands meeting. May.

Posters

1. Sikes, D. S. & S. T. Trumbo. 2003. The genus Nicrophorus (Coleoptera: Silphidae): A rapid radiation in the Oligocene? 51st Annual Meeting of the Alberta Entomological Society, Athabasca Univ., Athabasca, AB, Canada, October. [jpg of poster (1.3 MB)]

2. Sikes, D. S. & S. T. Trumbo. 2004. Phenotypic long-branch attraction in the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Annual Meeting of the Society of Systematic Biologists, Colorado State Univ., Fort Collins, CO, USA, June 29. [gif of poster (740 kb)]

3. Venables, C. & D. S. Sikes. 2006. Do molecular data support an ancient rapid radiation of the genus Nicrophorus (Coleoptera: Silphidae)? Annual Meeting of the Zoological Society of Canada, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada, May 4. [gif of poster (956kb)]

4. Fleshman, B. & D. S. Sikes. 2007. An update to the spider fauna of Alaska. Sigma Xi International Scientific Research Society Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference, Orlando Florida, Oct. 31-4 Nov. 2007 [Awarded Gold Medal]

5. Smith, G., S. T. Trumbo,  D. S. Sikes. 2008. Vertebrates that are victimized by an insect parasitoid: a remarkable host shift by the burying beetle, Nicrophorus pustulatus. International Congress of Entomology, Durban, South Africa, July 6-12. (Abstract 1229)

Grants, Contracts, and Fellowships Awarded ($1.1 M total)

28. National Park Service. Backlog Cataloging of NPS Entomology specimens. Sep 2010. $3,315.


27. USFWS: Arthropods of Kanuti NWR. Sep 2010-May 2011. $2,500 PI: Sikes


26. Alaska Dept. Fish & Game (ADFG): Baseline community surveys of Alpine and Subalpine habitats in Southeast Alaska. March 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012. $190,049. PI: Karen Blejwas, Co-Pis: J. Cook, K. LaBounty, C. Pohl, D. S. Sikes


25. National Science Foundation REU: Critical upgrade to the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection. June-August 30 2010. $6,510 PI: D. S. Sikes


24. Alaska Dept. Fish & Game (ADFG): Terrestrial Arthropod responses to Tongass second-growth thinning. Apr 2010 – July 2013. $234,523. PI: D. S. Sikes


23. ADFG: Alaskan Insect Pollinators: Occurrence data for an undersampled northern biota. July 2010 – July 2011. $15,843 PI: D. S. Sikes


22. EPSCoR: DNA Barcoding Alaskan Arthropods: Baseline genetics and museum modernization. Faculty Grants Competition in Landscape Genetics. Feb – June 30, 2010. $8,007. PI: D. S. Sikes


21. National Science Foundation, Biological Research Collections: Critical upgrade to the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection: March 2009 – Feb 2011. $258,186. PI: D. S. Sikes


20. USFWS: Aleutian beetles and spiders – a 50 year resurvey – 2009-2010. $25,000 PI: Sikes


19. USFWS: Arthropods of Maritime NWR. Apr 2009 – Sep 2009. $8,500 PI: Sikes


18. USFWS: Arthropods of Kanuti NWR. Dec 2008-Nov 2009. $3,715 PI: Sikes


17. EPSCoR: Arthropods of Alaska: Baseline Biodiveristy. Jan 4 – Dec 2008. $29,224 PI: Sikes


16. USFWS: Arthropods of Maritime NWR. Apr 2008 – Dec 2008. $10,125 PI: Sikes


15. USFWS: Arthropods of Peninsula NWR. May 2007 – Dec 2008. $4,179 PI: Sikes


14. USFWS: Arthropods of Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. Sep 2006- 2008. $11,059. PI: Sikes


13. University of Calgary Research Grants Committee: Biogeographic puzzles of the subfamily Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera). 17 Mar 2004 - 30 Jun 2005. $9,996. PI: Derek Sikes


12. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Phylogeny and speciation in the subfamily Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae). 2004-2009. $100,000. PI: D. S. Sikes.


11. National Science Foundation: A monographic revision of the subfamily Nicrophorinae Kirby (Coleoptera: Silphidae). May 2002-Jan 2003. $6,880. PIs: Stephen Trumbo & Stewart Peck (proposal co-written by Derek Sikes)


10. National Science Foundation: A monographic revision of the subfamily Nicrophorinae Kirby (Coleoptera: Silphidae). May 2001-Jan 2003. $12,000. PIs: Stephen Trumbo & Stewart Peck (proposal co-written by Derek Sikes)


9. The Nature Conservancy, Rhode Island Chapter: Coleoptera inventory of The Nature Conservancy's Queen's River Preserve, Exeter, Rhode Island. Jul-Sep 2000. $750. PI: Derek S. Sikes


8. Penner Endowment of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History: for travel & registration to Association of Systematic Collections annual meeting. $200 May 2000


7. National Science Foundation: A monographic revision of the subfamily Nicrophorinae Kirby (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Jan 2000-Jan 2003. $136,000. PIs: S. T. Trumbo & S. B. Peck (proposal initiated and drafted by D. S. Sikes).


6. National Geographic Society. Phylogeny, behavior and life history of the nicrophorines of Nepal: Oct 1998- Oct 1999 (extension to Oct 2000). $9,270. PI: Stephen Trumbo (proposal co-written by Derek Sikes).


5. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. Connecticut tiger beetle status survey: 1997. $3,776, 1 Aug 1997-1 Aug 1998. PI: Derek S. Sikes


4. NSF Graduate Research Training Fellowship: Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut: $14,000 stipend, plus $7500 for cost of education. 1997/1998 academic year.


3. H. Allen Mali Research Fund. The Nature Conservancy-Connecticut Chapter: Connecticut tiger beetle status survey (Carabidae: Cicindelinae). $2,842, 1 May 1996-31 January 1997. PI: Derek S. Sikes


2. Ernst Mayr Grant: Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University: Revision of the subfamily Nicrophorinae Kirby (Coleoptera: Silphidae). $2,000 to offset the costs of travel to Europe to study type specimens during June 1997.


1. James A. Slater Endowment of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History: for misc. dissertation costs. $195 December 1996.

Teaching Experience

1. Nature Interpreter (Internship)- Natural Bridges State Park, Santa Cruz, CA. Spring 1989.

2. Summer Ecology Camp Counselor- University of Rhode Island-W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center- West Greenwich, RI. Summer 1989 & 1990.

3. Substitute Teacher- Solano County School District, CA. Grades K-12. Winter 1991.

4. Substitute Teacher- Woonsocket School District, RI. Grades 8-12. Spring 1992.

5. Summer Zoo-Camp Counselor- Roger Williams Park Zoo, RI. Summer 1992.

6. University Teaching Assistant-

Dr. K. M. O'Neill, Entomology 204: Insect Biology. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Fall 1994.

Dr. S. Eiger, Biology 209: Human Anatomy & Physiology. Montana State University, Bozeman, MT. Spring 1995.

Dr. C. S. Henry, Biol. 286: General Entomology. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Fall 1995.

Dr. C. W. Schaefer, Biol 284: Medical Entomology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Spring 1996.

Drs. Taigen, Terry & Gilbart, Biol 102: Foundations of Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Fall 1996.

Drs. Trainor & Wagner, Biol 102: Foundations of Biology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Spring 1997.

Departmental Biological Collections database and website design. University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Spring 1997. Fall 1998.

Dr. D. Wagner, Biol 458: Biosystematics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Fall 1999

7. University Instructor/Lecturer-

EEB 252: Field Entomology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Summer 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999. (course website)

8. University Assistant Professor – see my courses webpage

Zology 375: Introduction to Invertebrate Zoology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Fall 2003, 2004, 2005

Ecology 491: Ecological Entomology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Fall 2004. 2005

Zoology 575: Introduction to Biosystematics, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Winter 2005, 2006

Biology 406: Entomology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Spring 2007, 2009, 2011

Biology 305: Invertebrate Zoology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Spring 2008, 2010

Biology 195: Introduction to Field Entomology, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Summer 2007 - 2010

Students

 

            1. Chandra Venables, M.S. 2007

            2. Tonya Mousseau, Ph.D. 2011

            3. Joey Slowik, M.S. anticipated summer 2011

            4. Brandi Fleshman, M.S. anticipated fall 2011

            5. Jill Stockbridge, M.S. anticipated summer 2012

  

Undergraduate & High School Independent Study students

    13. Genevieve Miller, Lathrop High School, Glaciated vs unglaciated soil arthropod fauna, 2009 Took 3rd place in the Alaska Statewide High School Science Symposium
    12. Brandi Fleshman, UAF, Alaskan Spider Fauna, 2008, 2007 EPSCoR undergraduate research award, $5000 Medal winner at Sigma Xi undergraduate research conference 2007
    11. Mia Peterburs, UAF, Identification of Alaskan Arthropods, 2008
    10. Bethany Sweet, UAF, Coccinellidae of Interior Alaska, 2007
    9. Brandie Weintraub, UAF, Curate UAM Marine Invertebrate Collection, 2007
    8. Aurora Suchland, UAF, Nicrophorus sexual size dimorphism, 2007
    7. Thomas Wolff, Lathrop High School, Vespinae of Interior Alaska, 2006
    6. Nicole Webster, Univ. Calgary, Cicindela of Rhode Island & Connecticut, 2005 Co-author on ms in preparation.
    5. Stephanie Luider, Current Heights High School, Cytochrome Oxidase I Evolution, 2005
    4. Margaret Yu, Current Heights High School, Cytochrome Oxidase I Evolution, 2005
    3. Elizabeth Wong, Current Heights High School, Cytochrome Oxidase I Evolution, 2005
    2. Marcia Ricketts, Univ. Calgary, Nicrophorus molecular phylogeny 2004 Co-author on Sikes et al. 2008.
    1. Kyle Judd, Univ. Calgary, Phenotypic Long Branch Attraction, 2004

Society Positions Held

11. Snodgrass Award Judge, Entomological Society of America, 2010-

10. Vice-President: Alaska Entomological Society, 2010-present.

9. Member: Scientific Committee of the Biological Survey of Canada, 2008 - present

8. Member Society of Systematic Biology Nominations Committee, 2007.

7. Secretary: Alaska Entomological Society, 2006-2010.

6. Executive council of the Coleopterists Society. 2006-2008.

5. Editorial Board Member: The Coleopterists Society. 2004-2006.

4. Regional Central Director: (Executive Board) The Entomological Society of Alberta. 2003-2005.

3. President: The Connecticut Entomological Society. Fall 1997- Spring 1998.

2. Secretary: The Connecticut Entomological Society. Fall 1996-Spring 1997.

1. Graduate Student Association Collections Representative. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut. Fall 1995-Fall 1996.

 

Honors

8. Nomination for president of the Coleopterists’ Society. May 2010.
7. Canthonella sikesi Ivie & Philips, 2008 - Ivie, M. A. & T. K. Philips. 2008. Three new species of Canthonella Chapin from Hispaniola, with new records and nomenclatural changes for West Indian dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Zootaxa 1701:1-14.
6. Nomination for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. University of Calgary Student’s Union. 2004.
5. Erioloides sikesi Naskrecki & Cohn, 2000 - Naskrecki. P. 2000. Katydids of Costa Rica. Vol. 1. Systematics and bioacoustics of the cone-head katydids. 91.
4. The Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, 1998.
3. The Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, 1996.
2. President's prize for best student presentation, Section A. 1993 Entomological Society of America, annual meeting, Indianapolis, IN, December 1993.
1. Phi Beta Kappa, elected Spring 1992.

Species Named

    11. Nicrophorus trumboi Sikes & Madge, 2006
    10. Nicrophorus schawalleri Sikes & Madge, 2006
    9. Nicrophorus reticulatus Sikes & Madge, 2006
    8. Nicrophorus melissae Sikes & Madge, 2006
    7. Nicrophorus insignis Sikes & Madge, 2006
    6. Nicrophorus herscheli Sikes & Madge, 2006
    5. Nicrophorus charon Sikes & Madge, 2006
    4. Nicrophorus hispaniola Sikes & Peck, 2000
    3. Micromyrmex spatulata Sikes & Ivie, 1998
    2. Micromyrmex darlingtoni Sikes & Ivie, 1998
    1. Micromyrmex asclepia Ivie & Sikes, 1995

Professional Societies

The Canadian Entomological Society 2008-present

The Alaska Entomological Society 2006-present

The Society of Systematic Biologists 1996-present

Entomological Society of America 1993-present

Coleopterists Society 1992-present

 

Foreign Language Proficiency

Spanish, sufficient travel proficiency, fair reading and writing proficiency.

 

Reviewed manuscripts for

Systematic Biology                                   

Journal of Insect Science                                   

Biological Conservation                                   

The Coleopterists Bulletin                                   

Biotropica                                               

Northeastern Naturalist – as guest editor

Environmental Entomology                       

Journal of Insect Conservation                       

Nature Communications

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution

Forensic Science International

Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Conservation Biology

The Pan-Pacific Entomologist

Southeastern Naturalist – as guest editor

Prairie Naturalist

Zootaxa

 

Museum visits

1990. Bohart Museum of Entomology. University of California, Davis. Davis- curated Silphidae collections, recorded label data

1990. California Academy of Sciences: Entomology Department. San Francisco- verified identity of study organism, Nicrophorus nigrita, & recorded label data.

1996. American Museum of Natural History, New York- databased Connecticut Cicindela specimens.

1996. Department of Entomology, Museum of Comparatize Zoology, Cambridge- databased Connecticut Cicindela specimens

1996. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven- databased Connecticut Cicindela specimens.

1997. Department of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

1997. National Collection of Insects, Museum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

1997. Department of Entomology, National Museum, Opava, Czech Republic- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

1997. Naturhistorisches Museum Wien, Vienna- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

1997. Zoological Department, Hungarian Natural History Museum, Budapest- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

1998. Entomological Institute, Hokkaido University, Sapporo- studied & databased Nicrophorus specimens.

1999. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park, Providence- databased Rhode Island Coleoptera species.

1999. Department of Zoology, Insect Collection, University of Rhode Island, Kingston- databased Rhode Island Coleoptera species.

1999. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven.- databased Rhode Island Coleoptera species.

2000. Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. Cambridge.- studied, photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

2000. U. S. National Museum of Natural History. Washington D.C- studied, digitally photographed, & databased Nicrophorus type specimens.

2001. Museum of Natural History, Roger Williams Park, Providence- verified determinations of Rhode Island Coleoptera species.

2002. INBio, San Jose, Costa Rica- short visit, examined Silphid collection.

2005. Bohart Museum of Entomology. University of California, Davis. Davis- curated Silphidae collections, recorded label data.

2008. Canadian National Collection, Ottawa – extracted Alaskan records from label data.

 

Field Work outside United States and Canada

1990 Costa Rica, 3 months

1992 Dominican Republic, 1 month

1993 Dominican Republic, 1 month -leader

1994 U.S. Virgin Islands, 10 days

1998 Japan, 11 days -leader

1999 Nepal, 1 month - leader

2002 Costa Rica, 10 days

2004 Queensland Australia, 10 days

2004 Solomon Islands, 9 days -leader

2005 Indonesia: Bali, Flores, 21 days - solo

2005 Sichuan, China, 30 days - with Conservation International (Rapid Assessment Program)

2008 Netherlands Antilles: Saba, 17 days, March & May

 

Public Outreach (some examples. list incomplete)

Presentation “Forensic Entomology,” ~20 police staff, Fairbanks Police Department, 28 Sep 2010.

Presentation “The 2008 Kasatochi eruption: Insect Survivors” to public, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 2010.

Alaska Summer Science Academy “Insects,” 7 students, 80 contact hours, summer 2008; co-taught with Melissa Sikes & Laura Conner.

Presentation “Alaska’s Charismatic Microfauna: Our mostly six-legged neighbors.” University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka, September, 2008. & to Salcha Elementary and Badger Elementary, 3rd & 4th grade classes, September, 2008.

Presentation “Carrion Beetles” North Pole High School forensic Science Class (11th & 12th grade) class of Elizabeth Beks, Sep 2007, May 2009, Sep 2009

Presentation “The Little Things that Run the World” to 9th grade Biology Class of Wendy Ehnert, Lathrop High School, Fairbanks, April 2007. (& to 4th grade Joy Elem. Debbie Richards, Sep 2007)

Presentation “The Little Things that Run the World” to public, University of Alaska Museum, Fairbanks, Alaska, March 2007.

Presentation “Entomology, Himalayan China, and new species” to 6th grade class, Mitford Middle School, Cochrane, Alberta, April 2006.

Presentation "Tigers and Vultures of the Beetle world" to Calgary Field Naturalists Society, Kananaskis Field Station, Alberta June 12, 2004.

Leader of Coleoptera team, 312 species, (24 hour) BioBlitz, Terryville State Park, Danbury, Connecticut, June 8, 2001.

Workshop to teachers, nature interpreters, et al. "Investigating Insects." Connecticut Outdoor & Environmental Education Association, Inc., CT. March 2001.

Seminar presentation to zoo docents on "Insects as Wildlife: Practical and philosophical considerations". Roger Williams Zoo, Providence, RI. January 2001.

Presentation to Ashford Elementary School, 3rd grade class: Beetles, Entomology & Classification of Organisms, Ashford, Connecticut, January 2001.

Leader of Coleoptera team, 139 species, (24 hour) BioBlitz, Roger Williams Park, Providence, Rhode Island. June 10, 2000.

Leader of Coleoptera team, 201 species, (24 hour) BioBlitz, Hubbard State Park, Meriden, Connecticut, June 3, 2000.

"Wings in the night": CT State Museum of Natural History. Black-light insect experience for the general public, July 1999.

Leader of Coleoptera team, 250 species, (24 hour) BioBlitz, Keney Park, Hartford, Connecticut, June 11, 1999.

Three one-hour slide presentations on Entomology and Systematics to students grades 6-12 attending the Goodwin Conservation Center summer program, Chaplin, CT. Summer 1998.

"Wings in the night": CT State Museum of Natural History. Black-light insect experience for the general public, July 1998.

"Wings in the night": CT State Museum of Natural History. Black-light insect experience for the general public, July 1997.

One hour slide presentation on "Systematics and the Biodiversity Crisis" to Advanced Placement Biology students at The Wheeler School, Providence, RI. April 1996.

Demonstration of carrion-beetle trapping procedures for primary school teacher's workshop. Roger Williams Zoo, Providence, RI. August 1995.

One hour seminar presentation to zoo docents on "Insects as Wildlife: Practical and philosophical considerations". Roger Williams Zoo, Providence, RI. August 1995.

Two, three-hour, nocturnal, insect-collecting tours for 10-12 year-old children attending "Night-Camp" at the University of Rhode Island's W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Summer Camp Program, West Greenwich, RI. July and August 1995.

Presentation, discussion and insect-collection technique workshop for Yellowstone Research student expedition to the Beartooth Plateau, Cooke City, Montana. June 1994.