My main research area comprises the ecology, evolution, systematics
and behaviour of mites (Arachnida: Acari). Within this fascinating and
diverse subclass there are three groups in which I am most interested:
aquatic mites, soil mites, and feather mites. My theoretical research
areas include the community ecology of freshwater and soil
invertebrates, determinants of biodiversity, co-evolution of hosts and
symbionts, and both macro- and microevolutionary aspects of sexual
Current Personal Projects
Current Student Projects
- Determinants of feather mite diversity.
- Host-associations of Albertan feather mites.
- Sexual selection and diversification in mites.
Dr Proctor is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.
- Influence of temperature, rainfall, and grazing pressure on soil invertebrate assemblages.
- Population genetics of invasive crayfish and their symbiotic worms.
- Effects of iron-based remediation of eutrophic waters on freshwater invertebrates.
- Sexual selection and genitalia in feather mites.