Ashley Dowling

Ashley Dowling


Diversity, Evolution, Systematics, Tickborne Diseases

(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(UADA)-UA Division of Agriculture

Phone: 479-575-2445

Fax: (479) 575-2452

Download vcard


Visit Website

Download CV


  • B.S., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
  • Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 

Current Students

  • Stephen Robertson(PhD)
  • Alexis Hilario (PhD)
  • Krista Garner (PhD)
  • Austin Jones (PhD)
  • Kelsey Cline (MS)

ENTO 3011: Introduction to Insect Identification Lab

ENTO 3013: Introduction to Entomology

ENTO 4024: Insect Diversity and Taxonomy

Select Publications since 2015 (* indicates graduate student author, ¥ indicates undergradute student author)

Stoltz, L.P., Cristiano, L.M., Dowling, A.P.G., Wilson, J.M., Platts-Mills, T.A.E., Traister, R.S. 2019. Could Chiggers be Contributing to the Prevalence of Galactose-Alpha-1,3-Galactose Sensitization and Mammalian Meat Allergy? The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice 7 (2): 664-666. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2018.07.014

Bassini-Silva, R., de Castro Jacinavicius, F., Hernandes, F.A., Ochoa, R., Bauchan, G.R., Dowling, A.P.G., and Barros-Battesti, D.M. 2019. Dermatitis in humans caused by Ornithonyssus bursa (Berlese 1888) (Mesostigmata: Macronyssidae) and new records from Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Parasitologia Veterinária. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1984-296120180097

Beard, J., Ochoa, R., Bauchan, G.R., Pooley, C., and Dowling, A.P.G. 2018. Raoiella of the world (Trombidiformes: Tetranychoidea: Tenuipalpidae). Zootaxa 4501(1): 1-301 http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4501.1.1

Stephenson, P.L.*, Griswold, T.L., Arduser, M.S, Dowling, A.P.G., and Krementz, D.G. 2018. Checklist of bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) from managed emergent wetlands in the lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley of Arkansas. Biodiversity Data Journal 6: 1-24, e24071 doi: 10.3897/BDJ.6.e24071

Matthews, A.E., Klimov, P.B., Proctor, H.C., Dowling, A.P.G., Diener, L., Hager, S.B., Larkin, J.L., Raybuck, D.W., Fiss, C.J., McNeil, D.J., and Boves, T.J. 2018. Cophylogenetic assessment of New World warblers (Parulidae) and their symbiotic feather mites (Proctophyllodidae). Journal of Avian Biology 49(3): 1-17 https://doi.org/10.1111/jav.01580

Hilario, A.* and Dowling, A.P.G. 2018. Nasal mites (Rhinonyssidae) from a large collection of Brown-Headed Cowbirds (Molothrus ater) from Texas and Arkansas. Acarologia 58(2): 296-301 doi: 10.24349/acarologia/20184242

Hamilton, F.B.*, Wiedenmann, R.N., Skvarla, M.J.*, Sathyamurthy, R., Fisher, D.M., Fisher, J.R., and Dowling, A.P.G. 2018. Litter-dwelling ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) and ground spiders (Araneae: Gnaphosidae) of the Ozark Highlands, USA. Southeastern Naturalist 17(1): 55-73 https://doi.org/10.1656/058.017.0105

Fisher, J.R., Fisher, D.M., Skvarla, M.J., Nelson, W.A.*, Dowling, A.P.G. 2017. Revision of torrent mites (Parasitengona: Torrenticolidae: Torrenticola) of the United States and Canada: 90 descriptions, molecular phylogenetics, and a key to species. Zookeys 701: 1-496 doi: 10.3897/zookeys.701.13261

Skvarla, M.J.*, Dowling, A.P.G. 2017. Collecting beetles: Analysis of a single-site data set and comparison of trapping techniques (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea excluding Scolytinae, Carabidae, Buprestidae, Cerambycidae). Journal of Insect Science 17(1); 7: 1-28 doi: 10.1093/jisesa/iew098

Hamilton, F.B.*, Skvarla, M.J.*, Fisher, D.M., Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. Notes on Pterostichus punctiventris (Chaudoir) (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in Arkansas, with a new state record. Coleopterists Bulletin 70: 309-313.

Skvarla, M.J.*, Barnes, J.K., Fisher, D.M., Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. Terrestrial arthropods of Steel Creek, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. IV. Asilidae and other Diptera. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: 1-16, e9977. doi:  10.3897/BDJ.4.e9977

Hernandes, F.A., Skvarla, M.J., Fisher, J.R., Dowling, A.P.G., Ochoa, R., Ueckermann, E.A., and Bauchan, G.R. 2016. Catalogue of snout mites (Acariformes: Bdellidae) of the world. Zootaxa 4152: 1-83.

Skvarla, M.J.*, Smith, D., Fisher, D.M., and Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. Terrestrial arthropods of Steel Creek, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. II. Sawflies (Insecta: Hymenoptera: “Symphyta”). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: 1-17, e8830. doi:  10.3897/BDJ.4.e8830

Skvarla, M.J.*, Fisher, D.M., Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. Terrestrial arthropods of Steel Creek, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. III. Heteroptera (Insecta: Hemiptera). Biodiversity Data Journal 4: 1-13, e7607. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7607

Cheri, C.¥, Fisher, J.R.*, Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. The masked torrent mite, Torrenticola larvata sp. n. (Parasitengona: Torrenticolidae): a water mite endemic to the Ouachita Mountains of North America. Acarologia 56: 245-256

Guerra, A.S., Eckerlin, R.P., Dowling, A.P.G., Durden, L.A., Robbins, R., Dittmar, K., Helgen, Agwanda, B., Allan, B.F., Hedlund, T., Young, H.S. 2016. Host-parasite associations in small mammal communities in semiarid savanna ecosystems of East Africa. Journal of Medical and Veterinary Entomology 53: 851-860.

O’Neill, J.C.*, Fisher, J.R.*, Nelson, W.A.*, Fisher, D.M., Skvarla, M.J.*, Dowling, A.P.G. 2016. Systematics of testudacarine torrent mites (Parasitengona: Torrenticolidae) with descriptions of 13 new species from North America. Zookeys 582: 13-110 doi: 10.3897/zookeys.582.7684

Skvarla, M.J.*, Evans, G.E., Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. Clinical report of Otobius megnini (Acari: Parasitiformes: Argasidae) from a domestic cat (Felis silvestris catus) and first record from Northwest Arkansas. Midsouth Entomologist 8: 64-72

Skvarla, M.J.*, Fisher, D.M., Schnepp, K.E., Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. Terrestrial arthropods of Steel Creek, Buffalo National River, Arkansas. I. Select beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae, Carabidae, Cerambycidae, Curculionoidea excluding Scolytinae). Biodiversity Data Journal 3: 1-17, e6832. doi:  10.3897/BDJ.3.e6832

Skvarla, M.J.*, Bertone, M.A., Fisher, J.R.*, Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. New information about the cypress weevil, Eudociminus mannerheimii (Boheman, 1836) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Molytinae): redescription, range expansion, new host records, and a report as a possible causative agent of tree mortality. Coleopterists Bulletin 69(4): 751-757

Skvarla, M.J.*, Tripodi, A.*, Szalanski, A., and Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. New records of Orussus minutus Middlekauff, 1983 (Hymenoptera: Orussidae) represent a significant western range expansion. Biodiversity Data Journal 3: e5793. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5793

Fisher, J.R.*, Fisher, D.M., Nelson, W.A.*, O’Neill, J.C.*, Skvarla, M.J.*, Radwell, A.J., Ochoa, R., Bauchan, G., and Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. An integrative description of Torrenticola trimaculata sp. nov. (Parasitengona: Torrenticolidae), a three-spotted, riffle-dwelling mite from eastern North America: morphology, phylogenetics, and taxonomic history of the genus. Acarologia. 55(1): 71-116

Dowling, A.P.G. 2015. The Evolution of parasitism and host associations in mites. In: Morand, S., Krasnov, B.R. & Littlewood, D.T.J. (eds). Parasite Diversity and Diversification - Evolutionary Ecology Meets Phylogenetics. Cambridge University Press.  pgs. 265-288.


Director, Summer Acarology Program, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

Professor, 2019-present, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

Program Director, 2016-2018, National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology

Associate Professor, 2013-2019, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

Assistant Professor, 2008-2013, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas

Postdoctoral Scholar, 2005-2007, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky

Instructor Ohio State Summer Acarology Program, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016

Gamma Sigma Delta Teaching Award of Excellence, 2014

University of Arkansas Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014