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Athabasca University

Dr. Robert Holmberg

Professor Emeritus, Biology



  • B.A. (Hons.)
  • M.Sc. (Saskatchewan)
  • Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)



Generally I am interested in the ecology and behaviour of arthropods as well as distance education in science. I have worked with insects (i.e. distribution of mosquitoes, feeding in grasshoppers, chemical attractants of horse flies) and arachnids (i.e. scent glands, taxonomy and distribution of harvestmen, spider predation and distribution, and distribution and taxonomy of solifugids). In education, I have worked on how science, especially biology, can be taught at-a-distance.

One of my projects is helping create a library of images that are copyright free for teaching purposes, the Digital teaching Resource Library for Biology or Bio-DiTRL. (In the author search function, type in Athabasca or Holmberg for the contributions from Athabasca University.)


Between 1974 and 2007 (when I retired), I helped develop and deliver Athabasca University courses in introductory biology, ecology, animal behaviour and science projects. In addition, I administered courses in human physiology, human genetics, wild flowers, human sexuality and environmental science.


Part of the duties of an academic is service to his/her institution, profession and the general public. Most of my contributions are through Science Outreach–Athabasca, a group of scientists and laypersons dedicated to promoting science in the greater Athabasca area and beyond.

Learn more and see samples of my work.

Updated December 11 2014 by Student & Academic Services

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