Ferg Lab

Research

Mosquito Surveillance in the Maritimes

Project description is coming, this page is still under construction.

Overwintering biology of ticks and mosquitoes

Immunity and infection in changing environments

Impacts of microplastics on invertebrate physiology

Publications

Cold-induced immune activation in chill-susceptible insects

MI El-Saadi, HA MacMillan, LV Ferguson Current Opinion in Insect Science, 101054 2023


Cold wars and climate change: how host-pathogen interactions at lowtemperatures shape ectothermsuccess in changing environments

LV Ferguson, A El Nabbout, SA Adamo INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 62, S93-S93 2023

From perplexing to predictive: are we ready to forecast insect disease susceptibility in a warming world?

LV Ferguson, SA Adamo Journal of Experimental Biology 226 (4), jeb244911 2023


Balsam fir (Abies balsamea) needles and their essential oil kill overwintering ticks (Ixodes scapularis) at cold temperatures

SA Adamo, A El Nabbout, LV Ferguson, JS Zbarsky, N Faraone Scientific reports 12 (1), 12999 2022

Changes in the microbiome and associated host tissue structure in the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) following exposure to polystyrene microparticles

LV Ferguson, B Hewins, W Harding, E MacDonald, G Gibson Canadian Journal of Zoology 100 (11), 719-731 2022


Applied ecoimmunology: using immunological tools to improve conservation efforts in a changing world

Michel EB Ohmer, David Costantini, Gábor Á Czirják, Cynthia J Downs, Laura V Ferguson, Andy Flies, Craig E Franklin, Ahab N Kayigwe, Sarah Knutie, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki, Rebecca L Cramp Conservation Physiology 9 (1), coab074 2021

Detection of heliothine sex pheromone components in the Australian budworm moth, Helicoverpa punctigera: electrophysiology, neuroanatomy, and behavior

K Cloonan, AR Rizzato, L Ferguson, NK Hillier Journal of Comparative Physiology A 206, 939-950 2020


Thermal variability and plasticity drive the outcome of a host-pathogen interaction

LV Ferguson, BJ Sinclair The American Naturalist 195 (4), 603-615 2020

Effects of Environmentally-Relevant Levels of Microplastics on Tissue Structure in Mytilus edulis (Blue Mussels)

B Hewins, A Rideout, W Harding, E Macdonald, L Ferguson, G Gibson INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY 59, E334-E334 2019

Sugar intake interacts with temperature to influence reproduction and immunity in adult Culex pipiens mosquitoes

LV Ferguson, NH Beckett, M-C French, MJ Campbell, TG Smith, SA Adamo Canadian Journal of Zoology 97 (5), 424-428 2019

Seasonal shifts in the insect gut microbiome are concurrent with changes in cold tolerance and immunity

Laura V Ferguson, Pranav Dhakal, Jacqueline E Lebenzon, David E Heinrichs, Carol Bucking, Brent J Sinclair Functional ecology 32 (10), 2357-2368 2018

Eco-immunology in the cold: the role of immunity in shaping the overwintering survival of ectotherms

LV Ferguson, R Kortet, BJ Sinclair Journal of Experimental Biology 221 (13), jeb163873 2018

Insect immunity varies idiosyncratically during overwintering

LV Ferguson, BJ Sinclair Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology, 327 (5), 222-234 2017

Insect immunity varies idiosyncratically during overwintering

LV Ferguson, BJ Sinclair Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology 327, 222-234 2017

Thermal Biology of Insect Immunity and Host-microbe Interactions

LV Ferguson The University of Western Ontario (Canada) 2017

Does cold activate the Drosophila melanogaster immune system?

G Salehipour-Shirazi, LV Ferguson, BJ Sinclair Journal of insect physiology 96, 29-34 2017


Metabolic differences between fast/slow life histories of damselflies (Odonata: Zygoptera)

TJ Dann, L Ferguson, R Jakobs, GP Closs, BJ Sinclair 2016 International Congress of Entomology 2016

Reproductive arrest and stress resistance in winter-acclimated Drosophila suzukii

J Toxopeus, R Jakobs, LV Ferguson, TD Gariepy, BJ Sinclair Journal of insect physiology 89, 37-51 2016

Can we predict the effects of multiple stressors on insects in a changing climate?

S Kaunisto, LV Ferguson, BJ Sinclair Current opinion in insect science 17, 55-61 2016

Paradoxical acclimation responses in the thermal performance of insect immunity

LV Ferguson, DE Heinrichs, BJ Sinclair Oecologia 181, 77-85 2016

An invitation to measure insect cold tolerance: methods, approaches, and workflow

Brent J Sinclair, Litza E Coello Alvarado, Laura V Ferguson Journal of Thermal Biology, 53, 180-197 2015


Parallel ionoregulatory adjustments underlie phenotypic plasticity and evolution of Drosophila cold tolerance

HA MacMillan, LV Ferguson, A Nicolai, A Donini, JF Staples, BJ Sinclair Journal of Experimental Biology 218 (3), 423-432 2015

Cold hardiness and deacclimation of overwintering Papilio zelicaon pupae

Caroline M Williams, Annegret Nicolai, Laura V Ferguson, Mark A Bernards, Jessica J Hellmann, Brent J Sinclair Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 178, 51-58 2014


Influence of Hepatozoon parasites on host-seeking and host-choice behaviour of the mosquitoes Culex territans and Culex pipiens

LV Ferguson, NK Hillier, TG Smith International Journal for Parasitology: Parasites and Wildlife 2, 69-76 2013

Cross-tolerance and cross-talk in the cold: relating low temperatures to desiccation and immune stress in insects

BJ Sinclair, LV Ferguson, G Salehipour-Shirazi, HA MacMillan Integrative and comparative biology 53 (4), 545-556 2013

Factors determining the in vitro emergence of sexual stages of Hepatozoon clamatae from erythrocytes of the Green Frog (Rana clamitans)

MJ Trites, LV Ferguson, CT Ogbuah, CM Dickson, TG Smith Canadian journal of zoology 91 (4), 219-226 2013