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Charles R. Bartlett, Ph.D.

University of Delaware
Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
250 Townsend Hall, 531 S. College Avenue
Newark, Delaware 19717-1303

Phone: (302) 831-3138

Charles Bartlett


  • Ph.D. Systematic Entomology, North Carolina State University, December 1996. (GPA: 3.8)
    • Dissertation title; "A Revision of the Planthopper genus Pissonotus Van Duzee, 1897 (Homoptera: Delphacidae)". Advisor: L. L. Deitz.
  • M.S. Entomology and Applied Ecology, University of Delaware, January 1992. (GPA: 4.0)
    • Thesis Title. "Factors Affecting Predation Rates on Artificial Avian Nests in Forest Fragments.. Advisor: R. R. Roth.
  • B.S. Wildlife Management, Forestry minor, University of Vermont, May 1987


  • University of Delaware, Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, Newark, Delaware
    • Lecturer, Fall 1996-Spring 2002
    • Assistant Professor of Entomology, Fall 2002-present
    • Director of Insect Collection, Fall 1996 to present
      • Primary responsibility for all aspects of the collection including outgoing and incoming loans, accessions, visitors, curation, and general organization. The University of Delaware collection contains ca. 350,000 pinned specimens plus ~500 slides and ~2,500 alcohol specimens.
  • Tetra Tech, Inc., Christiana, Delaware
    • Biologist, 1990 - 1992
      • Bioassessment of superfund sites following USEPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocols
      • Preliminary Investigations of CERCLA sites (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act)
      • Jurisdictional wetland delineations
      • Environmental Risk Assessments and RI/FS reports
  • The Nature Conservancy, Delaware Natural Heritage Program, Dover, Delaware
    • Contract Zoologist, 1990 - 1991
      • State coordinator for "Neotropical Migratory Bird Project", regional 1-year investigation of fall passerine migrant use of coastal forest patches using volunteers to conduct surveys


  • Elements of Entomology (ENWC 205): Introductory lecture course for majors & non-majors
    • Spring 1997-1999, 2001, Spring & Fall 2003, Spring 2006
  • Entomology Laboratory (ENWC 305, recently became ENWC 215): Laboratory follow-up to ENWC 205
    • Fall 1997-2002
  • Insect Conservation Biology (ENWC 315)
    • Fall 1996, Spring 1998, 1999, & 2001
  • Insect Taxonomy (ENWC 406/606)
    • Fall 2004-2007
  • Field Taxonomy (ENWC 408/608): Advanced taxonomy, insect collecting and preservation techniques. Students build a large collection identified to family.
    • Fall 1996-2007
  • Insect Structure and Function (ENWC 405/605)
    • Spring 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007
  • Larval Taxonomy (ENWC 602)
    • Spring 2002, 2004, 2006


  • Taxonomy and systematics of the delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) of the world: classification, host plant relations, and biogeography
  • Planthoppers of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park (supported by Discover Life in America and National Park Service)
  • Keys to genera, with species checklist (including synonyms), for planthoppers north of Mexico (with L. B. O'Brien & S. W. Wilson)
  • Revision of the delphacid genus Toya and related genera


  • October 2006: Malaysia (Sarawak, eastern region). Auchenorrhynchous Hemiptera collection and survey with New York State Museum supported by NSF DEB-0342538
  • October 2005: India (Western Ghats). Auchenorrhynchous Hemiptera collection and survey with New York State Museum supported by NSF DEB-0342538
  • July 2005: Mongolia (Lake Hovsgol region). Auchenorrhyncha survey in association with in "A Survey of the Aquatic Macroinvertebrates of the Selenge River Basin, Mongolia" (J. Gelhaus, J. Morse, B. Hayford, Co. P.I's). Supported by Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences, NSF DEB-BSI 0206674 and NSF DEB-0342538
  • March 2005: Ecuador (Napo Province, Yasuni National Park). Planthopper survey supported by UD International Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Ecuador, and NSF DEB-0342538
  • October 2004: Peru (Madre de Dios). Planthopper collection and survey with New York State Museum supported by NSF DEB-0342538
  • August 2004: Australia (Queensland). Planthopper collection in collaboration with AQUIS (Glenn Bellis) and CSIRO (John Donaldson)
  • August 2003 and February 2004: Costa Rica (La Selva). Survey of auchenorrhynchous Hemiptera in association with the New York State Museum in cooperation with ALAS (Arthropods of La Selva) and (INBio) El Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad
  • January and July 2003: Belize (Cayo District). Survey of auchenorrhynchous Hemiptera and Lepidoptera survey in association with New York State Museum
  • October 1993, 1994, and 1997: British Virgin Islands, Guana Island. Faunal survey sponsored by The Conservation Agency, by invitation
  • Also, extensive collecting in eastern North America (Florida to Maine) and several trips to the Southwest

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (*work completed since 2002 Assistant Professor appointment)

  • *Bartlett, C. R., L. L. Deitz, M. J. Rothschild, and M. S. Wallace. In press. Treehopper diversity (Hemiptera: Membracidae) of Little Orleans, Allegany Co., Maryland. Proceedings of the Washington Entomological Society. [Accepted, galleys not yet available]
  • *Bartlett, C. R.  2007.  A review of the planthopper genus Nilaparvata (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) in the New World. Entomological News 118(1): 49-66
  • *Bartlett, C. R. and A. G. Wheeler, Jr. 2007. Kelisia and Stenocranus species (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Delphacidae): new host-plant associations and distributional records of eight sedge-feeding planthoppers. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 109(2): 400-415
  • *Gonzon, A. T., C. R. Bartlett, and J. L. Bowman. 2007 (dated 2006). Planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) diversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 132(3-4): 243-260
  • *Wheeler, A. G., jr. and C. R. Bartlett. 2006. Delphacodes campestris (Van Duzee) and D. lutulenta (Van Duzee) (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Delphacidae): association with common hairgrass, Deschampsia flexuosa (Poaceae), and notes on habitats, seasonality, and taxonomy. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 118(2): 395-403
  • *Bartlett, C. R. 2006 (date. 2005). Two new genera and species of stenocranine planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) from North America. Entomological News 116(5): 291-303
  • *Bartlett, C. R. and J. L. Bowman. 2004. Preliminary Inventory of the Planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee, U.S.A. Entomological News 114(5): 246-254
  • *Heckscher , C. M. and C. R. Bartlett. 2004. Rediscovery and habitat associations of Photuris bethaniensis (Coleoptera: Lampyridae). Coleopterists' Bulletin 58(3): 349-353
  • *Deitz, L. L. and C. R. Bartlett. 2004. Publications of Thomas Kenneth Wood (1942-2002). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 106(3): 586-591
  • *Bartlett, C. R. 2002. A new genus and species of delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) from Canada. Entomological News 113(2): 97-102
  • *Cryan, J. R. and C. R. Bartlett. 2002. A redescription of the Caribbean genus Antillotolania Ramos (Hemiptera: Membracidae), with two new species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 95(3): 302-308
  • Chordas III, S. W., C. R. Bartlett and R. L. Stewart Jr. 2001. First backswimmer records (Hemiptera: Notonectidae) from Delaware. Entomological News 112(3): 183-186
  • Bartlett, C. R. and L. L. Deitz. 2000. Revision of the New World Delphacid Planthopper Genus Pissonotus (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea). Thomas Say Publications in Entomology. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, Maryland. 234 pp
  • Bartlett, C. R. 2000. An annotated list of planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) of Guana Island (British West Indies). Entomological News 111(2): 120-132
  • McCann, J. M. S. E. Mabey, L. J. Niles, C. R. Bartlett, P. Kerlinger. 1993. A regional study of coastal migratory stopover habitat for Neotropical migrant songbirds: land management implications. Transactions of the 58th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference 58: 398-407
  • Johnson, R. K., R. R. Roth, S. E. Kleiner and C. R. Bartlett. 1991. A case of polygyny in the wood thrush. The Wilson Bulletin 103(3): 509-510


  • *Bartlett, C. R., L. B. O'Brien, and S. W. Wilson. In prep. A review of the Fulgoroidea of the United States with particular emphasis on the western USA. [Keys to genus, and checklist of species for taxa north of Mexico.]
  • *Gonzon, A. T. and C. R. Bartlett. In press. Systematics of Hadropygos n.g., Metadelphax Wagner and New World Toya Distant (Hemiptera: Delphacidae). Transactions of the American Entomological Society. [Describes 4 new species and 1 new genus.]


  • March 2007: "Planthopper Identification" NSF PEET Workshop, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
  • Dec. 2006: "Phylogeny of delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea)" (with J. Cryan, NYSM). Entomological Society of America, National Meeting, Indianapolis, IN
  • March 2006: "Planthopper Identification". National Plant Diagnostic Network Workshop, March 21-24, 2006, Davis, CA
  • Dec. 2005: "Planthopper diversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea): A tale of two surveys" (with Anthony Gonzon & Jake Bowman, UDEL). Entomological Society of America, National Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Dec. 2005: "Phylogeny of the planthopper family Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea): a combined molecular and morphological investigation" (with J. Cryan, NYSM). Entomological Society of America, National Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Aug. 2005: "Progress in the phylogeny of the Delphacidae using molecular and morphological tools" (with J. Cryan and C. Beal). 12th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress and 6th International Workshop on Leafhoppers and Planthoppers of Economic Significance. Berkeley, CA
  • Aug. 2004: "A combined morphological & molecular approach to reconstruct the phylogeny of delphacid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha)" (with J. Cryan, NYSM; C. Beal, UDEL). XXII International Congress of Entomology, 15-21 Aug. 2004, Brisbane, Australia
  • Oct. 2003: "Preliminary analysis of planthopper (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) diversity of the Ecuadorian rainforest canopy" (with Lois O'Brien, Florida A&M University, and Terry Erwin, Smithsonian Institution). ESA National Meeting, Cincinnati, OH
  • Dec. 2003: "GSMNP ATBI: Progress in the planthoppers and leafhoppers". Gatlinburg, TN, 7th Annual All-Taxa Biotic Inventory meeting, sponsored by U.S. National Park Service and Discover Life in America
  • Dec. 2002: "A preliminary survey of planthoppers biodiversity in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park". Gatlinburg, TN, 6th Annual All-Taxa Biotic Inventory meeting, sponsored by U.S. National Park Service and Discover Life in America
  • Aug. 2002: "Preliminary phylogenetic analysis of the family Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) based on combined molecular and morphological evidence" (with J. Cryan, NYSM), 11th International Auchenorrhyncha Congress, Potsdam, Germany
  • Dec. 2001: "A preliminary phylogeny of North American Delphacini (Hemiptera: Delphacidae)" (with J. Cryan, NYSM), Entomological Society of America (ESA), National Meeting, San Diego, CA


  • Undergraduate Theses:
    • Comparison of Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Fauna in Two Western Deciduous Forest Fragments. 2003. Senior thesis by Shawn T. Dash. (Currently at Ph.D. program, Univ. of Texas, El Paso.)
    • Taxonomic Review of the Enochrus Subtribe Lumetus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in the Nearctic Region. 2003. Senior thesis by Andrew E. Z. Short. (Currently at PhD program, Cornell University; Note: two publications resulted from this work, viz. Coleopterist's Bulletin 57(3):358-359; Trans. Am. Entomol. Soc. 129: 539-542; plus a third unrelated Entomol. News 113(3): 215 while at University of Delaware)
    • Leafhopper Diversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 2004. Senior thesis by Daniel V. Nonne
    • Fulgoroid Diversity in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through One Sampling Method. 2004. Senior thesis by Anthony T. Gonzon. (Currently M.S. Student, University of Delaware.)
  • Master's Theses (Current students):
    • Generic Revision and Phylogenetic Analysis of the Dictyopharid Planthopper Subfamily Dictyopharinae (Hemiptera: Fulgoroidea) in the New World. Rick Donovall. Expected completion Fall 2007
    • A Revision of the Polyphyletic Genus Delphacodes Fieber, 1866 (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) in the New World. Anthony T. Gonzon. Expected completion Fall 2007


  • American Entomological Society (Executive Council, Recording Secretary since 1998)
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Xerces Society
  • Organization of Tropical Studies
  • Entomological Collections Network
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
  • International Congress of Entomology (Brisbane, Australia, 2004; next in 2008 in South Africa)
  • International Auchenorrhyncha Congress and International Workshop on Leafhoppers and Planthoppers of Economic Concern (11th Potsdam, Germany, 2002; 12th Berkeley, CA, 2005)


  • Discover Life in America: awarded $1,000 (Spring 2002), and $2,000 (Spring 2003) for inventory of fulgoroid planthoppers in association with an ongoing All-Taxa-Biotic-Inventory of the Great Smokey Mountains National Park
  • University of Delaware: $4,400 travel Grant to South China Seas. (Awarded Jan 2005)
  • Hatch Project: W1185, "Biological Control in Pest Management Systems of Plants" ($2,000 annually for duration of project). (Awarded Jan. 2006.) (Renewed 2007 as W2185)
  • NSF DEB Systematic Biology, DEB-0342538 with J. Cryan: awarded $198,810 for "Phylogeny and Dispersal in the Grass-Feeding Delphacid Planthoppers." ($110,473.55 to UD.. Duration July 2004-July 2006, with no cost extension to July 2007


  • NSF DEB Revisionary Systematics proposal DEB-0743397: "REVSYS: The Delphacidae (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha): Revisionary Systematics, Training, Inventory, and Tools" (Bartlett, PI), requested $ 912,708 over 4 years. (Pending, submitted July 9, 2007)

Updated: 17 January, 2008

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