Lorenza Beati

Curator of the U.S. National Tick Collection - Institute for Coastal Plain Science
Professor - Biology Department

Amblyomminae, a tick subfamily with origins in Gondwana.
  • Biogeography of the Amblyomminae, with special emphasis on the Neotropical species

  • Phylogeography and genetic structure of Amblyomma cajennense, a cattle pest found from Texs to Argentina
    Master student project: Erica Blackford

  • Molecular identification of the Amblyomma Neotropical immature stages

  • Molecular detection of rickettsial pathogens carried by Peruvian and Ecuadorian A. cajennense
    Involved undergraduate student: Malcolm Williams

    In collaboration with researchers from several Central and South American countries.
Phylogenetic analysis of the Neotropical sand fly genus Lutzomyia.
  • Molecular phylogenetic analysis and classification of the Neotropical phlebotomine sand flies

    Graduate student involved in this work: Sarah Mock

    In collaboration with Dr L.E. Munstermann (Yale School of Public Health) and researchers from several Central and South American countries.
Ixodes scapularis, the North American Lyme disease vector and its population genetics.
  • Population genetic study of Ixodes scapularis in the southeastern U.S.
    Investigating the reasons for I. scapularis to be genetically more diverse in the southern part of the U.S.

    Involved students: Jeremy Camp (4890 project), Kristen DeFilippis (4890 project), Kendra Burke (ASPIRE student)
The genus Hemaphysalis and its phylogenetic relationships.
Preliminary investigations of the phylogenetic relationships between the more or less "evolved" groups of Haemaphysalis species
Intraspecific diversity of Amblyomma variegatum
Collaboration with Ross University (Dr Patrick J. Kelly). Investigation of the evolutionary history, dispersal mechanisms, and intraspecifi genetic diversity of this tick species, which is a vector of several diseases of medical and veterinary interest.