Dr. Robert G. Holmberg
- Emeritus Professor (Biology), Athabasca University, since 2008
- Ecology and behaviour of arthropods, especially arachnids
- Science education
- Office: Science Laboratory, Centre for Science, Faculty of Science and Technology, Athabasca University, 1 University Drive, Athabasca, Alberta, T9S 3A3, Canada
- University telephone: 780-675-6596
- Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. 1979. Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia. Thesis: Selective predation in a polyphagous invertebrate predator, Pardosa vancouveri (Arachnida, Araneae). Advisor: A.L. Turnbull, Department of Biological Sciences. 1971-74, part-time 1974-78.
- M.Sc. 1971. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Thesis: The odoriferous glands of some Palpatores Phalangida (Opiliones) (Arachnida). Advisor: T.H.J. Gilmour, Department of Biology. 1968-70.
- Honours degree. 1970. University of Saskatchewan. Biology. 1967-68.
- B.A. 1967. University of Saskatchewan. Biology. 1964-67.
- Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Professor at Athabasca University, Edmonton and Athabasca. 1974 - 2007. Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences, half-time 1988-90. Occasional Acting Chair for the Centre for Science, 2004-06.
- Canadian Program Manager/Advisor at Universitas Pattimura. 1993-95. Eastern Indonesian Universities Development Project, Ambon, Indonesia. Funded by Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and administered through Simon Fraser University.
- Visiting Researcher. 1980-81. Crop Entomology, Agriculture Canada Research Station, Lethbridge, Alberta.
- Student Assistant. 1966-68 (summers). Worked on mosquitoes for a Western Encephalitis virus study. University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture Canada Research Station, Saskatoon.
1. Athabasca University (all undergraduate, distance education courses but some home and in-person laboratory components as well as field work)
- Biology 100: Introductory Biology. 1976-78. Instructor and administrator for this audio-tutorial course.
- Biology 201: World Ecology. 1974-1988. Author of some units, professor, tutor, and instructor for associated field workshop.
- Biology 202 and 203: Introductory Biology I and II. 1992-93. Author of certain materials, professor, tutor, and lab instructor.
- Biology 204, 205 and 206: Principles of Biology I and II and Biology Laboratories (Replacements for Biology 202 and 203). 1996-2007. Co-author, professor, tutor and lab instructor.
- Biology 230: Human Physiology. 1985-88. Administrator.
- Biology 321: Wild Flowers (plant taxonomy). 1992-93, 1997-2007. Administrator.
- Biology 341: Human Genetics. 1981-82. Administrator.
- Biology 342: Animal Behaviour. 1979-80, 1981-86, 1987-93, 1996-2000. Author, professor, and tutor.
- Biology 345: Ecology. 2001-2007. Co-author, professor, and tutor. Instructor for workshop 2011-14.
- Biology 378: Human Sexuality. 1981-82. Administrator.
- Biology 495/496: Biology Projects. 1996-2007. Administrator and occasional student supervisor.
- Environmental Science 200: Introduction to Environmental Science. 2004-2005. Administrator.
- Environmental Science 495/496: Environmental Science Projects. 2001-2005. Administrator.
- LABB 207: Biology Laboratory. 2003-2007. Professor and instructor for this lab course.
- Science 314/315 (later 495/496): Science Projects. 1978-1987, 1988-93, 1999-2007. Author, administrator, occasional student supervisor.
2. Simon Fraser University (traditional lecture and lab formats)
- Teaching Assistant, 1971-73, in ecology, introductory biology and vertebrate biology.
3. University of Saskatchewan (traditional lecture and lab formats)
- Demonstrator and Teaching Assistant, 1965-70, in preparatory biology, zoology, and invertebrate zoology.
4. Graduate Students
- On supervisory committees of one doctoral student and one masters student, University of Alberta. 1998-2007.
- Chair of examining committee for a masters student from Technical University of Nova Scotia. 1995.
- External referee for doctoral student from Madurai Kamaraj University, India. 1988.
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Collections in this community
(Friends of the Athabasca Environmental Association, 1989-02-26)This is an annotated list of books and other materials related to the development and operation of pulp and paper mills in the Athabasca River basin. The purpose of the list is to encourage members of the public to learn ...
(The Canadian Arachnologist, 2001-05)
(Environmental Health Review, 1986-12)
(The Canadian Caver, 1986)
Two new species of Sabacon harvestmen, with descriptions of the females of Sabacon astoriensis Shear and Sabacon sheari Cokendolpher, from Western North America. (Arachnida, Opiliones, Sabaconidae) (Entomological Society of Alberta meeting, Athabasca, 2003)Two new species of Sabaconidae (Ischyropsalidoidea) are described: Sabacon # 1 from central Alberta and British Columbia and Sabacon # 2 from Oregon. Descriptions of the females of Sabacon astoriensis Shear 1975, from ...
(Athabasca University, 1986)
(Canadian Encyclopedia, 2006)
(International Agri-World, 1995-05)
(Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands, 2002)In the prairie ecozone of Alberta and Saskatchewan, 356 species of spiders in 2 I families have been collected. The 10 families with the most species were Linyphiidae (30%), Gnaphosidae (13%), Salticidae (8%), Theridiidae ...
(Canadian Circumpolar Institute, and Environmental Research and Study Centre, 1992)
(Abstracts of the 15th International Congress of Arachnology, 2001)
(Newsletter of the American Arachnological Society, 1998)
(Alberta Introductory Biology Association, 2005)
(The Athabaskan, 1991-10-14)
(Athabasca Advocate, 1999-07-06)