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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

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            Academic Journal

          • Fox, C.W, Deas, J.B, Zitomer, R., Messina, F.J, Asymmetric evolution of egg laying behavior following reciprocal host shifts by a seed-feeding beetle. Evolutionary Ecology, in press.
          • 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., (2016). Genomic evidence that resource-based trade-offs limit host-range expansion in a seed beetle. Evolution, 70:6, 1249-1264.
          • 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, (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, (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, (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 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