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Plant Pest Diagnostics Center

Alessandra Rung

Dr. Alessandra Rung

Senior Insect Biosystematist

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food & Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road, Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, U.S.A.
916-262-1149 office, 916-262-1190 fax, alessandra.rung@cdfa.ca.gov

 

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Curriculum vitae

Education

  • 2003, Ph.D., Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1993, M.S., Zoology, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo
  • 1990, B.S., Ecology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Employment

  • 2010-present, Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • 2007-2010, Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food & Agriculture
  • 2003-2007, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park & Systematic Entomology Laboratory, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland
  • 2006, Adjunct Faculty, Prince George's County Community College, Largo, Maryland
  • 2000-2003, Teaching Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1996-2002, NSF/PEET Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland, College Park & National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
  • 1992-1994, Graduate Research Assistant, Natural History Museum, São Paulo, Brazil (Fellow of the CNPq)
  • 1991-1992, Research Associate, Natural History Museum, São Paulo, Brazil (Fellow of the CNPq)
  • 1988-1991, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Federal University (UFRJ) and National Museum (NMRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publications (chronological)

  1. Baptista, A.R.P., & W.N. Mathis. 1994. A revision of New World Cyamops Melander (Diptera, Periscelididae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 563: 1-28. PDF available [15MB]
  2. Baptista, A.R.P., & W.N. Mathis. 1996. A new species of the genus Cyamops Melander (Diptera, Periscelididae) from Brazil, with distributional notes on another species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 98(2): 245-248.
  3. Baptista, A.R.P., & W.N. Mathis. 2000. Notes on the genus Cyamops Melander (Diptera: Periscelididae), with the description of ten new species. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 102(3): 481-506.
  4. Kotrba, M., & A.R.P. Baptista. 2002. The internal genital organs of the family Opomyzidae (Diptera, Acalyptratae). Studia Dipterologica 9(1): 3-19.
  5. Mathis, W.N., & A. Rung. 2004. Redescription of the genus Diopsosoma Malloch (Diptera: Periscelididae). Revista Brasiliera de Entomologia 48(3): 303-309. PDF available [8MB]
  6. Hoffeins, C., & A. Rung. 2005. Procyamops succini, a new genus and new species of Periscelididae (Diptera, Brachycera) from the Baltic amber (Tertiary, Eocene). Studia Dipterologica 12: 23-27.
  7. Miller, D.R., M.E. Gimpel, & A. Rung. 2005. A Systematic Catalogue of the Cerococcidae, Halimococcidae, Kermesidae, Micrococcidae, Ortheziidae, Phelacoleachiidae, Phoenicoccidae, and Stictococcidae (Hemiptera, Coccoidea) of the World. Intercepted Limited, Andover, UK. 554 pp.
  8. Rung, A., W.N. Mathis, & L. Papp. 2005. Curiomusca, gen. nov., and three new species in the family Aulacigastridae from the Oriental Region (Diptera, Opomyzoidea). Zootaxa 1009: 21-36. PDF available
  9. Williams, D.J., Miller, D.R., Rung, A. 2006. A systematic revision of the armored scale genus Furcaspis Lindinger (Diaspididae; Coccoidea; Hemiptera). American Entomological Institute. 34:1-86.
  10. Rung, A., Scheffer, S.J., Evans, G. and Miller, D. 2008. Molecular identification of two closely related species of mealybugs of the Genus Planococcus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 101(3):525-532. PDF available
  11. Rung, A., D. Miller and S.J. Scheffer. 2009. Polymerase Chain Reaction- Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism method to distinguish three mealybug groups within the Planococcus citri-P. minor species complex (Hemiptera: Coccoidea: Pseudococcidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 102(1): 8-12.  PDF available.
  12. Rung, A., S. Halbert, D.C. Ziesk, and R. Gill. 2009. A leafhopper pest of plants in the mint family, Eupteryx decemnotata Rey (Hemiptera: Auchenorryncha: Cicadellidae), Ligurian leafhopper, new to North America. Insecta Mundi 88: 1-4. PDF available.
  13. Rung, A., G. Arakelian, R. Gill and N. Nisson. 2009. Platycorypha nigrivirga Burckhardt (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Psylloidea), Tipu Psyllid, New to North America. Insecta Mundi 97: 1-5. PDF available.
  14. Mathis, W.N., & A. Rung. 2010. Periscelididae. In Brown, B.V., A. Borkent, D.M. Wood, & M. Zumbado (eds.), Manual of Central American Diptera. Volume 2.1083-1085. Otawwa: NRC Research Press.
  15. Rung, A., & W.N. Mathis. 2010. Aulacigastridae. In Brown, B.V., A. Borkent, D.M. Wood, & M. Zumbado (eds.), Manual of Central American Diptera. Volume 2.1087-1092. Otawwa: NRC Research Press.
  16. Winkler I. S., A. Rung, and S. J. Scheffer. 2010. Hennig’s orphans revisited: Testing morphological hypotheses in the “Opomyzoidea.” Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54 746–762.
  17. Mathis, W.N. &  A. Rung. 2011. World Catalog and Conspectus on the Family Periscelididae (Diptera: Schizophora). Myia, 12:341–377.
  18. Percy, D.M., A. Rung, & M.S. Hoddle. 2011. An annotated checklist of the psyllids of California (Hemiptera: Psylloidea). Zootaxa 3193: 1–27.
  19. Rung, A. & W.N.Mathis. 2011. A Revision of the Genus Aulacigaster Macquart (Diptera: Aulacigastridae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 633: 1-132. PDF available.
  20. Rung, A. & R. Ale-Rocha. 2011. New species of Cyamops (Diptera: Opomyzoidea: Periscelidae) from the old and new world tropics. Zoologia  28 (6): 803–811.
  21. Mathis, W., A. Rung & M. Kotrba. 2012. A Revision of the genus Planinasus Cresson (Periscelididae). ZooKeys 225: 1–83.

Expert Systems (on-line, peer-reviewed)

  1. Miller, D.A., A. Rung, G.L. Venable, & R.J. Gill. 2004. Scale Families. An iterative key to the identification of families of scale insects (Hemiptera, Coccoidea). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalekeys/ScaleInsectsHome/ScaleInsectsFamilies.html
  2. Miller, D.A., A. Rung, G.L. Venable, & R.J. Gill. 2005. An iterative key to the identification of mealybugs of importance at U.S. ports of entry (Hemiptera, Coccoidea). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalekeys/ScaleInsectsHome/ScaleInsectsMealybugs.html
  3. Miller, D.A., A. Rung, G.L. Venable, & R.J. Gill. 2006. An iterative key to the identification of soft scales of importance at U.S. ports of entry (Hemiptera, Coccoidea). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalekeys/ScaleInsectsHome/ScaleInsectsSoftScales.html
  4. Miller, D.A., A. Rung, G.L. Venable, & R.J. Gill. 2007. Other scales. An iterative key to the identification of various scales of importance at U.S. ports of entry (Hemiptera, Coccoidea). http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalekeys/ScaleInsectsHome/ScaleInsectsOthers.html
  5. Miller, D., A. Rung, G. Parikh, G.L. Venable, A.J. Redford, G.A. Evans, & R.J. Gill. 2014. Scale Insects, Edition 2. http://idtools.org/id/scales/

Taxonomic Databases

  1. Scalenet (http://www.sel.barc.usda.gov/scalenet/scalenet.htm). - [update of taxonomic information for several families]

Grants (as PI)

  • 2012-2-14. USDA, Farm Bill grant #12-8130-0129-CA, PI (cooperative agreement with Terrence Walters, APHIS-PPQ), $56,650, “Scale Insects edition 2”

Academic Advisors

  • Wayne Mathis, Charles Mitter (Ph.D.)
  • Nelson Papavero (M.S.)