Tristan A. McKnight

Unido: 14.ago.2018 Última actividad: 28.ene.2023 iNaturalist

Specialist in robber fly (Diptera: Asilidae) taxonomy, systematics, and ecology.

I'm currently working as an entomology lecturer in Arizona. Got my PhD studying the robber fly genus Lasiopogon and other Stichopogoninae. My main expertise is in flies, but I have a range of interests including mustelid mammals, herps, birds, and fungi. Most of my experience has been in North America (all over the continent, but especially Michigan, New York, and Arizona) and central Asia (primarily Mongolia). I usually won't know species-level ID outside of those areas (and even there it can be iffy-- not all flies are identifiable from field pictures!) I am fluent in English and Russian, and have survival Spanish.

My main interests are evolutionary biology (revisionary taxonomy and phylogenetics) and observational field ecology of robber flies. I'm fascinated by how asilids have diversified so much thanks in part to niche partitioning of perching behavior, phenology, etc. I've also been dabbling with rearing flies, mark-recapture studies (to investigate territoriality, lifespan, nocturnal behavior, etc), wing interference patterns, insect overwintering, and various other projects. Always interested in getting specimens of robber flies, and I'm also very grateful to the amazing artists who let me use their photos in my talks.

You can read some of my publications here:

Feel free to use my photos for nonmonetary purposes, however if it's for a publication, I'd like to be involved.

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