Christine Elliott

 Contact Info 
E-mail: chelliot [at] hawaii [dot] edu

Research Interest: Plant-Insect interactions, Tropical Ecology, Conservation


University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Sciences.
  Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, December 2007.

Past Experience

Research Experience

Oct 2016 - present: University of Hawaii at Manoa, Rubinoff Lab.

  • Analyzing Pleocoma tularensis emergence patterns
  • Hawaiian native plant propogation within a greenhouse setting
  • Masters Thesis research

Jun 1998 - Apr 2004: USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, Imported Fire Ant and Household Insect Unit.

  • Infrabuccal filtration capabilities of Solenopsis invicta with implications for pesticide efficacy
    • I designed an experiment to ascertain size limitations of infrabuccal filtration in female alates of Solenopsis invicta using fluorescent electron microscopy. Data was analyzed using SAS and results presented at an in-facility symposium.
  • Impact of Thelohania solenopsae on larval development in the red imported fire ant
    • Samples of eggs from colonies of S. invicta infected with the microspordium Thelohania solenopsae were reared to adulthood. Adult workers were checked for infection. Developmental time and mortality were compared between infected colonies and an uninfected control group. Results were presented at an in-facility symposium.
  • Agonistic interactions between Solenopsis invicta and Linepithema humile with implications for invasion success
    • Start-up colonies of S. invicta consisting of a mated queen and a number of workers ranging from 0 to 500 were introduced to contained habitats already inhabited by a colony of L. humile. Establishment success of S. invicta was noted. Results were presented at a in-facility symposium.
  • Assisted with long-term research of Thelohania solenopsae as a biological control agent for Solenopsis invicta throughout Florida and Georgia
  • Assisted with research into the parasitic ant Solenopsis daguerrei as a biological control agent for S. invicta and S. richteri in a quarantine setting
  • Assisted with colony collection and rearing of numerous species of pest ant

Volunteer Experience

Jun 2002 - Oct 2002: Dallas Arboretum, Dallas, TX

  • Curated and maintained aquatic gardens and provided interpretive tours to visitors

May 2000 - Aug 2000: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, FL

  • Curated and maintained native and exotic water gardens and aided in the digitization of specimens from the Fairchild Herbarium

May 1996 - May 1999: Paynes Prairie State Preserve, Gainesville, FL

  • Volunteered weekly in the visitor center, maintained trails, and assisted in regularly scheduled guided nature walks


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