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


  • Mamoudou Sétamou, Robert Saldaña, James Hearn, Jon Dale, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and Darek Czokajlo. "Screening sticky cards as a simple method for improving efficiency of Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Liviidae) monitoring and reducing non-target organisms," Journal of Economic Entomology 112, no. 3 (March 2019): 1167-1174.

  • Guilherme Klafke, Robert Miller, Jason Tidwell, Donald Thomas, Daniela Sanchez, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and Adalberto Pérez de León. "High-resolution melt (HRM) analysis for detection of SNPs associated with pyrethroid resistance in the southern cattle fever tick, Rhipicephalus microplus. Parasitology: Drugs and Drugs Resistance.," International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance 9, (March 2019): 100-111.

  • 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 Arroyo, 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.

  • Melissa Garcia, Sarah O'Day, Susan Fisher-Hoch, Rodion Gorchakov, Ramiro Patino, Teresa Feria Arroyo, Susan Laing, Job Lopez, Alexandra Ingber, Kathryn Jones, and Kristy Murray. "One Health interactions of Chagas disease vectors, mammalian hosts and human residents along the Texas-Mexico Border. Plos Neglected Tropical Deseases," (November 2016).

  • Raúl Ortiz-Pulido, José Alcántara-Carbajal, Horacio de la Cueva, Juan Martínez-Gómez, Patricia Escalante Pliego, Sylvia de la Parra-Martínez, Teresa Feria Arroyo, and Steve Albert. "Conservación de aves en México, una instantánea de 2015," Huitzil, Revista Mexicana de Ornitología 17, no. 2 (July (3rd Quarter/Summer) 2016): 234-238 .

  • Rodion Gorchakov, Lillian Trosclair, Edward Wozniak, Teresa Feria Arroyo, Melissa Garcia, Sarah Gunter, and Kristy Murray. "Trypanosoma cruzi Infection Prevalence and Bloodmeal Analysis in Triatomine Vectors of Chagas Disease From Rural Peridomestic Locations in Texas, 2013–2014," Journal of Medical Entomology 53, no. 5 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016): 1246.

  • Maria Esteve‐Gassent, Ivan Castro‐Arellano , Teresa Feria Arroyo, Ramiro Patino , Andrew Li, Raul Medina, Adalberto Pérez de León, and Roger Rodríguez‐Vivas. " Translating ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology research to meet grand challenge of tick and tick-borne diseases in North America. Journal of Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology," . Journal of Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology 92, no. 1 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016).

  • Teresa Feria 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, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Empowering Future Agriculture Scientists: food security and climate change research experiences for undergraduate student., NIFA, USDA, $474,105.00 (2019 - 2023)

  • Christopher Vitek. Western Gulf Center for Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $10,000,000.00 (December 2016 - December 2021)

  • 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. Cactus Moth Survey, CAPS-Pest Detection Survey, APHIS, USDA, $25,000.00 (January 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)



Selected Presentations


  • Alejandra Alvarado and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Giving a Purpose to your Old tires," Engaged Scholar Symposium , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Thaila Torres, Hannah Diaz, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "How Upcycling Projects Promote Conservation and Affect Change in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," Engaged Scholar Symposium , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Johnathan Kasofsky , Ella Garza, Marcos Valdez, Rebeca Lozoya, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Improving Environmental and Health Conditions in the Lower Rio Grande Valley," Engaged Scholar Symposium , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Maxdaniel Garza, Frida Cuellar, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Living life to the Greenest," Engaged Scholar Symposium , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Gesler Madhere and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Service Learning Through Conservation Biology and Community Engagement," Engaged Scholar Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Armida Rivera and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Transforming Trash into Treasures," Engaged Scholar Symposium , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (April 2019)

  • Gisel Garza, Genoveva Carriles, Richard Casare, Abelardo Rodriguez, Gabriela Sanchez, Mamoudou Setamou, Jon Dale, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Comparing Mesh Traps against Standard Traps to Avoid the Capture of Tamarixia radiata, a biological control organism of the Asian Citrus Psyllid a Vector for Citrus Greening Disease," College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (March 2019)

  • Adriana Pena, Guilherme Klafke, Jason Tidwell, Jenny Chaparro Gutiérrez, David Villar, Adalberto Pérez de León, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Mutations in the para-sodium channel gene of a pyrethroid-resistant strain of Rhipicephalus microplus from Colombia," College of Sciences Annual Research Conference. , University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (March 2019)

  • Wendy Westerheide, Jonathan Kasofsky, Marcos Valdez, Hamaad Gohar, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Potential effects of Climate Change on the distribution of Aedes albopictus with emphasis in Southern Texas," College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, Howard Payne University (March 2019)

  • Gisel Garza, Genoveva Carrile, and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Comparing Mesh Traps against Standard Traps to Avoid the Capture of Tamarixia radiata, a biological control organism of the Asian Citrus Psyllid a Vector for Citrus Greening Disease.," Texas Academy of Science Meeting, Howard Payne University (March 2019)

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