Heather Proctor, MSc, BSc, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences


Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
(780) 492-5704
CW-448 Bio Science - Centre Wing
11355 - Saskatchewan Drive
Edmonton AB
T6G 2E9



My main research area comprises the ecology, evolution, systematics and behaviour of mites (Arachnida: Acari). Within this fascinating and diverse subclass there are three groups in which I am most interested: aquatic mites, soil mites, and feather mites. My theoretical research areas include the community ecology of freshwater and soil invertebrates, determinants of biodiversity, co-evolution of hosts and symbionts, and both macro- and microevolutionary aspects of sexual selection. 

Current Personal Projects 

  • Determinants of feather mite diversity.
  • Host-associations of Albertan feather mites.
  • Sexual selection and diversification in mites.

Current Student Projects

  • Influence of temperature, rainfall, and grazing pressure on soil invertebrate assemblages.
  • Population genetics of invasive crayfish and their symbiotic worms.
  • Effects of iron-based remediation of eutrophic waters on freshwater invertebrates.
  • Sexual selection and genitalia in feather mites. 
Dr Proctor is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.


ZOOL 250 - Survey of the Invertebrates

The functional anatomy and life cycles of the major invertebrate taxa are emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 108 or SCI 100.

Winter Term 2021
ZOOL 351 - Freshwater Invertebrate Diversity

Emphasis is on an identified collection of invertebrates found in Alberta's lakes and streams. Lecture material pertains mainly to ecological features of the various fresh water groups. Prerequisite: ZOOL 250. Offered in alternate years.

Fall Term 2020

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