Geoffrey Vincent

Assistant Professor of Biology
Sigurd Olson Professorship in Natural Sciences

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Office:128 Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment
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Earned and Honorary Degrees

PhD, South Dakota State University, Biological Sciences
MS, University of Central Missouri, Biology
BS, The University of Kansas, Biology - Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution


I was a non-traditional student that decided to trade in my career to pursue my passion of Biology in my mid-20s. Since that time, I have been able to combine my enjoyment of the natural world with my curiosity of how it all works.


I enjoy that my classes allow me to explore the microscopic aspects of life using meaningful and practical methods. Combining both field and laboratory techniques in courses such as Entomology, Cell Biology, and Field Parasitology gives a more complete learning experience. In addition, I teach Concepts of Biology, Anatomy, and Wildlife Disease.


My current research includes surveillance of tick populations and their respective pathogens. Species abundance and locations are measured at various locations in local counties and then tested for important disease-causing agents such as Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease) and Rickettsia species. (Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever).


Vincent, Geoffrey P., & Alissa M. Hulstrand. 2022. Detection of Rickettsia montanensis in Dermacentor variabilis in Northern Wisconsin. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, 22(12), 582–583.

Mallinger, Elyse C., Erik R. Olson, Geoffrey P. Vincent, Julie Van Stappen, and Timothy R. Van Deelen. 2022. Factors influencing the presence of parasitic trombiculids on red-backed voles (Myodes gapperi) in a temperate archipelago. Canadian Journal of Zoology. 100(9): 539-547.

Parsons, Lindsey A., Travis J. Runia, Geoffrey P. Vincent, Andrew J. Gregory, and Jonathan A. Jenks. 2021. “Greater Sage-Grouse Survival Varies with Breeding Season Events in West Nile Virus Non-Outbreak Years.” Ornithological Applications 123 (2): 1–14.

Vincent, Geoffrey P., Justin K Davis, Matthew J Wittry, Michael C Wimberly, Chris D Carlson, Denise L Patton, Michael B Hildreth. 2020. Epidemic West Nile Virus Infection Rates and Endemic Population Dynamics Among South Dakota Mosquitoes: A 15-yr Study from the United States Northern Great Plains. Journal of Medical Entomology, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 862 – 871.

Davis, J. K., G. P. Vincent, M. B. Hildreth, L. Kightlinger, C. Carlson, and M. C. Wimberly. 2018. Improving the prediction of arbovirus outbreaks: A comparison of climate-driven models for West Nile virus in an endemic region of the United States. Acta Trop. 185: 242-250.

Vincent, Geoffrey P. Justin K. Davis, Michael C. Wimberly, Christopher D. Carlson, and Michael B. Hildreth. 2018. Permethrin Susceptibility for the Vector Culex tarsalis and a Nuisance Mosquito Aedes vexans in an Area Endemic for West Nile Virus, BioMed Research International, vol. 2018, Article ID 2014764, 7 pages.

Davis, J. K., G. Vincent, M. B. Hildreth, L. Kightlinger, C. Carlson, and M. C. Wimberly. 2017. Integrating environmental monitoring and mosquito surveillance to predict vector-borne disease: Prospective forecasts of a West Nile virus outbreak. PLoS Curr. Outbreaks. DOI: 10.1371/currents.outbreaks.90e80717c4e67e1a830f17feeaaf85de