Fonseca Lab

Terrestrial invasives leave “DNA footprints”, Nature says.

May 15, 2018 – Rafael’s chapter on using eDNA to detect terrestrial invasives is finally out (Valentinetal2018) and got “covered” by Nature. Looking forward to seeing the citations pilling up!

Rafael is now Dr. Valentin!

23 March 2018 – Rafael successfully defended his PhD. Congratulations Rafael! (picture to be added soon)

Rafael is giving the Entomology Department Seminar!

2 February 2018 –“Application of environmental DNA to survey for agricultural pests” Seminar starts at 11am (come earlier for coffee and donuts!) in the 2nd floor classroom in Thompson Hall, Cook Campus (SEBS).

Rafael’s ms accepted in “Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment”

11 December 2017 – Found out today that “Early detection of terrestrial invasive insect infestations by using eDNA from crop surfaces” by Valentin, Fonseca, Nielsen, Leskey and Lockwood was formally accepted for publication in Frontiers in Ecology and the… Read More

Congratulations Rafael!

7 November 2017 – Rafael got first prize in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) graduate student competition. Congratulations Rafael!

A trip to stop them all

October 11, 2017 – Rafael, Anne Nielsen and Dina met up with Sven-Erik Spichiger (PA Department of Agriculture) and visited sites in Pennsylvania infested with the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycormia denticulata. A beauty and a beast. SLF was first… Read More

Rafael’s research highlighted by SEBS

Rafael’s accomplishments are front page in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SBES)! Read all about it in SEBS Newsroom, SEBS Facebook, and SEBS Twitter. Congratulations Rafael!

The Invasion Ecology Best Presentation Award goes to Rafael Valentin!

Congratulations Rafael on receiving the Invasion Ecology Best Presentation Award at the Ecological Society of America annual meeting. This year’s meeting was held in Portland, Oregon and focused on “linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a… Read More

Congratulations Rafael!

Congratulations Rafael Valentin, on writing a manuscript on the worldwide expansion of brown marmorated stinkbug that has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports! To access the PDF, go the Rafael ResearchGate page.