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Pete Teel

Teel, Pete
Pete Teel
Regents Professor, Associate Department Head for Academic Programs, Associate Director, Forensic & Investigative Sciences Program
Heep Center Room 416
Undergraduate Education
B.S., Entomology, Oklahoma State University, 1969
Graduate Education
Ph.D., Entomology, Oklahoma State University, 1978
M.S., Entomology, Texas A&M University, 1970


Research Emphasis: Biology, ecology and management of ticks effecting humans, livestock, companion animals and wildlife.

Current Research Topics: Tick-host-landscape-climate level interactions effecting population dynamics and management, simulation modelling, non-invasive technologies for detection of tick infested animals, genomic and transcriptomic comparisons among several species of Ixodid and Argasid ticks.

Teaching Activity: Undergraduate teaching activities include career preparation for undergraduate students in degree programs of entomology and forensic & investigative sciences through ENTO 482 and FIVS 482 entitled Occupational & Professional Development.  Graduate teaching of ENTO 618 Acarology explores the morphology, systematics, natural histories, and host-parasite relationships of ticks and mites.

Selected Publications:

Wang, H-H, M.S. Corson, W.E. Grant and P.D. Teel.  2017.  Quantitative models of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) ticks:  Historical review and synthesis.  Ecosphere 8(9):e01942.10.1002/ecs2.1942

Kim, H.J., S.V. Filatov, J.E. Lopez, A.A. Perez de Leon and P.D. Teel.  2017.  Blood feeding of Ornithodoros turicata larvae using an artificial membrane system.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology.   doi: 10.1111/mve.12223

Krishnavajhala, A., H. Wilder, W. Boyle, A. Damania, J. Thornton, A.A. Perez de Leon, P.D. Teel, and J.E. Lopez.  2016.  Imaging Borrelia turicatae producing the green fluorescent protein reveals persistent colonization of Ornithodoros turicata midgut and salivary glands from nymphal acquisition through transmission.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology.  doi: 10.1128/AEM.02503-16

Wang, H-H, P.D. Teel, W.E. Grant, G. Schuster, and A.A. Perez de Leon.  2016.  Simulated interactions of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), climate variation and habitat heterogeneity on southern cattle tick (Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus) eradication methods in south Texas, USA.  Ecological Modelling 342:82-96.

Castellanos, A.A., M.C.I. Medeiros, G.L. Hamer, M.E. Morrow, M.D. Eubanks, P.D. Teel, S.A. Hamer and J.E. Light.  2016.  Decreased small mammal and on-host tick abundance in association with invasive red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta).  Biology Letters.  12: 20160463 DOI.org/10.1098/rsbl.2016.0463

Lyons, B.N., T.L. Crippen, L. Zeng, P.D. Teel, S.L. Swiger and J.K. Tomberlin.  2016.  Susceptibility of Alphitobius diaperinus in Texas to permethrin and β-cyfluthrin-treated surfaces.  Pest Management Science.  DOI 10.1002/ps.4327

Donaldson, T.G. , A.A. Perez de Leon, A. Li, I. Castro-Arellano, E. Wozniak, , W.K. Boyle, R. Hargrove, H.K. Wilder, H.J. Kim, P.D. Teel and J.E. Lopez.  2016.  Assessment of the geographic distribution of Ornithodoros turicata (Argasidae): climate variation and host diversity.  PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 10(2): e0004383 doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004383

Wang, H-H, W.E. Grant, P.D. Teel, and S.A. Hamer.  2016.  Tick-borne infectious agents in nature:  Simulated effects of changes in host density on spatial-temporal prevalence of infected ticks.  Ecological Modelling.  323:77-86.

Pimsler, M.L., C.G. Owings, M.R. Sanford, B.M. O’Connor, P.D. Teel, R.M. Mohr and J.K. Tomberlin.  2016.  Association of Myianoetus muscarum (Acari: Histiostomatidae) with Synthesiomyia nudiseta (Wulp) (Diptera: Muscidae) on human remains.  J. Medical Entomol.  Doi: 10.1093/jme/tjv203

Perez de Leon, A.A., A. Shower, B.T. Stegniy, R.O. Kucheryavenko, V.V. Kucheryavenko, A.P. Gerliovych, S.V. Filatov, A. Li, P.D. Teel, and S. McVey.  2015.  Part 1.  Biosafety and biosecurity.  Soft tick sampling and collection.  J. Vet. Med., Biotech, and Biosafety.  1(2):5-11

Wang, H.-H., W.E. Grant, P.D. Teel, and S.A. Hamer.  2015.  Simulation of climate-tick-host-landscape interactions:  Effects of shifts in the seasonality of host population fluctuations on tick densities.  J. Vector Ecology 40(2): 1-9.

Hamer, S.A., A.C. Weghorst, L.D. Auckland, E.B. Roark, O.F. Strey, P.D. Teel, and G.L. Hamer.  2015.  Comparison of DNA and carbon and nitrogen stable isotope-based techniques for tick blood meal analysis.  J. Medical Entomology 52:1047-1049.

Tolleson, D.R., P.D. Teel, O.F. Strey, S.D. Prince, J.P. Angerer, C.A. Taylor Jr., and D.F. Waldron.  2015.  Non-invasive detection of external parasites on free-ranging cattle in the Edwards Plateau region of Texas.  Proc. Western Section, American Society of Animal Science.  66:5pp.

Zheng, H., A. Y. Li, P.D. Teel, A.A. Perez de Leon, J. Seshu, and J. Liu.  2015.  Biological and physiological characterization of in vitro blood feeding in the nymphal and adult stages of Ornithorodoros turicata (Acari: Argasidae).  J. Insect Physiology 75:73-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2015.03.005