Teresa   Feria Arroyo

Associate Professor  

Office: ESCNE 2.328
Phone: (956) 665-7322
Email: teresa.feriaarroyo@utrgv.edu

Dr. Teresa Feria Arroyo

Dr. Feria joined the UTPA Biology Department as an Assistant Professor in 2008. Dr. Feria research focus on understanding present and future (under climate change scenarios) distribution of living organisms using Geographical Information System (GIS) technologies and Species Distribution Models.





Selected Publications


  • A Flores, Christopher Vitek, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and Brian Fredensborg. "Temporal Variation in the Abundance and Timing of Daily Activity of Chagas Disease Vector Triatoma gerstaeckeri (Stål, 1859) in a Natural Habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, South Texas.," The Journal of parasitology (May 2017).

  • Sania Ortega Andrade, Grace Paez, Teresa Feria, and Jesus Munoz. "Climate change and the risk of spread of the fungus from the high mortality of Theobroma cocoa in Latin America," Neotropical Biodiversity 3, no. 1 (January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2017): 30-40.

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo and Zen Faulkes. "Predicting the distribution of crayfish species: a case study using marble crayfish," Freshwater Crayfish: A Global Overview. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press, 2016: 13-30.

  • Teresa Arroyo. "Research update on pathogenic landscape of Chagas and Lyme disease in the U.S.-Mexico transboundary region," 2016 International Congress of Entomology. Entomological Society of America, 2016.

  • Maria Esteve-Gassent, Abha Grover, Teresa Feria Arroyo, Ivan Castro-Arellano, Raul Medina, Guadalupe Gordillo-Pérez, and Adalberto de León. "Prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi-infected ticks from wildlife hosts, a response to Norris et al.," Parasites & Vectors 8, no. 1 (2015): 129.

  • L. Trejo, Teresa Feria Arroyo, K. Olsen, L. Eguiarte, B. Arroyo, J. Gruhn, and M. Olson. "Poinsettia's wild ancestor in the Mexican dry tropics: Historical, genetic, and environmental evidence," American Journal of Botany 99, no. 7 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2012): 1146-1157.

  • Zen Faulkes, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and J Muñoz. "Do Marmorkrebs, Procambarus fallax f. virginalis, threaten freshwater Japanese ecosystems?," Aquatic biosystems 8, no. 1 (June 2012): 13.

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, E Solano, and A Garcia-Mendoza. "Reassessment of the extinction risk of five species of the genus Polianthes L. (Agavaceae)," Acta Botanica Mexicana (2010).

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, M Olson, A Garcia-Mendoza, and E Solano. Evaluating extinction risk via ecological niche modeling and GIS: Comparing the Mexican national and IUCN criteria. Conservation Biology, 23, 2009: 1156-1166.

  • I Hinojosa-Diaz, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and M Engel. Potential distribution of orchid bees outside their native range: The cases of Eulaema polychroma (Mocsary) and Euglossa viridissima Friese in the United States (Hymenoptera:Apidae). Diversity and Distribution, 15, 2009.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Understanding the ecological and geographic distribution of Manihot walkerae. , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Section 6 grants. , $104,876.00 (May 24, 2018 - August 31, 2020)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Training the next generation of agricultural scientists: coping with food security and climatic change challenges, AFRI NIFA United States Department of Agriculture, Undergraduate Research and Extension Experiential Learning Fellowships Program, NIFA, USDA, $237,200.00 (March 2016 - May 2019)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Use of ants as bioindicators of land use change and climatic change” (“Uso de hormigas como bioindicadores del cambio en el uso del suelo y cambio climático”), CONACyT Mexico, $70,000.00 (September 2014 - September 2018)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Jonhston's Frankenia (Frankenia Jonhstonii) population status: year one in the post-delisting environment, TPWD, $15,458.00 (May 2017 - December 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Zika survillance bi-national project, FUMEC, $48,518.00 (February 6, 2017 - September 29, 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Rio Grande Valley’s community health resilience in face of Chagas disease: risk assessment using mathematical models. , Seed Grant - College of Science, UTRGV , $24,997.00 (June 2016 - August 2017)

  • Robert Dearth. Asian Citus Psylid and Huanglongbing (HLB) Management Program Support and Geographic Information System Data Development, USDA-APHIS Plant Protections and Quarantine, $129,739.00 (June 15, 2015 - June 14, 2017)

  • Erin Schuenzel. MRI: Acquisition of a next-generation sequencer for biological research at a Hispanic serving institute in South Texas, National Science Foundation, $158,420.00 (January 1, 2013 - August 31, 2016)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Diversidad Biológica del Estado de Hidalgo (terecera etapa). , $238,000.00 (September 2013 - December 2015)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Global-Fungi (Fungi driving animal species to extinction: diversity, environmental adaptations, and predictions in a global warming scenario). , Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, Spain Madri, $90,000.00 (2013 - 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Elsa Villarino and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Cooperación México-Estados Unidos para la vigilancia entomológica de Aedes con ovitrampas en Texas, EUA," Reunión Nacional del Programa de Enfermedades Transmitidas por Vectores, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico (May 2018)

  • Ben Hon-Wa, Angela Ballesteros, Laiba Asif, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Preserving the Beauty of the Rio Grande Valley," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley (UTRGV), Harlingen TX (April 2018)

  • Consuelo Aguilar and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Service Learning- Conservation Biology," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, UTRGV, City of McAllen,, Harlingen TX (April 2018)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo and Jannette Sandoval. "Tires for beautiful gardens," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley (UTRGV), Harlingen TX (April 2018)

  • Yovanna Soto, Mamoudou Setamou, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Impact of Selected Amino Acids and Nutrients on HLB Mitigation and Citrus Tree Health.," 72th Annual Meeting, Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, (February 2018)

  • Samantha Gomez, Mamoudou Setamou, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Interaction Between Copper and Biochar on the Severity of HLB or Citrus Greening Disease in Citrus Groves.," 72th Annual Meeting, Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, (February 2018)

  • Consuelo Aguilar, Jon Dale, Anna Strong, Luis Torres, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Johnston’s Frankenia (Frankenia Johnstonii)," 72th Annual Meeting, Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, (February 2018)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Myrine Barreiro-Arevalo, Maria Esteve-Gasent, and Tamer Oraby. "Ticks in Texas," 72th Annual Meeting, Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society, (February 2018)

  • Tamer Oraby, Myrine Barreiro-Arevalo, Loles Esteve-Gasent, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Ticks in Texas," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley (UTRGV), University of Texas Rio-Grande Valley (UTRGV) Edinburg TX (February 2018)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Maria Esteve-Gasent, Jodeph Modarelli, Rene Santos, Tamer Oraby, and Luis Lecuona. "Molecular Testing of ticks from MX," 3er Foro Binacional para la Atención Integral de la Rickettsiosis en la Frontera Norte de Mexico, The University of Texas RIo Grande Valley (UTRGV), US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico (November 2017)

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BIOL 3404 01S - Conservation Biology:
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BIOL 4201 B - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 7300 18 - Thesis I:
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BIOL 3404 A - Conservation Biology:
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BIOL 4201 02 - Biology Problems I:
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BIOL 4388 01S - Global Change Ecology:
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