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Christopher Dietrich

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Contact Information

Illinois Natural History Survey
282 Natural Resources Bldg
607 E. Peabody Dr.
M/C 652
Champaign, IL 61820
Principal Systematic Entomologist, Illinois Natural History Survey

Research Interests

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.

Teaching: Systematics Discussion Seminar (IB 514).

Research Description


PhD, Entomology, North Carolina State University, 1990
BS, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 1984

academic interests

Insect systematics; evolution, biodiversity, and conservation of leafhoppers and related insects (Hemiptera); curator of Insect Collection

professional affiliations

Society of Systematic Biologists; Entomological Society of America; Entomological Collections Network

selected publications

Dietrich, C. H. 2005. Keys to the families of Cicadomorpha and subfamilies and tribes of Cicadellidae (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha). Florida Entomologist 88: 502-517.

Dietrich, C. H., and D. A. Dmitriev. 2006. Review of the New World genera of the leafhopper tribe Erythroneurini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae). Bulletin of the Illinois Natural History Survey 37(5): 119-190.
Dietrich, C. H.  2009.  Chapter 7.  Terrestrial insects: a hidden biodiversity crisis?  Pp. 111-129.  In Taylor, C. A., J. B. Taft and C. E. Warwick (eds) Canaries in the Catbird Seat: The Past, Present and Future of Biological Resources in a Changing Environment.  Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign.

Trivellone, V. and C. H. Dietrich. 2021. Evolutionary diversification in insect vector-phytoplasma-plant associations. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 114(2): 137-150.

Cao, Y., C. H. Dietrich, J. N. Zahniser and D. A. Dmitriev 2022. Dense sampling of taxa and characters improves phylogenetic resolution among deltocephaline leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae). Systematic Entomology

selected service activities

Subject Editor, ZooKeys; Membracoidea Editor, Zootaxa; Hemiptera Editor, European Journal of Taxonomy
Standing Committee, International Auchenorrhyncha Society