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Alison R Gerken

Research Molecular Biologist


Dr. Alison Gerken    

Dr. Alison Gerken
Research Molecular Biologist

Contact Information:

USDA-ARS-CGAHR-SPIERU
ATTN: Alison Gerken
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

alison.gerken@ars.usda.gov

Telephone: 785.776.2796
Fax: 785.537.5584

www.ars.usda.gov/pa/cgahr/spieru/gerken


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RESEARCH INTERESTS

Alison Gerken is a Research Molecular Biologist with the USDA-ARS at the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS. She received her Ph.D. in biology from Kansas State University in 2014 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Florida from 2014 to 2016. Her research interests focus on understanding the phenotypic and genetic plasticity responses to stress using behavioral, thermal, and life-history bioassays.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Amoah, B. A., R. M. Mahroof, A. R. Gerken and J. F. Campbell. 2019. Effect of delayed mating on longevity and reproductive performance of Lasioderma serricorne (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 112: 475-484.
Gerken, A. R. and J. F. Campbell. 2018. Life history changes in Trogoderma variabile and T. inclusum due to mating delay with implications for mating disruption as a management tactic. Ecol. Evol. 8: 2428-2439.
Gerken, A. R., E. D. Scully, and J. F. Campbell. 2018. Red flour beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) response to volatile cues varies with strain and behavioral assay. Environ. Entomol. 47: 1252-1265.
Gerken, A. R., O. C. Eller-Smith, and T. J. Morgan. 2018. Speed of exposure to rapid cold hardening and genotype drive the level of acclimation response in Drosophila melanogaster. J. Therm. Biol. 76: 21-28.
León-Novelo, L., A. R. Gerken, R. M. Graze, L. M. McIntyre and F. Marroni. 2018. Direct testing for allele-specific expression differences between conditions. G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics 8: 447-460.
Morrison, W. R., R. V. Wilkins, A. R. Gerken, D. S. Scheff, K. Y. Zhu, F. H. Arthur, and J. F. Campbell. 2018. Mobility of adult Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) and Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) after exposure to long-lasting insecticide-incorporated netting. J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 2443-2453.
Perkin, L. C., A. R. Gerken, and B. Oppert. 2017. RNA-Seq validation of RNAi identifies additional gene connectivity in Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae). J. Insect Sci. 17: 57; 1-7.
Bubak, A. N., Gerken, A. R., Watt, M. J., Costabile, J. D., Renner, K. J., and Swallow, J. G. 2016. Assessment strategies and fighting patterns in animal contests: a role for serotonin? Curr. Zool. 62: 257-263.
Fear, J.M., Leon-Novelo, L.G., Morse, A.M., Gerken, A.R., Van Lehman, K., Tower, J., Nuzhdin, S.V., and McIntyre, L.M. 2016. Buffering of Genetic Regulatory Networks in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics 203: 1177-1190.
Gerken, A.R., Mackay, T.F.C., and Morgan, T.J. 2016. Artificial selection on chill-coma recovery time in Drosophila melanogaster: Direct and correlated responses to selection. J. Therm. Biol. 59: 77-85.