Dr. John R. Wallace

Dr. John R. Wallace

Dr. John R. Wallace

Professor, entomology, aquatic entomology, medical and forensic entomology, stream ecology.


john.wallace@millersville.edu
Office: Roddy 276
Phone: (717) 872-3418

Additional Information

Education:

B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.S., Shippensburg University
Ph.D., Michigan State University

Courses Taught:

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.

Research Interest(s):

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 and adult macroinvertebrate community response to stream restoration, 4) epinecrotic microbial community structure during freshwater carrion decomposition. Other research areas being driven by students in my lab include projects focused on: (1) crayfish life history responses to invasive plant diets, (2) organic matter processing in restored v unrestored aquatic systems, (3) microbial community structure response in black fly larval guts and habitats pre/post bactericidal treatments in the Raritan River, NJ.  

Student Research in the Wallace Lab

Current Students

Project

Undergraduate Students 

Emily Neideigh

Larva and adult aquatic insect response to stream restoration in the Big Spring watershed.

Sara Lukunich 

Stream restoration impact on organic matter processing in the Big Spring watershed.
Jon Rutt Bactericidal effects on black fly habitat microbiomes of the Muscotong River, NJ.
Joe Receveur Bactericidal effects on larval mosquito habitat and gut microbiomes post-hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.
Jon Plunkett

Short-term effects of wildfire on stream substrate composition and macroinvertebrate assemblages in the Sawtooth Mountains, Idaho.

Graduate Students

 
Jenn Stough Culex mosquito species oviposition activity.
Past Students

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)

Forensic entomotoxicology.

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.


Selected Publication(s):

Wallace, JR. 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. IN PRESS.

Wallace, JR, JH Byrd, H LeBlanc and V Cervenka. History of Forensic Entomology in North American. (JK Tomberlin and ME Benbow eds), CRC Press Boca Raton, FL. IN PRESS.

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.