Richard G. Robbins, Ph.D.

Emeritus Research Associate

Dr. Richard G. Robbins is a specialist in tick taxonomy and ecology and an Emeritus Research Associate at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution. Concurrently, he is a Curatorial Affiliate in the Division of Entomology, Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University. He has also served as a Wildlife Conservation Associate with the Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York, and as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland. His research focuses on the ticks of the Western Hemisphere as well as East and Southeast Asia.

During a career of more than half a century, Dr. Robbins has authored or coauthored over 160 scientific publications, among them seven books, five monographs, and three book chapters. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the U.S. Army Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Tätigkeitsabzeichen des Sanitätsdienstes in Gold (Duty Medal of the Medical Service, Class III, Gold [highest class]), of the German Bundeswehr, and election to Life Membership in the Society of Federal Health Professionals. He holds degrees in biology/entomology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (B.S.), Oregon State University (M.S.), and The George Washington University (Ph.D.).


Selected Publications:

Schachat SR, Robbins RG, Goddard J. Color patterning in hard ticks (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology. 2018;55(1): 1-13.

Rainey T, Occi JL, Robbins RG, Egizi A. Discovery of Haemaphysalis longicornis (Ixodida: Ixodidae) parasitizing a sheep in New Jersey, United States. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2018;55(3): 757-759.

Vongphayloth K, Douangboubpha B, Sanamxay D, Xayaphet V, Robbins RG, et al. New locality records of Ixodes granulatus and Ixodes vespertilionis (Acari: Ixodidae) from tree-shrews (Scandentia: Tupaiidae) and bats (Chiroptera: Hipposideridae) in Laos. Journal of Medical Entomology. 2018;55(4): 1035-1039.

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