Department of Biology
Office : JOH-324
2600 College St.
Canada J1M 1Z7
ResearchThe last few decades have seen a rapid increase of interest in conservation biology. While scientists now realize the pressing need to address the rapid loss of biological diversity, they are not always equipped with the proper tools to do so. Vascular plants and vertebrates have generally received most of the attention in terms of conservation efforts, while other species-rich taxa such as the insects have been largely ignored. The main reason for this exclusion is that insects are still lagging much behind most other groups in terms of taxonomic expertise. In an age where total species richness is often the reference measure driving conservation and management efforts, it is quite ironic that the most speciose group of animals should be excluded from a majority of biodiversity studies. In an attempt to remedy this taxonomic impediment, Dr. Savage carries out research on the systematics and biodiversity of the order Diptera.
Her research program aims at documenting the systematics and biodiversity of muscoid Diptera (house flies and relatives) in different target habitats, using a variety of analytical and conceptual approach. Field collections in south eastern Quebec and Ontario and in the arctic regions of North America and Eurasia will allow Dr. Savage to fill some gaps in the distribution record of many species, yield large numbers of species including some new to science, and document biological diversity in some of the most understudied ecosystems of the northern hemisphere. The main contribution of her research program will be to increase knowledge of muscoid Diptera systematics through phylogenetic analyses and the description of new species; produce identification keys allowing non-specialists to identify specimens; and compile data on the ecology and biodiversity of Diptera.
Previous students (since 2009)
CoursesBIO115A - Diversity of Life: Animalia (Fall / Automne)
BIO349 - Medical and Forensic Entomology (Fall / Automne)
BIO221 - Biogeography (Winter / Hiver)
BIO248 - Invertebrate Zoology (Winter / Hiver)
BIO 392 - Experiential Learning in. Biodiversity & Ecology (Summer / Été)
Involvement within the QCBS
Relevant QCBS research themes
16-First record of the Bermudagrass stem maggot Atherigona reversura (Diptera: Muscidae) in Canada
2016 Journal of the entomological society of Ontario ( Date Added: 2016-06-14)
15- Key to forensically important Piophilidae (Diptera) in the Nearctic region.
Rochefort, S., Giroux, M., Savage, J., Wheeler, T.A..
2015 Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification (Date Added: 2016-07-11)
14- Elevational shifts, biotic homogenization and time lags in vegetation change during 40 years of climate warming
Savage, J., Vellend, M.
2015 Ecography (Date Added: 2015-06-09)
13-Terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates. In Meltofte, H.
Hodkinson, I.D., A. Babenko, V. Behan-Pelletier, J. Bocher, G. Boxshall, F. Brodo, S. J. Coulson, W. De Smet, K. Dózsa-Farkas, S. Elias, A. Fjellberg, R. Fochetti, R. Foottit, D. Hessen, A. Hobaek, M. Holmsstrup, S. Koponen, A. Liston, O. Makarova, Y. M. Marusik, V. Michelsen, K. Mikkola, A. Pont, A. Renaud, L.M. Rueda, J. Savage, H. Smith, L. Samchyshyna, G. Velle, F. Viehberg, D. H. Wall, L. J. Weider, S. Wetterich, Q. Yu, and A. Zinovjev.
2013 Arctic Biodiversity Assessment ( Date Added: 2016-06-29)
12- Direct and indirect effects of landscape structure on a tri-trophic system within agricultural lands
Daoust, S.P., Bélisle, M., Savage, J., Robillard, A., Baeta, R., Brodeur, J.
2012 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2016-06-14)
11- DNA barcoding of Northern Nearctic Muscidae (Diptera) reveals high correspondence between morphological and molecular species limits
Renaud, Anaïs K., Savage, Jade, Adamowicz, Sarah J.
2012 BMC Ecology (Date Added: 2012-12-04)
10- Muscidae (Diptera) diversity in Churchill, Canada, between two time periods: evidence for limited changes since the Canadian Northern Insect Survey
Renaud, Anaïs K., Savage, Jade, Roughley, Robert E.
2012 The Canadian Entomologist (Date Added: 2012-09-19)
9- Diversity and Abundance of Ectoparasitic Blow Flies Protocalliphora (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and their Nasonia (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) Parasitoids in Tree Swallow Nests within Agricultural Lands of Southern Québec, Canada
Daoust, S. P., Savage, J., Whitworth, T. L., Bélisle, M., Brodeur, J.
2012 Annals of the Entomological Society of America (Date Added: 2012-05-25)
8- Effects of habitat size, vegetation cover, and surrounding land use on diptera diversity in temperate nearctic bogs
Savage, J., Wheeler, T.A., Moores, A.M.A., Taillefer, A.G.
2011 Wetlands (Date Added: 2011-04-20)
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2010 Manual of Central American Diptera. Volume 2 ( Date Added: 2012-09-25)
6- Fanniidae (fanniid flies, latrine flies)
Savage, J, National Research Council Canada., National Research Council Canada.,
2009 Manual of Central American Diptera (Date Added: 2011-08-30)
5- A new genus and new species of neotropical Reinwardtiini (diptera: Muscidae)
2009 Annals of the Entomological Society of America (Date Added: 2011-04-12)
4- Revision of the new world fauna of Mesembrina Meigen (Diptera: Muscidae) with the description of a new neotropical species
Kuchta, J.S., Savage, J.
2008 Zootaxa (Date Added: 2011-04-12)
3- A taxonomic revision of Piezura Rondani (Diptera: Fanniidae)
Moores, A., Savage, J.
2005 Zootaxa (Date Added: 2011-04-12)
2- Phylogenetic analysis of the genus Thricops Rondani (Diptera: Muscidae) based on molecular and morphological characters
Savage, Jade, Wheeler, Terry A., Wiegmann, Brian M.
2004 Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2011-05-26)
1- Systematics of Cetema Hendel (Diptera: Chloropidae): revision of the Nearctic species and phylogeny and zoogeography of the Holarctic fauna
Savage, J., Wheeler, T.A.
1999 Entomologica Scandinavica (Date Added: 2011-04-12)
In the media
Bishop’s University’s Dr. Jade Savage Launches Etick.ca, A Tick Identification and Monitoring Website
Le buzz de l'été
Agence Science-Presse (Burgun, Isabelle) 2011-08-17
Des insectes au service de la police
Le Quotidien (Villeneuve, Denis) 2011-07-24