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The University of Southern Mississippi

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Don Yee, Ph.D., Principal Investigator (email: donald dot yee at usm dot edu) CV

Although my interests are broad, I am a community ecologist who uses ecological theory to understand the structure of aquatic insect communities. My main focus is on understanding the ecology of medically important container mosquitoes, but this often spills over to other taxa in those systems. I have worked on a variety of projects, but am most interested in how interactions among species and their traits affect patterns of species diversity. My work has taken a decidedly ecosystem approach lately, as we explore the elemental stoichometry of mosquito systems. Other specific topics include phenotypic plasticity, climate change, feeding behavior, habitat selection, dispersal, and oviposition decisions, and how detritus provides energy for and explains the structure of these communities. In the past few years I have also pursued questions on the ecology of predaceous diving beetles, which besides being really cool, are predators on mosquitoes in wetlands.

Click on the Research link to find out more.

 

 

Fun fact: While doing my masters work in puerto Rico, I got to observe pythons catching bats in flight at the mouth of a cave.

 


William (Chris) Glasgow, M.S. in progress

I am studing the relationship between container dwelling mosquitoes and the surrounding terrestrial predator communities (i.e., spiders).  Specifically have used stable isotopes to follow the flow of energy from tire piles to the adjacent ecosystems, and will determine if tire piles are able to subsidize adjacent predator communities.

Education

2010-2011: B.S.in Biology, University Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

2009-2010: Associates in Arts and Science, Copiah Lincoln Community College, Wesson, Mississippi.

I enjoy all things outdoors, and I love to travel and see live music when I have the oppurtunity. When I do have free time (which isn’t often), I can be found on the mountain bike trails or in the gym, although will I most likely be spending time with the girlfriend, friends, or family.

Fun Fact: I once spent 87 straight nights in a tent. 


James (Hunter) Deerman, M.S. in progress.

Education

2013-2015 B.S. Biology, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

2006-2008 Associates in Arts/Nursing, Jones Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi

I worked in the lab as an undergraduate research assistant and among other things conducted a project investigating how microbes influence elemental stoichiometry in container mosquitoes. My project was supported by a Undergraduate SPUR Research Grant from USM. For my thesis, I'm investigating how stoichiometry affects competitive interactions of Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus in cemetery vases in New Orleans.

I absolutely prefer being outdoors as much as possible, exploring whatever I can manage to get into. I especially love to travel to different areas and experience varying ecosystems other than the one I'm accustomed to. If I'm not at work or school, I can most likely be found running the local trails, working out, or trying to drag a friend out to the woods to share my love for the natural world. I get real excited when given to opportunity to teach others about biology, and I've noticed I'm most interested in insects. Give me a net, jar, and the outdoors and I'll be entertained all day.

FUN FACT: I recently fulfilled a desire to explore a tropical rainforest be spending two weeks in the rainforests of Belize and Guatemala.

 

Taylor Price, M.S. in progress

Education

2012-2016, B.S. Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University

I am interested in exploring the mechanisms that underlie aquatic insect communities and their relationship to ecosystem function. Specifically, I am obsessed with tank bromeliads in tropical rain forests and the refuge they offer to a wide variety of organisms (i.e., water holding bracts, structural complexity, and nutrient cycling). Mosquitoes are a powerful and important tool for testing and understanding ecological theory and I am excited to be a part of an important research area. In my spare time, I love exploring natural environments, identifying flora/fauna and using photography as a medium to capture/share information about subjects I encounter. If I am not in lab, I am long distance trail running, reading some sort of book, or getting dirt on my shoes. Overall, I'd say I am a curious explorer.

Fun fact: I have licked the femur bone of an Allosaurus on a petrified dune. 

Former undergrads in the lab

Carmen Bofill (B.S. Honors College, USM). Carmen recently received her M.S. in public health at U Texas at Austin. Carmen studied predation of dytiscids on Culex quinquefasciatus.

Silvano Daniels (B.S. Honors College, USM). For his thesis Silvano studied adult-adult interactions of Culex quinquefasciatus and Aedes albopictus. He is now at the Laboratorie de Biologie du Developpement de Villfranche-Sur-Mer in France.

John Lloyd Martin (B.S. Honors College, USM). John Lloyd conducted a project on the effect of larval competition among Aedes albopictus, Ae. aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus on elemental stoichiometry in the adults. He plans to attend med school.

Ashton Reeves (B.S. USM). Ashton worked in the lab for multiple semesters and was part of the team that completed the sampling of tires in 2012.

Elizabeth Himel, (B.S. USM). Elizabeth is looking for graduate opportunites in the fall after her big trip to Europe. She was a big part of the lab for many semesters. She now lives in South Dakota.

Anne Winters, (B.S. Honors College, USM) M.Sc. at University of Exeter 2011; Working on her Ph.D. at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Anna Reiber: (B.S. USM) Anna worked in the lab for the summers of 2009 and 2010. She graduated from USM in 2011 and is currently writing a food blog.

Amanda Bonelli (B.S. USM): Amanda helped with sampling during 2009 and has since graduated from USM and is now a mom. Of all the work she did, she most often talks about her fond memories with worms and cotton.

Jennifer Grimes (B.S. USM): Jennifer also was part of the "dream crew" in 2009, sampling both mosquito containers and ponds. Jennifer now works for a chemistry lab and is also a mom.

 

Former Lab members

Alisa Abuzeineh, Ph.D., Post Doctoral Associate 2012

Alisa was in the lab for the entire 2012 calendar year. She worked on a variety of projects and was in charge of supervising data collection on the tire sampling during the summer. Recently she accepted a position teaching for the Wichita school district in Kansas.

Click her for her CV


Education
2011: Ph.D. Aquatic Resources, Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX

2006:  M.S. Biology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

2002: B.S. Wildlife Biology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

 
 

Francis Ezeakacha, Ph.D. 2015, Dissertation: Linking effects of different environmental factors across different life history
stages of container mosquitoes

Francis is now doing a post doc in the Thomas lab at Penn State. He recently got married and they are expecting a child this fall.

His research focused on the important role life history stages play in the persistence and performance of container-inhabiting mosquitoes. This has implications for mosquito ecology, vector control, and mosquito surveillance.

Education

2006 – 2008: M.Phil: Entomology; African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS), University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana.

2001 – 2005: B.S Parasitology and Entomology; Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria.

Awards and Honors

2008: Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Scholar

2008: African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS) Scholar

2007: Prof. J.N. Ayertey’s Prize for the best student (Coursework) in Entomology for 2006/2007 academic year at University of Ghana, Legon.

 

Stephanie Schelble, M.S. 2014, Thesis: Effects of water parameters on container mosquito (Diptera: Culcidae) oviposition and performance

 

Stephanie is currently teaching in her homestate of New York.


Education:
2008-2012: B.S. Biology and Environmental Science, Canisius College, Buffalo, New York

Awards and Honors:
Canisius Earning Excellence Program (CEEP)- A college merit grant for research in science
Excellence in Environmental Science & Excellence in Research in Ecology- senior graduation awards

 

 

Jeff Skiff, M.S. 2012, Thesis: Interactions between protozoan prey (Phylum Protista) and their mosquito (Order Diptera; Family Culicidae) predators:  prey size and predator behavior effects 

Jeff now works for Archer Daniels Midland.

Education
2006-2010 B.S. in Biology, Minor in English (mostly creative writing); Iowa State University, Ames, IA

 

 

David Allgood, M.S. 2011, Thesis: Influence of detritus levels and organic pollution on interspecific resource competition, oviposition behavior, and larval survival of two tire-inhabiting mosquito species

David now works for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture.

Education

2005-2008: B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry; University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Greensboro, North Carolina.

2002-2005:  Associates in Science; Virginia Highlands Community College. Abingdon, Virginia.

 

Kris Pitcher, M.S. 2011, Thesis: Interspecific coexistence and competition between two similar species of predacious diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) in temporary aquatic habitats

Kris is working on his Ph.D. at the University of South Dakota.

Education
2009-2011 M.S. in Biological Sciences, USM

2003 - 2007 B.S. in Biology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

 

 

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