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Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Bruce Noden, Assistant Professor

  B.S., Biology, Houghton College, 1989
Immunology & Infectious Diseases,
  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1995


Room/Lab 329N/335 NRC



ENTO2223 Insects in Global Public Health (Every Fall semester)

ENTO4854 Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Fall semester odd years)

ENTO3003 Livestock Entomology (Every Spring semester): Co-instructor with Dr. Justin Talley

ENTO5710 Advanced Medical and Veterinary Entomology (Spring semester even years)


Research Interests:

    Impact of ecological and environmental factors on arthropod vector populations and the pathogens they transmit.

    Current projects involve:

    1)      Ticks and tick-borne pathogens

               A)     Assessment of ecological and environmental factors involved in the increase of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and      

                        Ehrlichia cases in the past 15 years across Oklahoma.

              B)     Ecological assessment of tick populations in pasture systems across Oklahoma.

              C)     Development of improved methods for field collection of Am. maculatum.

              D)     Developing low-costs molecular diagnostic tools for vector-borne diseases


     2)      Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne pathogens

              A)     Surveillance and ecology of Zika virus vectors in Oklahoma

              B)      Ecology of canine heartworm transmission across urban gradients.


    Research capacity building in developing communities

    Between 1999 and 2013, my family and I lived in Beira, Mozambique (1999-2007) and Windhoek, Namibia (2010-2013) where we sought to develop local research initiatives in public and veterinary health.  I continue to focus on such initiatives in my current position by not only continuing collaborative relationships in southern Africa but also in local disadvantaged communities in Oklahoma.


      Laboratory personnel and Graduate Students:

      Jaclyn Martin, M.S. student in Entomology (2013-2016): Research: Development of LAMP diagnostic for Rickettsia detection in ticks.


      Jessica Mitcham, M.S. student in Entomology (2014-2015): Research: Ecology and distribution of tick species in Oklahoma with focus on American black bear populations in Eastern Oklahoma and risk of tick exposure in State parks.


      Krista Pike, M.S. student in Entomology (2014-2016): Research: Development of attraction assay for Amblyomma maculatum (Gulf Coast Tick) and KAP survey of ticks and tick-borne pathogens with Oklahoma producers.


      Trisha Dubie, Post-doctoral fellow (2015-present): Research: Tick population dynamics in Oklahoma pastures.  The focus of the project is on tick species which impact cattle and horses in Oklahoma and assess how wildlife around pastures is contributing to ectoparasite burdens and disease transmission.


      David Bradt, M.S. student in Entomology (2016-present) (Co-chair with Dr. Wyatt Hoback): Research: Landscape drivers of Aedes mosquito distribution and potential arbovirus expansion in diverse urban centers in Oklahoma. 

      Laboratory and Field Research Assistants:

      Talan Klein, BS Entomology (Spring 2014)

      Alexandra Morris, MS Entomology (Spring 2014)

      Faithful Williams, BS Entomology and Physics (2014 -

      Jennifer Salazar, MS Entomology (2015-2016)

      Jennifer Siegmann, MS Mechanical Engineering (Summer 2015)



      Click here for a complete PDF list of my publications.

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