John Burger, Ph.D.

John Burger, Ph.D.


My research and service activities focus on the biology, ecology, taxonomy and systematics of true flies, particularly those groups that feed on the blood of vertebrates. My particular interests are in the biosystematics of horse flies (Tabanidae) worldwide, and the biology and ecology of black flies (Simuliidae). I also am involved in dealing with problems caused by other blood sucking groups in New Hampshire, particularly mosquitoes and ticks. Part of my research time is devoted to developing innovative population management programs for these arthropods of medical and veterinary importance.

I am also involved in long-term ecological studies associated with natural succession in western montane ecosystems. This includes the natural succession of vegetation following fire, and the role of selected insect groups in natural succession and their impact on mammalian populations in relatively undisturbed environments.

Selected Publications

  • Burger, John F. 1995. Catalog of Tabanidae (Diptera) of North America North of Mexico. Contrib. Entomol., International 1(1): 1-100.
  • Burger, John F. 1995. Yellowstone's Snipe Fly Summer. Yellowstone Science 3(2): 2-5.
  • Fairchild, Graham B. and John F. Burger. 1994. A Catalog of the Tabanidae (Diptera) of the Americas South of the United States. Mem. Amer. Entomol. Inst. No. 55, 249 pp.
  • Burger, John F. 1995. The Tabanidae (Diptera) of New Caledonia. Occ. Papers of the Bishop Museum. In Press.
  • Pistrang, Lawrence A. and John F. Burger. 1988. The spatial and temporal distribution of four Simulium tuberosum (Diptera: Simuliidae) cytospecies in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire, U.S.A. Can. J. Zool. 66: 904-911.
John Burger
Rudman Hall
Durham, NH 03824