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Photo of Dr. Michael MendelDr. Michael Mendel
michael.mendel@mvnu.edu
(740) 392-6868 Ext. 3201

Education:
  • Ph.D. Biological Sciences, 1992. University of Maine, Orono.
  • M.S. Interdisciplinary: Entomology, Experimental Statistics, 1984. New Mexico State University.
  • B.S. Wildlife Management, 1981. Humboldt State University, California.
Professional Experience:
  • 9/00 -- Present. Professor of Biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
  • 3/00 -- 8/00. Section Chief of Mobile Sources, Div. Planning & Procedures, Air Bureau, Dept. of Environ. Protection, Augusta, Maine.
  • 2/97-- 2/00. Section Chief of Enforcement & Emissions Monitoring, Div. Field Services, Air Bureau, Dept. of Environ. Protection, Augusta, Maine.
  • 9/92 -- 1/97. Environmental Specialist III, Div. Licensing & Enforcement, Air Bureau, Dept. of Environ. Protection, Augusta, Maine.
  • 10/89 -- 9/92. Environmental Specialist II, Div. Sites Investigation & Remediation, HMSW, Dept. of Environmental Protection, Augusta, Maine.
  • 2/86 -- 10/87. Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Univ. of Maine, Orono, Maine.
  • 4/85 -- 2/86. Field Research Technician II, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, MI.
Professional Organizations:
  • North American Benthological Society (NABS)
  • Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists
  • New England Association of Environmental Biologists
Awards and Recognition:
  • 2007 Ohio Biological Survey Grant -- A continued survey of black flies (Simuliidae) in Ohio using cytological methods.
  • 2006 Ohio Biological Survey Grant -- A survey of black flies (Simuliidae), including sibling species, in Ohio.
  • Faculty Summer Research Mini-Grants -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University
  • 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006 -- Black flies of Ohio
  • 2004, 2003 and 2002 -- Comparing sampling techniques in northeastern streams
  • Maine Dep. of Environ. Protection -- Commissioner's Award
  • Maine Dep. of Environ. Protection -- Special Merit Award
  • Phi Kappa Phi, National Honor Society
  • Eagle Scout Award
Published Works and Presentations:
  • Mendel, M. J., P. H. Adler and R. J. Mendel. 2010. A survey of black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) in southern Ohio streams using cytological methods. Presented at the North American Benthological Society Meeting, Santa Fe, NM, June 12, 2010
  • Mendel, M.J., P.H. Adler & R.J. Mendel. 2008. "The distribution of Ohio black fly species and sibling species: cytological results from a second field season." Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Water Pollution Biology Workshop, Berkeley Springs, WV 4/2/08
  • Mendel, M.J., 2008. "A continued faunal survey of Ohio black flies (Simuliidae) using cytological methods." Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH 2/16/08
  • Mendel, M.J., P.H. Adler & R.J. Mendel. 2007. "A Survey of Black Flies (Simuliidae), Including Sibling Species, in Ohio." Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Water Pollution Biology Workshop, Berkeley Springs, WV 4/4/07.
  • Mendel, M.J. 2007. "The Results of a First Year Survey of Black Fly (Simuliidae) Larvae in Ohio." Presented at the Ohio Natural History Conference, Columbus, OH 2/17/07.
  • Mendel, M.J. & R.J. Mendel. 2004. "Sampling and subsampling efficiency: the use of artificial substrates vs. kick nets in a high quality stream." At the Mid-Atlantic Water Pollution Biology Workshop, Berkeley Springs, WV 3/25/04.
  • Mendel, M.J. & R.J. Mendel. 2003. "A comparison of various techniques to sample macroinvertebrates from a northeastern stream supporting an extremely diverse fauna." Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Water Pollution Biology Workshop, Berkeley Springs, WV 3/27/03.
  • Mendel, M.J. 2003. "Assessing Stream Macroinvertebrate Communities: The Effect of Sampling Techniques and Season on Water Quality Evaluations" Faculty Development Day, MVNU, 2/19/03.
  • Mendel, M.J. 2001. "Evaluating Water Quality Using Aquatic Organisms" Keynote Speaker, Knox County Science Day Awards Banquet, 3/6/01.
  • Mendel, M.J., A.R. Alford, M.S. Rajab & M.D. Bentley. 1993. The relationship of citrus limonoid structure to feeding deterrency against fall armyworm larvae, Spodoptera frugiperda. Environmental Entomology 22: 167--173.
  • Mendel, M.J., A.R. Alford, M.S. Rajab & M.D. Bentley. 1991. Antifeedant effects of citrus limonoids differing in A-ring structure on Colorado potato beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) larvae. Journal of Economic Entomology 84: 1158-1162.
  • Mendel, M.J., A.R. Alford & M.D. Bentley. 1991. A comparison of the effects of limonin on Colorado potato beetle, Leptinotarsa decemlineata and fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda, larval feeding. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata. 58: 191-194.
  • Bentley, M.D., M.S. Rajab, M.J. Mendel & A.R. Alford. 1990. Limonoid model insect antifeedants. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 38: 1400-1403.
  • Alford, A.R., Y.B. Liu, M.J. Mendel, M. Bentley & M. Rajab. 1990. Citrus limonoids as insect antifeedants: deterrents or toxins? Symposium Biological Hungary 39: 431-432.
  • Mendel, M.J., P.B. Shaw & J.C. Owens & D.B. Richman. 1989. Developmental rates, threshold and thermal constants of the egg parasitoid Anastatus semiflavidus (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae) its host Hemileuca oliviae (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae). Journal of Kansas Entomological Society 42: 335-340.
  • Lugemwa, F.N., W. Lwande, M.D. Bentley, M.J. Mendel & A.R. Alford. 1989. Volatiles of wild blueberry, Vaccinium augustifolium: Possible attractants for the blueberry maggot fruit fly, Rhagoletis mendax. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 37: 232-233.
  • Bentley, M.D., M.S. Rajab, A.R. Alford, M.J. Mendel & A. Hassanali. 1988. Structure-activity studies of modified citrus limonoids as antifeedants for Colorado potato beetle larvae, Leptinotarsa decemlineata. Entomologica Experimentalis et Applicata 58: 191-194.
  • Rajab, M.S., M.D. Bentley, A.R. Alford & M.J. Mendel. 1988. A new limonoid insect antifeedant from the fruit of Melia volkensii. Journal of Natural Products 51: 168-171.
  • Mendel, M.J., P.B. Shaw & J.C. Owens. 1987. Life-history characteristics of Anastatus semiflavidus (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae), an egg parasitoid of the range caterpillar, Hemileuca oliviae (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) over a range of temperatures. Environmental Entomology 16: 1035-1041.
  • Mendel, M.J., A.R. Alford, M.D. Bentley & M.S. Rajab. 1987. "Interpretation of choice versus no-choice limonin antifeedant tests for fall armyworm and Colorado potato beetle." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Boston, MA. Nov. 29 - Dec. 3, 1987.
  • Mendel, M.J. & A.R. Alford. 1987. "Colorado Potato Beetle Antifeedants." Presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Acadian Entomological Society, Prince Edward Island, Canada. August 17-19, 1987.
  • Mendel, M.J. 1986. "Life history characteristics of Anastatus semiflavidus (Hymenoptera: Eupelmidae), an egg parasitoid of the range caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), over a range of temperatures." Presented at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Acadian Entomological Society, Bangor, ME. April 28-30, 1986.
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Camping, Woodworking and Fly Fishing

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Phillipians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 
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