I am interested in a broad diversity of topics related to vector biology, including population genetics, community ecology, invasion biology, and vector-borne disease ecology. Past projects have used molecular tools to describe mosquito host feeding patterns and their potential role in disease dynamics, as well as combined genetic analysis with landscape variables like elevation and road networks to study the expansion of invasive mosquitoes. I am currently working on several projects with my colleagues in Monmouth County aimed at better characterizing the local landscape of tick-borne disease ecology, including the surveillance, pathogen prevalence, genotyping, and host preferences of medically important ticks across habitats and communities.
Complete list of publications here.
- Egizi A, Martinsen ES, Vuong H, Zimmerman KI, Faraji A, Fonseca DM. 2018. Using bloodmeal analysis to assess disease risk to wildlife at the new northern limit of a mosquito species. EcoHealth 15(3):543-554. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10393-018-1371-0
- Rainey T, Occi JL, Robbins RG, Egizi A. 2018. Discovery of Haemaphysalis longicornis (Ixodida:Ixodidae) parasitizing a sheep in New Jersey, USA. In press, Journal of Medical Entomology.
- Goodman H, Egizi A, Fonseca DM, Leisnham PT, LaDeau SL. 2018. Primary blood-hosts of mosquitoes are influenced by social and ecological conditions in a complex urban landscape. In press, Parasites & Vectors.
- Egizi A, Roegner VE, Faraji A, Healy SP, Schulze TL, Jordan RA. 2018. A historical snapshot of Ixodes scapularis-borne pathogens in New Jersey ticks reflects a changing disease landscape. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 9(2): 418-246.
- Egizi A, Fefferman NH, Jordan RA. 2017. Relative risk for Ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease in an area where vectors for both are sympatric, New Jersey, USA. Emerging Infectious Diseases 23(6):939-945.
- Egizi A, Kiser J, Abadam C, Fonseca DM. 2016. The hitchhiker’s guide to becoming invasive: exotic mosquitoes spread across a US state by human transport not autonomous flight. Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/mec.13653.
- Price DC, Egizi A, Fonseca DM. 2015. The ubiquity and ancestry of insect doublesex. Scientific Reports 5:13068.
- Egizi A, Fefferman NH, Fonseca DM. 2015. Evidence that implicit assumptions of “no evolution” of disease vectors in changing environments can be violated on a rapid timescale. Philosophical Transactions B. 370: 20140136.
- Egizi A and Fonseca DM. 2015. Ecological limits can obscure expansion history: patterns of genetic diversity in a temperate mosquito in Hawaii. Biological Invasions 17(1): 123-132.
- Egizi A, Morin PJ, Fonseca DM. 2014. Unraveling microbe-mediated interactions between mosquito larvae in a laboratory microcosm. Aquatic Ecology 48(2):179-189.
- Egizi A, Farajollahi A, Fonseca DM. 2014. Diverse host feeding on nesting birds may limit early- season West Nile virus amplification. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 14(6):447-453.
- Egizi A, Healy SP, Fonseca DM. 2013. Rapid blood meal scoring in anthropophilic Aedes albopictus and application of PCR blocking to avoid pseudogenes. Infection Genetics and Evolution 16:122-128.