Jon Gelhaus, PhD
Professor, Department of Biodiversity, Earth & Environmental Science; Curator, Department of Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Office: Entomology, The Academy of Natural Sciences
Phone: (215) 299-1141
Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey
Turfgrass Crane Fly Pests Identification
Historic Peale Collection
Entomology Collection Type Specimens
- BS, Entomology, University of California at Davis, 1978
- MA, Entomology, University of Kansas, 1983
- PhD, Entomology, University of Kansas, 1989
I am a systematist with research interests ranging from phylogenetic reconstruction, historical and ecological biogeography, biodiversity measures and evolution of morphological character systems. My systematic expertise is in insects, specifically crane flies (Tipuloidea), an insect group of nearly 16,000 described species worldwide found in a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial habitats.
Current research projects include: inventory and endemism of aquatic insects in Mongolia (http://clade.acnatsci.org/mongolia/; the evolution of crane flies in the deserts of western North America and its application to understanding the historical biogeography of these regions; development of identification keys for larval and adult crane flies in the New World; crane fly communities of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, focusing on the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Current Funded Projects (2011) include:
- Survey and Inventory of the Aquatic Insects of the Altai and Hangai Mountains’ drainages, Mongolia. $720,000. (with J. Morse, C. R. Nelson), NSF: Biodiversity Inventories (DEB-0743732), FUNDED for 2008-2012. http://clade.ansp.org/entomology/mongolia/mais_about.html
- A digital species index to The Academy of Natural Sciences’ Entomology Collection. $150,000. IMLS-Museums for America, MA-05-10-0001-10. FUNDED Oct. 2010-Sept. 2013.
- Renovation of the Academy of Natural Sciences’ Entomology Department Research Collection & Associated Lab. $1,051,265. (with D. Otte). NSF: DEB: Academic Research Infrastructure (ARI). DBI-0963474. FUNDED Oct 2010-Sept. 2014.
- Maasri, A., and J. K. Gelhaus. In Review. Stream metacommunities of Mongolia and expected scenarios due to the human-caused climate change. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
- Podenas, S. and J. K. Gelhaus. In Press. Three new species of Chioneinae crane flies (Diptera: Limoniidae) from north-central Mongolia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences.
- Gelhaus, J.K. and A,. Ruggeri. In Press. A review of the crane fly genus Epiphragma (Diptera, Tipuloidea, Tipulidae s.l.) in North America (including Mexico). Canadian Entomologist.
- Maasri, A., and J. K. Gelhaus. 2011. The new era of livestock production in Mongolia: Consequences on streams of the Great Lakes Depression. Science of the Total Environment, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2011.08.005. 2011.
- Maasri, A., J. K. Gelhaus, B. Hayford and S. Chuluunbat. 2010. Chemical and Biological status of waterbodies of the Uvs Province, Mongolia. Report to Aimag officials, 21 pp. Available from authors.
- Laurindo-Silva, F. and J. K. Gelhaus. 2010. Chironomidae Types (Insecta: Diptera) at The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 159: 213-228. 2010.
- Podeniene, V. and J. K. Gelhaus. 2010. The last instar larvae and pupae of Mongolian Limnophilinae from genera Eloephila, Limnophila and Phylidorea (Diptera, Limoniidae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 159: 185-204. 2010.
- Hayford, B. and J. Gelhaus. 2010. The relationship between Grazing, Erosion and Adult Aquatic Insects in Streams in Mongolia. Mongolian Journal of Biological Sciences 8(1): 27-39. 2010.
- Gelhaus, J. 2010. The census of aquatic biodiversity in Mongolia: Results from the Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey 2002-2010. Abstract, pg. 37. First International Conference “Survey of Mongolian aquatic ecosystems in a changing climate: Results, new approaches and future outlook. 7-10 April 2010. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia” Water Research Center, National University of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar.
- An Introduction to Insects and Related Arthropods.
Post Doctorate and Graduate Students
- Maasri, Alain. 2010-present. Mongolian Aquatic Insect Survey Macroinvertebrate Ecologist Postdoctoral Scientist. The Academy of Natural Sciences.
- Enkhnasan, D. 2008-present. PhD committee, external member, National University of Mongolia. Her dissertation topic is on aquatic ecology of Dytiscidae.
- Oyunchuluun, Y. 2010-present. PhD committee, external member, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. I have mentored Oyunaa since 2002, and her research interests have been in my taxonomic group, the crane flies.