20 December 2017
My recent paper
Travis Collier on evaluation of quarantine lengths was featured as a highlight
in the FAO/IAEA Insect Pest Control Newsletter
) on pg 36.
12 December 2017
I've created a publons
account to track
my peer reviews. My profile is is here
This is an interesting effort, though many researchers might hesitate due
to confidentiality issues. I have been signing my reviews over the last
few years, so for me this is not an issue.
17 October 2017
Three papers published in quick succession this month, two from work started
in 2014 (Jang et al
Gaertner et al
another in 2016 (Khan
). Great to have these complete.
21 September 2017
This has been a very busy year for travel: Brazil, Austria, New Zealand, Taiwan,
Kauai, and finally Denver CO. Most sponsored, but still a lot of time on the road.
28 June 2017
Welcoming a few new people in our lab for the summer. One is Briana McCarthy, a
professor at Los Medanos CC
in N. California.
She is joining us through the
USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program's Kika de la Garza Fellowship
, and will be focused on CBB with Melissa Johnson. The other are Jana and
Alyssa, HS students at St. Joseph HS
in Hilo. Welcome to all three!
24 May 2017
I am presenting some of our recent ABS results at
Third FAO–IAEA International Conference on Area-wide Management of Insect Pests
. In a couple of weeks I will be in Ribeirão Preto, Brazil, at the 15th
, to discuss
some of the experience with biological control of tephritids in the Pacific.
1 February 2017
has started today in my lab! Melissa is a postdoc who will be working on our Coffee Berry Borer (CBB)
research. She is an expert in the genus Cyrtandra
, and has experience in
molecular phylogenetics, speciation in plants and taxonomy.
In addition, she has conducted significant field work around the Pacific, in Hawaii, California, Samoa and Fiji.
We are delighted to have her help and look forward to a very
productive postdoctoral appointment.
10 January 2017
We are happy to welcome Travis Collier
to the lab. Travis is a modeler and programer who will be focused on
developing computer-generated trap networks for invasive fruit fly detection.
We are pleased to have him in our group.
03 November 2016
Josep Bau i Ma
and Ring Card
just completed some time in Hilo working with
me on some experiments focused on wind and trap catches. There is a
from the University of Vic in Catalonia, Spain (Where Dr. Macià works) about thi
14 September 2016
I have just been selected as the new Research Leader for the
DKI-PBARC. I am excited to start on this new challenge.
29 August 2016
Two new openings in my lab, both for postdocs. One is to work on
designed optimized trapping networks
, and the other to coordinate
research as part of the Area-Wide project
. Follow links for announcements,
and email with any questions.
3 April 2016
With Roger Vargas
I am co-organizing a symposium at the
ic Branch meeting
of the ESA in
Honolulu starting today. Symposium is titled
"Current Research on Fruit Flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the Pacific Area".
10 February 2016
Two new papers in press, both related to attractants and trapping,
and also tied together by computer vision methods: one on
Medfly behavior on
in PLoS ONE
another on a new attractant for Queensland fruit fly in J. of
28 September 2015
My lab was just awarded an ARS Administrator's Research Associate,
class of 2016. I will be looking for an outstanding postdoc with
a background in computational biology to work on some exciting new
projects for two years. I am very pleased to have this support- stay
tuned for the announcement.
01 July 2015
New release of MED-FOES
(ver 0.6)! This version includes spatial modeling of an eradication
trapping grid via TrapGrid
which is a significant increase in eradication realism. Execution time
is longer if this feature is used, but in many cases it will be worth
it. In associated news, a couple of papers on trap attraction are now
02 June 2015
A Farm Bill section 10007 suggestion with cooperators at
has been awareded $170K to model Medfly risk in the continental US. This
model will include the entire invasion process, including cost of eradication.
This last factor will be modeled using MED-FOES
22 April 2015
I'm organizing a workshop in Hilo and Kona to further a spatial model of
(CBB) in Hawaii. The expert group at the workshop will include
researchers from ARS, NASA and Cornell Univerity. We will be meeting
with other CBB researchers from University of Hawaii and also with coffee
growers from April 27-May 1.
17 October 2014
A paper describing a new computer model of insect traps in a landscape has been
accepted in the journal Scientific Reports
. You can read it
. This is the second
paper (the first
was on mosquito swarms with my UMD colleagues)
I have published in SRep, a new NPG journal.
14 September 2014
has received a significant compute upgrade. Read more
. Also, a new paper
on mosquito swarms, an analysis of male motion coordination,
has reached publication. Read that paper
04 April 2014
New version of MED-FOES
(0.51) released, with some fixes to annoying bugs, including file system path handling.
28 March 2014
Major updates to moana
the HPC cluster at PBARC. Read more here
04 November 2013
Updated version of guiLiner
has been posted (ver 0.4). This includes a new feature, arbitrary separators
for range options. Motivation was a GUI for MED-FOES_p.
02 November 2013
A new, multi-threaded version of MED-FOES, called MED-FOES_p (p
for "parallel") is nearly ready for release. Some benchmark results are
available on moana
01 October 2013
Partial US Government shutdown due to lapse in funding begins. All research
at PBARC is halted.
18 June 2013
Three new papers in Press: one on spatial dynamics of B. dorsalis
and two of its parasitoids with Roger Vargas, one on rearing fruit flies
and the paper describing MED-FOES; the last two both from my lab.
10 April 2013
A new version of MED-FOES had just been released. This corrects a problem with
the calculation of hourly mortality from daily input values and also with
how mortality from different sources was being combined. Get the
new version (0.42) from the web site
13 March 2013
Our work with computer vision and automatic counting of fruit flies on a
screen has been featured in "Fruit fly News"
to see details.
11 March 2013
Returned to Hawaii from a trip to Juazeiro, Bahia (Brazil), where I was
invited to present some results of our stereoscopic mosquito swarm studies
to a Research Coordination Meeting (RCM) of the
. I had the opportunity to see from up close the "Projeto Aedes
Transgenico", one of the first to release transgenic disease vectors
in the world. More
31 October 2012
First paper on using computer vision to study the behavior of tephritid
flies has been accepted to Annals of the Entomological Society of America
This should be a foundation for further studies using the same basic approach.
10 August 2012
A copule of new publications have been added to the
page: one on
mosquito swarming with S. Butail, D. Paley, J. Ribeiro et al (J. of the
Royal Society Interface
) and one a review on biological control
of tephritid flies in the Pacific with R. Vargas, L. Leblanc and E. Harris
). A nice bridge between past work and future.
21 March 2012
I have some video showing our use of machine vision for detecting fruit flies
on a screen. This is my first time posting a video using the HTML5
video tag, and it was not as simple as I'd hoped- I am not sure this will work
on all browsers. Still, you can give it a try if you click here
10 October 2011
The work resulting from experiments on the direction of movement of An.
upon emergence from the aquatic phase has been accepted for
publication in PLoS ONE. Updated pubs and link should be available in a few
05 July 2011
My first paper produced from my work as an ARS employee has finally been
published in JoVE
, a peer reviewed video-
journal focused on biological protocols. It is available for free:
An Optimized Protocol
for Rearing Fopius arisanus, a Parasitoid of Tephritid Fruit Flies
01 March 2011
A paper on the sialome
of an Amblyoma tick
has been accepted and is now available at BMC Genomics.
I was happy to be able to contribute to this work.
11 November 2010
Unitsci is finally installed in its new home in Hilo. Many updates pending.
13 September 2010
This was my first day at USDA as a research biologist in Hilo, Hawaii. In
my new position I should be focusing on Tephritid fruit fly ecology and
14 August 2010
Tomorrow I depart for Mali to collect more swarm video data. Chances are good that this trip will yield an excellent dataset- we are
in a better position than ever before to unravels some intricate details of the mating of An. gambiae
10 August 2010
I have accepted an offer of employment from the USDA. More news to follow soon!
27 April 2010
The MRR paper is freely available from PLoS ONE at this link
30 March 2010
Our manuscript describing the results of our Mark-Release-Recapture study
in the Bancoumana area in 2008 has been accepted for publication at
. This paper is another part of our efforts
to characterize population dynamics of An. gambiae
in and near
the riparian areas of the Niger River near Bancoumana.
09 September 2009
A new paper describing assortative swarming between the M and S molecular
forms has just
been published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B
04 December 2008
A technical paper giving details on the stereoscopic mosquito localization
method used in the JME "swarms" paper is available on Nature Preceedings
to read all about it.
18 November 2008
"Structure and Dynamics of Male Swarms of Anopheles gambiae
" is in
press at the J. Medical Entomology
. This is the first work using
stereoscopic imaging to localize mosquitoes in space; code to do this
and more details will shortly available here
I'll also update the bibliography once the paper is published.
02 June 2008
A paper describing guiLiner, a project developed with Eric Anderson, is now
available on ArXiv. Link is in the Publications page.
31 January 2008
The simulation work on ecotypification is in press at PNAS. It has been combined with some empirical field data generated by some most excellent colleages. I am very pleased with the outcome. The pubs page will be updated once the paper has been published.
14 November 2007
First release of guiLiner (see http://guiliner.sourceforge.net/
) in collaboration with Eric Anderson. We hope that this program will save many hours of time to biologists who write computer applications and that it makes many programs more available to researchers who are end users.
01 November 2007
Added details on some current projects to the "research" page.
23 July 2007
Unitsci is open for business, with an embryonic interface. Look around, see if you find something useful. I welcome comments and suggestions.