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Dr. Christopher Heckscher
Biogeography of North American Lampyridae (Coleoptera)

Delaware State University
Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources
1200 N. DuPont Hwy
Dover, DE 19901

Research Interests
  • Habitat associations of Photuris and Pyractomena (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)
  • Phylogenetic relationships and distribution of Photuris (Coleoptera: Lampyridae)
  • Behavioral ecology of Catharus thrushes (Aves: Turdidae)
Selected publications
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2018. A Nearctic-Neotropical Migratory Songbird's Nesting Phenology and Clutch Size are Predictors of Accumulated Cyclone Energy. Scientific Reports 8: 9899.
  • Heckscher, C. M., M. Gutierrez & A. H. Kneidel. 2017. Reproductive outcomes determine the timing of arrival and settlement of a single-brooded Nearctic-Neotropical migrant songbird (Catharus fuscescens) in South America. The Auk: Ornithological Advances 134: 842-856.
  • Ungvari-Martin, J., Heckscher, C. M., & K. A. Hobson. 2016. Inter-annual site fidelity and breeding origins of Gray-cheeked Thrushes in white sand forests of the Peruvian Amazon. Journal of Field Ornithology 87: 55-64.
  • Lester, L. A., Ramirez, M. G., Kneidel, A. H., & C. M. Heckscher. 2016. Use of a Florida gulf coast barrier island by spring trans-gulf migrants and the projected effects of sea level rise on habitat availability. PLoS ONE 11(3), 1-13.
  • Halley M. R., Heckscher C. M., & V. Kalavacharla. 2016. Multi-Generational Kinship, Multiple Mating, and Flexible Modes of Parental Care in a Breeding Population of the Veery (Catharus fuscescens), a Trans-Hemispheric Migratory Songbird. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0157051.
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2015. An isolated occurrence of Pyractomena ecostata (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) in the Mid-Atlantic with new records from New Jersey and Delaware. Northeastern Naturalist 22: N35-N38.
  • Heckscher, C. M., M. R. Halley & P. M. Stampul. 2015. Intratropical migration of a Nearctic-Neotropical migratory songbird (Catharus fuscescens) in South America with implications for migration theory. Journal of Tropical Ecology 31: 285-289.
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2015. Northern range extension of Psorthaspis sanguinea (Smith) (Hymentoptera:Pompilidae) and a record of Psorthaspis mariae (Cresson) from the Delmarva Peninsula. Northeastern Naturalist 21: N53-N55.
  • Heckscher, C. M., S. M. Taylor & C. C. Sun. 2014. Veery (Catharus fuscescens) nest architecture and the use of alien plant parts. American Midland Naturalist 171: 157-164.
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2014. Late-season Patrolling Behavior and Flash Patterns of Female Photuris lucicrescens Barber (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Northeastern Naturalist 21: 72-75.
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2013. Photuris mysticalampas (Coleoptera: Lampyridae): A new firefly from peatland floodplain forests of the Delmarva Peninsula. Entomological News 123: 93-100.
  • Halley, M. R. & C. M. Heckscher. 2013. A study of interspecific parental care by a Wood Thrush (Hylocichla mustelina) at the nest of a Veery (Catharus fuscescens). Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125: 823-828.
  • Halley, M. R. & C. M. Heckscher. 2012. Multiple male feeders at nests of the Veery. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124: 396-399.
  • Heckscher, C. M., S. M. Taylor, J. W. Fox, & V. Afanasyev. 2011. Veery (Catharus fuscescens) wintering locations, migratory connectivity, and a revision of its winter range using geolocator technology. The Auk 128: 531-542.
  • Heckscher, C. M. 2010. Delaware Photuris fireflies (Coleoptera: Lampyridae): New state records, conservation status, and habitat associations. Entomological News 121: 498-505.
  • Heckscher, C. M. & C. R. Bartlett. 2004. Rediscovery and Habitat Associations of Photuris bethaniensis McDermott (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 58: 349-53.


Christopher Heckscher
Christopher Heckscher

Branham Lab, Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida, P.O. Box 110620, Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
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