Rakim Turnipseed

Rakim Turnipseed

Graduate Student

I am broadly interested in the theoretical and applied aspects of invasion ecology, particularly the consequences of biological invasions. Specifically, I am interested in the impact invasive species have on native species. Currently, I am investigating the influence of exotic aquatic plant invasions on mosquito population dynamics in agricultural regions of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Specific mosquito species of interest in the Delta are Culex pipiens and C. tarsalis, both which are primary vectors of West Nile Virus.





Sampling at one of my study sites, White Slough, next to the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District office in Lodi, CA