Walter Tabachnick: Curriculum Vitae (abridged)


Education

  • B.S., Biology, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, 1968
  • M.S., Zoology, Rutgers University, 1971
  • Ph.D., Zoology, Rutgers University, 1974
  • Postdoctoral Population Genetics, Yale University, 1978

Employment History

  • Center Director, Professor, (1999 - ) Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Dept. of Entomology and Nematology, IFAS, University of Florida, Vero Beach, FL.
  • Interim Center Director, Professor (2002), Indian River and Research Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida, Ft. Pierce, FL.
  • Research Leader, Laboratory Director (1992-1998), USDA, ARS, Arthropod-borne Animal Diseases Research Laboratory, Laramie, WY.
  • Assistant Professor (1982-1987), Dept. of Biology, Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
  • Research Associate, Lecturer (1979-1982), Dept. of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Lecturer (1978-1979), Dept. of Biology, University of California - Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
  • NIH IRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (1975-1978), Dept. of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
  • Assistant Professor of Life Sciences (1973-1975), Dept. Life Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Responsible for administration of research, extension and teaching functions of the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, FL.
  • Represents the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory and provides expert information on medical entomology and arthropod borne diseases to state agencies, the cooperative extension service and the general public.

Research

  • Genetics, population genetics, evolution of insect vectors of disease.
  • Genetics of vector competence for arboviruses; arboviral ecology and epidemiology.

Extension

  • Provide information and training on medical entomology and mosquito borne diseases to mosquito control organizations, government agencies in public health, agriculture and environmental protection, the cooperative extension service, and the general public.

Extension Publications

(selected from last 5 years of articles in BuzzWords, The Newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA))
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2008. A review of West Nile epidemiology. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 8(5): 10-11.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2008. Florida's state support budget for mosquito control: Tough times may undermine Florida public health. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 8(6): 8-11.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2009. Florida mosquito control during the Florida budget crisis. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 9(1): 10-11.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2009. Mosquito control as a first responder to bioterrorism. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 9(3): 14-15.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2009. Assessing aerial larviciding: Pay attention to sampling design. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 9(4): 13.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2009. Dengue in Key West. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 9(5): 11-13.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. One World: Haiti, dengue, Florida. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 10(1): 9-10.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. Florida's third rail: Declaration of a mosquito-borne illness threat. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 10(2): 10-11.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. The best of Florida mosquito control: Dr. George F. O'Meara. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 10(3): 9-10.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. Dengue in Key West? Florida's dirty little secret? Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 10(4): 13-15.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. Dengue in Key West: The perfect storm. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the FMCA 10(5): 6-7.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. FMCA is more important to Florida mosquito control than ever. Buzzwords, Newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Association 10(6): 12-13.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2011. Key West and Singapore. Meeting the challenge of dengue control and two island communities. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 11(1): 11-14.
  • Tabachnick, WJ and JF Day. 2011. A ray of sunshine in the fight against dengue. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 11(5): 6-7.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2012. Key West must continue the fight against dengue. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 12(1): 3-5.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2012. Moving forward in the battle against Aedes aegypti and dengue in Key West, Florida. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 12(2): 3-5.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2012. Developing an effective mosquito control program to combat dengue! BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 12(3): 4-7.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2012. Predicting the risk for West Nile using sentinel chickens or monitoring mosquito infection rates. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the FMCA 12(5): 4-6.<
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2013. Can Key West Meet the Challenge of a Dengue Epidemic? BuzzWords, Newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Assoc. 13(1): 2-56-9.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2013. Florida mosquito research has returned huge dividends to Florida. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Assoc. 13(2): 2-5.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2013. A new era for Florida's support for state aid to Florida mosquito control. BuzzWords, Newsletter of the Florida Mosquito Control Assoc. 13(3): 2-3.

Publications

(Selected from last 10 years)
  • Higgs, S, MQ Benedict and WJ Tabachnick. 2003. Arthropod containment guidelines. In: RC Richmond (Ed.) Anthology of Biosafety. VI. Arthropod Borne Diseases. American Biological Safety Assoc. 72-84.
  • O'Toole D, AA Perez de Leon, C Hearne, L McHolland, L Yun, W Tabachnick. 2003. Papular dermatitis induced in guinea pigs by the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. 15: 67-71.
  • Rutledge, CR, JF Day, CC Lord, LM Stark and WJ Tabachnick. 2003. West Nile virus transmission by Florida Culex mosquitoes: Transmission rates are different from infection rates. Journal of Med. Entomol., 40: 253-258.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2003. Reflections on the Anopheles gambiae genome sequence, transgenic mosquitoes and the prospect for controlling malaria and other vector borne diseases. J. Med. Entomol. 40: 597-606.
  • Rutledge, CR, JF Day, CC Lord, GF O’Meara, JR Rey and WJ Tabachnick, Eds. 2004. Florida Mosquito Control Response to the Challenge of West Nile virus. Technical Bulletin of the Florida Mosquito Control Association. Vol. 4. E. O. Painter Printing Co. DeLeon Springs, FL, 43 pp.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2004. Overview of mosquito transmitted diseases. In. Rutledge, CR, (ed) Florida Mosquito Control Handbook. Florida Mosquito Control Association, Ft. Myers, FL. Pp. DOV 1-3.
  • Spielman, A, TG Andreadis, et al. (incl. WJ Tabachnick). 2004. Outbreak of West Nile virus in North America. Science 306: 1473-1475.
  • Black, WC and WJ Tabachnick. 2005. Population genetics. In: WC Marquardt et al. (eds.) Biology of Disease Vectors, 2nd edition, Colorado State University Press, pp. 465-504.
  • Lord, CC, CR Rutledge-Connelly and WJ Tabachnick. 2006. Relationships between host viremia and vector susceptibility for arboviruses. J. Med. Entomol. 43: 623-630.
  • Perez de Leon, AA, D O'Toole and WJ Tabachnick. 2006. Infection of guinea pigs with Vesicular Stomatitis virus transmitted by the biting midge, Culicoides sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). J. Med Entomol. 43: 568-573.
  • Perez de Leon, AA and WJ Tabachnick. 2006. Transmission of vesicular stomatitis virus to cattle by the biting midge Culicoides sonorensis. J. Med. Entomol. 43: 323-329.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2006. Laboratory containment practices for arthropod vectors of human and animal pathogens. Lab Animal 35: 1-6.
  • Bishop, JV, J Santiago Mejia, AA Pérez de León, AA, WJ Tabachnick, and RG Titus. 2006. Salivary gland extracts of Culicoides sonorensis inhibit murine lymphocyte proliferation and nitric oxide production by macrophages. Amer. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 75: 532-536.
  • Connelly, CR, GF O'Meara and WJ Tabachnick, W. J. 2007. Fifty years of mosquito research at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory. Wing Beats 17(3,4): 6-18.
  • Richards, SL, CN Mores, CC Lord and WJ Tabachnick. 2007. Impact of extrinsic incubation temperature and virus exposure on vector competence of Culex quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae) for West Nile virus. Zoonotic Vector-borne Dis. 7:629-636.
  • Chadee, DD, K Pattamaporn, AC Morrison and WJ Tabachnick. 2007. A breakthrough for global public health. Science 316: 1703-1704.
  • Balasuriya, UBR., SA Nadler, WC Wilson, LI Pritchard, AB Smythe, G Savini, F Monaco, P De Santis, N Zhang, WJ Tabachnick and NJ MacLachlan. 2008. The NS3 proteins of global strains of bluetongue virus evolve into regional topotypes through negative (purifying) selection. Vet. Microbiol. 126: 91 – 100.
  • Gibbs, EPJ, WJ Tabachnick, TJ Holt and DE Stallknecht. 2008. US concerns over bluetongue. Science 320: 872.
  • Richards SL, CC Lord, K Pesko and WJ Tabachnick. 2009. Environmental and biological factors influencing Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae) vector competence for St. Louis encephalitis virus. Amer. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 81: 264-272.  
  • Linthicum, K, JP Smith and WJ Tabachnick. 2009 Mosquito research programs in Florida. In: C.R. Connelly and D. Carlson (eds.) Florida Mosquito Control: The State of the mission as Defined by Mosquito Controllers, Regulators and Environmental Managers. pp 193-223. Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, Vero Beach, FL.
  • Anderson, SL, SL Richards, CT Smartt and WJ Tabachnick. 2010. The effects of West Nile virus dose and extrinsic incubation temperature on the temporal progression of vector competence in Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera: Culicidae). J. Amer. Mosq. Contr. Assoc. 26: 103-107.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2010. Challenges in predicting climate and environmental effects on vector-borne disease episystems in a changing world. J. Exp. Biol. 213: 946-954.
  • Richards, SL, CC Lord, KA Pesko and WJ Tabachnick. 2010.  Environmental and biological factors influencing Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus Say (Diptera:  Culicidae) vector competence for West Nile virus. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg. 83(1):126-34.
  • Tabachnick WJ. WR Harvey, JJ Becnel, GG Clark, CR Connelly, JF Day, PJ Linser, KJ Linthicum. 2011.  Countering a bioterrorist introduction of pathogen-infected mosquito control. J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 27(2): 165-7.
  • Richards, SL, SL Anderson, CC Lord and WJ Tabachnick. 2011. Impact of West Nile virus dose and incubation period on vector competence of Culex nigripalpus. Vector-Borne Zoon. Dis. 2011 Jul 14. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21756030
  • Richards, SL, SL Anderson, CC Lord, and WJ Tabachnick. Effects of virus dose and extrinsic incubation temperature on vector competence of Culex nigripalpus (Diptera: Culicidae) for St. Louis encephalitis virus. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 1502-1506.
  • Richards, SL, SL Anderson, CC Lord, CT Smartt and WJ Tabachnick. 2012. Relationships between infection, dissemination, and transmission of West Nile Virus RNA in Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae). J. Med. Entomol. 49: 132-142.
  • Tabachnick, WJ. 2013. Nature, nurture and evolution of intra-species variation in mosquito competence for arboviruses. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 10: 249-277.
  • Tabachnick, WJ and JF Day. 2014. The impact of climate change on vector-borne arboviral episystems. In: Viral Infections and Global Change, First Edition. SK Singh (ed.),  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. pp. 22-34.