Simon Fraser University
Dave Carmean, Computing, SFU Biological Sciences
Dave Carmean, Computer Systems Consultant

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Phone:   778-782-2030
  (h. 604.224.2469)
Room B8230 (near the Chair's office)

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I am on concentrating on the web, databases, and networking. I welcome questions and suggestions, and am here to help you. Feel free to stop by my office or email or call me anytime.

Current and Ongoing Projects:

Online Application for Teaching Assistantships.  Uses PHP, Filemaker and SFU's Central Authentication Service to allow applicant's to go back and edit their applications without access to others people's application. 

Booking of Rooms, Equipment, and Undergraduate Advisor.  I modified the open source MRBS for our needs.  It uses PHP, mySQL as well as CAS authentication.  Students' booking are confidential and they are reminded of their appointments by email through a nightly cron task.  

Updating Filemaker.  All online and departmental databases are now in Filemaker 11, and previous CDML code has all been totally revamped to PHP.

CodeWeaversComputer Support:
My philosophy is to provide people the help they want to prevent and solve problems in a way that meets their needs. I am not an advocate for the most recent (and most expensive) technology.

Much of my work integrates the web and databases. This minimizes duplication of data entry as it allows the information appear in different forms in different contexts.

Web Sites:
My goal is to provide relevant information quickly to users. I believe that web pages should be fast and simple to navigate for all users, regardless of their browser or connection. I have set up our system so faculty and staff can update their own pages (if they wish) rather than relying on others.

Online Databases:
University of British Columbia Herbarium Databases
Duke Forest Mycological Observatory Specimen & picture database
Departmental Directory

Student Advising Database
The student advising system downloads student course records from the registrar's and checks if a student has completed the courses and marks required for graduation (Image of Requirements Page). I made it extremely flexible so the advisor can allow for basically any set of requirements- e.g. a student must complete 3 courses from a list of 6 courses; 12 credits from a list of 5 courses; and so on. It also stores comments, course waivers and substitutions (Image of Comments Page). The Dean of Science Office uses this database and requires departments to use it to submit the final approval of graduands.

Office of Research Ethics
All Experiments and Studies that involved human participants submitted their Applications online directly to the Research Ethics database that I created for the SFU Office of Research Ethics (2002-2006).


Systems Analyst, Simon Fraser University, 1996-Present.
Computing Advisor for the Biological Sciences Department and the Dean of Science. Responsible for database development, networking, and web design.

Courtesy Faculty, Oregon State University, Corvallis. 2011-12. (Disclaimer: Totally courtesy of OSU- I continued to concentrate on my work for SFU)

Visiting Scientist? /Associated Person, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. 2003-4.

Visiting Scientist, Umeå University, Sweden. 1997-1998.

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University, 1994-1995.
Sequencing DNA and phylogenetic analysis
Training personnel in PCR and sequencing techniques
Manager of Molecular Laboratory for Dr. Bernard J. Crespi

Research Assistant, University of California, Davis, 1989-1993.
Sequencing DNA of Holometabola for phylogenetic analysis (UC Berkeley)
Systematic study of the Trigonalidae (Hymenoptera)
Responsible for computer accessibility and databases of Bohart Museum

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Davis. Insect taxonomy/field ecology (1992), Biogeography (1991, 1992), Parasitology (1989).

Research Assistant, Oregon State University, 1985-1988.
Studied yellowjackets and their associates. Created and organized computer databases of Trigonalidae and Symphyta literature, and Lepidoptera host plants.

Research Assistant, Washington State University Cooperative Extension, Seattle.
Part time, Oct. 1984-May 1985. Root weevils, with Sharon Collman.

Entomologist, Basseterre, St. Kitts (West Indies) Integrated Pest Control Unit, 1982-1984. Biological Control, with Everton Dolphin, Trevor Blanchette, and Conrad Kelly.

Science and Agriculture Teacher, Bumbuna, Sierra Leone, West Africa, 1980-1982.
(Peace Corps Volunteer, 1980-1984.)

Research Assistant, Washington State University, Pullman, 1978-1980. Laboratory and field research of yellowjacket behavior and life history.

1993. Ph. D. Entomology, University of California, Davis.
A generic revision of the trigonalid wasps (Hymenoptera) and a molecular
study of 18S rDNA and the holometabolous insects.

1989. M.S. Entomology, Oregon State University. Corvallis, Oregon.
Biology of the yellowjacket parasitoid Bareogonalos canadensis (Harrington)
(Hymenoptera: Trigonalidae).

1980. B.S. Entomology and B.S. Biology. Washington State University, Pullman, Washington.

1975. Argenta Friends School, Argenta, British Columbia.
(All 8 of our graduating class were in the top 10!)

18S rDNA workshop. Umeå University, Sweden (1997).
Molecular Evolution Workshop, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts (1992).
Parasitic Hymenoptera Training Session, Maryland Center for Systematic Entomology, College Park, Maryland (1988).

PAUP*: computer program for phylogenetic analyses. 18S rDNA workshop, Umeå University, Sweden (May, 1997).

Phylogeny versus Homoplasy in the Trigonalidae. International Society of Hymenopterists. Davis, California. 1995.

How to get into a yellowjacket nest. British Columbia Parasitologists' Meeting. Burnaby, British Columbia. 1994.

18S rDNA and phylogeny of Holometabola: why Diptera are not (representative) insects. Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meeting. Athens, Georgia. 1994.

Yellowjackets. University of California/ Pest Control Operator's of California Education Conference. Walnut Creek, California. 1990.

Wasps, Yellowjackets, Hornets, and Bees. Oregon State University Extension Service, Medford, Oregon. February, 1988.

The yellowjacket parasitoid Bareogonalos canadensis in Oregon. Entomological Society of America Western Regional Meeting, Portland. 1987.

Carmean, D. and L. Kimsey. 1998. Phylogenetic revision of the parasitoid wasp family Trigonalidae (Hymenoptera). Systematic Entomology 23: 35-76.
Crespi, B., D. Carmean and T. W. Chapman. 1997. Ecology and evolution of galling thrips and their allies. Annual Review of Entomology 42:51-71.
Crespi, B., D. Carmean, L. Vawter, and C. Von Dohlen. 1996. Molecular phylogenetics of Thysanoptera. Systematic Entomology 21:79-87.
Berbee, M. L. and D. Carmean. 1995. Review of computer program "MacClade," Mycotaxon 61: 494-495.
Carmean, D., and B. Crespi. 1995. Do long branches attract flies? Nature 373: 666. (Scientific Correspondence).
Carmean, D. 1995. Trigonalidae. In "Hymenoptera of Costa Rica," P. Hanson and I. Gauld, eds. 187-192.
Carmean, D., L. S. Kimsey, and M. L. Berbee. 1993. 18S rDNA sequences and the holometabolous insects. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 1: 270-278.
Carmean, D. 1991. Biology of the Trigonalidae, with notes on the vespine parasitoid Bareogonalos canadensis. New Zealand Journal of Zoology 18: 209-214.
Carmean, D. 1989. Sex and deposition of the holotype of Bareogonalos canadensis (Harrington) (Hymenoptera: Trigonalidae). Proceedings Entomological Society of Washington. 91: 287-288.
Carmean, D., J. C. Miller, and B. Scaccia. 1989. Overwintering of Phryganidea californica in the Oregon Cascades and notes on its parasitoids (Lepidoptera: Dioptidae). Pan-Pacific Entomologist 65: 74-76.


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