Dr. Medina's research centers around the role that ecological factors play in the population genetics of arthropods. He is particularly interested in the incorporation of evolutionary ecology considerations into pest control practices. His laboratory is currently assessing how species interactions at macroscopic (host-parasite interactions) and microscopic (arthropod microbiomes) levels interact with genetic variation of agricultural pests and arthropod vectors of human disease. His research team is exploring if the same principles governing insect herbivores' adaptation to their hosts translate into arthropod parasites of animals. He is also interested in understanding the factors that make some biotechnology innovations in agriculture controversial in the public sphere.
- Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park - (College Park, Maryland, United States) 2005
- M.S. in Entomology, University of Maryland, College Park - (College Park, Maryland, United States) 1999
- B.S. in Biology, National Agrarian University - (Lima, Peru) 1995
- Tietjen, M., Esteve‐Gasent, M. D., Castro‐Arellano, I., & Medina, R. F. (2022). Genomic evidence for host‐associated differentiation in an animal parasite, Dermacentor variabilis, the American dog tick. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 170(1), 95-107.
- Medina, R. F. (2022). Host‐associated differentiation of target pests should be assessed before using gene drive as a pest control tool − an opinion. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 170(1), 88-94.
- Harrison, K., Tarone, A. M., DeWitt, T., & Medina, R. F. (2022). Predicting the occurrence of host‐associated differentiation in parasitic arthropods: a quantitative literature review. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 170(1), 5-22.
- Fu, Z., Antwi, J. B., Sword, G. A., Barman, A. K., & Medina, R. F. (2021). Geographic Variation of Bacterial Communities Associated with Cotton Fleahopper, Pseudatomoscelis seriatus1. Southwestern Entomologist. 46(1), 17-32.
- Nibouche, S., Costet, L., Medina, R. F., Holt, J. R., Sadeyen, J., Zoogones, A., Brown, P., & Blackman, R. L. (2021). Morphometric and molecular discrimination of the sugarcane aphid, Melanaphis sacchari, (Zehntner, 1897) and the sorghum aphid Melanaphis sorghi (Theobald, 1904).. PLoS One. 16(3), e0241881-e0241881.
- Medina, R. F., & Barbosa, P. (2008). The role of host plant species in the phenotypic differentiation of sympatric populations of Aleiodes nolophanae and Cotesia marginiventris. ENTOMOLOGIA EXPERIMENTALIS ET APPLICATA. 128(1), 14-26.
- Medina, R. F., & Barbosa, P. (2008). The role of host plant species in the phenotypic differentiation of sympatric populations ofAleiodesnolophanaeandCotesiamarginiventris. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 128(1), 14-26.
- Medina, R. F., & Barbosa, P. (2007). Phenotypic and genetic differentiation of hymenopteran parasitoids. JOURNAL OF INSECT SCIENCE. 7, 15-15.
- Medina, R. F., Barbosa, P., & Waddell, K. (2005). Parasitism levels in Orgyia leucostigma feeding on two tree species: implications for the slowgrowth highmortality hypothesis. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 115(1), 193-197.
- Harrison, Kyle Edward (2017-05). Ecological Factors Explaining Genetic Differentiation in Aphidomorpha Associated with Pecan and Water Hickory Trees. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Carbaugh, Jason Ryan (2016-12). Perception and Handling of Inanimate Objects by the Red Imported Fire Ant Solenopsis invicta Buren with an Emphasis on Polymorphism and Recognition Chemicals. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Antwi, Josephine Bema (2015-08). Host Plant Use by Insect Herbivores Mediated by Microorganisms. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Vyavhare, Suhas (2014-08). Establishing and Implementing an IPM Program for the Redbanded Stink Bug: An Emerging Soybean Pest in the Southern Region. (Doctoral Dissertation)
- Bellota Villafuerte, Edwin (2013-05). Effects of Life History, Domestication, and Breeding of Zea on the Specialist Herbivore Dalbulus maidis (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae). (Master's Thesis)