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Kubik, Tristan

Tristan D Kubik

Yikes! Who let him out of the insectary? Get that entomologist back where he belongs before we all get into trouble.

Insects, science, and discovery, for as long as I can remember, have stood at the core of who I am. I was exposed to these influences early by my father who, himself an aquatic entomologist, introduced me to the profound diversity of nature. I grew up in Conifer, a small rural town sitting at an elevation of ~8,500 ft (2590.8 m) in the middle of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. I had access to over 700 acres of privately owned wilderness which fostered my love of insects and passions for naturalism. I pursued these passions into high school, working summers as a Teen Science Scholar and Teen Science Mentor at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science under Entomology Curator Dr. Frank Krell, Denver Colorado, U.S.A. I earned my Bachelor of Science at Colorado State University majoring in biochemistry and minoring in entomology, under the mentorship of such renowned entomologists as Drs. Paul Ode, Boris Kondratieff, and Whitney Cranshaw. During my undergraduate, I served as a UTA for several introductory biology labs and gained research experience working in several labs. I started my work with Dr. Paul Ode and his biological control lab where I studied competition between two parasitoid wasps. I was later hired by wildlife biologist Robert Schorr of the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to conduct research on the suspected myrmecophily (ant mutualism) of the Hops Blue Butterfly, a project funded with help from the Odell Brewing Company. I discovered seven different myrmecophilous relationships that the Hops Blue participated in. I was then hired for a second summer by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to investigate bioluminescent fireflies along the Front Range of Colorado. I described two new species in the genus I studied and then was offered a position as a vector entomologist by Dr. Corey Campbell, a molecular biologist at Colorado State University's Arthropod-borne Infectious Disease Lab and Infectious Disease Annex. I worked as a vector entomologist in these labs for two years. I helped discover a mechanistic relationship between two transcription factors and pesticide resistance in the Yellow Fever Mosquito. Currently, I work with Drs. Alex Wild and Ulrich Mueller on the ecology, evolution, and behavior of leafcutting ants and their only known predators, the aptly-named tank army ants.

I have little clue as to exactly what I am doing beyond just getting paid to play with ants. I like to pretend that I am a war ecologist investigating the causes, soldiers, weaponry, behaviors, and dynamics of warlike conflict in ants, but you'd catch me at a loss if you asked me to explain any of those aspects in any detail. 

I've listed here all of my currently published articles for the convenience of my colleagues. If, however, you are a grant agency, post-doc job scout, or anyone else that would be willing to give me money for a longer list of publications, I'll happily send you my in press, in review, in preparation, in mind, and insane articles, too.

1. Campbell, C. L., Saavedra-Rodriguez, K., Kubik, T. D., Lenhart, A., Lozano-Fuentes, S., & Black IV, W. C. (2019). Vgsc-interacting proteins are genetically associated with pyrethroid resistance in Aedes aegyptiPloS One, 1.

2. Kondratieff, B. C., & Kubik, T. D. (2019). Mydas clavatus (Diptera: Mydidae), a new state record for Colorado, USA. Entomological News, 427-428.

3. Kubik, T. D., & Schorr, R. A. (2018). Facultative myrmecophily (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Hops Blue Butterfly, Celastrina humulus (Lepidoptera: Lycaenidae). Entomological News, 490-498.

4. Kubik, T. D., Snell, T., Saavedra-Rodriguez, K., Black, W. C., & Campbell, C. L. (2019). Building an insecticide resistance interactome for Aedes aegypti: microRNA-33 protects against permethrin mortality through regulation of VGSC levels. Entomology.

5. Vyas, D. K., Paul, R. L., Gates, M. W., Kubik, T. D., Harvey, J. A., Kondratieff, B. C., & Ode, P. J. (2020). Shared enemies exert differential mortality on two competing parasitic wasps. Basic and Applied Ecology.

In the interest of tempering his ego and thereby big mouth, those responsible for maintaining TDK's already decrepit public relations will happily provide this information upon request (and without his knowledge).

Many of you, I'm sure, will be mortified to hear that I am not only allowed but entrusted with any sort of responsibility, indeed, let alone teaching. I have however taught or assisted in the teaching of several courses, all related to entomology.

Fall, 2019: Introduction to General Entomology

Spring, 2020: Global Insect Diversity and Decline