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Bethany McGregor

Research Entomologist

Dr. Bethany McGregor
Research Entomologist

ATTN: Bethany McGregor
1515 College Ave.
Manhattan, KS 66502
Telephone: 785.776.2707


B.S., Wildlife and Fisheries Science, University of Tennessee at Knoxville

M.S., Biology, University of Louisiana-Monroe

Ph.D., Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida 


Dr. Bethany McGregor is a Research Entomologist with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit (ABADRU) at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research. Bethany started at ABADRU in May of 2020 after coming from an ORISE post-doctoral research position with the CDC Division of Vector Borne Diseases in Fort Collins, CO. Bethany’s research focuses on understanding aspects of the biology and ecology of insect vectors of animal pathogens, primarily Culicoides biting midges. The ultimate goal of Bethany’s research program is to use data on biology and ecology to improve surveillance and control of biting midge species that transmit diseases. Currently, Bethany has ongoing studies aimed at characterizing larval midge habitats, investigating host associations of midges, and assessing phenological profiles of midge populations.

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McGregor BL, Rozo-Lopez P, Davis TM, Drolet BS. 2021. Detection of vesicular stomatitis virus Indiana from insects collected during the 2020 outbreak in Kansas, USA. Pathogens 10(9): 1126. DOI: 10.3390/pathogens10091126.


McGregor BL, Kenney J, Connelly CR. 2021. Infection, dissemination, and transmission potential of North American Culex quinquefasciatus, Culex tarsalis, and Culicoides sonorensis for Oropouche virus. Viruses 13(2): 226. DOI: 3390/v13020226


McGregor BL, Kenney JL, Connelly CR. 2021. The effect of fluctuating incubation temperatures on West Nile virus infection in Culex Viruses 13(9): 1822. DOI: 10.3390/v13091822


Humphreys JM, Pelzel-McCluskey AM, Cohnstaedt LW, McGregor BL, Hanley KA, Hudson AR, Young KI, Peck D, Rodriguez LL, Peters DPC. 2021. Integrating spatiotemporal epidemiology, eco-phylogenetics, and distributional ecology to assess West Nile disease risk in horses. Viruses 13(9): 1811. DOI: 10.3390/v13091811.


McGregor BL, Erram D, Alto BW, Lednicky JA, Wisely SM, Burkett-Cadena ND. 2021. Vector competence of Florida Culicoides insignis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) for epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus serotype 2. Viruses 13(3): 410. DOI: 10.3390/v13030410


McGregor BL, Giordano B, Runkel IV AE, Nigg H, Nigg L, Burkett-Cadena N. 2021. Comparison of the effect of insecticides on bumble bees (Bombus impatiens) and mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus) by standard mosquito research methods. Journal of Economic Entomology 114(1): 24-32. DOI: 10.1093/jee/toaa282


Quaglia AI, Blosser EM, McGregor BL, Runkel AE IV, Sloyer KE, Erram D, Wisely SM. Burkett-Cadena ND. 2020. Tracking community timing: Pattern and determinants of seasonality in Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in northern Florida. Viruses 12(9): 931. DOI: 10.3390/v12090931


McGregor BL, Blackburn JK, Wisely SM, Burkett-Cadena ND. 2020. Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) communities differ between a game preserve and nearby natural areas in northern Florida. Journal of Medical Entomology 58(1): 450-457. DOI: 10.1093/jme/tjaa152


McGregor BL, Connelly CR. 2020. A review of the control of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in the continental United States. Journal of Medical Entomology 58(1): 10-25.


McGregor BL, Sloyer KE, Sayler KA, Goodfriend O, Krauer JMC, Acevedo C, Zhang X, Mathias D, Wisely SM, Burkett-Cadena ND. 2019. Field data implicating Culicoides stellifer and Culicoides venustus (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) as vectors of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus. Parasites & Vectors 12: 258. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-019-3514-8