Huck Chair in Global Food Security; Professor of Entomology and of Biology
Parasite manipulation of host behavior
Huck Graduate Students
- Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
- Ecology Institute
- Insect Biodiversity Center
- Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
- Center for Biorenewables
Publication TagsParasites Fungi Learning Climate Change Formicidae Crops Disease Detection Cassava Brain Image Segmentation Vietnam Ants Animals Fungus Disease Diagnosis Artificial Intelligence Monitoring Population Food Plant Diseases And Disorders Soil Ant Methodology Leaves Machine Learning
Most Recent Publications
Potential distribution of fall armyworm in Africa and beyond, considering climate change and irrigation patterns
Bipana Paudel Timilsena, Saliou Niassy, Emily Kimathi, Elfatih M. Abdel-Rahman, Irmgard Seidl-Adams, Mark Wamalwa, Henri E.Z. Tonnang, Sunday Ekesi, David P. Hughes, Edwin G. Rajotte, Sevgan Subramanian, 2022, Scientific Reports
Relative validity of a mobile AI-technology-assisted dietary assessment in adolescent females in Vietnam
Phuong Hong Nguyen, Lan Mai Tran, Nga Thu Hoang, Duong Thuy Thi Truong, Trang Huyen Thi Tran, Phuong Nam Huynh, Bastien Koch, Peter McCloskey, Rohit Gangupantulu, Gloria Folson, Boateng Bannerman, Alejandra Arrieta, Bianca C. Braga, Joanne Arsenault, Annalyse Kehs, Frank Doyle, David Hughes, Aulo Gelli, 2022, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on p. 992-1001
Ma Luisa Buchaillot, Jill Cairns, Esnath Hamadziripi, Kenneth Wilson, David Hughes, John Chelal, Peter McCloskey, Annalyse Kehs, Nicholas Clinton, José Luis Araus, Shawn C. Kefauver, 2022, Remote Sensing
Alison R. Bentley, Jason Donovan, Kai Sonder, Frédéric Baudron, Janet M. Lewis, Rachel Voss, Pieter Rutsaert, Nigel Poole, Sophien Kamoun, Diane G.O. Saunders, David Hodson, David P. Hughes, Christine Negra, Maria Itria Ibba, Sieglinde Snapp, Tesfaye Shiferaw Sida, Moti Jaleta, Kindie Tesfaye, Inbal Becker-Reshef, Bram Govaerts, 2022, Nature Food on p. 483-486
Exploring an Artificial Intelligence–Based, Gamified Phone App Prototype to Track and Improve Food Choices of Adolescent Girls in Vietnam: Acceptability, Usability, and Likeability Study
Bianca C. Braga, Phuong H. Nguyen, Noora Lisa Aberman, Frank Doyle, Gloria Folson, Nga Hoang, Phuong Huynh, Bastien Koch, Peter McCloskey, Lan Tran, David Hughes, Aulo Gelli, 2022, JMIR Formative Research
Andrea Coletta, Novella Bartolini, Gaia Maselli, Annalyse Kehs, Peter McCloskey, David P. Hughes, 2022, IEEE Internet of Things Journal on p. 6359-6373
An agent-based model shows zombie ants exhibit search behavior
Natalie Imirzian, David P. Hughes, 2021, Journal of Theoretical Biology
A PLAN for Tackling the Locust Crisis in East Africa: Harnessing Spatiotemporal Deep Models for Locust Movement Forecasting
Maryam Tabar, Jared Gluck, Anchit Goyal, Fei Jiang, Derek Morr, Annalyse Kehs, Dongwon Lee, David P. Hughes, Amulya Yadav, 2021, on p. 3595-3604
Ewan Colman, Vittoria Colizza, Ephraim M. Hanks, David P. Hughes, Shweta Bansal, 2021, eLife
Annalyse Kehs, Peter McCloskey, John Chelal, Derek Morr, Stellah Amakove, Bismark Plimo, John Mayieka, Gladys Ntango, Kelvin Nyongesa, Lawrence Pamba, Melodine Jeptoo, James Mugo, Mercyline Tsuma, Wincate Mukami, Winnie Onyango, David Hughes, 2021, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Sharada P. Mohanty, David P. Hughes, Marcel Salathé, 2016, Frontiers in Plant Science
Amanda Ramcharan, Kelsee Baranowski, Peter McCloskey, Babuali Ahmed, James Legg, David P. Hughes, 2017, Frontiers in Plant Science
Pedro W. Crous, Michael J. Wingfield, Treena I. Burgess, G. E.St J. Hardy, Colin Crane, Sarah Barrett, José F. Cano-Lira, Johannes J. Le Roux, Raja Thangavel, Josep Guarro, Alberto M. Stchigel, María P. Martín, Donis S. Alfredo, Paul A. Barber, Robert W. Barreto, Iuri G. Baseia, Julia Cano-Canals, Ratchadawan Cheewangkoon, Renato J. Ferreira, Josepa Gené, Christian Lechat, Gabriel Moreno, Francois Roets, Roger G. Shivas, Julieth O. Sousa, Yu Pei Tan, Nathan P. Wiederhold, Sandra E. Abell, Thiago Accioly, José Luis Albizu, Janaina L. Alves, Zaida Inês Antoniolli, Nick Aplin, João Araújo, Mahdi Arzanlou, Jadson D.P. Bezerra, Jean Philippe Bouchara, Juan Ramón Carlavilla, Aurelio Castillo, Vanina L. Castroagudín, Paulo C. Ceresini, Gordon F. Claridge, Gilberto Coelho, Victor R.M. Coimbra, L. A. Costa, Keith C. da Cunha, Silvana S. da Silva, Rosalie Daniel, Z. Wilhelm de Beer, Margarita Dueñas, Jacqueline Edwards, P. Enwistle, Patrícia O. Fiuza, Jacques Fournier, Dania García, Tatiana B. Gibertoni, Sandrine Giraud, Marcela Guevara-Suarez, Luís F.P. Gusmão, Sukanya Haituk, Michel Heykoop, Yuuri Hirooka, Tina Antje Hofmann, Jos Houbraken, David P. Hughes, Ivona Kautmanová, Olga Koppel, Ondřej Koukol, Ellen Larsson, K. P.Deepna Latha, Dong Hyeon Lee, Daniela O. Lisboa, Willyane S. Lisboa, Ángela López-Villalba, João L.N. Maciel, Patinjareveettil Manimohan, José Luis Manjón, Seonju Marincowitz, Thomas S. Marney, Martin Meijer, Andrew N. Miller, Ibai Olariaga, Laura M. Paiva, Meike Piepenbring, Juan Carlos Poveda-Molero, K. N.Anil Raj, Huzefa A. Raja, Amandine Rougeron, Isabel Salcedo, Rosita Samadi, Tiago A.B. Santos, Kelly Scarlett, Keith A. Seifert, Lucas Shuttleworth, Gladstone A. Silva, Meiriele Silva, João Paulo Zen Siqueira, Cristina M. Souza-Motta, Steven L. Stephenson, Deanna A. Sutton, Nisachon Tamakeaw, M. Teresa Telleria, Nicomedes Valenzuela-Lopez, Altus Viljoen, Cobus M. Visagie, Alfredo Vizzini, Felipe Wartchow, Brenda D. Wingfield, Eugene Yurchenko, Juan Carlos Zamora, Johannes Z. Groenewald, 2016, Persoonia: Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi on p. 218-403
Deep adversarial networks for biomedical image segmentation utilizing unannotated images
Yizhe Zhang, Lin Yang, Jianxu Chen, Maridel Fredericksen, David P. Hughes, Danny Z. Chen, 2017, on p. 408-416
Phylogenetic-based nomenclatural proposals for Ophiocordycipitaceae (Hypocreales) with new combinations in Tolypocladium
C. Alisha Quandt, Ryan M. Kepler, Walter Gams, João P.M. Araújo, Sayaka Ban, Harry C. Evans, David Hughes, Richard Humber, Nigel Hywel-Jones, Zengzhi Li, J. Jennifer Luangsa-ard, Stephen A. Rehner, Tatiana Sanjuan, Hiroki Sato, Bhushan Shrestha, Gi Ho Sung, Yi Jian Yao, Rasoul Zare, Joseph W. Spatafora, 2014, IMA Fungus on p. 121-134
Diversity of Entomopathogenic Fungi. Which Groups Conquered the Insect Body?
J. P.M. Araújo, David Peter Hughes, 2016, on p. 1-39
Amanda Ramcharan, Peter McCloskey, Kelsee Baranowski, Neema Mbilinyi, Latifa Mrisho, Mathias Ndalahwa, James Legg, David P. Hughes, 2019, Frontiers in Plant Science
Gene expression during zombie ant biting behavior reflects the complexity underlying fungal parasitic behavioral manipulation
Charissa de Bekker, Robin A. Ohm, Raquel G. Loreto, Aswathy Sebastian, Istvan Albert, Martha Merrow, Andreas Brachmann, David P. Hughes, 2015, BMC Genomics
Charissa De Bekker, Lauren E. Quevillon, Philip B. Smith, Kimberly R. Fleming, Debashis Ghosh, Andrew D. Patterson, David P. Hughes, 2014, BMC Evolutionary Biology
Evolution of the indoor biome
Laura J. Martin, Rachel I. Adams, Ashley Bateman, Holly M. Bik, John Hawks, Sarah M. Hird, David Hughes, Steven W. Kembel, Kerry Kinney, Sergios Orestis Kolokotronis, Gabriel Levy, Craig McClain, James F. Meadow, Raul F. Medina, Gwynne Mhuireach, Corrie S. Moreau, Jason Munshi-South, Lauren M. Nichols, Clare Palmer, Laura Popova, Coby Schal, Martin Täubel, Michelle Trautwein, Juan A. Ugalde, Robert R. Dunn, 2015, Trends in Ecology and Evolution on p. 223-232
News Articles Featuring David Hughes
Jan 26, 2023
The Real Zombie Fungus That Inspired HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’
Humans will probably never face a fungal apocalypse, but in the insect world, mind-controlling fungi can pose a serious threat
Jan 25, 2023
What scientists say about the real-life zombie fungi that inspired ‘The Last of Us’
The zombies are identifiable by the fungi bursting from their bodies: a thicket of spiky tendrils, a miniature garden of mushroom-like fruiting bodies. These fungal parasites act as puppeteers, commanding and positioning the zombies to infect entire communities.
Jan 21, 2023
The Last of Us zombie infection is REAL: Fungi can devour insects from the inside out - and experts say it's 'not too far-fetched' that a similar parasite could evolve to infect HUMANS
If you've been watching the new zombie series 'The Last of Us', you may have thought you were safe with the knowledge that it was all fictional.
Jan 20, 2023
What ‘The Last of Us’ gets right about a climate-fueled fungus pandemic
Some fungi are already learning to adapt to warmer temperatures and expand their location, infecting more people
Jan 19, 2023
How The Last of Us Made Its Zombie Fungus So Much More Real (and Terrifying)
One of the freakiest sequences in the premiere episode of HBO’s The Last of Us takes place not when the hordes of mindless infected bodies attack, but when an epidemiologist is asked for his thoughts on pandemics.
Jan 19, 2023
How a Zombie-Ant Fungus Can Infect a Host
The fungus from “The Last of Us” may seem scary, but in reality, it’s not a threat to humans.
Jan 17, 2023
The Real Science Behind ‘The Last Of Us’, According to a Biologist
We speak to Professor David Hughes, who consulted on the original videogame.
Jan 16, 2023
‘The Last Of Us’ Zombie Infection Is Real—Here’s What Scientists Say About The Threat To Humans
HBO’s hotly anticipated TV adaptation of the acclaimed Last of Us game series premiered on Sunday, showcasing the world after a devastating fungal pandemic wiped out most of humanity, a fictional brain infection that experts say is inspired by a very real set of fungi that can hijack their hosts and turn them into zombies.
Dec 07, 2022
PlantVillage Warrior View awarded $2 million from Google to fight climate change
PlantVillage, a Penn State-sponsored project, received a $2 million grant from Google's AI for Social Good program to fund the team’s work to develop accurate maps of dryland landscapes across Africa.
Oct 04, 2022
Augmented reality exhibition ‘Zombie Ant Experience’ invades Penn State Berks
The new augmented reality exhibition has arrived at Penn State Berks and it sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. In reality, the ‘Zombie Ant Experience’ is part interactive art installation, part teaching tool that illustrates spore trajectories.