Matthew Thomas

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Professor of Entomology

Research Interests

The ecology and evolution of enemy-victim interactions

Study Systems


Dengue (a little)


Locusts and grasshoppers (a few years ago)


Entomopathogenic fungi


Heinig, R.L., Paaijmans, K.P., Hancock, P.A. & Thomas, M.B. (in

press). The potential for fungal biopesticides to reduce malaria

transmission under diverse environmental conditions. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Conn, J.E., Norris, D.E., Donnelly, M.J., Beebe, N.W., Burkot, T.R.,

 Mamadou B. Coulibaly, M.B., Chery, L., Eapen, A., Keven, J.B., Kilama,

M., Kumar, A., Lindsay, S.W., Moreno, M., Quinones, M., Reimer, L.J.,

Russell, T.L.,  Smith, D.L., Thomas, M.B., Walker, E.D., Wilson, M.L.

& Yan, G. (in press). Entomological monitoring and evaluation:

diverse transmission settings of ICEMR projects will require local and

regional elimination strategies. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

Cator, L.J., Pietri, J.E., Murdock, C.C., Ohm, J.R., Lewis, E., Read,

A.F., Luckhart, S. & Thomas, M.B. (2015).  Immune response and

insulin signaling alter mosquito feeding behaviour to enhance malaria

transmission potential. Nature Scientific Reports 5: 11947.

Acharya, N., Rajotte, E.G., Jenkins,N.E. & Thomas, M.B. (2015).

Influence of biotic and abiotic factors on the persistence of a Beauveria bassiana biopesticide in laboratory and high-rise poultry house settings. Biocontrol Science and Technology 250: 697-715.

Chen, S., Fleischer, S.J., Saunders, M.C. & Thomas, M.B. (2015).

The influence of diurnal temperature variation on degree-day

accumulation and insect life history. PLoS One. 10(3): e0120772.

Parham, P.E., Waldock, J., Christophides, G.K., Hemming, D.,

Folashade, A., Evans, K.J., Fefferman, N., Gaff, H., Gumel, A., LaDeau,

S., Lenhart, S., Mickens, R.E., Naumova, E.N., Ostfeld, R.S., Ready,

P.D., Thomas, M.B., Velasco-Hernandez, J. & Michael, E. (2015).

Climate, environmental and socio-economic change: weighing up the

balance in vector-borne disease transmission. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 370: 20130551.

Acharya, N., Seliga, R.A., Rajotte, E.G., Jenkins, N.E. & Thomas, M.B. (2015). Persistence and efficacy of a Beauveria bassiana biopesticide against the house fly, Musca domestica, on typical structural substrates of poultry houses. Biocontrol Science and Technology 1-41.

Heinig, R.L. & Thomas, M.B. (2015). Interactions between a fungal

entomopathogen and malaria parasites within a mosquito vector. Malaria Journal 14:22.

Sternberg, E.D., Waite, J.L. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Evaluating the

efficacy of biological and conventional insecticides with the new 'MCD

bottle' bioassay. Malaria Journal 13:499.

Moller-Jacobs, L.L., Murdock, C.C. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Capacity

of mosquitoes to transmit malaria depends on larval environment. Parasites and Vectors 7: 593.

Glunt, K.D., Paaijmans, K.P., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2014).

Environmental temperatures significantly change the impact of

insecticides measured using WHOPES protocols. Malaria Journal 13: 350.

George, J., Blanford, S., Thomas, M.B. & Baker, T.C. (2014). Malaria mosquitoes host-locate and feed upon caterpillars. PLoS One 9: e108894.

Paaijmans, K.P., Blanford, J.I., Crane, R.G., Mann, M.E., Ning, L.,

Schreiber, K.V. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Downscaling reveals diverse

effects of anthropogenic climate warming on the potential for local

environments to support malaria transmission. Climatic Change.

Murdock, C.C., Luckhart, S. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Ambient

temperature and dietary supplementation interact to shape mosquito

vector competence for malaria. Journal of Insect Physiology 67: 37-44.

Cator, L.J., Lynch, P.A., Thomas, M.B. & Read, A.F. (2014).

Alterations in mosquito behaviour by malaria parasites: potential impact

on force of infection. Malaria Journal 13: 164.

Sternberg, E.D. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Local adaptation to temperature and the implications for vector-borne diseases. Trends in Parasitology 30: 115-122.

Murdock, C.C., Blanford, S., Hughes, G.L., Rasgon, J.L. & Thomas, M.B. (2014). Temperature alters Plasmodium blocking by WolbachiaNature Scientific Reports doi:10.1038/srep03932.

Beck-Johnson, L.M., Paaijmans, K.P., Nelson, W.A., Read, A.F., Thomas,

M.B. & Bjornstad, O.N. (2013). The effect of temperature on

Anopheles mosquito population dynamics and the potential for malaria

transmission. PLoS One 8: e79276.

Murdock, C.C., Moller-Jacobs, L.L. & Thomas, M.B. (2013). Complex

environmental drivers of immunity and resistance in malaria mosquitoes. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B.

Thomas, M.B. (2013). Community Corner: Modulating Malaria with Wolbachia. Nature Medicine 19: 974-975.

Cator, L.J., George, J., Blanford, S.,

Murdock, C.C., Baker, T.C., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2013). 'Manipulation' without the parasite: altered

feeding behaviour of mosquitoes is not dependent on infection with malaria

parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B. 280: 20130711.

Paaijmans, K.P., Heinig, R.L., Seliga,

R.A., Blanford, J.I., Blanford, S.B., Murdock, C.C. & Thomas, M.B. (2013).  Temperature variation makes ectotherms

more sensitive to climate change.  Global Change Biology doi:


Blanford, J.I., Blanford, S., Crane,

R.G., Mann, M.E., Paaijmans, K.P., Schreiber, K.V. & Thomas, M.B. (2013).  Implications of temperature variation for malaria parasite development across

Africa. Nature Scientific Reports 3: 1300.

Murdock, C.C., Paaijmans, K.P., Read,

A.F., Cox-Foster, D. & Thomas, M.B. (2012). Rethinking

vector immunology: the role of environmental temperature in shaping

resistance. Nature Reviews Microbiology doi:10.1038/nrmicro2900.

Thomas, M.B., Godfray, H.C.J., Read, A.F., van den Berg, H., Tabashnik, B.E., van

Lenteren, J.C., Waage, J.K. & Takken, W. (2012). Lessons from agriculture

for the sustainable management of malaria vectors. PLoS Medicine 9(7):


Murdock, C.C., Paaijmans, K.P., Bell,

A.S., King, J., Hillyer, J.F., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2012). Complex effects of temperature on mosquito

immune function. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B. 279:


Lambrechts, L., Paaijmans, K.P., Fansiri, T., Carrington, L.B., Kramer, L.D., Thomas, M.B. & Scott, T.W. (2011). Impact of daily temperature fluctuations on dengue virus transmission by Aedes aegypti. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108: 7460-7465.

Rohr, J.R., Dobson, A.P., Johnson, P.T.J., Kilpatrick, A.M., Paull, S.H., Raffel, T.R., Ruiz-Moreno, D. & Thomas, M.B. (2011). Frontiers in climate change-disease research. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 26: 270-277.

Paaijmans, K.P., Blanford, S., Bell, A.S., Blanford, J.I., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2010). Influence of climate on malaria transmission depends on daily temperature variation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences107: 15135-15139.

Paini, D.R., Worner, S.P., Cook, D.C., De Barro, P.J. & Thomas, M.B. (2010). Threat of invasive pests from within national borders. Nature Communications 1:115.

Paaijmans, K., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2009). Understanding the link between malaria risk and climate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:13844-13849.

Farenhorst, M., Mouatcho, J.C., Kikankie, C.K., Brooke, B.D., Hunt R.H., Thomas, M.B., Koekemoer, L.L., Knols, B.G.J. & Coetzee, M. (2009). Fungal infection counters insecticide resistance in African malaria mosquitoes.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106:17443-17447.

Read, A.F., Lynch, P.A., & Thomas, M.B. (2009). How to make evolution-proof insecticides for malaria control. PLoS Biology 7(4).

Thomas, M.B. & Read, A.F. (2007) Can fungal biopesticides control malaria? Nature Reviews Microbiology 5: 377-383.

Blanford, S., Chan, B.H.K., Jenkins, N.E., Sim, D., Turner, R.J., Read, A.F. & Thomas, M.B. (2005) Fungal pathogen reduces potential for malaria transmission. Science 308 1638-1641.