Erika Machtinger

Associate Professor of Entomology

Erika Machtinger

Research Summary

Veterinary entomology, including vector-borne diseases. Focus is on ecology and behavior associated with host-parasite interactions to improve or develop new control methods.

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Muscidae Diptera Musca Domestica Horses Stomoxys Calcitrans Oviposition Parasitoids Houseflies Animals Ticks Hymenoptera Pests Pathogens Manure Larval Development Spalangia Cameroni Parasitoid Biological Control Deer Biological Control Agents Insect Control Population Density Canada Animal Housing Pteromalidae

Most Recent Publications

An integrative framework for tick management: the need to connect wildlife science, One Health, and interdisciplinary perspectives

Erika T. Machtinger, Karen C. Poh, Risa Pesapane, Danielle M. Tufts, 2024, Current Opinion in Insect Science

Hannah Tiffin, Justin Brown, Mark Ternent, Brandon Snavely, Emily Carrollo, Ethan Kibe, Frances Buderman, Jennifer Koehl Mullinax, Erika Machtinger, 2024, Journal of Wildlife Diseases

Differential burdens of blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) on sympatric rodent hosts

Jessica E. Brown, Hannah S. Tiffin, Alexandra Pagac, Karen C. Poh, Jesse R. Evans, Taylor M. Miller, Brian H. Herrin, Trey Tomlinson, Cameron Sutherland, Erika T. Machtinger, 2023, Journal of Vector Ecology on p. 44-52

Susceptibility of the adult house fly (Diptera: Muscidae) and 3 of its principal parasitoids (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) to the GHA strain of Beauveria bassiana and 4 isolates from field-collected muscid flies

Alexandra A. Pagac, Christopher J. Geden, Gregory P. Martin, Paul H. Patterson, Erika T. Machtinger, 2023, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 1364-1373

Parasitic control strategies: Bioactive crops and nutrition

Kashif Ishaq, Tanveer Ahmad, Mahvish Rajput, Mahvish Maqbool, Abhishek Gupta, Muhammad Imran, Erika T. Machtinger, 2023, on p. 136-150

Rachel H. Norris, Oshneil S. Baker, Edwin R. Burgess, Aaron Tarone, Alec Gerry, Rebecca T. Trout Fryxell, Nancy C. Hinkle, Cassandra Olds, David Boxler, Kenneth L. Wise, Erika T. Machtinger, Jeffrey G. Scott, 2023, Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology

Distribution of Biting Flies Associated with Swine Production Facilities in the Southeastern United States

Erika T. Machtinger, Edwin R. Burgess, Jessica E. Brown, 2023, Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology on p. 9-20

Parasitic Control Strategies: Bioactive Crops and Nutrition

Kashif Ishaq, Tanveer Ahmad, Mahvish Rajput, Mahvish Maqbool, Abhishek Gupta, Muhammad Imran, Erika Machtinger, 2023, on p. 136--150

Erika Machtinger, Danielle Smarsh, Laura Kenny, Laura B. Kenny, B Kirkland, Karen C. Poh, H Springer, Erin L. Orr-Gissinger, Karen Poh, Brittani G. Kirkland, E Machtinger, Hayley R. Springer, 2023, Equine Veterinary Education on p. 1-9

Karen Poh, Zoey Cole, Danielle N. Smarsh, Hayley R. Springer, K Kelly, L Kenny, Erika Machtinger, 2023, American Journal of Veterinary Research

Most-Cited Papers

C. J. Geden, D. Nayduch, J. G. Scott, E. R. Burgess, A. C. Gerry, P. E. Kaufman, J. Thomson, V. Pickens, E. T. Machtinger, 2021, Journal of Integrated Pest Management on p. 39

Effects of four commercial fungal formulations on mortality and sporulation in house flies (Musca domestica) and stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans)

E. N.I. Weeks, E. T. Machtinger, S. A. Gezan, P. E. Kaufman, C. J. Geden, 2017, Medical and Veterinary Entomology on p. 15--22

Erika T. Machtinger, Christopher J. Geden, Phillip E. Kaufman, Amanda M. House, 2015, Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Development and oviposition preference of house flies and stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) in six substrates from Florida equine facilities

E. T. Machtinger, C. J. Geden, J. A. Hogsette, N. C. Leppla, 2014, Journal of Medical Entomology on p. 1144-1150

E. T. Machtinger, C. J. Geden, P. E. Teal, N. C. Leppla, 2015, Environmental Entomology on p. 330-337

House and Stable Fly Seasonal Abundance, Larval Development Substrates, and Natural Parasitism on Small Equine Farms in Florida

E. T. Machtinger, N. C. Leppla, J. A. Hogsette, 2016, Neotropical Entomology on p. 433-440

News Articles Featuring Erika Machtinger

Three Ecology students receive Ag Sci awards

A trio of graduate researchers from the Huck's Ecology program were recently honored by the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Grants awarded to Penn State faculty for tropical ecosystems research in Belize

Three projects have been awarded seed grants as part of the Penn State-Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education Research and Education Initiative to develop agroforestry systems .

Penn State announces tenure-line faculty promotions, effective July 1, 2023

The following is a list of academic promotions for tenured and tenure-line faculty members at Penn State, effective July 1, 2023.

‘Vector Biology Boot Camp’ empowers disease professionals

Penn State Extension, in partnership with the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases, recently hosted the three-day “Vector Biology Boot Camp” to provide hands-on experience for vector-borne disease professionals in field collection and identification of medically important ticks and mosquitoes in the Northeast.

The bite stops here: Fighting Lyme disease with prevention

As spring temperatures rise, many people will spend more time on outdoor activities, increasing their risk of encountering pathogen-carrying ticks.

'Prescribed' Fires' Hidden Bonus: Fewer Ticks

A tool used to restore forest ecosystems could also be key to the battle against tick-borne disease, researchers say.

Prescribed fire could reduce tick populations and pathogen transmission

Prescribed fire — a tool increasingly used by forest managers and landowners to combat invasive species, improve wildlife habitat and restore ecosystem health — also could play a role in reducing the abundance of ticks and the transmission of disease pathogens they carry, according to a team of scientists.

8 best insect repellents: DEET and DEET-free bug sprays

One preventative and protective measure you can take to avoid bug bites is applying insect repellent. Figuring out which ones are actually effective can be confusing, though, seeing as the labels are often covered with complicated ingredients and jargon like “DEET” and “all-natural.”

It's tick season: Learn to protect yourself and your animals with free webinars

To educate the public about tick risk and tick bite prevention in these companion animals, Penn State Extension will offer the spring 2022 “Tick Webinar Series.” The vector-borne disease extension team will hold three webinars in May — Lyme Disease Awareness Month — at no cost to participants.

Ticks and mosquitoes may await the pandemic-weary seeking outdoor exercise

Pandemic-weary Americans have begun walking and hiking in recent months to get out of the house while avoiding infection with the novel coronavirus. At the same time, resource-strapped local health departments have been forced to divert money and people to covid-related activities, unwillingly creating openings for outside exercisers to get sick in other ways.