Cheryl Frank Sullivan

I am an Entomologist that focuses on the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of arthropod pests. I am particularly interested in surveillance strategies and the use and development of biological controls (predators, parasites and fungal pathogens) as synthetic, chemical pesticide alternatives. My current research activities deal with greenhouse and high tunnel pests (mites, aphids, thrips and whiteflies) and ticks across a diversity of landscape settings.




Sullivan, C.F., Parker, B.L., Skinner, M. 2022. A review of commercial Beauveria- and Metarhizium-based biopesticides for the biological control of ticks in the USA. Insects – Special Issue – Ecology of Ticks and Their Control. 13(3), 260; doi:10.3390/insects13030260

Sullivan, C.F., Ghalehgolabbehbahani, A., Parker, B.L., and Skinner, M. 2022. Mortality of various-age larval winter ticks, Dermacentor albipictus, following surface contact with commercial mycoacaricides. Experimental Parasitology. 108292. doi: 10.1016/j.exppara.2022.108292

Sullivan, C.F., Parker, B.L., Skinner, M. 2022. Survival of off-host Dermacentor albipictus (Acari: Ixodidae) adult females and larvae underwater. Canadian Journal of Zoology. doi: 10.1139/cjz-2022-0003

Sullivan, C.F., Occi, J., Brennan, J., Robbins, R., Skinner, M., Bennett, A., Parker, B.L., Fonseca, D. 2022. First report of the bat tick Carios kelleyi (Acari: Ixodida: Argasidae) from Vermont, USA. Journal of Medical Entomology. doi: tjab232

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Entomology, Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control, High Tunnel and Greenhouse Pest Management, Vector Ecology and Management (Ticks)


  • Ph.D. 2021 College of Agriculture & Life Sciences - Entomology
  • M.S. 2012 College of Agriculture & Life Sciences - Biological Control/Integrated Pest Management
  • B.S. 2003 School of Natural Resources - Environmental Science/Conservation Biology


  • 802-656-5434
Office Location:

Entomology Research Laboratory, 661 Spear Street

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By Appointment