Biology Instructor

Academics - GenEd, Liberal Arts, & Transferring

East Grand Forks - Office #245B

My Professional Experience


Biology Instructor- Tenured:
Northland Community and Technical College. August 2008 to present

Adjunct Professor:
Math, Science and Technology Department, University of Minnesota - Crookston. Spring 2008.

Zoology Instructor - Field Courses:
Center for Science and Math Education, North Dakota State University. Summers 2000 -2007

Temporary Instructor:
Northland Community and Technical College. Spring 2003.

Graduate Teaching Assistant:
Department of Zoology, North Dakota State University. 1999-2002.


Dissertation Research:
Avian haemosporidian parasites of the Brazilian Amazon
Dept. of Biology, University of North Dakota. 2013 - 2016

Dept. of Natural Resources, University of Minnesota - Crookston. Operating a MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) bird banding station. 2012 to present.

Grand Forks Mosquito Control Program - GF Public Health Dept. 2006-2008.

Research Specialist:
Dept. of Biology, University of North Dakota. May 2003 to August 2008

Master's Thesis Research:
Comparison of Two Acoustical Signals in Downy and Hairy
Woodpeckers. Dept. of Biological Sciences, North Dakota State University. 1999-2002.

Research Assistant:
Dept. of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. 1998-1999.


Diaz, R.I., Manica, L.T., Gressler, D., Bell, J.A., and Fecchio. A. 2015. Plumage coloration, body condition, and immunological status in Yellow-billed Cardinals (Paroaria capitata). Ethology, Ecology, Evolution doi:10.1080/03949370.2015.1077892.

Bell, J.A., Weckstein, J.D., Fecchio, A., and Tkach, V.V. 2015. A new real-time PCR protocol for detection of avian haemosporidians. Parasites and Vectors 8:383 doi:10.1186/s13071-015-0993-0.

Lutz, H.L., Hochachka, W.M., Engel, J.I, Bell, J.A., Tkach, V.V., Bates, J.M., Hackett, S.J., and Weckstein, J.D. 2015. Parasite prevalence corresponds to host life history in a diverse assemblage of afrotropical birds and haemosporidian parasites. PLOS ONE 10(4): e0121254 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121254.

Tkach, V.V., Curran, S.S., Bell, J.A., and Overstreet, R.M. 2013. A new species of Crepidostomum (Digenea: Allocreadiidae) from Hidon tergisus in Mississippi and molecular comparison with three congeners. Journal of Parasitology 99(6):1114-1121.

Vaughan, J.A., Mehus, J.O., Brewer, C.M., Kvasager, D.K., Bauer, S.,Vaughan, J.L., Hassan, H.K., Unnasch, T.R., and Bell, J.A. 2012. Theoretical potential of passerine filariasis to enhance the enzootic transmission of West Nile virus. Journal of Medical Entomology 49(6):1430-1441.

Kuzim, Y., Tkach, V.V., Synder, S.D, and Bell, J.A. 2011. Camallanus Railliet et Henry, 1915 (Nematoda, Camallanidae) from Australian freshwater turtles with descriptions of two new species and molecular differentiation of know taxa. Acta Parasitiologica Ica 56:213-226.

Bell, L.E. and Bell, J.A. 2007. Yellow-breasted Chat in Polk County. The Loon 79:118.

Vaughan, J.A., Bell, J.A., Turell, M.J., and Chadee, D.D. 2007. Passage of ingested Mansonella ozzardi microfilariae through the midgut of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 44:111-16.

Bell, J.A., Brewer, C.B., Mickelson, N.J., Garmin,G.W., and Vaughan, J.A. 2006. West Nile virus epizootiology, central Red River Valley, North Dakota and Minnesota, 2002 - 2005. Emerging Infectious Diseases 12:1245-1247.

Zollner, G.E., Ponsa, N., Garmin, G.W., Poudel,S., Bell, J.A., Sattabongkot, J. Sattabongkot, R.E. Coleman, R.E and Vaughan, J.A. 2006. Population dynamics of sporogony for Plasmodium vivax parasites from western Thailand developing within three species of colonized Anopheles mosquitoes. Malaria Journal. 5:68.

Bell, J.A, Mickelson, N.J., and Vaughan, J.A. 2005. West Nile virus in host-seeking mosquitoes within a residential neighborhood in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Vector Borne and Zoonotic Disease. 5:373-382.

My Education

University of North Dakota
Ph.D. Biology. May 2016
Dissertation title: Avian haemosporidian parasites from the Brazilian Amazon

North Dakota State University.
M.S. Zoology. August 2002.
Thesis title: Acoustical communication in Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
B.S. Biology, Minor Environmental Science. 1999.

Contact Jeffrey

Main Phone

(218) 793-2640

Other Phone or Fax


Mobile Phone


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