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Sonja Jean Scheffer
Systematic Entomology Laboratory
General Biological Science

Phone: (301) 504-5317
Fax: (301) 504-6482
Room 314

10300 BALTIMORE AVENUE
BLDG 011A BARC-WEST
BELTSVILLE , MD 207050000

Projects
Systematics of Flies of Importance in Agroecosystems and the Environment
Appropriated (D)
  Accession Number: 430068
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.)
Host plant associated genetic divergence of two Diatraea spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) stemborers on novel crop plants -
Joyce, A.L., Sermeno, J., Cervantes, L.S., Paniagua, M.R., Scheffer, S.J., Solis, M.A. 2016. Host plant associated genetic divergence of two Diatraea spp. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) stemborers on novel crop plants. Molecular Ecology. 2016:1-13 DOI:10.002/ece3.2541.
Molecular and morphological tools to distinguish Scyphophorus acupunctatus Gyllenhal, 1838: a new weevil pest of the endangered Eggers Agave from St Croix, US Virgin Islands -
Chamorro, M.L., Persson, J., Torres, S., Keularts, J., Scheffer, S.J. 2016. Molecular and morphological tools to distinguish Scyphophorus acupunctatus Gyllenhal, 1838: a new weevil pest of the endangered Eggers Agave from St Croix, US Virgin Islands. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 118(2):218-243.
A new cryptic species of Diatraea (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Crambinae) feeding on eastern gama grass and a novel host association with a braconid (Hymenoptera) in the United States -
Solis, M.A., Metz, M., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Kula, R.R., Springer, T.L. 2015. A new cryptic species of Diatraea (Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Crambinae) feeding on eastern gama grass and a novel host association with a braconid (Hymenoptera) in the United States. Annals of the Entomological Society of America. DOI:10.1093/aesa/sav049.
Geographic population structure of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.)(Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in the southern United States Reprint Icon -
Joyce, A.L., White, W.H., Nuessly, G.S., Solis, M.A., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Medina, R.F. 2014. Geographic population structure of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.)(Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in the southern United States . PLoS One. 9(10): e11036. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110036.
Geographic population structure of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in the southern United States Reprint Icon -
Joyce, A.L., White, W.H., Nuessly, G.S., Solis, M.A., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Medina, R.F. 2014. Geographic population structure of the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.) (Lepidoptera: Crambidae), in the southern United States. PLoS One. 9(10):1-10.
Molecular survey for the invasive leafminer pest Liriomyza Huidobrensis in California (Diptera: Agromyzidae) uncovers only the native pest L. langei Reprint Icon -
Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L. 2014. Molecular survey for the invasive leafminer pest Liriomyza Huidobrensis in California (Diptera: Agromyzidae) uncovers only the native pest L. langei. Journal of Economic Entomology. 107(5):1959-1964.
DNA barcoding of the vegetable leafminer Liriomyza sativae Blanchard (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in Bangladesh -
Amin, S., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Pasha, M.K., Bhuiya, B.A. 2015. DNA barcoding of the vegetable leafminer Liriomyza sativae Blanchard (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in Bangladesh. DNA Barcodes. 2:29-33.
Lethal interactions between parasites and prey increase niche diversity in a tropical community -
Condon, M.A., Scheffer, S.J., Lewis, M.L., Wharton, R.A., Adams, D.C., Forbes, A.A. 2014. Lethal interactions between parasites and prey increase niche diversity in a tropical community. Science. 343:1240-1244.
An emerging example of tritrophic coevolution between flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) and nematodes (Nematoda: Neotylenchidae) on Myrtaceae host plants -
Nelson, L.A., Davies, K.A., Scheffer, S.J., Taylor, G.S., Purcell, M.F., Giblin-Davis, R.M., Thornhill, A.H., Yeates, D.K. 2014. An emerging example of tritrophic coevolution between flies (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) and nematodes (Nematoda: Neotylenchidae) on Myrtaceae host plants. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, London. 111(4):699-718.
Reproductive isolation between host races of Phytomyza glabricola on Ilex coriacea and I. glabra Reprint Icon -
Hebert, J.B., Scheffer, S.J., Hawthorne, D.J. 2013. Reproductive isolation between host races of Phytomyza glabricola on Ilex coriacea and I. glabra. PLoS One. 8:1-6.
The release and unsuccessful establishment of the Melaleuca biological control agent Fergusonina turneri and its mutualistic nematode Fergusobia quinquenerviae Reprint Icon -
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. The release and unsuccessful establishment of the Melaleuca biological control agent Fergusonina turneri and its mutualistic nematode Fergusobia quinquenerviae. Biocontrol. 58(4):553-561. 2013.
Intimate sex-biased relationships between flies and nematodes in the Fergusonina-Fergusobia mutualism (Diptera: Fergusoninidae; Nematoda: Neotylenchidae) Reprint Icon -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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.) -
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 -
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 -
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.
USDA's Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL): Global leadership and innovation in insect systematics -
Phytomyza omlandi spec. nov. – the first species of Agromyzidae (Diptera: Schizophora) reared from the family Gelsemiaceae (Asteridae) -
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 -
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” -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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) -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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) -
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) -
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. -
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. -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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. -
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 -
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) -
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) -
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. -
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) -
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 -
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). -
A MOLECULAR METHOD TO DISTINGUISH LIRIOMYZA HUIDOBRENSIS FROM L. LANGEI (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE) APPLIED TO THREE RECENT LEAFMINER INVASIONS. -
MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICS OF THE HOLLY LEAFMINERS (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE: PHYTOMYZA): SPECIES LIMITS, SPECIATION, AND DIETARY SPECIALIZATION. -
MOLECULAR EVIDENCE OF CRYPTIC SPECIES WITHIN THE PEA LEAFMINER LIRIOMYZA HUIDOBRENSIS (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE). -
TWO NUCLEAR GENES CONFIRM MITOCHONDRIAL EVIDENCE OF CRYPTIC SPECIES WITHIN LIRIOMYZA HUIDOBRENSIS (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE). -
GENETIC VARIATION AND THE POTENTIAL FOR HOST RANGE EVOLUTION IN THE LEAF MINING FLY AMAUROMYZA FLAVIFRONS (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE) -
MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF THE HOLLY-FEEDING LEAFMINING FLIES OF THE PHYTOMYZA ILICICOLA GROUP (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE). -
USE OF SUGAR BEET (BETA VULGARIS) FOLIAGE BY THE INTRODUCED LEAF-MINING FLY AMAUROMYZA FLAVIFRONS (DIPTERA: AGROMYZIDAE) -
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