Steven A. Juliano
My research concerns behavioral, population,
and community ecology of insects, and the ways in which these different levels of
organization within ecology are linked. Currently most of my work is on invasion
ecology of container dwelling mosquitoes.
All of my research has featured a major role for post doctoral researchers, and graduate and undergraduate students.
RECENT AWARDS WON BY MY
Two of my recent graduate students, Ebony Murrell (PhD 2012) and Joe
Fader (MS 2011),
have won awards for best presentation at the annual meeting of the Ecological
Society of America. Ebony Murrell also won the ISU Sorensen award for best
dissertation. For more on these awards, click
community processes including competition and predation among container
mosquitoes in the midwest. This project is funded by a National Institutes
of Health grant. Under a previous NIH grant we investigated how the
presence of multiple competing species in containers affects invasion success
and impact of another invasive mosquito, Aedes japonicus in the St.
Louis, MO area. This project documented the processes leading to turnover
of species in these communities. More recently, we have embarked on a
project testing the contributions of water body size, permanence, and predator
abundance as determinants of community organization in these communities.
Besides addressing general hypotheses about community level interactions, these
projects concern factors that affect important vectors or arboviruses; hence
there is both basic and practical significance to this work. This work
takes place at the
Tyson Research Center, Washington University.
completed project involves a collaboration with
Dr. Sabine Loew,
population geneticist, now at St. Mary's University, Maryland. We used molecular markers (mtDNA,
microsatellites) to trace dispersal
and population history of the Yellow Fever mosquito in Florida.
Some of my past research has involved
invasion ecology of Asian tiger mosquito
was funded by a National Institutes of Health grant, in which I
collaborated with colleagues
at Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida. We also
have a related international project on this invasive species in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, in collaboration with Instituto Oswaldo Cruz.
In the recent past, I have been part of an NSF-funded Cross-disciplinary Research at Undergraduate Institutions
(CRUI) project on life history phenotypes of insects,
using grasshoppers as a model organism.
A summary of past research in my lab on our CRUI project is
This project involves undergraduates exclusively, and is funded by a National
Science Foundation grant for Collaborative
Research at Undergraduate Institutions.
In addition to these research projects, I have a long
standing interest in biostatistics,
which has led to
my involvement in research on application of statistical techniques to a variety of
biological problems. I am
also one of the faculty directing the
Excellence in Biomathematics at ISU, which is a collaborative MS degree
program involving the School of Biological Sciences and Department of
David W. Borst Memorial Fund
This scholarship fund was established as a memorial to my late colleague
It provides an annual scholarship for an academically outstanding
undergraduate student pursuing research in Biological Sciences.
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choose the designation(s) for your gift"
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College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. David W. Borst, Jr.
Memorial Restricted Fund
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I am also a charter member
of the National Center for
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School of Biological
Integrative Biology Brown Bag Seminar (listed semester