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


Area of Study / Keywords

Ecology Evolution Systematics Symbioses Invertebrates Arthropoda Acariformes Parasitiformes


Please see my lab website: https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/


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 (not a complete list!)

  • Cleaning and protective symbioses in terrestrial and freshwater animals
  • Host-associations of Albertan feather mites.
  • Sexual selection and diversification in mites

Current Student Projects

  • Correlations between host morphology and feather mite morphology and diversity
  • Freshwater snails and their symbiotic annelids
  • Crayfish reproductive success and influence of branchiobdellid worms

Prospective Students: for the most current information about whether I am accepting new graduate students, check this page: https://hproctorlabuofa.blog/prospective-students/

Dr. Proctor is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.


BIOL 108 - Introduction to Biological Diversity

Examines the major lineages of life on Earth. Overview of evolutionary principles and classification, the history of life, and the key adaptations of prokaryotes, protists, fungi, plants, and animals. Laboratories survey the diversity of biological form and function, and introduce students to data collection and scientific writing. Prerequisite: Biology 30. Note: BIOL 107 is not a prerequisite for BIOL 108. BIOL 107 and 108 can be taken in either term.

Fall Term 2021
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 2022

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