Dr. John R. Wallace
Dr. John R. Wallace
Professor, entomology, aquatic entomology, medical and forensic entomology, stream ecology. Director, M.U. Center for Environmental Sciences. Co-Coordinator, Institute for Watershed Advocacy Research Training (iWATR).
Office: Roddy 276
Phone: (717) 871-4318
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Shippensburg University
Ph.D., Michigan State University
BIOL 416 – Entomology
BIOL 516 – Aquatic Entomology
BIOL 445 – Aquatic Biology
BIOL 343 – Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 242 – Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 316 – Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 448 – Biological Problems Of Environmental Management
BIOL 472 – Topics - Biological Aspects of Forensic Science
BIOL 471 – Seminar - Forensic Entomology
BIOL 340 – Perspectives of Environmental Awareness
BIOL 100 – General Biology
Areas of Specialization:
Medical Entomology, Aquatic Entomology, Forensic Entomology, Stream Ecology, Crayfish Ecology.
My primary research interests focus on the population dynamics and feeding ecology of immature and adult mosquitoes. Current projects involve: 1) examining the trophic dynamics and food web relationships of mosquito larvae and other macroinvertebrates in relation to the maintenance and possible transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent to Buruli Ulcer, a necrotic skin disease that infects people living around the equatorial regions of the world, specifically West Africa, Australia and South America; 2) black fly surveillance in the Raritan River, NJ; 3) Larval mosquito population response to Hurricane Sandy, 4) Microbial community responses to biocidal treatments of larval black fly and mosquito habitats, 5) larval and adult macro invertebrate community response to stream restoration. Other research areas being driven by students in my lab include projects focused on: (1) crayfish life history responses to invasive plant diets, (2) adult mosquito response to Ailanthus altissima extract as a repellent or adulticide, 3) development of a reference larval mosquito identification manual for Hunterdon County, NJ.
Student Research in the Wallace Lab
Bactericidal effects on larval mosquito habitat and gut microbiomes post-hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
|Calen Wylie||The effects of Ailanthus altissima plant extract on target adult mosquito control and repellency and non-target insect taxa.|
|Frank Herr||Bactericidal effects on black fly larvae and habitat microbiomes in the Raritan River and development of citizen science programs at MU.|
|Ryan Walker||Development of a dichotomous key for larval mosquito identification for Hunterdon County Department of Public Health West Nile Control Program.|
|Jenn Stough||Culex mosquito species oviposition activity.|
|Emily Neideigh (MU '15)||Larva and adult aquatic insect response to stream restoration in the big Spring Watershed.|
|Bactericidal effects on black fly habitat microbiomes of the Muscotong River, NJ.|
Sara Lukunich (MU '14)
|Stream restoration impact on organic matter processing in the Big Spring watershed.|
Spencer Howlett (MU '14)
|Crayfish growth and behavioral response to an invasive plant diet.|
Alex Rittle (MU '13)
|Macroinvertebrate community response to stream restoration.|
|Kristin Sloyer (MU '11)||Larval mosquito and predator population dynamics along an urbanizing gradient.|
Julie Hughes (MU '11)
|Rapid Bioassessment of headwater streams impacted by Marcellus Shale gas mining.|
|Jill Ross (MU '10)||Detection of Wildlife DNA in maggot tissue.|
Stacey Bernetski (MU '10)
James Haefner (MS ’05)
|The role of algae in determining a postmortem submersion interval in streams (J. For. Sci., 49(2): 330-336).|
|Scott Starr (MU '08)||Stream restoration impacts on macroinvertebrate and fish communities in Lancaster County.|
|Adam Darrenkamp (MU '08)||Habitat and population survey of the crayfish-feeding Queen snake (Regina septemvitatta).|
|Dan D'Agostino (MU '06)||Using an immunochromatographic test to distinguish human and nonhuman blood samples collected from maggots.|
|Sarah Funck (MU’06)||Conservation ethics of the sale of native/non-native reptiles and amphibians and the potential impact on wild populations.|
|Cindy Willman-Kinsey (MU '06)||Macroinvertebrate community dynamics on freshwater sponges.|
|Jill Wise (MU '06)||Spongillafly growth, development and survivorship as a function of depth on sponges in a freshwater quarry.|
|Kate Zimmerman (MU '06)||Taxonomic characterization of algae colonizing pig carcasses in brackish ponds.|
|Jason Wagner (MU '06)||Crayfish distribution as a function of size and stream velocity.|
|Sean Laverty MU’05||Ecological modeling of invasive crayfish habitat.|
|Jason Reppert (MU '05)/
Buddy Kondikoff (MU '05)
|The effects of stream restoration on fish and macroinvertebrate communities.|
|Lauren Way (MU '03)||The effects of liquid bleach on pig decomposition.|
|Jenn Davis (MU '03)||The effects of stream restoration on fish and macroinvertebrate communities.|
|Jackie Iera (MU '03)||Enzyme-linked immunoassorbent assay of chlorpyrifos and atrazine in native and exotic crayfish from Lancaster County, PA.|
|Jen Ernst (MU '02)||The role of algal growth in ponds to determine a postmortem submersion interval.|
|Laura Roach (MU '02)||Macroinvertebrate communities on fresh-water sponges with special focus on spongillaflies.|
|Carrie B. Wengert (MU '01)||Crayfish survey of Lancaster County.|
|Joe Santoro (MU '01)||The effects of insecticide on pig decomposition.|
|Lindsay Zemba (MU’00)||Population dynamics of the Great Spangled Fritillary.|
|Becky Stoner (MU’99)||
Bioaccumulation of pesticides in aquatic midges.
Anderson, G.S., P.S. Barton, M. Archer, J.R. Wallace. The Scavenging Community: Invertebrates, In: Carrion Ecology and Management, (P.P. Olea, P. Mateo-Toma's, J.A. Sanchez-Zapata, eds.) Springer Publishing. In Press.
Wallace, J.R. 2015. Aquatic carrion decomposition. In: Carrion Ecology, Evolution and Their Applications, (M.E. Benbow, J.K. Tomberlin & A.M. Tarone (eds). CRC/Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.
Haines, A.M., S.L. Webb, and J.R. Wallace. 2015. Cracking down on wildlife crime: how wildlife law enforcement research helps conservation. The Wildlife Professional, (January): pp 35 -37.
Benbow, M.E., J.L. Pechal, J.M. Lang, R.E. Erb* and J.R. Wallace. 2015. The potential high-throughput metagnomic sequencing of aquatic bacterial communities to estimate the postmortem submersion interval. J. Forensic Science. In Press.
Wallace, JR, JH Byrd, H LeBlanc and V Cervenka. 2015. History of Forensic Entomology in North American. In: Forensic Entomology: International Dimensions and Frontiers (JK Tomberlin and ME Benbow eds), CRC Press Boca Raton, FL . 433 pp.
Tarone, A.M., J.K. Tomberlin, M.E. Benbow, S. VanLaerhoven, J.R. Wallace, E. Mondor, J. Spencer, R.M. Mohr. 2014. A correspondence from a Maturing Discipline, Letter to the Editor Response. J. Med. Entomology, 51(3): 490-492.
Wallace, J.R. 2014. A Book Review – Wildlife Forensic Investigation: Principles and Practice. Journal of Wildlife Management, 78(4):753-754.
Wallace, J.R. and R. Mehrenberg. 2013. Entomology and economics: A service learning project at Millersville University. The News Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Pennsylvania, 48(3): 8-9.
van Ravensway, J, ME Benbow, AA Tsonis, S Pierce, LP Campbell, JAM Fyfe, JA Hayman, PDR Johnson, JR Wallace, J Qi. 2012. Climate and landscape factors associated with Buruli ulcer incidence in Victoria, Australia. PLoS ONE 7(12):e5 1074. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051074.
Tomberlin JK, JH Byrd, JR Wallace, ME Benbow. 2012. Assessment of decomposition studies indicates need for standardized and repeatable research methods in forensic entomology. J Forensic Res 3:147. doi:10.4172/2157-7145.1000147.
Hardy, C.R. and J.R. Wallace. 2012. Algae in Forensic Investigations. Pp 145 - 173 (Chapter 9), in: Forensic Botany: A Practical Guide. (DW Hall and JH Byrd, eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. London. Pp 145 - 173.
Huffman, J.E. and J.R. Wallace. 2012. Wildlife Forensics: Techniques and Applications. Wiley Publishing, London, UK. 370pp.
Wallace, J.R. and J.C. Ross. 2012. History of Wildlife Forensics, In: Wildlife Forensics:Techniques and Applications (J.E. Huffman and J.R. Wallace, eds.). Wiley Publishing, London, UK pp 35-50.
Wallace, J.R. and R.W. Merritt. 2011. A Criminal ‘Case' to be made with Caddisflies In: (J. Li, editor),Wading for Bugs: Discovering Stream Invertebrates with the Experts, Oregon State University Press, Corvalis, OR. Pp 61-64.
Lieb, D.A., R.W. Bouchard, R.F. Carline, T.R. Nuttall, J.R. Wallace, and C.B. Wengert. 2011. Conservation and Management of Crayfishes: Lessons from Pennsylvania. Fisheries, 36(10): 489 - 507.
Merritt, R.W., E.D. Walker, P.L.C. Small, J.R. Wallace, P.D.R. Johnson, M.E. Benbow and D. Boakye. Buruli. 2010. Ulcer Diseases: A systematic review of ecology and transmission. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4(12): e911.doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000911.
Wallace, J.R. M.C. Gordon, L. Hartsell, L. Mosi, M.E. Benbow, R.W. Merritt, P.L.C. Small. 2010. Interaction of Mycobacterium ulcerans with mosquito species: implications for transmission and trophic relationships. Appl. Environ. Microb, Vol 26(18):6215-6222.
Fyfe, J.A.M.,C.J. Lavender, K.A. Handasyde, A.R. Legione, C.R. O'Brien, T.P. Stinear, M.E. Benbow, JR. Wallace, C. McCowan, P.D.R. Johnson. 2010. Environmental testing during an outbreak of Buruli ulcer in Victoria, Australia, suggests a role for mammals in the ecology of Mycobacterium ulcerans. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 4(8):e791. Doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0000791.
Tobias N.J., T. Seemann, S.J.Pidot, D. Smith, J.L. Porter, L. Marsollier, T.Zakir, J. R. Wallace, K. L. Tuck, J. K. Davies, B. P. Howden, G. A. Jenkin and T. P. Stinear.. 2009. Discovery of promoters involved in mycolactone gene expression and their application to studies of the pathogenesis and ecology of Mycobacterium ulcerans PLoS Negl Trop Dis 3(11):e553. Dol:10.137/journal.pntd.0000553
Scala, J.R. and J.R. Wallace. 2009. Forensic Meteorology: The application of weather and climate to forensic entomology. In: Utility of Arthropods in Legal Investigations (J. Byrd,ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. Pp. 519 - 538.
Mosi, L, H. Williamson, J.R. Wallace, R.W. Merritt, P.L.C. Small. 2009. Persistent association of Mycobacterium ulcerans with West African predacious insects of the family Belostomatidae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, p. 7036 - 6042
Wallace, J.R. 2009. Biting Diptera of Freshwaters. In: The encyclopedia of Inland Waters. (G.Lykens, editor). Elsevier Publishers, London, UK pp. 280-287
Zimmerman, K. and J.R. Wallace. 2008. Estimating a postmortem submersion interval using algal diversity on mammalian carcasses in brackish marshes. Journal of Forensic Science. 53(4): 935 - 941
Wallace, J.R., R.W. Merritt, R. Kimbarauskas, M.E. Benbow, M. McIntosh. 2008. "Caddisfly cases assist homicide case: Determining a postmortem submersion interval (PMSI) using aquatic insects." Journal of Forensic Science, Vol. 53 (1): 1-3.
Lavender, C.J., T.P. Stinear, P.D.R. Johnson, J. Azoulas, M.E. Benbow, J.R. Wallace and J.A.M. Fyfe. 2008. Evaluation of VNTR typing for the identification of Mycobacterium ulcerans in enviornmental samples from Victoria, Australia. FEMS Microbiology Letters: 1-18
Wallace, J.R. and E.W. Walker. 2008. Culicidae. In: An introduction to aquatic insects in North America (R.W. Merritt, K.W. Cummins and M. Berg, editors). Kendall Hunt Publishers, Dubusque, IA.
Wallace, J.R. and R.W. Merritt. 2008. The use of aquatic insect evidence in criminal investigations. In: Entomology and Death, 2nd Edition, (N. Haskell and R. Williams, eds.), Joyce Publishing, North arolina pp. 114 - 130.
Wallace, J.R. 2007. Stormwater management and mosquito ecology: A systems-based approach towards an integrative management strategy. Journal of Stormwater Management. 8(2):20-46.
Tomberlin, J. K., J.R. Wallace and J. Byrd. 2006. Forensic Entomology: Myths Busted. Forensic Magazine, Vol. 3(5): 10-14.
Merritt, R.W., J.L. Lessard, K.J. Wessell, O. Hernandez, M. B. Berg, J. R. Wallace, J. A. Novak, and B.W. Merrit. 2005. Effects of Bacillus sphaericus (VectoLex® ) on Nontarget Organisms in a Mosquito Control Program in southeastern Wisconsin: A Three-Year Study. Journal of American Mosquito Control Association, 21: 201-212.
Tomberlin, J.K., J.R. Wallace and J. Olson. 2004. Forensic Entomology: Proper Crime Scene Collection, Preservation, and Shipment of Entomological Evidence. http://insects.tamu.edu/extension/publications/epubs/eee_0000 4.html Texas Cooperative Extension Bulletin:1-7.
Wallace, J.R. and R.W. Merritt. 2004. Diel feeding periodicity of larval anopheline mosquitoes on microorganisms and microinvertebrates: a spatial and temporal comparison of Anopheles quadrimaculatus (Say) (Diptera: Culicidae) diets in a Michigan pond. Journal of Medical Entomology, 41: 853-860.
Wallace, J.R. and F.D.L. Rinkevich. (MU'02) 2004. Aquatic entomology and flyfishing. In: Encyclopedia of Entomology Vol. 1 pp. 177-179. (J.L. Capinera, ed.). Kluwar Academic Publishers, The Netherlands. 815 pp.
Haefner, J. ( MU'04 ), J.R. Wallace and R.W. Merritt. 2004. Pig decomposition in lotic aquatic systems: the potential use of algal growth in establishing a postmortem submersion interval (PMSI). Journal of Forensic Science, 49(2):330-336.
Wallace, J.R. and P.R. Grimstad, 2002. A preliminary characterization of the physiological ecology of overwintering Anopheles mosquitoes in the Midwestern USA. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 18(2): 126-127.
Wallace, J.R. and R.W. Merritt. 1999. Influence of microclimate, food, and predation on Anopheles quadrimaculatus (Diptera: Culicidae) growth and developmental rates, survivorship, and adult size in a Michigan pond. Journal of Environmental Entomology, 32(2): 233-239.