Stephanie Haddad

Assistant Professor of Biology

Insects constitute a remarkably diverse and successful lineage of animals that has persisted on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Our evolution and survival are truly interwoven with theirs since they directly affect our health, food security, and economy. Their ecologies are fascinating, they provide us with absolutely essential ecosystem services, and they make incredibly useful models for understanding various biological processes. Dr. Stephanie Haddad is fascinated by these organisms and studies various aspects of their morphology, ecology, and evolution. She is currently interested in exploring insect biodiversity in urban forests, particularly in the old-growth forest of Overton Park. She is also interested in pollinator ecology, and in various aspects of the biology of her favorite group of insects, the longhorned beetles.

Selected publications:

S. Shin, D. Clarke, A.R. Lemmon, E.M. Lemmon, A.L. Aitken, S. Haddad, B.D. Farrell, A.E. Marvaldi, R.G. Oberprieler, & D.D. McKenna. 2018. Phylogenomic data yield new and robust insights into the phylogeny and evolution of weevils. Molecular Biology and Evolution. 35 (4): 823-836.

S. Haddad, S. Shin, A.R. Lemmon, E.M. Lemmon, P. Svacha, B.D. Farrell, A. Ślipiński, D. Windsor, & D.D. McKenna. 2018. Anchored hybrid enrichment provides new insights into the phylogeny and evolution of longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). Systematic Entomology. 43: 68-89.

S. Haddad, C.A. Smith, M.S. Al-Zein, and K.M. Knio. 2017. Genetic and morphometric variations in the Lebanese populations of the flower head-infesting tephritid, Terellia serratulae. The Canadian Entomologist. 149: 73–88.

S. Haddad & D.D. McKenna. Phylogeny and evolution of superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Coleoptera, Cucujiformia). 2016. Systematic Entomology. 41(4): 697-716.

D.D. McKenna, E.D. Scully, Y. Pauchet, K. Hoover, R. Kirsch, S. M. Geib, R.F. Mitchell, R. Waterhouse, S. Ahn, J.B. Benoit, H. Blackmon, T. Bledsoe, C. Childers, D.J. Clarke, J. Demuth, A. Dolan, J.J. Duan, S. Dugan, M. Friedrich, K.M. Glastad, M.A.D. Goodisman, S. Haddad, et al. 2016. Genome of the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a globally significant invasive species, reveals key functional and evolutionary innovations at the beetle-plant interface. Genome Biology. 17: 227.


BS in Biology – American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

MS in Biology – American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

PhD in Insect Systematics and Evolution – University of Memphis, Memphis, TN