Julie Stahlhut

Antenna-head and DNA barcoding enthusiast.

About me

I have a broad background in molecular ecology and molecular taxonomy. From 2009 to 2012, I was the manager of the Pollinators campaign for the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) project, based at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario. I'm interested in applications of DNA barcoding to biodiversity research, with a special focus on aculeate Hymenoptera (ants, bees, and stinging wasps). I've also worked on endosymbiont diversity in insect host communities, and have a continued interest in how symbiotic microorganisms affect measures of host biodiversity.

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Full name
Julie Stahlhut
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a professional scientist
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Full Curator


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Curator qualifications

Credential 1: Degree and fellowships. Postdoctoral fellow, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario/University of Guelph, 2009-2012. Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Biology, University of Rochester, 2005-2009. Ph.D., Biological Sciences, Western Michigan University, 2002. Credential 2: Selected publications. (Others available on request.) ACCEPTED/IN PRESS Stahlhut, J.K., 2010. The endosymbiont community as taxonomic character: A novel approach to resolving the Bemisia tabaci complex. Molecular Ecology 19, 4102– 4104. Buck, M., Cobb, T., Stahlhut, J.K., Hanner, R., 2012. Unravelling cryptic species diversity in eastern Nearctic paper wasps, Polistes (Fuscopolistes), using male genitalia, morphometrics and DNA barcoding, with descriptions of two new species (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). Zootaxa 3502, 1-48. Smith, M.A., Bertrand, C., Crosby, K., Eveleigh, E.S., Fernandez-Triana, J., Fisher, B.L., Gibbs, J., Hajibabaei, M., Hallwachs, W., Hind, K., Hrcek, J., Huang, D.W., Janda, M., Janzen, D.H., Li, Y., Miller, S.E., Packer, L., Quicke, D., Ratnasingham, S., Rodriguez, J., Rougerie, R., Shaw, M.R., Sheffield, C., Stahlhut, J.K., Steinke, D., Whitfield, J., Wood, M., Zhou, X., 2012. Wolbachia and DNA barcoding insects: Patterns, potential, and problems. PLoS ONE 7, e36514. Stahlhut, J.K., Desjardins, C.A., Clark, M.E., Baldo, L., Russell, J.A., Werren, J.H., Jaenike, J., 2010. The mushroom habitat as an ecological arena for global exchange of Wolbachia. Molecular Ecology 19, 1940–1952. Stahlhut, J.K., Cowan, D.P., 2004. Inbreeding in a natural population of Euodynerus foraminatus (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), a solitary wasp with single-locus complementary sex determination. Molecular Ecology 13, 631–638. SUBMITTED/IN REVIEW Stahlhut, J.K., Fernández-Triana, J., Adamowicz, S.J., Buck, M., Goulet, H., Hebert, P.D.N., Huber, J.T., Merilo, M.T., Sheffield, C.S., Woodcock, T., and Smith, M.A. DNA barcoding reveals diversity of Hymenoptera and the dominance of parasitoids in a sub-Arctic environment. Submitted to BMC Ecology, September 2012. Stahlhut, J.K., Gibbs, J., Sheffield, C.S., Smith, M.A., and Packer, L.P. Wolbachia (Rickettsiales) infections and bee (Apoidea) barcoding: A response to Gerth et al. Submitted to Systematics and Biodiversity, September 2012.
Curation scope
DNA barcoding, with special interest in Hymenoptera.