Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Wayne Mathis

Curator Emeritus of Diptera
Department / Division
Education
  • BS Brigham Young 
  • PhD Oregon State
Research Interests

Systematics, biology, and zoogeography of Canacidae, and Ephydroidea, with special emphasis on Ephydridae

For over 40 years, I have focused on the systematics and evolution of higher Diptera (true flies), especially families in the Ephydroidea and Opomyzoidea. My research primarily employs the methodology of cladistic analysis to unravel, reconstruct, and document phylogenetic relationships and how these relationships impinge on historical biogeography. The phylogenetic investigations and analyses run the gamut from species-level revisions to basal lineages of superfamilies. Documentation includes comprehensive systematics studies at all levels of the classification, faunistic studies, catalogs and conspectuses. Although my comprehensive studies are global, I have focused field work in the neotropics, especially the Caribbean, and on islands, such as Sri Lanka, the Seychelles, New Zealand, and the barrier islands of Belize.

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Publications
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  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Canacidae (surf flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1115–1119. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Coelopidae (kelp flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1013–1016. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Diastatidae (diastatid flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1207–1210. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Ephydridae (shore flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1211–1233. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Nannodastiidae (nannodastiid beach flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1235–1239. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 2010. "Tethinidae (beach flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1109–1114. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Rung, Alessandra. 2010. "Periscelididae (periscelid flies)." in Manual of Central American Diptera, edited by Brown, B. V., Borkent, A., Cumming, J. M., Wood, D. M., Woodley, Norman E., and Zumbado, M. A., 1087–1092. Ottawa: NRC Research Press.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Mathis, Dianne. 2008. "Shore flies (Diptera: Ephydridae) of Plummers Island." in The Invertebrate fauna of Plummers Island, Maryland. Contribution XXX to the Natural History of Plummers Island, Maryland., edited by Brown, John W., 173–191. Washington, D. C.: Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Grimaldi, David A. 2000. "The first Beckeriella Williston from the Afrotropical Region: two new species from Madagascar (Diptera: Ephydridae)." in A floral and faunal inventory of the Parc National de Marojejy, Madagascar: with reference to elevational variation., edited by Goodman, S. M., 105–115. Chicago: Fieldiana: Zoology 97.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Family Periscelididae. 1998. "Family Canacidae." in Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Higher Brachycera., edited by Papp, László and Darvas, Béla., 251–257. Budapest: Science Herald.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen, Papp, László, and Family Periscelididae. 1998. "Family Periscelididae." in Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Higher Brachycera., edited by Papp, László and Darvas, Béla., 285–294. Budapest: Science Herald.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Zatwarnicki, Tadeusz. 1998. "Family Ephydridae." in Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Higher Brachycera., edited by Papp, László and Darvas, Béla., 537–570. Budapest: Science Herald.
  • Papp, László and Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1998. "Family Nannodastidae." in Contributions to a Manual of Palaearctic Diptera (with special reference to flies of economic importance). Vol. 3. Higher Brachycera., edited by Papp, László and Darvas, Béla., 309–314. Budapest: Science Herald.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1991. "Classification of the Shore Flies (Diptera: Ephydridae) Past, Present, and Future." in Proceeding of the II International Congress of Dipterology, 209–228.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1989. "103. Family Canacidae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 669–670.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1989. "53. Family Cypselosomatidae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 463.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1989. "84. Family Coelopidae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 563–564.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1989. "99. Family Ephydridae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 639–649.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1989. "56. Family Pseudopomyzidae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 470.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Sasakawa, M. 1989. "102. Family Tethinidae." in Catalog of the Diptera of the Australasian and Oceanian Regions, special publication 86, 86.
  • Wirth, W. W., Mathis, Wayne Neilsen, and Vockeroth, J. R. 1987. "98. Ephydridae." in Manual of the Families and Genera of Neartic Diptera Volume 2, 1027–1047.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1982. "Ephydridae." in Aquatic Biota of Mexico, Central America and the West Indies, 469–472.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen and Thompson, F. Christian. 1982. "Editors' preface and acknowledgments." in The flower flies of the West Indies (Diptera, Syrphidae), 4–5. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington.. Washington, DC: The Entomological Society of Washington.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1981. "Ephydridae." in Aquatic Biota of Tropical South America, Part 1: Arthropoda, 312–316.
  • Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1979. "Ephydrinae (Diptera: Ephydridae): A new perspective." in in: First Symposium on the Systematics and Ecology of Ephydridae (Diptera), 47–60.
  • Wirth, W. W. and Mathis, Wayne Neilsen. 1979. "A Review of the Ephydridae (Diptera) Living in Thermal Springs." in in: First Symposium on the Systematics and Ecology of Ephydridae (Diptera), 21–45.

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