MUVE Section News
MUVE 2020 Awards Announcement
We are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s MUVE Section Awards, including the inaugural winners of our new Early Career Award. Please join us in congratulating these outstanding members! They will be honored at the virtual Annual Meeting in November.
Dr. Steven Juliano is a Distinguished Professor of Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences, Illinois State University. His research emphasizes population and community ecology of mosquitoes, invasion biology, and applied statistics. He came to work on mosquito ecology via a background in ecology of aquatic insects, and thus his research emphasizes the importance of the ecology of larval mosquitoes, primarily working with container-dwelling Aedes. His most important contributions to ecology of mosquitoes have been experimental studies of competition and coexistence among larval Aedes, the roles of predators and parasites in influencing assemblages of mosquitoes, ecological and behavioral factors contributing to success and impact of invasive mosquitoes, and most recently, effects of larval density and density reduction on production of adult mosquitoes. Over his career Dr. Juliano has worked closely on research with five post-doctoral researchers, 12 PhD students, 22 MS students, and more than 100 undergraduate research students. Those collaborations with excellent young colleagues have contributed immensely to his success as a researcher. His publications are here: https://about.illinoisstate.edu/sajulian/. His research has been well-funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and also by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He teaches Community Ecology, Entomology, Rainforest Ecology, Biostatistics, General Ecology, and Biological Diversity. He obtained a BA in Biology at Kalamazoo College, an MS in Entomology at Cornell University, a PhD in Zoology at Pennsylvania State University, and did postdoctoral research at University of York, UK. He did sabbatical research at Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Washington University in St. Louis, and Universidad Communitaria de Chapecó, Brazil.
Dr. Erika Machtinger grew up in rural Maine where she developed an interest in the natural world and wildlife. She got her BS from the University of Delaware in Wildlife Conservation and Ecology. However, UD had a strong entomology program that won her over and she went on to receive her MS and PhD in Entomology from the University of Florida. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Entomology at Pennsylvania State University. As the principal investigator for the Veterinary Entomology Laboratory, her research focuses on the relationships between pests and their hosts to develop new control methods or improve existing methods. She focuses primarily on fly pests of poultry, swine, and horses as well as on ticks and tick-host ecology. Erika has been actively involved in ESA and MUVE for many years including serving on the Student Affairs and Early Career Professionals committees, and has been a MUVE representative to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management and currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology. Erika is an active equestrian and competes in dressage and eventing on a national level. When she isn’t working or riding, she is watching her son play baseball.
Dr. Amy Murillo is an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of California Riverside. Her research experience and interests focus on host-parasite interactions, specifically with ectoparasites of poultry, a system that allows for basic research with agricultural applications. She has tested novel control methods for use in furnished-cage, cage-free, and organic egg production, and has developed integrated pest management tools for commercial and backyard poultry producers. Dr. Murillo is currently investigating ectoparasite effects on animal welfare parameters and is using on-animal sensors to measure behavioral differences caused by mite and louse infestations. Dr. Murillo has been an ESA member since 2009. She received her BS in Entomology at Purdue University, MS in Entomology at North Carolina State University, and PhD in Entomology at UC Riverside. Dr. Murillo was funded as a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Postdoctoral Fellow and a UC Riverside Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow.
Sang-Bin Lee is a PhD candidate in the Entomology and Nematology department at University of Florida. He was born and grew up in Miryang, Republic of Korea (South Korea). He received a BS in Biology (2012) and MS in Ecology (2015) from Pusan National University, Republic of Korea. Then he moved to the US to pursue a PhD degree in 2016 and is graduating in this fall semester (2020). Sang-Bin is broadly interested in the behavioral ecology of termites, specifically the understanding of task allocation in termites. At the University of Florida, he is working on foraging behaviors and task allocation of subterranean termites under the direction of Dr. Nan-Yao Su. His research aims to find out why a certain proportion of termites in a colony of the Formosan subterranean termite forage out. Through his research, he hopes to improve our understanding of how tasks are organized in the subterranean termites. Sang-Bin has been actively involved in ESA since 2016 and is one of organizers in Korean Young Entomologist meeting at ESA's Annual Meeting since 2018. He is a highly motivated and active PhD student. He has presented his research at several international and national conferences and has been awarded many scholarships, fellowships, and travel awards from several professional societies including ESA. Sang-Bin has published ten peer-reviewed papers and has been invited from several institutes to present about the biology of the termite and its control.
Abdulsalam Adegoke is a second year Masters student of molecular biology in the Shahid Karim Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi. Their project aims to understand the tripartite interactions between tick microbiome, innate immune responses in ticks, and tick-transmitted pathogens.
Tse-Yu Chen is a PhD candidate in Dr. Chelsea Smartt's lab at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory of the University of Florida. His research area of interest is the molecular-level interaction between viruses and immune pathways of mosquitoes.
Kara Fikrig is a PhD candidate in the Harrington Lab at Cornell University studying the feeding behavior and ecology of the mosquito vector, Aedes albopictus. She investigates the prevalence and predictors of sugar feeding, as well as the impact of host availability on blood feeding in Long Island, New York. Kara is passionate about integrating science communication into her work through public outreach and science policy.
Brandon Hall is a first year PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Kansas State University studying under Dr. Dana Nayduch (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Kris Silver (KSU). His research focuses on understanding the effects of viral infection on the sensory function and behavior of Culicoides sonorensis biting midges.
Cameron Osborne is a 2nd-year PhD student in the Entomology Department at Kansas State University. He works on exploring the efficiency of RNAi in Culicoides midges with the hope of developing new control strategies. In the not-too-distant future, he hopes to research and teach topics associated with med-vet entomology.
Jayshree Patel is a PhD student at University of Florida working with Dr. Nan-Yao Su. Her research focuses on understanding the biological characteristics of the hybrid termites of two invasive species, Coptotermes formosanus and Coptotermes gestroi, relative to their damaging potential.
Victoria Pickens is a PhD student in entomology at Kansas State University studying under Dr. Dana Nayduch (USDA-ARS) and Dr. Cassandra Olds (KSU). Her research is focused on the carriage of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria by house flies at confined cattle operations in northeast Kansas.
Hannah Quellhorst is a PhD Candidate studying stored products Entomology at Kansas State University, co-advised by Drs. Rob Morrison (USDA-ARS) and Kun-Yan Zhu (KSU). Her research focuses on improving management of maize domestically and in developing countries. In the future, she hopes to tackle world hunger through a career in MUVE Entomology.
Kristin Sloyer has a wide range of interests in medical entomology in a variety of taxa including blackflies, Culicoides, and mosquitoes. She is currently in the second year of her PhD studying the ecology of Culex subgenus Melanoconion vectors of Everglades virus at the University of Florida - Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, FL.