Stephanie A. Dole

(Formerly Stephanie Stephens)


  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Entomology:  Michigan State University, December 2008.  (Began Ph.D. at Texas A&M University and transferred to Michigan State University along with major professor, Dr. Anthony Cognato, in 2006.)
  • Bachelor of Science in Entomology: University of California, Davis, June 2003.


  • Garonna, A. P. and S. A. Dole.  2012.  First record of the black twig borer Xylosandrus compactus(Eichhoff) (Curculionoidae: Scolytinae: Xyleborini) from Europe.  Zootaxa 3251: 64-68.
  • Cognato, A. I., J. Hulcr, S. A. Dole, and B. H. Jordal.  2011.  Phylogeny or haplo-diploid, fungus-growing ambrosia beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae: Xyleborini) inferred from molecular and morphological data.  Zoologica Scripta 40(2): 174-186.
  • Dole, S. A. and A. I. Cognato.  2010.  Phylogenetic revision of Xylosandrus Reitter (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae: Xyleborina).  Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 61(10): 451-545.
  • Dole, S.A., B. H. Jordal, and A. I. Cognato.  2010.  Polyphyly of Xylosandrus Reitter inferred from nuclear and mitochondrial genes (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54: 773-782.
  • Dole, S. A. and R. A. Beaver.  2008.  A review of the Australian species of Xylosandrus Reitter (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  The Coleopterists’ Bulletin 62(4): 481-492.
  • Hulcr, J., R. A. Beaver, W. Puranasakul, S. A. Dole, S. Sonthichai. 2008.  A comparison of bark and ambrosia beetle communities in two forest types in Northern Thailand (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae and Platypodinae).  Environmental Entomology 37(6): 1461-1470.
  • Dole, S. A. and A. I. Cognato.  2007.  A new genus and species of Bothrosternina (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) from Ecuador.  The Coleopterists’ Bulletin 61(2): 318-325.
  • Hulcr, J., S. A. Dole, R. A. Beaver, and A. I. Cognato.  2007.  A cladistic review of the xyleborine generic taxonomic characters (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  Systematic Entomology 32(3): 568-584.
  • Rabaglia, R. J., S. A. Dole, and A. I. Cognato.  2006.  A review of the Xyleborina (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in America North of Mexico, with an Illustrated Key.  Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99(6): 1034-1056.

Teaching Experience

  • Adjunct Professor: University of San Francisco.  Developed Biology of Insects course for upper-division biology majors.  Professor in the Department of Biology.  2012.
  • Science Educator:  CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point, San Mateo.  Teaching hands-on science classes to young children, creating public programs, producing educational materials, and consulting on museum exhibits.  2010 – 2012 (volunteered time at the museum beginning in 2009).
  • General Entomology Laboratory:  Developed and presented lectures on insect biology, anatomy, and ecology, conducted laboratory activities, wrote and graded exams for 3 sections (75 students). Texas A & M University, Spring and Fall Semesters 2005.
  • Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory:  Lectured on aquatic insect taxonomy, organized labs, assisted on field trips, wrote and graded exams. Texas A&M University, Spring 2005.

Related Positions

  • Research Associate:  California Academy of Sciences, Department of Entomology, San Francisco.  April 2008 – present.
  • Science Outreach and Education:  Michigan State University, Department of Entomology.  Led educational tours of the “Bug House” museum and assisted in outreach events on campus and at local schools.  September 2006 – March 2008.
  • Scientific Assistant: California Department of Food and Agriculture Plant Pest Diagnostics Laboratory. Assisted CDFA entomologists with research and insect collections work. January – July 2003.
  • Museum Collections Assistant: Bohart Museum of Entomology, UC Davis, Lab Assistant III. Curatorial work including the pinning, labeling, shipping, and sorting insect specimens and leading educational tours of the museum. June 2001 – January 2003 (volunteered time at Museum beginning in 1999).
  • Science Outreach and Education: Coevolution Institute, a San Francisco based nonprofit organization. Worked with the Bugmobile program bringing live arthropods and educational presentations to community events. October 2000 – April 2001.
  • Mosquito Abatement: Seasonal employee with the Salt Lake City Mosquito Abatement District. Inspected sites, treated for mosquitoes, maintained traps, and sorted specimens. Licensed Pesticide Applicator (UT). Summer 1998.
  • Assistant Keeper: Utah’s Hogle Zoo. Assistant keeper in butterfly exhibit and nighttime closing keeper throughout zoo. March 1997 – September 1998.


  • Dole, S. A.  2010.  Small Hive Beetle.  Beekeepers’ Guild of San Mateo, San Mateo, CA.
  • Dole, S. A.  2009.  The Secret Lives of Bees: Presenting Honey Bees to the Public.  Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, San Mateo, CA.
  • Dole, S. A.  2008.  Barking up the evolutionary tree of the inbred, invasive beetle genus Xylosandrus(Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  Pacific Coast Entomological Society Meeting, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA.
  • Dole, S. A., A. I Cognato, and T. L. Erwin.  2008.  Canopy fogging reveals diversity of Scolytinae (Coloeptera: Curculionidae) in Ecuadorian Amazon.  Entomological Society of America, 56th Annual Meeting, Reno, NV.
  • Dole, S. A. and A. I. Cognato. 2007.  Phylogenetic revision of the genus Xylosandrus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) based on morphological and molecular data. Entomological Society of America, 55th Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Stephens, S. A. and A. I. Cognato. 2005.  A new genus of bark beetle (Curculionidae: Scolytinae: Borthrosternina) from Ecuador. Entomological Society of America, 53rd Annual Meeting, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
  • Stephens, S. A. 2004. Bark beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) diversity in the Ecuadorian rain forest canopy. Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology, Seventh Annual Graduate Student Forum, College Station, TX.
  • Stephens, S. A., A. I. Cognato and T.L. Erwin. 2004. Bark beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) diversity in the Ecuadorian rain forest canopy. Entomological Society of America, 52nd Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.


  • Dole, S. A. and A. I. Cognato.  2008.  Phylogenetic revision of the ambrosia beetle genusXylosandrus Reitter (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae).  Evolution Symposium, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA.
  • Dole, S. A., S. Sonthichai, C. Hutacharoen,  and A. I. Cognato.  2006.  Bark and ambrosia beetles of Thailand. Entomological Society of America, 54th Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Stephens, S. A., A. I. Cognato and T.L. Erwin. 2004. Bark beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) diversity in the Ecuadorian rain forest canopy. National Science Foundation PEET, Fifth Biennial Conference, Urbana-Champaign, IL.


  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship:  College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Michigan State University, Fall 2008.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Ph.D.:  Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology, 2006.
  • Entomological Society of America President’s Prize:  Annual Meeting, Section A Student Oral Presentation Competition: First Place (2005, 2007), Runner-Up (2004).
  • Ph.D. Fellowship: Texas A&M University, Fall 2003.
  • Harbison Award, Teledyne Scholarship, and Vansell Memorial Scholarship: UC Davis, 2002.

Leadership Experience

  • Community Relations Chair:  Nursing Mothers Counsel, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter 2010 – 2015.
  • Graduate Student Representative to Curriculum Committee:  Michigan State University, Department of Entomology 2006-2007 academic year.
  • Texas A&M University Graduate Student Council: Department of Entomology Representative 2005-2006 academic year.
  • Texas A&M University Entomology Graduate Student Organization: Secretary (2004-2005); Vice-President (2005-2006).
  • Sixth Annual Ecological Integration Symposium: Co-chair, organizational committee, Texas A&M University, 2005.

Other Experience

  • Tropical Field Biology:  Extensive experience in tropical forest research in Ecuador, Guyana, and Thailand (2003-2007).
  • Scanning Electron Microscopy: Trained in the use of SEM for arthropod imaging.  Images used in print and online versions of North American Xyleborina key and in Robert J. Rabaglia. (2005) The Validity of Xyleborus impressus Eichhoff (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) as Distinct from Xyleborus ferrugineus (Fabricius). Coleopterists’ Bulletin 59(2): 261-266.
  • Web-based Beetle Identification KeysProduced interactive keys to the Xyleborina Beetles of North America with original images.
  • North American Workshop in Cladistic Analysis: Completed workshop in phylogenetic analysis sponsored by The Willi Hennig Society at The Ohio State University, 2007.