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Frank Messina

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Insect behavior and evolution, insect/plant interactions

Professor - Biology Department

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Office Location: BNR 211
DialPhone: 435-797-2528
SendEmail: frank.messina@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, 1982
BA, Biology, Clark University, 1976

Research Interests

We conduct experiments in insect behavior, genetics, and population biology. We are especially interested in the evolution of host-plant ranges among herbivorous insects. For example, which traits are most likely to mediate shifts to new plant species, especially in cases where novel hosts are distantly related to ancestral ones? Are there trade-offs associated with adaptation to a wild or crop host, and do such trade-offs account for the relatively narrow diets of most insect herbivores? Greater understanding of the processes underlying insect host shifts can help explain the occasional rapid colonization of new crops by pest species. Host shifts are also thought to mediate the process of speciation in many groups of insect herbivores.

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            Academic Journal

          • Fox, C.W, Messina, F.J, (2018). Evolution of larval competitiveness and associated life-history traits in response to host shifts in a seed beetle. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 31, 302-313.
          • Fox, C.W, Deas, J.B, Zitomer, R., Messina, F.J, (2017). Asymmetric evolution of egg laying behavior following reciprocal host shifts by a seed-feeding beetle. Evolutionary Ecology, 31, 753-767.
          • Messina, F.J, Gompert, Z., (2017). Evolution of host acceptance and its reversibility in a seed beetle. Ecological Entomology, 42, 42-50.
          • Gompert, Z., Messina, F.J, (2016). Genomic evidence that resource-based trade-offs limit host-range expansion in a seed beetle. Evolution, 70:6, 1249–1264 .
          • Messina, F.J, Durham, S.L, (2015). Loss of adaptation following reversion suggests trade-offs in host use by a seed beetle. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28, 1881-1891.
          • Messina, F.J, Johnson, D., (2014). Specificity of adaptation to a novel host plant by a seed beetle. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicatata, 153, 231-239.
          • Fox, C.W, Messina, F.J, (2013). Life History. Oxford Bibliographies in Ecology
          • Messina, F.J, Durham, S.L, (2013). Adaptation to a novel host by a seed beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae): effect of source population. Environmental Entomology, 42, 733-742.
          • Messina, F.J, Morris, B.D, Fox, C.W, (2013). Effect of inbreeding on host discrimination and other fitnes components in a seed beetle. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 106, 128-135..
          • Messina, F.J, Pena, N.M, (2012). Mode of inheritance of increase host acceptance in a seed beetle. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 102, 497-503.
          • Fox, C.W, Wallin, W.G, Bush, M.L, Czesak, M.E, Messina, F.J, (2012). Effects of seed beetles on the performance of desert legumes depend on host species, plant stage, and beetle density. Journal of Arid Environments, 80, 10-16.
          • Messina, F.J, Messina, F.J, (2011). Introduction. Virtual Issue: The Evolutionary Ecology of Mutualisms. Functional Ecology
          • Messina, F.J, Fox, C.W, (2011). Egg-dumping behavior is not correlated with wider host acceptance in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 104, 850-856.
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, J.C, (2011). Inheritance of traits mediating a major host shift by a seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 104, 808-815.
          • Fox, C.W, Wagner, J., Cline, S., Thomas, F., Messina, F.J, (2011). Rapid evolution of lifespan in a novel environment: sex-specific responses and underlying genetic architecture. Evolutionary Biology, 38, 182-196.
          • Fox, C.W, Bush, M.L, Messina, F.J, Watt, A., (2010). Biotypes of the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus have differing effects on the germination and growth of their legume hosts. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 12, 353-362.
          • Messina, F.J, Westneat, D.F, Fox, C.W, (2010). Allocating Eggs Among Multiple Hosts By Parasitic Insects: Evolutionary Behavioral Ecology. Oxford University Press, 180-182.
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, J.C, (2009). Does rapid adaptation to a poor-quality host by Callosobruchus maculatus (F.) cause cross-adaptation to other legume hosts?. Journal of Stored Products Research, 45, 215-219.
          • Messina, F.J, Mendenhall, M., Jones, J.C, (2009). An experimentally induced host shift in a seed beetle. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 132, 179-187.
          • Fox, C.W, Wagner, J.D, Cline, S., Thomas, F.A, Messina, F.J, (2009). Genetic architecture underlying convergent evolution of egg-laying behavior in a seed-feeding beetle. Genetica, 136, 179-187.
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, J.C, Mendenhall, M., Muller, A., (2009). Genetic modification of host acceptance by a seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 102, 181-188.
          • Messina, F.J, (2008). Editorial. Functional Ecology, 22, 2-Jan.
          • Messina, F.J, Bloxham, A.J, Seargent, A.J, (2007). Mating compatibility between geographic populations of the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Insect Behavior, 20, 489-501.
          • Messina, F.J, Morrey, J.L, Mendenhall, M., (2007). Why do host-deprived seed beetles 'dump' their eggs?. Physiological Entomology, 32, 259-267.
          • Fox, C.W, Stillwell, R.C, Amarillo-S, A.R, Czesak, M.E, Messina, F.J, (2004). Genetic architecture of population differences in oviposition behavior of the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 17, 1141-1151..
          • Messina, F.J, (2004). How labile are the egg-laying preferences of seed beetles?. Ecological Entomology, 29, 318-326.
          • Messina, F.J, Bloxham, A.J, (2004). Plant resistance to the Russian wheat aphid: effects on a nontarget aphid and the role of induction. The Canadian Entomologist, 136, 129-137.
          • Messina, F.J, (2004). Predictable modification of body size and competitive ability following a host shift by a seed beetle. Evolution, 58, 2788-2797.
          • Messina, F.J, Karren, M.E, (2003). Adaptation to a novel host modifies host discrimination by the seed beetle, Callosobruchus maculatus. Animal Behaviour, 65, 501-507.
          • Messina, F.J, Fry, J.D, (2003). Environment-dependent reversal of a life history trade-off in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 16, 501-509.
          • Messina, F.J, Taylor, R., Karren, M.E, (2002). Divergent responses of two cereal aphids to previous infestation of their host plant. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 103, 43-50.
          • Messina, F.J, (2002). Host Discrimination by Seed Parasites. In: E.E. Lewis, J.F. Campbell, and M.V.K. Sukhdeo (eds.), The Behavioural Ecology of Parasites, 65-87.
          • Messina, F.J, Durham, S.L, Richards, J.H, McArthur, E.D, (2002). Trade-off between plant growth and defense? A comparison of sagebrush populations. Oecologia, 131, 43-51.
          • Messina, F.J, Sorenson, S.M, (2001). Effectiveness of lacewing larvae in reducing Russian wheat aphid populations on susceptible and resistant wheat. Biological Control, 21, 19-26.
          • Messina, F.J, Fox, C.W, (2001). Offspring Size and Number. In: C.W. Fox, D.A. Roff, and D.J. Fairbairn (eds.), Evolutionary Ecology: Concepts and Case Studies, 113-127.
          • Throne, J.E, Baker, J.E, Messina, F.J, Kramer, K.J, Howard, J.A, (2000). Varietal Resistance. In: B. Subramanyam and D.W. Hagstrum (eds.), Alternatives to Pesticides in Stored-Product IPM, 165-192.
          • Messina, F.J, Slade, A.F, (1999). Expression of a life-history trade-off in a seed beetle depends on environmental context. Physiological Entomology, 24, 358-363.
          • Bergeson, E., Messina, F.J, (1998). Effect of a co-occurring aphid on the susceptibility of the Russian wheat aphid to lacewing predators. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 87:103-108
          • Clark, T.L, Messina, F.J, (1998). Foraging behavior of lacewing larvae (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) on plants with divergent architectures. Journal of Insect Behavior 11:303-317
          • Messina, F.J, Hanks, J.B, (1998). Host plant alters the shape of the functional response of an aphid predator (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Environmental Entomology 27:1196-1202
          • Messina, F.J, (1998). Maternal Influences on Larval Competition in Insects. pp. 227-243. In: T.A. Mousseau and C.W. Fox (eds.), Maternal Effects as Adaptations
          • Clark, T.L, Messina, F.J, (1998). Plant architecture and the foraging success of ladybird beetles attacking the Russian wheat aphid. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 86:153-161
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, T.A, Nielson, D.C, (1997). Host-plant effects on the efficacy of two predators attacking Russian wheat aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae). Environmental Entomology 26:1398-1404
          • Messina, F.J, Slade, A.F, (1997). Inheritance of host-plant choice in the seed beetle Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Annals of the Entomolical Society of America 90:848-855
          • Bergeson, E., Messina, F.J, (1997). Resource-vs. enemy-mediated interactions between cereal aphids (Homoptera: Aphididae) on a common host plant. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 90:425-432
          • Messina, F.J, Richards, J.H, McArthur, E.D, (1996). Variable responses of insects to hybrid versus parental sagebrush in common gardens. Oecologia 107:513-521
          • Messina, F.J, Subler, J.K, (1995). Conspecfic and heterospecific interactions of male Rhagoletis flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) on a shared host. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 68:206-213
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, T.A, Nielson, D.C, (1995). Host plant affects the interaction between the Russian Wheat Aphid and a generalist predator, Chrysoperla carnea. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 68:313-319
          • Paton, P.W, Messina, F.J, Griffin, C.R, (1994). A phylogenetic approach to reversed size dimorphism in diurnal raptors. Oikos 71:492-498
          • Chiu, Y., Messina, F.J, (1994). Effect of experience on host preference in Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae): variability among populations. Journal of Insect Behavior 7:503-515
          • Messina, F.J, (1993). Heritability and ‘evolvability’ of fitness components in Callosobruchus maculatus. Heredity, 71, 623-629.
          • Messina, F.J, (1993). Effect of initial colony size on the per capita growth rate and alate production of the Russian wheat aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 66:365-371
          • Messina, F.J, Dickinson, J.A, (1993). Egg-laying behavior in divergent strains of the cowpea weevil (Coleoptera: Bruchidae): time budgets and transition matrices. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 86:207-214
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, T.A, Nielson, D.C, (1993). Performance of the Russian wheat aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) on perennial range grasses: effects of previous defoliation. Environmental Entomology 22:1349-1354
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, T.A, Nielson, D.C, (1993). Seasonal variation in performance of the Russian wheat aphid (Homoptera: Aphididae) on alternate hosts. Environmental Entomology 22:1022-1030
          • Messina, F.J, (1993). Winter mortality of the Russian wheat aphid (Homoptera:Aphididae) on range grasses in northern Utah. Great Basin Naturalist 53:310-313
          • Messina, F.J, Kemp, J.L, Dickinson, J.A, (1992). Plasticity in the egg-spacing behavior of a seed beetle: effects of host deprivation and seed patchiness. Journal of Insect Behavior 5:609-621
          • Messina, F.J, (1992). Russian wheat aphid performance on alternate hosts: effects of initial colony size. Proceedings of the Fifth Russian Wheat Aphid Conference, pp. 240-245. Great Plains Agric. Council Publ. 142
          • Messina, F.J, (1991). Competitive interactions between larvae from divergent strains of the cowpea weevil (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Environmental Entomology 20:1438-1443
          • Messina, F.J, Gardner, S.L, Morse, G.E, (1991). Host discrimination by egg-laying seed beetles: causes of population differences. Animal Behaviour 41:773-779
          • Messina, F.J, (1991). Life-history variation in a seed beetle: adult egg-laying vs. larval competitive ability. Oecologia 85:447-455
          • Messina, F.J, Alston, D.G, Jones, V.P, (1991). Oviposition by the Western cherry fruit fly (Diptera: Tephrititidae) in relation to host development. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 64:197-208
          • Messina, F.J, Tinney, T.R, (1991). Discrimination between ‘self’ and ‘non-self’ eggs by egg-laying seed beetles: a reassessment. Ecological Entomology, 16, 509-512.
          • Messina, F.J, (1990). Alternative life-histories in Callosobruchus maculatus: environmental and genetic bases. In: K. Fujii, A.M.R. Gatehouse, D.C. Johnson, R. Mitchell and T. Yoshida (eds.) Bruchids and Legumes: Economics, Ecology and Coevolution. pp. 303-315
          • Messina, F.J, (1990). Components of host choice by two Rhagoletis species (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Utah. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 63:80-87
          • Messina, F.J, Jones, V.P, (1990). Relationship between fruit phenology and infestation by the apple maggot (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Utah. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 83:742-752
          • Messina, F.J, (1989). Genetic basis of variable oviposition behavior in Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 82:792-796
          • Messina, F.J, (1989). Host preferences of cherry- and hawthorn-infesting populations of Rhagoletis pomonella in Utah. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 53:89-92
          • Messina, F.J, (1989). Host-plant variables influencing the spatial distribution of a frugivorous fly, Rhagoletis indifferens. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 50:287-294
          • Messina, F.J, Mitchell, R., (1989). Intraspecific variation in the egg-spacing behavior of Callosobruchus maculatus. Journal of Insect Behavior 2:727-742
          • Messina, F.J, Barmore, J.L, Renwick, J.A, (1987). Host selection by ovipositing cowpea weevils: patterning of input from separate sense organs. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 43, 169-173.
          • Messina, F.J, Barmore, J.L, Renwick, J.A, (1987). Oviposition deterrent from eggs of Callosobruchus maculatus: spacing mechanism or artifact?. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 13, 219-226.
          • Messina, F.J, (1987). . Genetic contribution to the dispersal polymorphism of the cowpea weevil (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 80, 12-16.
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, (1985). Ability of ovipositing seed beetles to discriminate between seeds with differing egg loads. Ecological Entomology, 10, 225-230.
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, (1985). Resistance to Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) in selected cowpea lines. Environmental Entomology, 14, 868-872.
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, (1985). Dispersal polymorphism of Callosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Bruchidae): variation among populations in response to crowding. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 78, 201-206..
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, (1985). Mechanism of egg recognition by the cowpea weevil Callosobruchus maculatus. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicatata, 37, 241-245.
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, Barmore, J.L, (1985). Resistance to Aphis craccivora (Homoptera: Aphididae) in selected varieties of cowpea. Journal of Entomological Science, 20, 263-269.
          • Messina, F.J, (1984). Influence of cowpea pod maturity on the oviposition choices and larval survival of a bruchid beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicatata, 35, 241-248.
          • Messina, F.J, (1983). Parasitism of two goldenrod beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) by Aplomyiopsis xylota (Diptera: Tachinidae). Environmental Entomology, 12, 807-809.
          • Root, R.B, Messina, F.J, (1983). Defensive adaptations and natural enemies of a case bearing beetle, Exema canadensis (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Psyche, 90, 67-80.
          • Messina, F.J, Renwick, J.A, (1983). Effectiveness of oils in protecting stored cowpeas from the cowpea weevil (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 76, 634-636.
          • Messina, F.J, (1983). Response of a goldenrod beetle to four seldom encountered goldenrod (Solidago) species. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 91, 269-272.
          • Messina, F.J, (1982). Food plant choices of two goldenrod beetles: relation to plant quality. Oecologia, 55, 342-354.
          • Messina, F.J, (1982). Timing of dispersal and ovarian development in goldenrod leaf beetles, Trirhabda virgata and T. borealis. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 75, 78-83.
          • Messina, F.J, (1982). Comparative biology of the goldenrod leaf beetles, Trirhabda virgata LeConte and T. borealis Blake (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 36, 255-269.
          • Messina, F.J, (1981). Plant protection as a consequence of an ant-membracid mutualism: interactions on goldenrod (Solidago sp.). Ecology, 62, 1433-1440.
          • Messina, F.J, (1981). Aggregation behavior of Aplomyiopsis xylota (Diptera: Tachinidae). Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 89, 197-201.
          • Messina, F.J, Root, R.B, (1980). Association between leaf beetles and meadow goldenrods (Solidago spp.) in central New York. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 73, 641-646.
          • Messina, F.J, (1978). Mirid fauna associated with old field goldenrods (Solidago: Compositae) in Ithaca, N.Y. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, 86, 137-143.

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                    Scheduled Teaching

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2018

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2018

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2017

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2017

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2017

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2016

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2016

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2016

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2015

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2015

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2015

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2014

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2014

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2014

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2013

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2013

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2013

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2012

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2012

                    BIOL 1620 - Biology II, Spring 2012

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2011

                    BIOL 5250 - Evolutionary Biology, Fall 2010