Fonseca Lab

Population genetics for the good of the citizen

July 1, 2018 – Just in time of the 4th of July New Jersey.com released a detailed examination of the importance of the exotic longhorned tick to NJ residents. The report also talks about native ticks and the… Read More

Its a ticky world!

Three nymphs of blacklegged tick, Ixodes scapularis, also three nymphs of lone star tick, Amblyomma americanum, and eight nymphs of the exotic longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, all found during surveillance of the Rutgers Cook campus. We are developing strategies for Integrated Pest Management for… Read More

Reaction to the re-discovery of the longhorned tick in NJ

21 April 2018 – NJ Department of Agriculture formally announced the re-emergence of the invasive tick (aka exotick) – click on the date for the press-release. A few news outlets have responded: NJ.com; wrnjradio.com; Philadelphia Inquirer; CBS New York;… Read More

The longhorned tick is back! (actually, it never left)

13 April 2018 – It was Friday the 13th but also one of the first warm days of this Spring and Jim decided to go check up on the ticks in the Hunterdon farm where an invasive tick, Haemaphysalis… Read More

Andrea Egizi in NPR!

February 27, 2018 – Andrea is featured in the NPR series “Goats and Soda” by Courtney Columbus. The blog includes interviews of two main actors (Tadhgh Rainey and Andrea) about the finding of a multistage infestation of Haemaphysalis longirostris in Hunterdon… Read More

First talk on Exoticks

22 February 2018 – Dina is giving a talk on invasive ticks (aka Exoticks) at the 2018 Tick Summit (VII) at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge (10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop, Laurel, MD 20708). She’ll give an… Read More

Andrea is giving the Entomology Department Seminar!

9 February 2018 –“It’s not just Lyme disease: lessons from 10 years of tick surveillance in Monmouth County, NJ” Seminar starts at 11am (come earlier for coffee and donuts!) in the 2nd floor classroom in Thompson Hall, Cook… Read More

Congrats Dana Price, Brian Johnson, and Andrea Egizi on the acceptance of their grant proposal!

Brian Johnson, Andrea Egizi and Dana Price submitted a grant proposal to the American Mosquito Control Association Research Fund.  Their project will develop a novel shotgun sequencing approach to analyze metagenomic material (genetic material sampled directly from environmental… Read More

Andrea’s ms accepted in “Tick & Tick-borne Diseases”!

11 December 2017 – Andrea ms entitled “A historical snapshot of Ixodes scapularis-borne pathogens in New Jersey ticks reflects a changing disease landscape” by Egizi, Rogner, Faraji, Healy and Jordan was officially accepted in Tick & Tick Borne… Read More

Exotic hard-tick detected in NJ!

22 November 2017 – We had to wait until an official joint press release was issued by the NJ Dept. of Agriculture and NJ Dept. of Health yesterday, but on November 9 Andrea, using the barcode mtDNA sequence, identified… Read More