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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

Bai, H., Zhang, J., Dietrich, C. H., Li, Y., & Yuan, X. (2023). Structural Characteristics of Mitochondrial Genomes of Eight Treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae: Centrotinae) and Their Phylogenetic Implications. Genes, 14(7), Article 1510.

Brown, M. E., & Dietrich, C. H. (2023). Four New State Records of Delphacid Planthopper Species (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) from Illinois, USA. Great Lakes Entomologist, 56(1-2), 126-136.

Cao, Y., Dietrich, C. H., Kits, J. H., Dmitriev, D. A., Richter, R., Eyres, J., Dettman, J. R., Xu, Y., & Huang, M. (2023). Phylogenomics of microleafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae): morphological evolution, divergence times, and biogeography. Insect Systematics and Diversity, 7(4), Article ixad010.

Chen, J., Zhang, J., Liu, W., Shah, B., Dietrich, C. H., & Duan, Y. (2023). Morphological and ultrastructural studies of the internal reproductive systems of two deltocephaline leafhoppers, Nephotettix cincticeps and Deltocephalus vulgaris (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Deltocephalinae). ZooKeys, 2023(1182), 339-359.

Dietrich, C. H. (2023). A new species of Kana Distant representing the first record of Evacanthinae (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) from Madagascar. Zootaxa, 5319(1), 127-134.

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