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Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

Dr. Kirsten Pelz-Stelinski

 Mid-Florida Research and Education Center Center Director and Professor

Program Emphasis

My research program focuses on the biology and microbial ecology of insect vectors of plant diseases. Currently, I am investigating transmission of the Huanglongbing (HLB) pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (Las) by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, to further the development of successful ACP management programs. Aspects of this research include evaluating the effects of Las on ACP fitness and investigating the distribution and function of ACP endosymbionts.


Vector Biology and Insect Microbial Community Ecology

Dr. Stelinski headshot.



Phone: 407-884-2023

  • Education
    • Ph.D. 2008. Departments of Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • M.S. 2004. Department of Entomology - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • B.A. 2001. Biology, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI
  • Publications
  • Program Members
  • Past Positions
    • Post Doctoral Researcher 2008. University of Florida, Lake Alfred, FL
    • Research Assistant 2004-2008. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
    • Research Assistant 2002-2004. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI