Holly Tuten

CONTACT
Holly collecting ticks

114 Long Hall, Box 340315
Department of Entomology, Soils, and Plant Sciences
Clemson University
Clemson, South Carolina 29634-0315
Phone: (864) 656-5070
FAX: (864) 656-5069
E-mail: htuten@clemson.edu

 

ADVISOR

Peter H. Adler, Ph.D.

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

All things parasitic, zoonotic, or hematophagic.

My doctoral research is on mosquito ecology in the Greenville Zoo, Greenville, SC and the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, SC. I'm conducting this research to provide science with a better understanding of the potential health risks posed by mosquitoes interfacing with animals and humans in a zoo setting. Additionally, I aim to use the zoos as natural experiments for the investigation of mosquito behavior and biology. Finally, my research will benefit the zoos by providing an empirical basis for mosquito control recommendations.

In 2008 and 2009 I sampled mosquito larvae in both zoos and collected information on environmental variables of habitats with and without larvae. The purpose of the research was to census mosquito species across seasons, and to create a predictive model of larval mosquito distribution in the zoos that could be used to provide zoos with mosquito control recommendations. I am currently revising a manuscript on the research for publication. Beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2011 I am collecting adult female mosquitoes in both zoos. I am investigating the identity of mosquito hosts (inferred from blood-meals). Additionally, I am testing mosquitoes to determine if they are vectors for the causative agent of dog heartworm, Dirofilaria immitis.

Mosquitoes are the basis of my doctoral research but I am interested in many aspects of ecology and entomology. Lately I have been reading about: Hopkin's host-selection principle, the evolution of aposematic coloration and mimicry, behavior and learning in insect vectors, insect intermediate hosts of the rat tapeworm (Hymenolepis diminuta), insect parasites and human culture, parasite importance to ecological food webs, and human evolutionary history.

 

EDUCATION

B.S. (2006) Biology (with Chemistry minor). University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

"Tigra Scientifica" for Clemson Campus Newspaper as pdf files

Science, intelligent design, and natural selection

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastics Permeate the Ecosphere

Cutting Plastic consumption

Science Debate 2008

Bioprospecting: when money grows on trees

The Science of Sleep

The Plight of the Parasite

Family Heirlooms

The Glass Marshmallow--Aerogel

Low-cost, high-impact Technology for the developing world

Eye Robot

 

PICTURES
Mosquito larva
Culex salinarius larva

mosquito larvae
Culex salinarius larvae

Emerging male mosquito
Adult male emerging