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. 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)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. Priority areas for conservation of birds in the Tamaulipan Brushlands (Texas-Mexico) and Laguna Madre (Mexico), American Bird Conservancy, $23,461.00 (June 2015 - September 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Training the next generation of agricultural scientists: copying with food security and climate change.," National Institute of Food and Agriculture Project Director Meeting, USDA, Lafayette, Indiana (June 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Marcelo Pinto, and Ramiro Patino. "Identifying the genetic diversity of Trypanosoma cruzi in Chagas disease vector species collected in Southeast Texas," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Ashley Matthew, and Habraham Lopez. "Perspective Temperature and Precipitation Impact on Cattle Fever Tick Environmental Suitability," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Joshua Matthew, and Habraham Lopez. "Spread of the Asian Citrus Psyllid across Texas due to the environment," Engaged Scholar Symposium (ES 2), UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. "My research, my students," Esymposium, UTRGV, UTRGV (April 2017)

  • Tamer Oraby and Teresa Arroyo. "Rio Grande Valley's Community Health Resilience in Face of Chagas Disease: Risk Assessment Using Mathematical Models," First COS symposium, COS at UTRGV, Edinburg, TX (March 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Programa colaborativo México-Estados Unidos para el Sistema de Vigilancia Entomológico," Capacitación en la implementación del sistema de vigilancia entomológica de Aedes aegypti y uso de la plataforma del sistema integral de vectores, CENAPRECE, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (February 2017)

  • Guillermo Estrada and Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Training in the development of a surveillance system for Aedes aegypti in the Mexico-United States border. UTRGV," Review of first version of the “protocol of the pilot project of the comprehensive Vector Surveillance System in Mexico-US border, CENAPRECE, UTRGV (February 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo, Luis Torres, and Jon Dale. "Biocontrol of the Asian Citrus Psyllid: Tamarixia Wasp," Subtropical Agriculture and Environments Society 7th Annual meeting, Texas A&M University, Kingsville, Citrus Center, Weslaco, Texas (February 2017)

  • Teresa Feria Arroyo. "Working group proposal, binational entomological surveillance, Hidalgo-Reynosa, Tamaulipas," Training in the development of a surveillance system for Aedes aegypti in the Mexico-United States border. UTRGV, CENAPRECE, UTRGV (February 2017)

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