Dr. Peter H. Kerr

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.
Office: 916-738-6678
Fax: 916-262-1190
Email: pkerr@cdfa.ca.gov

Peter Kerr

Senior Insect Biosystematist

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Fellow University of California, Davis Joint UCD/CDFA (2004)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Entomology) - University of Maryland, (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science with Honors (Zoology/Botany) - University of California, Santa Cruz, (1993)
  • UC Education Abroad (full year; Biology) Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose (1992)


  • 2007-present, Senior Insect Biosystematist: California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento
  • 2007-2009, Co-Curator of the CSCA: California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento
  • 2004-2007, Associate Insect Biosystematist: California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento
  • 2003-2004, Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis & Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture, Sacramento

Recent Publications

  1. Kerr, P. H. (2004) A new species of Schizella Bezzi, with notes on Rhagionidae sensu Stuckenberg (Diptera, Brachycera). Studia dipterologica 10(2)2003: 453-457.
  2. Winterton, S.L. and Kerr, P.H. (2006) A new species of Alloxytropus Bezzi (Diptera: Scenopinidae: Proratinae) from Israel. Zootaxa 1155: 41-50. [PDF available]
  3. Kerr, P.H. (2007) Revision of the Holarctic genus Novakia Strobl (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Zootaxa 2554: 27-40. [abstract]
  4. Kerr, P.H. (2008) Fungus gnats (Diptera: Mycetophilidae and others). Pp 1551-1554, in Capinera, J.L. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd Edition. Springer.
  5. Kerr, P.H. and Winterton, S.L. (2008) Do parasitic flies attack mites? Evidence in Baltic amber. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 93:9-13.
  6. Kerr, P.H., Fisher, E.M., & Buffington, M.L. (2008) Dome lighting for insect imaging under a microscope. American Entomologist 54 (4): 198-200.
  7. Barr, N.B., L.A. Ledezma, J.D. Vasquez, M. Epstein, P.H. Kerr, S. Kinnee, O. Sage, and T.M. Gilligan (2009) Molecular Identification of the Light Brown Apple Moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in California Using a Polymerase Chain Reaction Assay of the Internal Transcribed Spacer 2 Locus. Journal of Economic Entomology, 102(6): 2333-2342.
  8. Kerr, P.H. (2009) Rhagionidae. Pages 485-489, in Brown, B.V., A. Borkent, J.M. Cumming, D.M. Wood, N.E. Woodley & M. Zumbado (eds.), Manual of Central American Diptera, Volume 1. National Research Council Press, Ottawa, 714 pp.
  9. Sformo, T., F. Kohl, J. McIntyre, P.H. Kerr, J.G. Duman, B.M. Barnes (2009) Simultaneous freeze tolerance and avoidance in individual fungus gnats, Exechia nugatoria. Journal of Comparative Physiology B, 179: 897-902.
  10. Kerr, P. H. (2010) New Azana species from Western North America (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Zootaxa 2397: 1-14. [abstract]
  11. Kerr, P. H. (2010) Phylogeny and classification of Rhagionidae, with implications for Tabanomorpha (Diptera: Brachycera). Zootaxa 2592: 1–133. [abstract]
  12. Kerr, P. H. (2011) Six new species of Acomoptera from North America (Diptera, Mycetophilidae). ZooKeys 137: 41–76. [PDF available]
  13. Barr, N.B., L.A. Ledezma, L. Leblanc, M. San Jose, D. Rubinoff, S.M. Geib, B. Fujita, D.W. Bartels, D. Garza, P. Kerr, M. Hauser & S. Gaimari (2014) Genetics diversity of Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) on the Hawaiian Islands: Implications for an introduction pathway into California. Journal of Economic Entomology 107 (5): 1946-1958. [open access]
  14. Fitzgerald SJ, Kerr PH (2014) Revision of Nearctic Phthinia (Diptera: Mycetophilidae). Zootaxa 3856 (3): 301–325. doi: 10.11646/zootaxa.3856.3.1
  15. Kerr PH (2014) The Megophthalmidia (Diptera, Mycetophilidae) of North America including eight new species. ZooKeys 386: 29–83. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.386.6913
  16. Kerr PH (2014) The sequoia-loving sprite, a new genus and species of fungus gnat (Diptera, Mycetophilidae) from California. ZooKeys 437: 109–126. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.437.7932

Additional Activities

  • 2008-present. Subject editor, Diptera: Sciaroidea. Zootaxa.
  • 2007-2008. Subject editor, minor orders. Zootaxa.
  • 2005-present. Subject editor, molecular systematics. Pan-Pacific Entomologist.