Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Associate Professor
Entomology

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.

Specialization

Vector Biology and Insect Microbial Community Ecology

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski Associate Professor