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Gary Richard Mullen

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest:

Major areas of interest include medical-veterinary entomology and acarology, arachnology, and aquatic insects. Research interests have focused on: (1) biting flies of medical-veterinary importance, notably the biology of biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) and their role as vectors of bluetongue virus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus of domestic and wild ruminants; (2) ticks and Lyme disease in Alabama; and (3) host-parasite associations between biting flies (mosquitoes, biting midges, horse flies and deer flies) and mites.

Education:

1974 Ph.D., Cornell University (Entomology)
1970 M.S., Cornell University (Entomology)
1968 B.A., Northeastern University (Biological Science)

Appointment:

60% Teaching, 40% Research

Courses Currently Taught at Auburn University:

  • ENTM 0404 Insects Affecting Humans, Domestic Animals and Wildlife
  • ENTM 0514 Aquatic Insects
  • ENTM 0625 Medical-Veterinary Entomology
  • ENTM 0720 Arachnology

Courses Previously Taught:

  • ZY 306 Principles of Ecology (1975-87)
  • ZY 636 Population Ecology (1975-88)
  • U 270-272 Ascent of Man (Human Odyssey)

Professional Experience:

1975-Present Auburn University and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station
  Administrator, Pennsylvania State Vector Control Program
1974-1975 Medical Entomologist, Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh, PA
1964-1968 1964-68, Surgical Assistant and Laboratory Technician, Boston University Surgical Research Laboratory, Boston City Hospital

Professional Societies/Honor Societies:

  • Acarological Society of America
  • Alabama Vector Management Society
  • American Arachnological Society
  • American Mosquito Control Association
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Florida Association of Benthologists
  • Georgia Entomological Society
  • Society of Vector Ecologists
  • North American Benthological Society
  • Sigma Xi
  • Phi Sigma
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Gamma Sigma Delta

Professional Responsibilities:

Department of Entomology (Auburn University):
  • Library Representative
  • Graduate Admissions Committee
  • Curriculum and Academic Quality Committee
  • Undergraduate Internship Committee
  • Insect Museum Committee
  • Guyton Lecture Committee
College of Agriculture (Auburn University):
  • Library Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
    Acarological Society of America:
  • President (1984)
  • Executive Committee (1996-99)
Entomological Society of America:
  • President, Teaching Subsection (1984)
  • Special Committee on Linnaean Games (1984-86)
  • Highlights of Medical-Veterinary Entomology (1985-86)
  • Chair, Section D (1990)
  • Chair, Section D Medical-Veterinary Textbook Steering Committee
  • Co-editor and contributor, Medical-Veterinary Entomology Textbook
  • ESA Governing Board (1998-2001)
    Entomological Society of America/Southeastern Branch:
  • Chair, Student Awards Committee (1982-83)
    Subject Editor, Journal of Entomological Science (1986-90)
    Editorial Board, Bulletin of the Society of Vector Ecologists (1986-92)
    Chair, Auburn University Senate and General Faculty (1990-91)
    Alabama Archaeological Society
  • Board of Directors (1998-2001)
  • President, East Alabama Chapter (1989-present)
    Alabama Poison Control Center:
  • Consultant, Medical Entomology

Honors and Awards

  • Auburn Alumni Association Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (1996-97)
  • Dedicated Service Award, Georgia Entomological Society (1991)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Entomological Society of America, SEB (1989)
  • Teaching Award of Merit, National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (1988)
  • Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Agriculture, Auburn University (1988)
  • Appreciation Award for Service, ESA/SEB (1985)

Current Graduate Students:

  • Renee R. Anderson (Ph.D. candidate)
  • Matthew D. Aubuchon (M.S. Student)

Recent Publications:

  • Mullen, G.R. 1976. Water mites of the subgenus Truncaturus (Arrenuridae: Arrenurus) in North America. Search, Cornell University, Entomol. Ser. 17, 6(6):1-35.
  • Mullen, G.R., R.H. Jones, Y. Braverman, and K.E. Nusbaum. 1985. Laboratory infections of Culicoides debilipalpis and C. stellifer(Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) with bluetongue virus. In: Bluetongue and Related Orbiviruses (T.L. Barber and M.M. Jochim, eds.). Prog. Clin. Biol. Res. 178:239-242.
  • Mullen, G.R., D.J. Leprince, and B.M. OConnor. 1987. Acarine associates of horse flies and deer flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) in North America. Progress in Acarology 2:291-296.
  • Mullen, G.R. and L.J. Hribar. 1988. Biology and feeding behavior of ceratopogonid larvae (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in North America. Bull. Soc. Vector Ecol. 13:60-81.
  • Luckhart, S., G.R. Mullen, and J.C. Wright. 1991. The etiologic agent of Lyme disease, Borrelia burgdorferi, detected by fluorescent antibody in ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) collected at a focus in Alabama. J. Med. Ent. 28:652-657.

Last Updated: April 22, 2013

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