Diana Percy

Dr Diana Percy - Research Associate in the Department of Botany, UBC; and Researcher (Sternorrhyncha), Department of Entomology, Natural History Museum, London


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-- collecting on the Big Island of Hawaii -- wildflower meadow, BC --- Hawaiian psyllids on Metrosideros -- Potato Mnt, Chilcotin, BC


  • Taxonomy of the Psylloidea (psyllids)
  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Insect bioacoustics
  • Plant and animal barcoding

Selected publications full list on Google Scholar

Percy, D.M. (2017) Making the most of your host: the Metrosideros-feeding psyllids (Hemiptera, Psylloidea) of the Hawaiian Islands. Zookeys 649: 1–163. doi:10.3897/zookeys.649.10213

Syfert MM, Serbina L, Burckhardt D, Knapp S, Percy DM (2017) Emerging New Crop Pests: Ecological Modelling and Analysis of the South American Potato Psyllid Russelliana solanicola (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) and Its Wild Relatives. PlosOne 12 (e0167764) https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0167764

Percy DM, Butterill PT, Malenovsk I (2016) Three new species of gall-forming psyllids (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) from Papua New Guinea, with new records and notes on related species. Journal of Natural History 50: 1073-1101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00222933.2015.1104394

Bailey S, Percy DM, Hefer CA, Cronk QC (2015) The transcriptional landscape of insect galls: psyllid (Hemiptera) gall formation in Hawaiian Metrosideros polymorpha (Myrtaceae). BMC Genomics 16: 943. doi:10.1186/s12864-015-2109-9

Ouvrard D, Chalise P, Percy DM (2015) Host-plant leaps versus host-plant shuffle: a global survey reveals contrasting patterns in an oligophagous insect group (Hemiptera, Psylloidea). Systematics and Biodiversity 13: 434-454. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14772000.2015.1046969

Percy DM, Argus GW, Cronk QC, Fazekas AJ, Kesanakurti PR, Burgess KS, Husband BC, Newmaster SG, Barrett SCH, Graham SW. (2014) Understanding the spectacular failure of DNA barcoding in willows (Salix): Does this result from a trans?specific selective sweep? Molecular Ecology 23: 4737-4756. doi:10.1111/mec.12837

Percy, D.M., Rung, A. & Hoddle, M.S. (2012) An annotated checklist of the psyllids of California (Hemiptera: Psylloidea). Zootaxa 3193: 1-27.

CBOL Plant Working Group (2009) A DNA barcode for land plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 106: 12794-12797.

Fazekas A.J., Kesanakurti P.R., Burgess K.S., Percy D.M., Graham S.W., Barrett S.C.H., Newmaster S.G., Hajibabaei M. & B.C. Husband. (2009) Are plant species harder to discriminate than animal species using DNA barcoding markers? Molecular Ecological Resources 9: 130-139.

Harbaugh D.T., Wagner W.L., Percy D.M., James H.F. & Fleischer R.C. (2009) Genetic structure of the polymorphic Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) complex in the Hawaiian Islands using nuclear microsatellite data. PLoS ONE 4(3): 1-7 (e4698).

Percy, D.M. (2009) Insect Radiations. In Encyclopedia of Islands (eds. R. Gillespie and D. Clague). University of California Press, pp. 460-466.

Cronk, Q.C. & Percy, D.M. (2009) Endemism. In Encyclopedia of Islands (eds. R. Gillespie & D. Clague). University of California Press, pp. 253-258.

Percy, D.M., Garver, A.M., Wagner, W.L., James, H.F., Cunningham, C.W., Miller, S.E. & Fleischer, R.C. (2008) Progressive island colonization and ancient origin of Hawaiian Metrosideros (Myrtaceae). Proceedings of the Royal Society, B-Biological Sciences 275: 1479-1490.

Percy, D.M., Boyd, E.A. & Hoddle, M.S. (2008) Observations of acoustic signaling in three sharpshooters: Homalodisca vitripennis, Homalodisca liturata, and Graphocephala atropunctata (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 101: 253-259.

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