Christopher Buddle

Chris Buddle

Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs), McGill University; Professor

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BSc (University of Guelph)
PhD (University of Alberta)

Short Bio

Professor Christopher Buddle has worked at McGill since 2002, and is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at the Macdonald Campus, home to the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Prof. Buddle’s research and teaching focus has been in the area of ecology, entomology, and field studies, with a focus on the biodiversity of insects and spiders, in a variety of habitats, from forests to the high Arctic. He supervises a large and vibrant laboratory, located at the Lyman Entomological Museum, and has published close to 100 peer-reviewed papers in his area of study. Professor Buddle is deeply committed to excellence in teaching and learning, whether through leadership on curriculum changes, or researching ways to engage students in learning. Professor Buddle is involved with University Administration, and was appointed as McGill’s Dean of Students from 2016-2019. In that role, he provided leadership on critical policy reviews, and supported student wellness initiatives. In 2020 Professor Buddle was appointed Associate Provost (Teaching and Academic Programs), a role that includes overseeing new program developments, and Teaching and Learning Services.

Awards and Recognitions

  • C. Gordon Hewitt Award – Excellence in Entomology in Canada (awarded by the Entomological Society of Canada)
  • 2008 Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Desire2Learn Teaching Innovation Award, awarded by the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Research Interests

Insects and spiders are fundamental to how our earth functions, and the numbers and kinds of these small animals provide humans with immense value, whether pollinating important crops, preying on pests, or keeping our forests healthy. However, the true diversity of insects and spiders is largely unknown, and we lack critical information about where they live, how they live, and how they interact with other plants and animals. This is the focus of Chris Buddle’s research, and he addresses these questions in many different kinds of systems, whether forests, fields, or the high Arctic.

Current Research

  • The structure of arthropod-based food-webs on the Arctic tundra.
  • Ecological monitoring of arthropods in Nunavut.
  • The community structure of mosquitoes at and near the Morgan Arboretum.


View a list of current publications

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