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.


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.

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