Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences [Dept. of Entomology]

Dina M. Fonseca, Professor

Lab website: Fonseca Lab

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Areas of Interest
Infectious Diseases, Mosquito Control, and Evolutionary Ecology.

Teaching Areas
Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Ecology.

Memberships and Professional Service
Research Associate, Patrick Center for Environmental Science, Academy of Natural Sciences, 2007-present; Invited Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania Medical School, Microbiology Department, "Emerging infectious Diseases", 2003, 2004, and 2006; Research Associate, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2001-present; Assistant Curator of Molecular Ecology, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences.

Grants, Honors, and Awards
Team Excellence Award (Asian tiger mosquito project), Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 2014. Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University “Building the Rutgers Climate and Environmental Change Initiative” with multiple researchers at Rutgers. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 2009.  Academic Excellence Award, Rutgers University, “Climate and Health Research Initiative” (CHRI) Initiative with E. Boros, N. Fefferman, D. Fonseca, R. Gaugler, R. Lathrop and M. Robson. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ, USA, 2008. Principal Investigator, Charles and Johanna Busch Biomedical Research Grant, Rutgers University, "Transfer of useful genes across hybrid zones in the Culex pipiens complex," 2007-2009. Principal Investigator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Wadsworth Center, New York Department of Health, "U.S. Based Collaboration in Emerging Viral and Prion Diseases," 2002-2009.

Recent Referred Publications:

  • Price DC, Egizi AM, Fonseca DM 2015 Doublesex is ubiquitous and ancestral in insects Scientific Reports in press

  • Wilkerson RC, Linton Y-M, Fonseca DM, Schultz TR, Price DC, Strickman DA 2015 Making mosquito taxonomy useful: a stable classification of tribe Aedini that balances utility with current knowledge of evolutionary relationships. PLoS One in press

  • Price DC, Egizi AM, Fonseca DM 2015 Characterization of the doublesex gene within the Culex pipiens complex underscores plasticity at the base of the mosquito sex determination cascade BMC: Evolutionary Biology 15:108 DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0386-1         

  • Fonseca DM, Kaplan LR, Heiry RA, Strickman D 2015 Density dependent oviposition by female Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) spreads eggs among containers during the summer but accumulates them in the fall. Journal of Medical Entomology doi: 10.1093/jme/tjv060

  • Johnson BJ, Fonseca DM 2015 Insecticide resistance alleles in wetland and residential populations of the West Nile virus vector Culex pipiens in New Jersey, USA. Pest Management Science in press

  • Price DC and Fonseca DM 2015 Genetic divergence between populations of feral and domestic forms of a mosquito disease vector assessed by transcriptomics. PeerJ 3:e807

  • Egizi A, Fefferman NH, Fonseca DM 2015 Evidence that implicit assumptions of “no evolution” of disease vectors in changing environments can be violated on a rapid timescale. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2014.0136.

  • Johnson BJ, Robson MG, Fonseca DM 2015 Unexpected spatiotemporal abundance of infected Cx. restuans suggest a greater role as a West Nile virus vector for this native species. Infection, Genetics and Evolution 31: 40-47.

  • Egizi A, Fonseca DM. 2015. Ecological limits can obscure expansion history: patterns of genetic diversity in a temperate mosquito in Hawaii. Biological Invasions 17(1): 123-132.

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