Jade Savage

Associate Professor,
Bishop’s University

Department of Biology
Office : JOH-324
2600 College St.
Sherbrooke, Quebec,
Canada J1M 1Z7
Tel: 819-822-9600
E-mail: jsavage@Ubishops.ca
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Education
  • PhD in Entomology, McGill University, 2004
  • BSc in Biology, McGill 1998


  • Research
    The 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.

    QCBS students
    Sarah Loboda, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2013, End: 2017)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Toke Hoye, Aarhus University
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Christopher Buddle
    Previous students (since 2009)
    Simon Payette Daoust, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2011)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Marc Belisle
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jacques Brodeur
    Thesis title: Impacts de l’intensification agricole et de la structure du paysage sur les relations tri-trophiques entre un oiseau hôte, des mouches ectoparasites e
    Arnaud Sentis, Ph.D.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2012)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Jean-Louis Hemptinne
    Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Jacques Brodeur
    Thesis title: Modeling the interaction between temperature and intraguild predation
    Sylvie Ferland, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2010, End: 2014)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Esther Lévesque (UQTR)
    Thesis title: Pollinisation et production de petits fruits par Vaccinium uliginosium a Baker lake, Nunavut
    Ludovic Jolicoeur, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2013)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Marc Bélisle, Université de Sherbrooke
    Thesis title: Diptera diversity from the McGerrigle Mountains and the impacts of landscape structure on community composition
    Louis Laplante, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2008, End: 2013)
    Other (co-)supervisor: Marc Belisle (Université de Sherbrooke)
    Thesis title: Impacts of agricultural intensification on the biodiversity of selected Diptera families
    Anais Renaud, M.Sc.
    (Start: 2007, End: 2011)
    Other (co-)supervisor: R. Roughley (University of Manitoba)
    Thesis title: Monitoring of recent changes to the biodiversity of muscoid Diptera in Churchill, Manitoba
    Courses
    BIO115A - 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)

    Publications
    17- Declining diversity and abundance of High Arctic fly assemblages over two decades of rapid climate warming
    Loboda S., Savage J., Buddle C.M., Schmidt N.M., Høye T.T.
    2017 Ecography (Date Added: 2017-06-23)

    16-First record of the Bermudagrass stem maggot Atherigona reversura (Diptera: Muscidae) in Canada
    Savage, J.
    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)

    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)

    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)

    7-Family Muscidae
    Brown, Brian Victor, , , ,
    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)
    Savage, J.
    2009 Annals of the Entomological Society of America (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)