Staff Profiles

Randall T. Schuh

George T. Willett Curator Emeritus, Hemiptera, Minor Orders
Professor Emeritus, Richard Gilder Graduate School

Curriculum Vitae (short version)
  • Education

      • University of Connecticut, Ph.D., 1971
      • Michigan State University, M.S., 1967
      • Oregon State University, B.S., 1965
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

      The systematic study of the 40,000 species Heteroptera (true bugs) is the empirical focus of Dr. Schuh's work.  His program of field and revisionary work on the family Miridae has encompassed North America, South America, South Africa, and Australia. Dr. Schuh has worked to create a phylogenetic classification for the mirid subfamily Phylinae and in the process has described nearly 100 genera and more than 600 species.  A 5-year Planetary Biodiversity Inventory award from the NSF funded description and integration of the Australian and South African faunas into a world classification, with the concomitant training of postdocs and PhD students.  

       In 2011 Dr. Schuh spearheaded a proposal to the NSF to study plant-herbivore-parasitoid interactions through the creation of a large-scale specimen database.  This project involves seven collaborating institutions and 25 additional zoological and botanical collections.  A database of more than 1.4 million specimens of Hemiptera is being created using software and methods developed as part of the the Plant Bug Planetary Biodiversity Inventory award. 

      As part of his commitment to furthering our understanding of systematic methods Dr. Schuh co-authored with Andrew Brower the graduate-level textbookBiological Systematics: Principles and Applications(2009).  He is also co-author of the reference workTrue Bugs of the World (Hemiptera: Heteroptera), Classification and Natural History(1995).  Both works are published by Cornell University Press.  Dr. Schuh has also published extensively on the phylogenetic relationships and classification of the Heteroptera as a whole.

  • Publications

  • Teaching Experience

    Teaching Experience