Teresa Stoepler


Dr. Teresa Stoepler is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Geological Survey in the Natural Hazards Mission Area. Teresa’s primary role is to support the Department of the Interior (DOI) Strategic Sciences Group (SSG), which provides the DOI with a standing capacity for strategic science following an environmental crisis. When deployed by the Secretary, the SSG convenes a multi-disciplinary team of experts (“crisis science team”) to develop science-based scenarios and interventions to support decision-making. To expedite the formation of future crisis science teams, Teresa has led the formation of SSG partnerships with 21 professional societies and academic centers in the life, physical and social sciences, engineering, and planning fields. She is currently conducting a retrospective analysis of the 2010 SSG Deepwater Horizon oil spill scenarios.

Teresa holds a B.S. in Biology and Botany from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the George Washington University. Trained as an ecologist, Teresa’s previous research focused on plant-insect interactions, including pollination, parasitism, and disease ecology in both natural and agricultural crop systems. In addition to biodiversity conservation, disaster preparedness and response, Teresa chairs the AAAS Science Diplomacy Affinity Group and is passionate about the importance of science diplomacy as a foreign policy tool in promoting scientific cooperation and strengthening ties among countries. 



Stoepler, T. and Ludwig, K. 2015. Strategic science: new frameworks to bring scientific expertise to environmental disaster response. Limnology & Oceanography Bulletin 24: 41-42. [Link]

Murphy, S. M., Stoepler, T. M., Grenis, K., and Lill, J. T. 2014. Host ontogeny determines parasitoid use of a forest caterpillar. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 150: 217-225. [Link]

Fiorentino, V. L., Murphy, S. M., Stoepler, T. M. and Lill, J. T. 2014. Facilitative effects of group feeding on performance of the Saddleback Caterpillar (Limacodidae: Lepidoptera). Environmental Entomology 43: 131-138. (Cover-featured article) [Link]

Stoepler, T. M.*, Lill, J.T.*, and Murphy, S.M. 2014. Intraplant movement of slug caterpillars: effects of host plant and light environment. Environmental Entomology 43: 1561-1573. *Contributed equally.[Link]

Stoepler, T.M. and Disney, R.H.L. 2013. A new species of Megaselia Rondani (Diptera: Phoridae) reared from larvae of moths (Lepidoptera: Limacodidae). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 115: 85-95. [Link]

Stoepler, T.M., Castillo, J.C., Lill, J.T. and Eleftherianos, I. 2013. Hemocyte density increases with developmental stage in an immune-challenged forest caterpillar. PLoS ONE 8: e70978. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0070978. [Link]

Stoepler, T.M. and Wolf, T.K. 2013. North American grapevine yellows: Current knowledge and management recommendations for wine growers. Virginia Cooperative Extension, publication AREC-48P.[Link]

Stoepler, T. M. and Lill, J. T. 2013. Direct and indirect effects of light environment generate ecological trade-offs in herbivore performance and parasitism. Ecology 94: 2299-2310.* *Featured in theBulletin of the Ecological Society of America 94: 253-255. [Link]

Gates, M. W., Lill, J. T., Kula, R. R., O'Hara, J. E., Wahl, D., Smith, D. R., Whitfield, J., Murphy, S. M. and Stoepler, T. M. 2012. Review of parasitoid wasps and flies (Hymenoptera, Diptera) associated with Limacodidae (Lepidoptera) in North America, with a key to genera. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 114: 24-110. [Link]

Stoepler, T. M., Edge, A., Steel, A., O’Quinn, R. L., and Fishbein, M. 2012. Differential pollinator effectiveness and importance in a milkweed (Asclepias, Apocynaceae) hybrid zone. American Journal of Botany 99: 448-458. [Link]

Stoepler, T. M. and Rehill, B. 2012. Forest habitat, not leaf phenotype, predicts late- season folivory of Quercus alba saplings. Functional Ecology 26: 1205-1213. [Link]

Stoepler, T. M., Castillo, J. C., Lill, J. T. and Eleftherianos, I. 2012. A simple protocol for extraction of hemocytes from wild caterpillars. Journal of Visualized Experiments 69: e4173. [Link]

Stoepler, T. M., Lill, J. T. and Murphy, S.M. 2011. Cascading effects of host size and host plant species on parasitoid resource allocation. Ecological Entomology 36: 724-735. [Link]

Gates, M. W. and Stoepler, T. 2010. A new species of Alveoplectrus Wijesekara & Schauff (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Eulophidae) parasitic on Limacodidae (Lepidoptera). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 112: 207-213. [Link]

Kula, R. R., Lill, J. T., Murphy, S. M. and Stoepler, T. 2009. The first host records for the Nearctic species Triraphus discoideus (Hymenoptera: Braconidae: Rogadinae). Entomological News 120: 380-386.[Link]