Publications | The Wasserberg Lab



  1. Kakumanu MK, Marayati BF, Katsumata AW, Wasserberg G, Schal C, Apperson CS, Ponnusamy L. Phlebobacter frassis gen. nov. sp. nov., a new member of family Sphingobacteriaceae isolated from sand fly rearing media. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 71(5)
  2. Faw, RL., Raymann, K., Romo-Bechara, N., Wasserberg, G. Larval conditioning and aging of sand fly rearing medium affect oviposition site selection in Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies. Journal of Medical Entomology, 58(4):1931-1935
  3. Mclaughlin, GL, Wasserberg 2021. Spatial bet-hedging in sand fly oviposition: Factors affecting Skip oviposition in Phlebotomus papatasi sand flies. Vector borne and zoonotic diseases, 21(4):280-288. DOI: 10.1089/vbz.2020.2737
  4. Tamini TT, Byrd BD, Goggins AJ, Sither C, White L, and Wasserberg G. 2021. Peridomestic conditions affect La Crosse virus entomological risk by modifying the habitat use patterns of its mosquito vectors. Journal of Vector Ecology. 46(1):34-47.
  5. Nguyen H, Kowacich D, Wasserberg, G. 2021. Temporal bet-hedging in sand fly oviposition: pharate Phlebotomus papatasi sand fly neonates regulate hatching time in response to organic matter and proximity to conspecific eggs. Vector borne and zoonotic diseases 21(4)
  6. Kakumanu MK, Marayati BF, Katsumata AW, Wasserberg G, Schal C, Apperson CS, Ponnusamy L. Oviposition Site Selection of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) Sand Flies: Attraction to Bacterial Isolates from an Attractive Rearing Medium. Journal of Medical Entomology. 58(2): 518-527,
  7. Tsurim, I, G, Ben-Natan, G, Abramsky, Z. 2021. Systemic Control of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis sand-fly vectors:  fipronil-treated rodent bait is effective in reducing Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) female emergence rate from rodent burrows.  Journal of Medical Entomology 58(2): 974-978.
  8. Tsurim, I, G, Ben-Natan, G, Abramsky, Z. 2021. The potential of systemic control of sand flies using fipronil in the novel Leishmania major reservoirs Meriones tristrami and Meriones crassus. Journal of Medical Entomology 58(2): 969-973.


Tsurim, I, Wasserberg. G, Warburg, A., Abassi, I., Ben-Natan, G, Abramsky, Z. Systemic control using Fipronil-impregnated rodent baits interrupts sand rat-to-sand fly Leishmania major (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae) transmission cycle. Journal of Medical Entomology.

Book Chapter
Wasserberg, G., Tsurim, I., Ahmed, S., Ponnusamy, L., Schal, C. Olfactory and visual integration in oviposition site selection of sand flies. In: Sensory Ecology of disease vectors (R. Ignell, M. Lorenzo, Eds)


  1. Kowacich D, Hatano E, C. Schal, L. Ponnusamy, C. S. Apperson, and Wasserberg G. 2020. The effects of conspecific stages on the oviposition site-selection of Phlebotomus papatasi: attraction to conspecific eggs is mediated by dodecanoic acid. Parasites and Vectors. 13:280.
  2. Schwartz M, Byrd B, Blum P, Greene A, Marayati F, Wells MB, Greene, AD, Taylor M, Wasserberg G. Horizontal distribution affects the vertical distribution of native and invasive container inhabiting Aedes mosquitoes within an urban landscape. Journal of Vector Ecology 45 (1): 16-24.
  3. Shymanovich, T., N. Hajhashemi, Wasserberg 2020. Quantitative and qualitative costs of autogeny in Phlebeotomus papatasi (Diptera: Phychodidae) sand flies. Journal of Medical Entomology. 57(3): 852 -861.


  1. Weeks, E., Wasserberg, G., Logan, J., Agneessens, Jo., Stewart, So., Dewhirst, S. Efficacy of an insect repellent, IR3535, on the sand fly, Phlebotomus papatasi in human volunteers. Journal of Vector Ecology. 44(2): 290-292.
  2. Shymanovich, T., L. Faw, N. Hajhashemi, J. Teague, C. Schal, L. Ponnusamy, C. S. Apperson, E. Hatano, and Wasserberg 2019. Diel periodicity and visual cues guide oviposition behavior in Phlebotomus papatasi, vector of old-world cutaneous leishmaniasis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 13:e0007165. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0007165


  1. Marayati, B. F., C. Schal, L. Ponnusamy, C. S. Apperson, T. E. Rowland, and Wasserberg G. 2015. Attraction and oviposition preferences of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae), vector of Old-World cutaneous leishmaniasis, to larval rearing media. Parasites and Vectors, 8:663.


  1. Wagoner, K., Lehmann, T., Cech, N., Huestis, D., Wasserberg, G. Identification of Morphologic and Chemical Markers of Adult Anopheles gambiae Mosquitoes Exposed to Aestivating Conditions. Parasites and Vectors, 7(1):294. doi: 10.1186/1756-3305-7-294.
  2. Wasserberg, G., Davis, C., Bailes, N., Yeoman, K. Hump-shaped density-dependent regulation of mosquito oviposition site-selection by conspecific immature stages: theory, field test with Aedes albopictus, and a meta-analysis. PLoS ONE 9(3): e92658. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092658. In press.
  3. Jennelle, C.S., Henaux, V., Wasserberg, G., Thiagarajan, B., Rolley, R.A., Samuel, M.D. 2014. Transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in Wisconsin White-Tailed Deer: Implications for Disease Spread and Management. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91043. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091043
  4. Berger, R., Wasserberg, G., Warburg, A., Orshan, L., Kotler, B. Zoonotic Disease in a peripheral population: Persistence and transmission of Leishmania major in a putative sink-source system in the Negev highlands, Israel. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. 14(8): 592-600.
  5. Wasserberg, G., Kirsch, P., Rowton, E. Orientation of colonized sand flies Phlebotomus papatasi, P. duboscqi, and Lutzomyia longipalpis (Diptera: Psychodidae) to diverse honeys using a 3-chamber in-line olfactometer. Journal of Vector Ecology. 39 (1): 94-102.
  6. Wilson, R., Harrison, R., Riles, M., Wasserberg, G., and Byrd, B.D. Differential identification of Aedes triseriatus (Say) and Aedes hendersoni Cockerell (Diptera: Culicidae) by a novel duplex PCR assay. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association. 30(2): 79-82.


  1. Wasserberg, , Bullard, A., White, L., King, J., Maxwell, R. 2013. Oviposition-Site Selection in Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae): Are the Effects of Predation-Risk and Food-Level Independent? Journal of Medical Entomology, 50(5):1159-64.


  1. Wasserberg, G., Poche, R., Miller, D., Chenault, M., Zollner, G., and Rowton, E.D. Imidacloprid as a potential agent for systemic Control of Sand Flies (Diptera: Psychodidae). Journal of Vector Ecology. 36, 148-156.
  2. Wasserberg, , Rowton, E.D. 2011. Sub-additive effect of conspecific eggs and frass on oviposition rate of Lutzomyia longipalpis and Phlebotomus papatasi. Journal of Vector Ecology 36:138-143.


  1. Wasserberg, , Rolley, R.E., Osnas, E. & Samuel, M.D. 2009. Host Culling as an Adaptive-management Tool for Chronic Wasting Disease in White-Tailed Deer – a Modeling Study. Journal of Applied Ecology’, 46 (2): 457-466.


  1. Wasserberg, , Kotler, B.P., Morris, D.W., Abramsky, Z. 2007. A field-test of the centrifugal community organization model in a community of psammophilic gerbils in the southern coastal plain, Israel. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 9: 299-311.


  1. Wasserberg, , Kotler, B.P., Abramsky, Z. 2006. The role of site, habitat, competition, and resource dynamics in determining the nightly activity patterns of psammophilic gerbils in a centrifugally organized community. Oikos, 112:573-579.
  2. Wasserberg, , Kotler, B.P., Morris, D.W., Abramsky, Z. 2006. A Specter of Coexistence: Is Centrifugal Community Organization Haunted by the Ghost of Competition? Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution, 52: 123-140.


  1. Wasserberg, , Kotler, B.P., Valdivia, N., Abramsky Z. 2005. The role of vegetation characteristics and foraging substrate in organizing a centrifugal gerbil community. Journal of Mammalogy, 86, 1009-1014.
  2. Kotler, B.P., Dickman, C. R., Wasserberg, G., and Ovadia, 2005. The use of time and space by male and female gerbils exploiting a pulsed resource. Oikos, 109, 594-602.


  1. Kravchenko V., Wasserberg, G., and Warburg, A. Bionomics of phlebotomine sandflies in the Galilee focus of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 18, 418-428.


  1. Wasserberg, G., Abramsky, Z, Kotler, B.P., Ostfeld, R.S., Yarom, I., Warburg, A. 2003. Anthropogenic disturbance enhance occurrence of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Israel deserts: patterns and mechanisms. Ecological applications 13: 868 – 881.
  2. Wasserberg, G., Yarom, I., Warburg, A. 2003. Seasonal abundance patterns of Phlebotomus papatasi (Diptera: Psychodidae) in two climatically distinct foci of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Israeli deserts. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 17: 452-456.


  1. Wasserberg, , Abramsky, Z, Anders, G, El Fari, M., Schoenian, G., Schnur, L., Kotler, B. P, Kabalo, I., Warburg, A. 2002. The ecology of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Nizzana, Israel: infection patterns in the reservoir host and epidemiological implications. The International Journal for Parasitology. 32: 133-143.