Biology Instructor

Academics - Liberal Arts & Transfer Pathways

Campus/Office Location:
East Grand Forks - Office #245B

Contact Jeffrey


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(218) 793-2640

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Mobile Phone

My Education

University of North Dakota
Ph.D. Biology. May 2016

North Dakota State University.
M.S. Zoology. August 2002.

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

My Professional Experience

Biology Instructor
Northland Community and Technical College

Advanced Physiology (land, online)
Anatomy and Physiology 1 (land, online)
Anatomy and Physiology 2 (land, online)
Astronomy (land)
Biological Principles 1 (land, online)
Biological Principles 2 (land)
Environmental Science (online)
Microbiology (land, online)

Fecchio, A., de Faria, J.P., Bell, J.A., Nunes, R., Alves, T., Weckstein, J.D., and Lima, M.R. In press. Mining increases the prevalence of avian haemosporidian parasites in Northeast Amazonia. Parasitology Research.

Fecchio, A., Martins, T.F., Bell, J.A., De LaTorre, G.M., Bueno, E.R., Malaquias, M.J., Pinho, J.B., Labruna, M.B., and Dias, R.I. In press. Host movement and time of year influence tick parasitism in Pantanal birds. Experimental and Applied Acarology.

Tkach, V.V., Achatz, T.J., Pulis, E.E., Junker, K., Snyder, S., Bullard, S.A., Bell, J.A., Halajiian, A., and Melo, F.T. 2020. Phylogeny and systematics of the Proterodiplostomidae reflects the complex evolutionary history of the ancient digenean group. Systematic Parasitology.

Fecchio, A., Martins, T.F., Bell, J.A., De LaTorre, G.M., Pinho, J.B., Weckstein, J.D., Tkach, V.V., Kirchgatter, K., Labruna, M.B., and Dias, R.I. 2020. Low host specificity and lack of parasite avoidance by immature ticks in Brazilian birds. Parasitology Research 119: 2039-2045.

Bell, J.A., González-Acuña, D., and Tkach, V. V. 2020. Haemosporidian parasites of Chilean ducks: the importance of biogeography and non-passerine hosts. Journal of Parasitology. DOI: 10.1645/19-130.

Fecchio, A., Chagas, C., Bell, J.A., and Kirchgatter, K. 2020. Evolutionary ecology, taxonomy, and systematics of avian malaria and related parasites. Acta Tropica 204: 105364.

Fecchio, A., Bell, J.A., Bosholn, M., Vaughan, J.A., Tkach, V.V., Lutz, H.L., Cueto, V.R., Gorosito, C.A., González-Acuña, D., Stromlund, C., Kvasager, D., Comiche, K.J.M., Kirchgatter, K., Pinho, J.B., Berv, J., Anciães, M., Fontana, C.S., Zyskowski, K., Sampaio, S., Dispoto, J.H., Galen, S.C., Weckstein, J.D., and Clark, N.J. An inverse latitudinal gradient in infection probability and phylogenetic diversity for Leucocytozoon blood parasites in New World birds. Journal of Animal Ecology 89: 423-435.

Fecchio, A., Collins, M.D., Bell, J.A, Peña, D.R., Trejo, E.A.G., González, A.S., Dispoto, J.H., Rice, N.H, and Weckstein, J.D. 2019. Bird tissues from museum collections are reliable for assessing avian haemosporidian diversity. Journal of Parasitology 105(3): 446-453. doi:10.1645/18-130.

Fecchio, A., Bell, J.A., Pinheiro, R.B.P., Cueto, V.R., Gorositio, C.A., Lutz, H.L., Gaiotti, M.G., Paiva, L.V., França, L.F., Toledo-Lima, G., Toletino, M., Pinho, J.B., Fontana, C.S., Grande, J.M., Santillán, M.A., Caparroz, R., Roos, A.L., Kohler, G., Bessa, R., Nogueira, W., Moura, T., Nolasco, E.C., Comiche, K.J.M., Kirchgatter, K., Guimarães, L.O., Dispoto, J.H., Marinia, M.A., Tkach, V.V., Weckstein, J.D, Batalha-Filho, H., and Collins, M.D. 2019. Avian host composition, local speciation, and dispersal drive the regional assembly of avian malaria parasites in South American birds. Molecular Ecology 28(10): 2681-2693. doi:10.1111/mec.15094.

Fecchio, A., Collins, M.D., Bell, J.A., Pena, D.R., Trejo, E.A.G., Gonalez, A.S., Dispoto, J.H., Rice, N.H., and Weckstein, J.D. 2019. The potential of using bird tissue samples form museum collections to study avian haemosporidians. Journal of Parasitology. In press

Fecchio, A., Wells, K., Bell, J.A., Tkach, V.V., Lutz, H.L., Weckstein, J.D., Clegg, S.M., and Clark, N.J. 2019. Climate variation influences host specificity in avian malaria parasites. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.13215.

Fecchio, A. Bell, J.A., Collins, M.D., Farias, I.P., Trisos, C.H., Tobias, J.A., Tkach, V.V., Weckstein, J.D., Ricklefs, R.E., and Batalha-Filho, H. 2018. Diversification by host-switching and dispersal shaped the diversity and distribution of avian malaria parasites in Amazonia. Oikos doi:10.1111/oik.05115.

Fecchio, A., Silveria, P., Weckstein, J.D., Dispoto, J., Anciaes, M., Tkach, V.V., and Bell, J.A. 2018. First record of Leucocytozoon (Haemosporida:Leucocytozoidae) in Amazonia: evidence for rarity in Neotropical lowlands or lack of sampling for this parasite genus? Journal of Parasitology 104(2):168-172 doi:10.1645/17-182.

Bell, J.A, Gonzalez-Acuna, D., and Tkach, V.V. 2018. First record of Gyrabascus (Digenea, Pleurogenidae) from Dromiciops bozinovici D'Elia et al. 2016 (Marsupialia:Microbiotheriidae) in Chile and its phylogenetic relationships. Comparative Parasitology 85(1).

Fecchio, A., Pinheiro, R., Felix, G., Faria, I.P., Pinho, J.B., Braga, E.M., Farias, I.P., Alexio, A., Tkach, V.V., Collins, M.D., Bell, J.A., and Weckstein, J.D. 2017. Host community similarity and geography shape the diversity and distribution of haemosporidian parasites in Amazonian birds. Ecography 41:515-515 doi:10.1111/ecog.03058.

Fecchio, A., Ellis, V.A. Bell, J.A., Andretti, C.B., d’Horta, F.M., da Silva, A.M., Tkach, V.V, and Weckstein, J.D. 2017. Avian malaria, host life history traits and mosquito abundance in southeastern Amazonia. Parasitology 144(8):1117-1132. doi: 10.1017/S003118201700035X.

Fecchio, A., Svensson-Coehlo, M., Bell, J., Vincenzo, E., Medeiros, M., Trisos, C., Blake, J., Loiselle, B., Tobias, J., Fanti, R., Coffey, E., Inubata, F., Joao, P., Gabriel, F., Braga, E., Anciaes, M., Tkach, V., Bates, J., Witt, C., Weckstein, J., Ricklefs, R., and Izeni, F. 2017. Host associations and turnover of haemosporidian parasites in manakins (Aves: Pipridae). Parasitology 144(7):984-993. doi:10.1017/S0031182017000208 .

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.

2018 - Educator of the Year - Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

2016 - Faculty Excellence Award - National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development