Bird Lab at Department of Entomology, Rutgers University


My jobs as a technician/field researcher in the Department of Entomology are varied: surveillance, birds, computers, and stats. Primarily, I write weekly reports on the status of vector-borne arboviruses in New Jersey as well as the statewide surveillance of adult mosquitoes done in conjunction with the county mosquito control agencies. I also maintain the Entomology and CVB websites along with the New Jersey Mosquito website (NJMCA). I provide help with statistical/design questions that people in the department may have. As an ornithologist, I enjoy my research with birds.  I worked on several projects, including the use of sparrows as a sentinel species for West Nile virus as well as the role of certain thrushes and mosquitoes in the epidemiology of the same.  I collaborated with Don Caccamise at New Mexico State University and Paul Castelli at NJDEP Dept of Fishery and Wildlife, now US Fish and Game on a study looking at the effectiveness of using stable isotope analysis to identify migrant verses resident Canada Geese (Branta canadensis).




December 1990, Biological Sciences: Genetic and morphological variation in the black-billed Magpie (Pica pica hudsonia): Evolution of social signals.

Advisor: Dr. Charles H. Trost, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho


  • Lisa M. Reed, Michael A. Johansson, Nicholas Panella, Robert McLean, Terry Creekmore, Rose Puelle and Nicholas Komar 2009 Declining mortality in American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) following natural West Nile virus infection. Avian Diseases 53:458-461.    

  • Rupp, H., Bosak, P., and Reed, L.  2006 Of Breeding. Journal of the American Mosquito Association, 22(3):563-564. (pdf)

  • Reed, L. and R. Puelle 2004 West Nile Virus: Ecological Survey of New Jersey Wildlife using Blocking ELISA Proceedings of the NJMCA pp. 42-46.

  • Reed, L. M., Crans, Kent, R., and K. Bartlett.  2003  New Jersey State Surveillance Program, 2002. Proceedings of the NJMCA 90: 45-49.

  • Jozan, M., Evans, R., McLean, R., Hall, R., Tangredi, B., Reed, L., Scott, J. 2003 Detection of West Nile Virus Infection in Birds by Blocking ELISA and Immunohistochemistry. Vector-borne and Zoonotic Disease, 3(3): 99 - 110. (pdf)

  • Reed, L. M., Crans, and P. J. Bosak.  2002   Seroprevalence of West Nile virus in the wild birds of New Jersey.  Proceedings of the NJMCA 89: 12-18.

  • Reed, L. 2001 Arbobytes - a listserve for West Nile virus and other arbovectoral diseases. Proceedings of the NJMCA 88: 39-43.

  • Reed, L., Crans, W., and T. Rainey.  2001  Nesting, migration cycles, and mosquitoes in an eastern Equine Encephalitis region.  Wing Beats, Fall/Winter, 10-11, 18-19. 

Image from this Bucknell site.


May 1983, Psychology: Sub-specific differences in vocalizations of the squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus).  Advisor: Dr. Douglas Candland, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania


June 1980, Psychology; California State University, Fullerton



June 1980, Biological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton

  • Bosak, P. J., L. Reed, and W. J. Crans. 2001 Host-seeking behavior of Coquillettidia perturbans (Walker) in relation to birds and Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis virus in New Jersey.  Journal for the Society of Vector Ecology 26: 103 - 109. (pdf)

  • -Caccamise, D. F., L. M. Reed, P. Castelli, S. Wainwright, and T Nichols. 2000 Distinguishing migratory and resident Canada Geese using stable isotope analysis.  Journal of Wildlife Management 64(4):1084-1091. (pdf)

  • Bosak, L. Reed and W.J. Crans. 1999. Habitats utilized by host-seeking Coquillettidia perturbans (Walker) in New Jersey. Proc. N.J. Mosquito Control Assoc. 86:20-23.

  • Reed, L. M., and Crans, W. 1998 Geographical variation in avian migration cycles in an eastern equine encephalitis region. NMCA Annual Meeting. December. (pdf)

  • Reed, L. M., D. F. Caccamise, and E. M. Orrell. 1998 Aging Laughing Gull nestlings using head-bill length. Colonial Waterbirds. December(21)3. (pdf)

  • Caccamise, D. F., L. M. Reed, J. Romanowski, and P. C. Stouffer. 1997 Roosting behavior and group territoriality in American Crows. Auk 114(4): 628-637. (pdf)

  • Reed, L. M., Xaiohung, W. and C. H. Trost. 1997 Variation in the wing patches of juvenile magpies (Pica pica hudsonia). Acta Ornithologica 32: 93-97. (pdf)

  • Caccamise, D. F., Reed., L. M., Delay, L. S., Bennett, K. A., and J. J. Dosch. 1996 The avian communities of a suburban grassland refugium: populations studies at an airport in Northeastern United States. Acta Ornithologica 31(1): 3-13. (pdf)

  • Caccamise, D. F., L. M. Reed, and J. Romanowski. 1996 Bird strike hazards and waste management facilities in urban landscapes. Proceedings and Papers from the 23rd International Bird Strike Committee Europe, London. BSCE23: 247-266 (pdf)

  • Caccamise, D. F., J. J. Dosch, K. Bennett, L. M. Reed, and L. Delay. 1994 Management of bird strike hazards at airport: a habitat approach. Proceedings and Papers from the 22nd International Bird Strike Committee Europe, London. BSCE22: 285-266-306 (pdf)

  • Romanowski, J., L. Reed, D. F. Caccamise, and P. Stouffer. 1993 Color marking American Crows (Corvus brachyrynchos) for individual recognition. Notatki Ornithologiczne 34(1/2): 157-161. (pdf)

  • Robinson, C. T., Reed, L. M., and G. W. Minshall. 1992 Influence of flow regime on life history, production, and genetic structure of Baetis tricaudatus (Ephemeroptera) and Hesperoperla pacifica (Plecoptera). Journal of North American Benthological Society (JNABS) 11(3): 278-289. (pdf)

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Go to the New Jersey Mosquito Website

Go to the ASCAR Website (American Society of Crows and Ravens)

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Crow Trap Dimensions - Note: You need a permit to trap Native North American bird species.


Six friends from the past: Kita, Ursula, Kulta, Brat, George and Martha and Kissu and Sydney, plus our current resident, the Mighty Mikko.

Kita & Ursula   











     Kita and Ursula



"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."

- Henry Beston, The Outermost House 1888-1968

   Big Bad Brat


   George and Martha 



                                   Kissu                                                           Sydney                                           

                                 The Mighty Mikko                                       




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Everglades, Longwood Gardens, Trinidad Bird Trip, Florida 2003


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