Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

  Associate Professor
  Phone: 863.956.8666
  Email: pelzstelinski@ufl.edu


Program Emphasis

My research program focuses on the biology and microbial ecology of insect vectors of plant diseases. Currently, I am investigating transmission of the Huanglongbing (HLB) pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Las) by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri,to further the development of successful ACP management programs. Aspects of this research include evaluating the effects of Las on ACP fitness and investigating the distribution and function of ACP endosymbionts.

Past Positions

Post Doctoral Researcher 2008. University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL

Research Assistant 2004-2008. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Research Assistant 2002-2004. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI


Vector Biology and Insect Microbial Community Ecology

Refereed Papers


Boina, D. R., M. Salyani, S. Tiwari, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Spray droplet size affects efficacy of fenpropathrin against Asian citrus psyllid. Journal of ASTM International. Accepted.

Mann, R.S., J.G. Ali, S.L. Hermann, S. Tiwari, K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, H.T. Alborn and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Induced release of a plant defensive volatile ‘deceptively’ attracts insect vectors to plants infected with a bacterial pathogen. PloS Pathogens. 8(3): e1002610.

Kuhns, E.H., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2012. Exposure of female moths to their sex pheromone reduces mating success by possibly reducing their response to male aphrodisiacs: a potential new mechanism of mating disruption. Journal of Chemical Ecology. 38:168-175.


Mann, R., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Sexual transmission of a plant pathogenic bacterium, Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus, between conspecific insect vectors during mating. PLoS One. 6(12): e29197.

Pelz-Stelinski, K.S., M. G. Kaufman, and E. D. Walker. 2011. Beetle (Coleoptera: Scirtidae) facilitation of larval mosquito growth in tree hole habitats is linked to multitrophic microbial interactions. Microbial Ecology. 62:690-703.

Tiwari, S., K. Pelz-Stelinski, R. S. Mann and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Glutathione S-transferase and cytochrome P450 (general oxidase) activity levels in Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus-infected and uninfected Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104: 297-305. PDF

Tiwari, S., K. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2011. Effect of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection on susceptibility of Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri, to selected insecticides. Pest Management Science. 67: 94-99. PDF


Tiwari, S., H. Lewis-Rosenblum, K. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.L. Stelinski. 2010. Incidence of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infection in abandoned citrus occurring in proximity to commercially managed groves. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 1972-1978. PDF

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., R.H. Brlansky, and M.E. Rogers. 2010. Transmission of Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus by the Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 1531-1541. PDF

Hartung, J. S., S. E. Halbert, K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, R. H. Brlansky, C. Chen, F. G. Gmitter. 2010. Lack of evidence for transmission of ‘Candidatus’ Liberibacter asiaticus through true citrus seed. Plant Disease. 94: 1200-1205. PDF

M.G. Kaufman, K. S . Pelz-Stelinski, D. Yee, S. Juliano, P. Olstrom, and E.D.Walker. 2010. Stable isotope analysis reveals detrital resource base sources of the tree hole mosquito, Ochlerotatus triseriatus. Ecological Entomology. 35: 586-593.

Forbes, A. A., K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, and R. Isaacs. 2010. Transfer of life history phenology from mothers to progeny in a solitary univoltine parasitoid. Physiological Entomology. 35: 192-195.

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., M.G. Kaufman, and E.D. Walker. 2010. Senescent leaf exudate increases mosquito survival and microbial activity. Ecological Entomology. 35: 329-340.


Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., L. J. Gut, and R. Isaacs. 2006. Behavioral responses of Rhagoletis cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae) to GF-120 insecticidal bait enhanced with ammonium acetate. Journal of Economic Entomology. 99: 1316-1320.

Pelz-Stelinski, K. S., L. J. Gut, and R. Isaacs. 2006. Vertical position of traps influences captures of eastern cherry fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist. 89: 80-83.

Stelinski, L.L., K.S. Pelz-Stelinski, and L.J. Gut. 2006. Male Diachasma alloeum parasitoids from two host species of tephritid fruit flies respond equally to female-produced sex pheromone. Physiological Entomology.

Stelinski, L. L., K. S. Pelz-Stelinski, O. E. Liburd, and L. J. Gut. 2006. Control strategies for Rhagoletis mendax disrupt host-finding and ovipositional capability of its parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum. Biological Control. 36: 91-99.

Pelz-Stelinski, K.S., L.J. Gut, L.L. Stelinski, O.E. Liburd, and R. Isaacs. 2005. Host-fruit volatiles are attractive to Rhagoletis mendax and R. cingulata (Diptera: Tephritidae). Environmental Entomology. 34:1013-1018.

Pelz, K. S., R. Isaacs, J. Wise, and L. J. Gut. 2005. Protection of fruit against infestation by apple maggot and blueberry maggot flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) using GF-120 Fruit Fly Bait. Journal of Economic Entomology. 98 (2): 432-437.

Stelinski, L. L., K. S. Pelz, and O. E. Liburd. 2004. Field observations quantifying attraction of the parasitic wasp, Diachasma alloeum (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) to blueberry fruit infested by the blueberry maggot fly, Rhagoletis mendax (Diptera: Tephritidae). Florida Entomologist. 87: 124-129.