Kristen Alayne Hopperstad

PhD Candidate   •   Phone: 956-579-5083  •   Email: kahopper@ncsu.edu


PhD in Entomology (Jan 2013 to present)
North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh, NC

  • “Connecting pattern and process in the landscape ecology and genetics of invasive and native mosquitoes.” Advisor: Dr. Michael Reiskind, Department of Entomology, NCSU


BSc in Biology (Aug 2007 to Jun 2011)
The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (UT-RGV), Edinburg, TX

  • Impact of a trematode parasite on the consumption, growth, and reproduction of an aquatic snail host.” Advisor: Dr. Brian Lund Fredensborg, Department of Biology, UT-RGV


Research Interests

  • Biological invasions and population dynamics
  • Landscape genetics
  • Arthropod disease vectors


Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant (Jan 2013 to Present)
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

  • Currently study the geospatial and evolutionary responses of the yellow fever mosquito to the invasive Asian tiger mosquito using a landscape genetic approach.


Research Technician I (Jan 2012 to Dec 2012)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)/UT-RGV Cooperative, Edinburg, TX

  • Methods development for a USDA Sterile Insect Technique Mexican fruit fly mass-rearing facility.


Biological Science Technician (Aug 2011 to Sept 2011)
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Edinburg, TX

  • Population genetics of invasive mite species known to vector Citrus leprosis.


Student Researcher (Aug 2009 to May 2011)
University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX

  • Research on the ecosystem energetics of parasites using a snail-trematode model. Independent research resulted in an undergraduate thesis and defense.

Reiskind, M, Hopperstad, KA. (2017) Surveillance for Immature Mosquitoes in Windshield Wash Basins at Gas Stations. Journal of Medical Entomology, doi:10.1093/jme/tjx129.

Salas, B, Conway, HE, Schuenzel, EL, Hopperstad, KA, Vitek, C, Vacek, DC. (2017) Morganella morganii (Enterobacteriales: Enterobacteriaceae) is a lethal pathogen of Mexican fruit fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) larvae. Florida Entomologist (In Press).

Hopperstad, KA, Reiskind, MH. (2016) Recent changes in the local distribution of Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) in South Florida, USA. Journal of Medical Entomology, doi: 10.1093/jme/tjw050.

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Reiskind, MH, Griffin, RH, Janairo, MS, Hopperstad, KA. (2016) Mosquitoes of Field and Forest: The Scale of Habitat Segregation in a Diverse Mosquito Assemblage. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, doi: 10.1111/mve.12193.

I am actively involved with the American Mosquito Control Association Young Professionals and serve as Past-Chair.

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Our mission is to connect new and well-established professionals in the mosquito control field, as well as provide professional development for YPs.

If you have any questions about the YP group please contact me.

In addition to AMCA, I also belong to the following organizations:

  • The SciREN Triangle Planning Team
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Society of Vector Ecology
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • Mid-Atlantic Mosquito Control Association
  • North Carolina Entomology Society
  • North Carolina Mosquito and Vector Control Association
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

April 2014— Student support for three years. Includes a yearly tuition and fees honorarium and an annual stipend of $32,000 to study the landscape patterns and population genetics of Aedes aegypti in the southern United States.

Phi Kappa Phi Member.

April 2015— Inducted to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

1 st Place Poster.

April 2015—  American Mosquito Control Association meeting (First author).

1 st Place Poster.

October 2014— North Carolina Entomological Society meeting (First author).

Certificate of Appreciation.

August 2012— United States Department of Agriculture for “excellent performance in coordinating and supervising rearing research and production studies of Mexican fruit fly.”

Guerra Honors Program Graduate.

May 2011— University of Texas-Pan American.

International Women’s Board Scholarship.

May 2010— University of Texas-Pan American.

2 nd Place Poster.

April 2010,2011— Interdisciplinary Statistics Club meeting (Co-author).

Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant.

January 2010— Research support and travel funds to present research at the Ecological Society of America meeting. $2000

1 st Place Poster.

September 2009— Undergraduate biology category at the Hispanic Engineering Science and Technology Conference (HESTEC) (First author).

2 nd Place Poster.

September 2009— Undergraduate biology at HESTEC (Co-author).

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