Peter Kevan

Position / Title

Professor (University Professor Emeritus)


(519) 824-4120 Ext.52479


Staff Type

Emeritus Faculty

Research Category

Ecosystem Science and Biodiversity
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BSc McGill (Honours in Zoology, 1965); PhD Alberta (Entomology, 1970)


Community and applied ecology, ecological intensification, pollination biology, crop production and protection, native vegetation and insect fauna, conservation of beneficial insects, apiculture, plant breeding systems, foraging and perception by arthropods, insect thermoregulation, colour vision in bees, floral colouration, arctic & boreal ecology.

Recent Publications

  • Kevan, P. G. 1972.  Insect pollination of High Arctic flowers. Journal of Ecology 60: 831-847. This paper has been cited over 150 times, most recently in 2016.
  • Kevan, P. G. & H. G. Baker. 1983. Insects as flower visitors and pollinators. Annual Review of Entomology 28:  407 -453
  • Kevan, P.G. 1999. Pollinators as bioindicators of the state of the environment: species, activity and diversity. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 74: 373-393.
  • Greco, C.F. and P.G. Kevan. 1999. Polyethism in foraging in a polymorphic predator, Enoplognatha ovata (Araneae: Theridiidae): A case for balance. Canadian Entomologist 131: 259-268.
  • Roussy, A-M. and P.G. Kevan. 2000. How accessible are receptive megastrobili to pollen?  The example of Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana). American Journal of Botany 87: 215-220.
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences. 2007. The Status of Pollinators in North America. National Academies Press, Washington D.C., 307pp
  • Kevan, P. G., V. Imperatriz-Fonseca, G. W. Frankie, C. O'Toole, R. Jones, and C.H. Vergara. (Eds) 2002, 2006 (1st and 2nd editions) Pollinating Bees: The Conservation Link Between Agriculture and Nature. Ministry of the Environment, Govt of Brazil, Brasilia. 313 pp.
  • Dafni, A., P. G. Kevan, and B. C. Husband (Editors). 2005. Practical Pollination Biology. Enviroquest Ltd., Cambridge, ON. 590 pp. This book reflects the expertise of the assembled team of more than 30 internationally acclaimed scientists.
  • Taki, H., P. G. Kevan, J. S. Ascher. 2007. Landscape effects of forest loss in a pollination system. Landscape Ecology 22: 1575-1587.
  • Kevan, P. G., J. Sutton & L. Shipp. 2007.  Pollinators as vectors of biocontrol agents – The B52 story. In: C, Vincent, M. S. Goettel & G. Lazarovits (Editors).  Biological Control: A Global Perspective.  CABInternational, Wallingford, Oxford, UK. pp. 319 - 327.
  • Kevan, P.G. & V.A. Wojcik. 2007. Pollinator Services. In: D. I. Jarvis, C. Paddoch & H. D. Cooper (Editors) Managing Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems. Columbia University Press. pp. 200 -223. (recently translated into Spanish, Arabic, Chinese)
  • Kevan, P. G., J. P. Kapango, M. S. Al-mazra’awi & L. Shipp. 2008. Honey bees, bumble bees, and biocontrol: New alliances between old friends.  In: R. R. James & T. L. Pitts-Singer (Editors) Bee Pollination in Agricultural Ecosystems. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.  pp. 65 -79.
  • Sheffield, C. S., P. D. N. Hebert, P. G. Kevan, & L. Packer. 2009. DNA barcoding a regional bee (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) fauna and its potential for ecological studies. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 196-207.
  • Kevan, P. G. & Randolf Menzel. 2012. The plight of pollination and the interface of neurobiology, ecology and food security. The Environmentalist (on-line)


  • Miller-Struttmann N.E., J. C. Geib, J. D. Franklin, P. G. Kevan, R. M. Holdo, D. Ebert-May, A. M. Lynn, J. A. Kettenbach, E. Hedrick, C. Galen. 2015 Functional mismatch in a bumble bee pollination mutualism under climate change. Science 349: 1541 – 1544.