Megan Stroup Thoemmes

I study the evolutionary history of human and other mammal-associated Demodex (face) mites, as well as the general patterns found in the assemblage of associate species living on and around a broad range of mammal hosts.

Position: Graduate Student

Research summary:

Mites of the genus Demodex live on many, if not all, mammal species. The two described species of human-associated mites, D. folliculorum and D. brevis, live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the face and across other various regions of the body. Currently, I study the prevalence, genetic diversity and evolutionary history of Demodex lineages, in relation to both human populations, as well as other mammalian hosts. In conjunction with this, I am beginning to explore the full diversity of arthropod and microbial communities associated with mammals and their homes.

Recent Publications:

Thoemmes MS, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn RR (2014) Ubiquity and diversity of human-associated Demodex mites. PLoS ONE. In Press.