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James E. O'Hara
J.E. O'Hara collecting
Tachinid Fly

Contact Details

Dr. James E. O'Hara
Canadian National Collection of Insects
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
960 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0C6
Telephone: 613-759-1795
Fax: 613-759-1927
E-mail: james.ohara@canada.ca


  • Ph.D. (Entomology) 1987 - University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • M.Sc. (Entomology) 1981 - University of Alberta, Edmonton.
  • B.Sc. (Honours Biology) 1978 - Carleton University, Ottawa.

Current Research Projects

  • Catalogue of the Tachinidae of Chile.
  • Survey of Tachinidae in the Ottawa area.
  • Catalogue of the Tachinidae of the New World.
  • Development of Tachinidae website.


  • Primarily systematics of parasitic flies of the family Tachinidae (Insecta: Diptera).

Professional Activities

  • 2014: Co-chair, symposium "Evolution and ecology of parasitoid Diptera", Eighth International Congress of Dipterology, Postdam, Germany.
  • 2007: Organizer, field meeting of the North American Dipterists Society, 13-16 August 2007, Silver City, New Mexico, USA.
  • 2006: Chair, Tachinidae Section, Sixth International Congress of Dipterology, Fukuoka, Japan.
  • 2004 - 2015: Associate Editor, Zootaxa.
  • 2004 - present: Chair, Library Committee, Ottawa Research and Development Centre, AAFC, Ottawa.
  • 2003 - present: Webmaster, North American Dipterists Society website.
  • 2002 - 2018: Council member, International Congresses of Dipterology.
  • 2002 - 2004: Member, Library Committee, Ottawa Research and Development Centre, AAFC, Ottawa.
  • 2002: Co-chair, Oestroidea Section, Fifth International Congress of Dipterology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • 2002 - 2006: Special Graduate Faculty member, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1998: Chair, Tachinidae Section, Fourth International Congress of Dipterology, Oxford University, Oxford.
  • 1997-2003: Chair, Finance Committee, Entomological Society of Canada.
  • 1996-2003: Study Leader, Eastern Cereal and Oilseed Research Centre, Ottawa.
  • 1996-1998: Secretary and Treasurer of the Canacoll Foundation.
  • 1995: Invited NSF sponsored visiting curator, Entomology Department, Texas A&M University.
  • 1994 - 2010: Member, Dipterology Fund Committee.
  • 1994: Chair, Tachinidae Section, Third International Congress of Dipterology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1992-1996: Chair, Handbook Committee, Insects and Arachnids of Canada series.
  • 1990-1994: Member, Organizing Committee for the Third International Congress of Dipterology, University of Guelph, Guelph.
  • 1988 - present: Editor, The Tachinid Times newsletter.
  • 1987: Co-coordinator of Scientific Program, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Alberta, Drumheller.


  • Over 180 research, miscellaneous and electronic publications, mostly on tachinid flies. To see a list of these publications, click here.