Holly C Tuten

Associate Scientist - Vector Ecologist

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Research Interests

I am currently building vector surveillance and research capacity at the University of Illinois INHS Medical Entomology Lab. We are collecting mosquitoes and ticks around the State of IL and conducting high-throughput taxonomic diagnostics and molecular analyses of mosquitoes and ticks, and their pathogens, microbiomes, and population genetics. I run the lab's statewided active tick surveillance program through a contract with IDPH. I have additional interests in vector ecology, behavior, functional morphology, and risk analysis. I received a BS in Biology from UNC - Chapel Hill, and an MS and PhD in Entomology from Clemson University. I have completed two postdocs, in American Samoa and Switzerland, on biology and control of insect vectors. And, I was a Risk Analyst for the USDA APHIS. My research interests are in animal behavior, basic and applied biological research, data gathering and analysis, ecology, entomology, invasive species biology, neglected and (re)emerging diseases, symbioses and coevolution, science communication and collaboration, and teaching.

Education/Academic qualification

Entomology, PhD, Clemson University


Award Date: Aug 1 2011

Biology/Chemistry, BSc, University of North Carolina

Award Date: May 15 2006


  • QH Natural history
  • ticks
  • mosquitoes
  • vector-borne disease
  • vector ecology
  • vector behavior
  • vector surveillance
  • pathogen testing
  • QL Zoology
  • vector morphology

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Research Output

Documentation of the Expansion of the Gulf Coast Tick (Amblyomma maculatum) and Rickettsia parkeri: First Report in Illinois

Phillips, V. C., Zieman, E. A., Kim, C. H., Stone, C. M., Tuten, H. C. & Jiménez, F. A., Jan 20 2020, In : Journal of Parasitology. 106, 1, p. 9-13 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Effects of Pyriproxifen on Aedes japonicus Development and Its Auto-Dissemination by Gravid Females in Laboratory Trials

    Tuten, H. C., Moosmann, P., Mathis, A. & Schaffner, F., Mar 2016, In : Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 32, 1, p. 55-58 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Presence of Bartonella and Rickettsia spp. in cat fleas and brown dog ticks collected from dogs in American Samoa

    Tuten, H. C., Glowacki, M. N., Hefley, C. & Reeves, W. K., Dec 1 2013, In : Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 16, 4, p. 461-463 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Comparative morphology of the pyloric armature of adult mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae)

    Tuten, H. C., Bridges, W. C. & Adler, P. H., Sep 1 2012, In : Arthropod Structure and Development. 41, 5, p. 475-481 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Blood-feeding ecology of mosquitoes in zoos

    Tuten, H. C., Bridges, W. C., Paul, K. S. & Adler, P. H., Dec 1 2012, In : Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 26, 4, p. 407-416 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle