Graduate Students

Megan Thoemmes 2017-07-06T14:14:34+00:00
Megan Thoemmes

Contact Information

Office Address
Applied Ecology
258 David Clark Labs
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695


Lab Webpage
Megan Thoemmes, Dunn Lab

Megan Thoemmes

PhD Student, Zoology


Rob Dunn


2012 B.S. Biology, concentrated in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation, NC State University

Research Interests

I study the evolutionary history of human and other mammal-associated Demodex (face) mites, as well as the general patterns found in the assemblage of associate species living on and around a broad range of mammal hosts.

Mites of the genus Demodex live on many, if not all, mammal species. The two described species of human-associated mites, D. folliculorum and D. brevis, live in the hair follicles and sebaceous glands of the face and across other various regions of the body. Currently, I study the prevalence, genetic diversity and evolutionary history of Demodex lineages, in relation to both human populations, as well as other mammalian hosts. In conjunction with this, I am beginning to explore the full diversity of arthropod and microbial communities associated with mammals and their homes.

Web Resources

Meet Your Mites Project
Wild Life of Our Homes
Rob Dunn Lab

Selected Publications

Palopoli M, Fergus DJ, Minot S, Pei D, Simison B, Fernandez-Silva I, Thoemmes MS, Dunn RR, & Trautwein M (2015) Global divergence of the human follicle mite Demodex folliculorum: Persistent associations between host ancestry and mite lineages. PNAS 112(52): 15958–15963.

Thoemmes, MS, Fergus DJ, Urban J, Trautwein M, Dunn RR (2014). Ubiquity and diversity of human-associated Demodex mites. PLoS ONE 9(8): e106265.