About Me

Dan Peach. During the 3 minute Thesis Competition March 2016. Shot for Dean of Graduate Studies

Daniel (Dan) Peach, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, the University of British Columbia
Director, Entomological Society of British Columbia
Email: Peach@zoology.ubc.ca
Twitter: @DanPeach3

Education

BSc (with Distinction), Simon Fraser University

PhD, Simon Fraser University

 

Research

My research investigates the ecology and sensory ecology of mosquitoes – how mosquitoes sense the world around them and interact with it. To complete their life-cycle mosquitoes need to locate mates, breeding sites, food (nectar), and blood (for the females of some species to lay eggs). Finding these disparate, and sometimes moving, resources is no trivial feat for organisms that are only about the size of one of our fingernails! While you or I might be able to look up the address of a restaurant on the other side of the city to find it, or to call up a date, a mosquito has no such luxury and must rely upon finely-honed senses such as smell, sight, and sound. To identify the cues that mosquitoes use, and analyze how they are used, I use a variety of techniques including behavioural assays, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrophysiology.

I am also an expert on the mosquitoes of British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, having performed extensive work surveying the mosquitoes of British Columbia and the Yukon, as well as identifying specimens in the Royal BC Museum and the UBC Beaty Biodiversity Museum.

 

A female Culex pipiens cleans tansy pollen from her proboscis. Photo by Mike Hrabar.

 

Publications

Peach, D.A.H., Carroll, C., Meraj, S., Gomes, S., Galloway, E., Balcita, A., Coastworth, H., Young, N., Gries, R., Lowenberger, C., Moore, M., and Gries, G. (2020) Nectar microbes of tansy, Tanacetum vulgare L., are attractive to its mosquito pollinator, Culex pipiens L. Manuscript submitted to BMC Ecology. Manuscript submitted (BiorXiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.03.024380v1).

Peach, D.A.H., McCann, S., and Belton, P. (2020) The mosquitoes of the Yukon. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification. Manuscript in revision.

Peach, D.A.H., and Poirier, L.M. (2020) New distribution records of mosquitoes in northern British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia In Press. (BiorXiv: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.01.24.919233)

Peach, D.A.H., and Matthews, B.J. (2020) Modelling the putative ancient distribution of the coastal rock pool mosquito Aedes togoi. Journal of Insect Science, 20: 7; 1-10.

Peach, D.A.H., and Gries, G. (2020) Mosquito phytophagy – sources exploited, ecological function, and evolutionary transition to haematophagy. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 168: 120-136.

Peach, D.A.H., Gries, R., Zhai, H., Young, N., and Gries, G. (2019). Multimodal floral cues guide mosquitoes to tansy inflorescences. Scientific Reports, 9: 3908.

Peach, D.A.H., Ko, E., Blake, A.J., and Gries, G. (2019). Ultraviolet inflorescence cues enhance attractiveness of inflorescence odour to Culex pipiens mosquitoes. PLOS One 14: e0217404.

Peach, D.A.H., Almond, M., Gries, R., and Gries, G. (2019). Lemongrass and cinnamon bark: plant essential oil blend as a spatial repellent for mosquitoes in a field setting. Journal of Medical Entomology, 56: 1346-1352.

Peach, D.A.H., Almond, M., and Pol, J. (2019) Modeled distributions of Aedes japonicus and Aedes togoi (Diptera: Culicidae) in the United States, Canada, and northern Latin America. Journal of Vector Ecology, 44: 119-129.

Peach, D.A.H., Gries, R., Young, N., Lakes, R., Galloway, E., Alamsetti, S., Ko, E., Ly, A., and Gries, G. (2019) The attraction of Aedes aegypti (L.) to aphid honeydew. Insects, 10: 43.

Peach, D.A.H. (2018) An updated list of the mosquitoes of British Columbia, with distribution notes. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 115: 126-129.

Peach, D.A.H. (2018) First record of Culex tarsalis Coquillett (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Yukon. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 115: 123-125.

Peach, D.A.H. (2017) First record of Aedes (Ochlerotatusspencerii Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Yukon. Journal of the Entomological Society of British Columbia, 114: 65-67.

Peach, D.A.H., and Gries, G. (2016) Nectar thieves or invited pollinators? A case study of tansy flowers and common house mosquitoes. Journal of Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 10: 497-506.

Fitzpatrick, S.M., Gries, R., Khaskin, G., Peach, D.A.H., Iwanski, J., and Gries, G. (2013). Populations of the gall midge Dasineura oxycoccana on cranberry and blueberry produce and respond to different pheromones. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 39: 37-49.

Peach, D.A.H., Huber, J.T., and Fitzpatrick, S.M. (2012). Hymenopterous parasitoids of cranberry tipworm (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) in British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian Entomologist, 144: 487-490.

 

Invited Presentations

Peach, D.A.H., Young, N., Ko, E., Blake, A., Zhai, H., Alamsetti, S., Gries, R., and Gries, G. Do multi-modal foraging cues attract mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) to flowers? Graduate student showcase oral presentation given at the joint meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada, and Entomological Society of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 10-14, 2018.

Peach, D.A.H., Ko, E., Blake, A., Gries, R., and Gries, R. The attraction of Culex pipiens to avian odours and associated visual cues. Invited poster presentation given in the early career professional symposium at the joint meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Entomological Society of Canada, and Entomological Society of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 10-14, 2018.

Peach, D.A.H., Gries, R., Zhai, H., Young, N., and Gries, G. Roving flowers or rooted vertebrates – do convergent cues guide mosquitoes to floral nectar and human hosts? Invited oral presentation given at the Society for Vector Ecology annual conference in Yosemite, California, October 7-11, 2018.

Peach, D.A.H., Gries, R., Zhai, H., and Gries, G. Making scents of mixed signals: Mosquitoes utilize similar cues to locate vertebrates and floral nectar. Invited oral presentation given at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus, April 28, 2016.

 

Awards

Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata Editor’s Choice Article (February 2020)

Entomological Society of Canada Graduate Student Showcase Award (Fall 2018)

Entomological Society of Canada John H. Borden Scholarship (Fall 2018)

Society for Vector Ecology Invited Student Speaker Award (Fall 2018)

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship – Doctoral (Summer 2017-Current)

Provost Prize of Distinction (Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

CD Nelson Scholarship (Spring 2016, Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017)

National Finalist for Three Minute Thesis competition – Canada heat (Spring 2016)

3rd place for Three Minute Thesis competition – Western Canada heat (Spring 2016)

People’s Choice award for Three Minute Thesis competition – SFU heat (Spring 2016)

1st place for Three Minute Thesis competition – SFU heat (Spring 2016)

People’s Choice award for Three Minute Thesis competition – SFU Sciences heat (Spring 2016)

Recipient of the James Grant Award for best masters presentation at the ESBC AGM (Fall 2015)

Thelma Finlayson Graduate Fellowship (Fall 2015)

Graduate Fellowship (Spring 2015, Fall 2015)

Sharon Clements Biological Science award (2014)

Masters of Pest Management entrance scholarship (2013)

Recipient of Alton Harestad Book Award in Environmental Science (2013)

 

Media

https://globalnews.ca/video/4253152/bad-mosquito-season-on-the-way

 

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