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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Sonja Jean Scheffer
Systematic Entomology
Molecular Biologist

Phone: (301) 504-5317
Fax: (301) 504-6482
Room 314
10300 BALTIMORE AVENUE
BLDG 011A BARC-WEST
BELTSVILLE, MD, 20705-0000

Projects
SYSTEMATICS OF FLIES OF AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPORTANCE
Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 420430
MOLECULAR SYSTEMATICS OF PERUVIAN FLIES (DIPTERA)
Nonfunded Cooperative Agreement (N)
  Accession Number: 423511

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
The release and unsuccessful establishment of the Melaleuca biological control agent Fergusonina turneri and its mutualistic nematode Fergusobia quinquenerviae Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Pratt, P.D., Blackwood, S., Wright, S.A., Purcell, M., Rayamajhi, M.B., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Scheffer, S.J., Tipping, P.W., Center, T.D. 2013. The release and unsuccessful establishment of the Melaleuca biological control agent Fergusonina turneri and its mutualistic nematode Fergusobia quinquenerviae. Biocontrol. 58:553-561.
Intimate sex-biased relationships between flies and nematodes in the Fergusonina-Fergusobia mutualism (Diptera: Fergusoninidae; Nematoda: Neotylenchidae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Davies, K.A., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Taylor, G.S. 2012. Intimate sex-biased relationships between flies and nematodes in the Fergusonina-Fergusobia mutualism (Diptera: Fergusoninidae; Nematoda: Neotylenchidae). Australian Journal of Entomology. 52(2):125-128.
The relationship between variable host grouping and functional response among parasitoids Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Low, C., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Gates, M.W. 2012. The relationship between variable host grouping and functional response among parasitoids. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 21(23):5892-5904.
Species diversity of Fergusonina Malloch gall flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) forming leaf bud galls on snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. complex), with a description of a new species from Tasmania Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nelson, L.A., Scheffer, S.J., Yeates, D.K. 2012. Species diversity of Fergusonina Malloch gall flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) forming leaf bud galls on snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. complex), with a description of a new species from Tasmania. Insect Systematics & Evolution. 43:147-160.
Room temperature DNA storage with slide-mounted Aphid specimens Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Miller, G.L., Carmichael, A., Farvet, C., Scheffer, S.J. 2012. Room temperature DNA storage with slide-mounted Aphid specimens. Insect Conservation and Diversity. 6(3):447-451.
Three new species of Fergusonina Malloch fly (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) from bud galls on Eucalyptus L'Her. (E. baxteri (Benth.) Maiden & Blakely complex, E. dalrympleana Maiden and E. pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng.) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nelson, L.A., Scheffer, S.J., Yeates, D.K. 2011. Three new species of Fergusonina Malloch fly (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) from bud galls on Eucalyptus L'Her. (E. baxteri (Benth.) Maiden & Blakely complex, E. dalrympleana Maiden and E. pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng.). Australian Journal of Entomology. 3112:36-48.
Revision of the Nearctic holly leaf miners in the genus Phytomyza (Diptera: Agromyzidae), including descriptions of four new species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Lonsdale, O., Scheffer, S.J. 2011. Revision of the Nearctic holly leaf miners in the genus Phytomyza (Diptera: Agromyzidae), including descriptions of four new species. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 104(6):1183-1206.
Two new species of sympatric Fergusonina flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) from bud galls on high elevation snow gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. complex) in the Australian Alps Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nelson, L.A., Scheffer, S.J., Yeates, D.K. 2011. Two new species of sympatric Fergusonina flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) from bud galls on high elevation snow gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. complex) in the Australian Alps. Australian Journal of Entomology. 50:356-364.
Phytomyza omlandi spec. nov. – the first species of Agromyzidae (Diptera: Schizophora) reared from the family Gelsemiaceae (Asteridae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Lonsdale, O. 2011. Phytomyza omlandi spec. nov. – the first species of Agromyzidae (Diptera: Schizophora) reared from the family Gelsemiaceae (Asteridae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 113(1):42-49.
Revision of the Australasian genus Fergusobia (Nematoda: Neotylenchida), with molecular phylogeny, and descriptions of clades and associated Fergusonina fly larvae - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Davies, K.A., Ye, W., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Taylor, G.S., Scheffer, S.J., Thomas, W.K. 2010. Revision of the Australasian genus Fergusobia (Nematoda: Neotylenchida), with molecular phylogeny, and descriptions of clades and associated Fergusonina fly larvae. Zootaxa. 2633:1-66.
Hennig’s orphans revisited: Testing morphological hypotheses in the “Opomyzoidea” - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Winkler, I., Rung, A., Scheffer, S.J. 2010. Hennig’s orphans revisited: Testing morphological hypotheses in the “Opomyzoidea”. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 54:746-762.
Repeated Climate-linked host shifts have promoted diversification in a temperate clade of leaf-mining flies - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Winkler, I.S., Mitter, C., Scheffer, S.J. 2009. Repeated Climate-linked host shifts have promoted diversification in a temperate clade of leaf-mining flies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106:18103-18108.
Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy in leafmining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae): Delimitation of Phytomyza fallén s. lat. and its species groups, with new insights on genitalic and host-use evolution - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Winkler, I.S., Scheffer, S.J., Mitter, C. 2009. Molecular phylogeny and taxonomy in leafmining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae): Delimitation of Phytomyza fallén s. lat. and its species groups, with new insights on genitalic and host-use evolution. Systematic Entomology. 34:260-292.
Polymerase Chain Reaction- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism method to distinguish three mealybug clades within the Planococcus citri-P. minor species complex - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rung, A., Miller, D.R., Scheffer, S.J. 2009. Polymerase Chain Reaction- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism method to distinguish three mealybug clades within the Planococcus citri-P. minor species complex. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102:1-5.
North American species of Agrostocynips Diaz (Hymenoptera: Figitidae), parasitoids of Agromyzidae (Diptera): bionomics and taxonomy - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Buffington, M.L., Scheffer, S.J. 2008. North American species of Agrostocynips Diaz (Hymenoptera: Figitidae), parasitoids of Agromyzidae (Diptera): bionomics and taxonomy. Zootaxa. 1817:39-48.
Hidden Neotropical Diversity: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Condon, M., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Swensen, S. 2008. Hidden Neotropical Diversity: Greater than the Sum of Its Parts. Science. 320:928-931.
Conopomorpha cramerella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in the Malay Archipelago: Genetic signature of a bottlenecked population Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Shapiro, L.H., Scheffer, S.J., Maisin, N., Lambert, S., Bin Purung, H., Sulistyowati, E., Vega, F.E., Gende, P., Laup, S., Rosmana, A., Djam, S., Hebar, P. 2008. Conopomorpha cramerella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae) in the Malay Archipelago: Genetic signature of a bottlenecked population. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 101(5):930-938.
Molecular identification of two closely related species of mealybugs of the genus Planococcus (Pseudococcidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Rung, A., Scheffer, S.J., Evans, G., Miller, D. 2008. Molecular identification of two closely related species of mealybugs of the genus Planococcus (Pseudococcidae). Annuals of the Entomological Society of America. 101(3):525-532.
The first confirmed record of the leafminer Phytomyza rufipes (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the United States - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Winkler, I.S. 2008. The first confirmed record of the leafminer Phytomyza rufipes (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the United States. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 110:674-678.
Uncovering tropical diversity: six sympatric cryptic species of Blepharoneura (Diptera: Tephritidae) in flowers of Gurania spinulosa (Cucurbitaceae) in eastern Ecuador - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Condon, M., Bann, D., Flaherty, K., Gammons, J., Johnson, J., Marsteller, S., Lewis, M.L., Adams, D.C. 2008. Uncovering tropical diversity: six sympatric cryptic species of Blepharoneura (Diptera: Tephritidae) in flowers of Gurania spinulosa (Cucurbitaceae) in eastern Ecuador. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, London. 93:779-797.
Plant hosts and parasitoid associations of leaf mining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the Canberra region of Australia - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Fayed, S., Manchester, C., Lambkin, C., La Salle, J., Yeates, D.K. 2008. Plant hosts and parasitoid associations of leaf mining flies (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the Canberra region of Australia. Australian Journal of Entomology. 47:13-19.
Molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of host plant associations in the nematode genus Fergusobia (Tylenchida: Fergusobiinae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Weimin, Y., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Davies, K.A., Purcell, M.F., Scheffer, S.J., Taylor, G.S., Center, T.D., Morris, K., Thomas, K. 2007. Molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of host plant associations in the nematode genus Fergusobia (Tylenchida: Fergusobiinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 45(1):123-141. 2007.
Molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of host plant associations in the nematode genus Fergusobia (Tylenchida: Fergusobiinae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Weimin, Y., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Davies, K.A., Purcell, M.F., Scheffer, S.J., Taylor, G.S., Center, T.D., Morris, K., Thomas, K. 2007. Molecular phylogenetics and the evolution of host plant associations in the nematode genus Fergusobia (Tylenchida: Fergusobiinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 45:123-141.
Molecular Evidence of Host-Associated Genetic Divergence in the Holly Leafminer Phytomyza Glabricola (Diptera: Agromyzidae): Apparent Discordance among Marker Systems. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Hawthorne, D.J. 2007. Molecular evidence of host-associated genetic divergence in the holly leafminer phytomyza glabricola (diptera: agromyzidae): apparent discordance among marker systems. Molecular Ecology. 16:2627-2637.
Phylogenetic Relationships Within the Leaf-Mining Flies(diptera: Agromyzidae)inferred from Sequence Data from Multiple Genes. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Winkler, I.S., Wiegmann, B.M. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships within the leaf-mining flies(diptera: agromyzidae)inferred from sequence data from multiple genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 42:756-775.
Mitochondrial Phylogeography of the Vegetable Pest Liriomyza Trifolii (Diptera: Agromyzidae): Diverged Clades and Invasive Populations - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L. 2006. Mitochondrial phylogeography of the vegetable pest liriomyza trifolii (diptera: agromyzidae): diverged clades and invasive populations. Annuals of the Entomological Society of America. 99:991-998.
DNA Barcoding Identifies Invasive Leafminers - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Joshi, R.C. 2006. DNA Barcoding Applied to Invasive Leafminers (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in the Philippines. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 99:204-210.
Molecular Phylogenetics and Biology of the Galling Flies Fergusoninidae (Diptera), America's Newest Fly Family - (Abstract Only)
Scheffer, S.J. Molecular phylogenetics and biology of the galling flies fergusoninidae (diptera), america's newest fly family. Meeting Abstract. North Carolina University, Raleigh, seminar. 1:02/24/2005
Molecular Evidence of Cryptic Species Within Polyphagous Liriomyza Leafminers - (Abstract Only)
Scheffer, S.J. Molecular evidence of cryptic species within polyphagous liriomyza leafminers. Meeting Abstract. 1:11/14/2004:Salt Lake City, ESA, Symposium.
Histological Comparisons of Fergusobia/fergusonina-Induced Galls on Different Myrtaceous Hosts. - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Giblin-Davis, R.M., Center, B.J., Davies, K.A., Purcell, M.F., Scheffer, S.J., Taylor, G.S., Goolsby, J., Center, T.D. Histological comparisons of fergusobia/fergusonina-induced galls on different myrtaceous hosts.. Journal of Nematology. 2004:36:249-262.
Phylogeography of the Liriomyza Trifolii - L. Sativae Leafminer Complex (Diptera: Agromyzidae): Cryptic Species, Host Races, and Invasive Populations - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L. 2004. Phylogeography of the liriomyza trifolii - l. sativae leafminer complex (diptera: agromyzidae): cryptic species, host races, and invasive populations. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 98:181-186
Phylogenetic Relationships, Species Limits, and Host Specificity of Gall-Forming Fergusonina Flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) Feeding on Melaleuca (Myrtaceae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Scheffer, S.J., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Davies, K.A., Taylor, G.S., Purcell, M., Lewis, M.L., Goolsby, J., Center, T.D. 2004. Phylogenetic relationships, species limits, and host specificity of gall-forming fergusonina flies (diptera: fergusoninidae) feeding on melaleuca (myrtaceae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America.97:1216-1221
Systematics of the Copitarsia Incommoda (Walker) pest complex (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Simmons, R.B., Scheffer, S.J., Pogue, M.G. 2004. Systematics of the Copitarsia Incommoda (Walker) pest complex (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America. 97(4):675-680.
Invasive Diptera: Using Molecular Markers to Investigate Cryptic Species and the Global Spread of Flies. - (Book / Chapter)
Scheffer, S.J. 2005. Invasive Diptera: using molecular markers to investigate cryptic species and the global spread of flies. Book Chapter.1:1
Plant Host Affiliation and Redescription of Phytomyza Subtenella Frost (Diptera: Agromyzidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Gaimari, S.D., Adler, L.S., Scheffer, S.J. 2004. Plant host affiliation and redescription of phytomyza subtenella frost (diptera: agromyzidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 106: 501-507
Coevolution Between Fergusobia and Fergusonina Mutualists - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Giblin-Davis, R.M., Scheffer, S.J., Davies, K.A., Taylor, G.S., Curole, J., Center, T.D., Goolsby, J., Thomas, W.K. 2003. Coevolution between fergusobia and fergusonina mutualists. Nematology Monographs and Prospectives 2: 1-11
New Host Record, Geographic Range Expansion, and a New Pattern of Voltinism: Possible Host Races Within the Holly Leafminer Phytomyza Glabricola (Diptera: Agromyzidae). - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (09-Oct-01)
A Molecular Method to Distinguish Liriomyza Huidobrensis from L. Langei (Diptera: Agromyzidae) Applied to Three Recent Leafminer Invasions. - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (01-Jun-01)
Molecular Phylogenetics of the Holly Leafminers (Diptera: Agromyzidae: Phytomyza): Species Limits, Speciation, and Dietary Specialization. - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (20-Jul-00)
Two Nuclear Genes Confirm Mitochondrial Evidence of Cryptic Species Within Liriomyza Huidobrensis (Diptera: Agromyzidae). - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (17-May-00)
Molecular Evidence of Cryptic Species Within the Pea Leafminer Liriomyza Huidobrensis (Diptera: Agromyzidae). - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (17-May-00)
Genetic Variation and the Potential for Host Range Evolution in the Leaf Mining Fly Amauromyza Flavifrons (Diptera: Agromyzidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (04-May-99)
Molecular Phylogenetic Analysis of the Holly-Feeding Leafmining Flies of the Phytomyza Ilicicola Group (Diptera: Agromyzidae). - (Abstract Only) - (26-Feb-99)
Use of Sugar Beet (Beta Vulgaris) Foliage by the Introduced Leaf-Mining Fly Amauromyza Flavifrons (Diptera: Agromyzidae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal) - (30-Nov-98)
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