Heather Proctor, MSc, BSc, PhD
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.