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Christopher H Dietrich

Systematic Entomology, Section Leader

Research Interests

Insect systematics; evolution, biodiversity, and conservation of leafhoppers and related insects (Hemiptera)

Research Description

Ongoing projects include phylogenomic analyses of major lineages of Membracoidea, development of online tools for genus and species identification, studies of the diversity and evolution of leafhopper-associated plant pathogens, and conservation of grassland insect biotas.


PhD, Entomology, North Carolina State University, 1990
BS, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 1984

Additional Campus Affiliations

Systematic Entomology, Section Leader, Illinois Natural History Survey
Department Affiliate, Entomology
Affiliate, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Recent Publications

Feng, L., Takiya, D. M., Krishnankutty, S. M., Dietrich, C. H., & Zhang, Y. (2024). Phylogeny and biogeography of the sharpshooters (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae). Systematic Entomology, 49(2), 314-329.

Luo, G., Pu, T., Wang, J., Ran, W., Zhao, Y., Dietrich, C. H., Li, C., & Song, Y. (2024). Genetic differentiation and phylogeography of Erythroneurini (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Typhlocybinae) in the southwestern karst area of China. Ecology and Evolution, 14(4), Article e11264.

Molano-Flores, B., Dickerson, P., McIntyre, S., Nieset, J., & Dietrich, C. H. (2024). A Three-Year Survey of the Rare Stem-Boring Moth Papaipema eryngii (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Natural Areas Journal, 44(1), 21-26.

Ran, W. W., Luo, G. M., Zhao, Y. Q., Li, C., Dietrich, C. H., & Song, Y. H. (2024). Climate change may drive the distribution of tribe Zyginelline pests in China and the Indo-China Peninsula to shift towards higher latitude river-mountain systems. Pest Management Science, 80(2), 613-626.

Shah, B., Hassan, M. A., Xie, B., Wu, K., Naveed, H., Yan, M., Dietrich, C. H., & Duan, Y. (2024). Mitogenomic Analysis and Phylogenetic Implications for the Deltocephaline Tribe Chiasmini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae). Insects, 15(4), Article 253.

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