(en·to·mol·o·gy): n. : The
study of insects.
(en·to·mol·o·gist): n.: Any
possibly crazy person who thinks two legs good, six legs better.
May be found in any environment regardless of climate, civil unrest,
or presence of venomous snakes. Sometimes uses his/her own body
as a host for botflies, mosquitoes, lice, or ticks. Knows how
to fry a mealworm and that it's actually a caterpillar in a bottle
of mescal. Still can't rid his/her own office of ants, or your
home of cockroaches.
I have a B.S in this discipline from Texas A&M
University. I am currently working on my PhD at the University
of California - Riverside. At the moment, I am tentatively going
to do my dissertation research on the Pajoello tick, Ornithodoros
coriaceous. This tick is a known vector of Epizootic Bovine
Abortion, which causes spontaneous abortion in first-calf heifers.
The exact causative agent is as yet unknown, though Dr. Stott
and others at UC-Davis have been working for some time on isolating
My research should be more directed at defining
the biology of the tick and devising new control methods.
I am also working on determining the rate of ovarian
development in Canyon fly, Fannia benjamini. This fly is
a major nuisance pest along the coastal dry arroyos along the
Pacific coast of southern California.