Alex R. Van Dam

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PhD Candidate
Entomology Graduate Group

(530) 752-6351

Department of Animal Science
University of California Davis
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616

Curriculum Vitae


M.S. Entomology UC Riverside 2007

B.S. Entomology UC Riverside 2004

Research Interests

Domestication process in phytophagous insects and host-plant switching in their wild relatives.

Using molecular markers to delineate the geographic origins of the cochineal insect (Dactylopius coccus) that has been used as a brilliant red dye since pre-Columbian times in Peru and Mexico.

Investigating genetic evidence of domestication in D.coccus.

Molecular Phylogenetics of Dactylopius spp. identifying host-plant switching and imbedded lineages within recognized morphological species.


Van Dam, A., May B.P. 2012. A new species of Dactylopius (Hemiptera: Dactylopiidae) from the Chihuahuan Desert. ZOOTAXA. Currently in Review by Editor.

Van Dam, A., Householder J.E., Lubinsky P. 2010. Vanilla bicolor (Orchidaceae) from the Peruvian Amazon: auto-fertilization in Vanilla and notes on floral phenology. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution. 57:473-480.

Walton, W.E., Van Dam A.R., Popko D.A. 2009. Ovipositional respones of two Culex (Diptera: Culicidae) species to larvivorous fish. Journal of Medical Entomology. 46(6):1338-1343.

Van Dam, A., Walton W. E. 2008. The effect of predatory fish exudates on the ovipositioning behavior of three mosquito species: Culex quinquefasciatus, Aedes aegypti, and Culex tarsalis. Medical and Veterinary Entomology. 22: 399-404.

Van Dam, A.R., Van Dam M.H. 2008. Impact of off-road vehicle use on dune endemic Coleoptera. Annals of the Entomological Society of America.101(2):411-417 Annals of the ESA March issue [COVER ARTICLE].

Van Dam, A., Walton W. E. 2007. Comparison of mosquito control provided by the arroyo chub (Gila orcutti) and the mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis). American Journal of Mosquito Control. 23(4): 430-441.

Van Dam, A., Van Dam M. 2007. Cacti and succulents of the Socorro sand dunes. The Cactus and Succulent Journal. 79(3): 131-134.

Van Dam, A.R., Van Dam M.H., Heraty J.M. 2007. A comparison of pyrethrum fogging and screen-sweep netting of Hymenoptera in Southern California chaparral. Journal of Hymenoptera Research. 16(1): 192-205.

Lubinsky, P., Van Dam M.H., Van Dam A.R. 2006. Pollination of Vanilla and evolution in Orchidaceae. Lindleyana 75(12): 926-929.

Van Dam, M.H., Van Dam A.R. 2006. Description of the larvae of Pseudocotalpa sonorica Hardy (Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Rutelini) with notes on life history. Coleopterists Bulletin, 60(1): 31-35.

Van Dam, M.H., Van Dam A.R., Wilcox M.D. 2006. Description of the third-instar larva and adult male of Megasoma sleeperi Hardy (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 60(1): 59-67.