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Pete Teel

Teel, Pete
Pete Teel
Regents Professor
Heep Center Room 416
Undergraduate Education
B.S. Entomology, Oklahoma State University
Graduate Education
Ph.D. Entomology, Oklahoma State University
M.S. Entomology, Texas A&M University

Professional Summary

Pete Teel, Ph.D., leads a multidisciplinary research program on the biology, ecology and integrated management of ticks associated with livestock, wildlife, companion animals and humans.  Research is focused in four areas: 1) tick-host-pathogen-landscape-climate interactions using systems modeling and field-based technologies to address ecological and managerial questions, 2) tick suppression tactics in Integrated Tick Management, 3) non-invasive technologies (NIRS and Raman) for detecting tick-infested animals in surveillance and management programs, and 4) comparative studies of Ixodidae and Argasidae.  Teel also provides co-leadership in Education projects under the Western Gulf Center of Excellence in Vector Borne Diseases.

Research Emphasis: 

Medical-Veterinary Entomology, tick biology, ecology, and integrated tick management

Selected Publications:

  1. Rich, B.T., D.B. Thomas, M.T. Longnecker, D.R. Tolleson, J. Angerer, A.A. Perez de Leon, and P.D. Teel.   Bovine fecal chemistry changes with progression of Southern Cattle Tick, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Acari: Ixodidae) infestation.  Vet. Parasit. 303: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vetpar.2022.109679
  2. Dou, T., A. Ermolenkov, S.R. Hays, B.T. Rich, T.G. Donaldson, D.B. Thomas, P.D. Teel and D. Kurouski. 2022. Raman-based identification of tick species (Ixodidae) by spectroscopic analysis of their feces.  Spectrochimica Acta Part A. 271: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.saa.2022.120966
  3. Kim, H.J., G.L. Hamer, S.A. Hamer, J.E. Lopez and P.D. Teel. Identification of host bloodmeal source in Ornithodoros turicata Duges (Ixodida: Argasidae) using DNA-based and stable isotope techniques.  Frontiers in Vet. Sci. 8 https://doi.org/10.3389/fvets.2021.620441
  4. Hue, T., C. Fontfreyde, H-H Wang, W.E. Grant, P.D. Teel and A.A. Perez de Leon.   Optimizing long-acting acaricide use for integrated tick management of Rhipicephalus australis-infesting cattle in New Caledonia.  Trop. Anim. Hlth. Prod. 53:384 doi.org/10.1007/s11250-021-02816-x
  5. Wang, H-H, W.E. Grant, P.D. Teel, K.H. Lohmeyer and A.A. Perez de Leon.   Simulated dynamics of southern cattle fever ticks (Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus) in south Texas, USA: investigating potential wildlife-mediated impacts on eradication efforts.  Parasites and Vectors 14:231 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13071-021-04724-3