Robin Thomson

Insect Collection

Hodson Hall, University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108
United States



B.A. Biology, Gustavus Adolphus College, 2006

Ph.D. Entomology, University of Minnesota, 2014


ESPM 1012H - Enviromental Science & Society

ENT 1021 - Introduction to Forensic Entomology


My research focuses on the systematics and taxonomy of Hydroptilidae, a family of caddisflies known for being small in body size and large in species numbers.

Select Publications

Thomson, R. E. and R. W. Holzenthal. In review. A revision of the Neotropical caddisfly genus Leucotrichia Mosely, 1934 (Hydroptilidae, Leucotrichiinae). ZooKeys.

Frandsen, P. B. and Thomson, R. E. In review. Collection and preservation of Trichoptera for use in DNA research. In, T. Vshivkova and J. Morse (editors). Proceedings of the 14th International Symposium on Trichoptera. Zoosymposia.

Holzenthal, R. W., Thomson, R. E., and B. Ríos Touma. 2015. Order Trichoptera. In: Thorp, J. and Rogers, D. C. (editors). Ecology and General Biology: Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates, Academic Press, 965-1002.

Thomson, R. E. 2012. Descriptions of new species of Leucotrichiinae (Trichoptera: Hydroptilidae) from Brazil. Psyche 2012, article ID 916718, 7 pages. doi: 10.1155/2012/916718.

Thomson, R. E. and Holzenthal, R. W. 2012. New species and records of Hydroptilidae (Trichoptera) from Venezuela. ZooKeys 185: 19-39.

Thomson, R. E. and Holzenthal R. W. 2010. New Neotropical species of the genus Austrotinodes Schmid (Trichoptera: Ecnomidae). Zootaxa: 2437: 38-50.