Profile: Rafael Jusino-Atresino

Ph.D. Graduate Student

Graduate Assistant
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Field of Specialization: Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric aerosols

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Yuan Gao

Research Statement:

My main area of work is aerosols chemical characterization. I am really interested in the description of particulate matter in urban and non-urban environments. My work is focus mainly in the city of Newark; the largest metropolitan area in New Jersey, other projects involves other areas of New Jersey and Puerto Rico.

  • Education

    2003- present Ph.D. student: Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey. Joined Dr. Yuan Gao’s research group on atmospheric environmental science in 2006.

    1988-1992 Master of Science: Entomology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas. Thesis Title: "Alterations of foraging patterns of ant species of central Texas by the red imported fire ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)". Outstanding Master Student.

    1982-1988 Bachelor of Science: Biology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Senior Research in Zoology: Population study, on the natural island forms by the plant Cleome spinosa (Rhoedales: Caparidaceae), in three species of stinkbugs: Nezara viridula, Euschistus bifibulus, and Thyanta perditor (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Cum Laude.

  • Publications


    Fei Song, Jin Young Shin, Rafael Jusino-Atresino, Yuan Gao. 2011.  Relationships among the springtime ground-level NOX, O3 and NO3 in the vicinity of highways in the US East Coast.  Atmospheric Pollution Research, Vol 2, Issue 3, Pages 374-383, doi: 10.5094/APR.2011.042

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael and S.A Phillips, Jr. 1991. New ant records for Taylor Co., Texas. Southwest. Nat. 37(4): 430-433.

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael and S.A. Phillips, Jr. 1993. Impact of red imported fire ants on the ant fauna of central Texas. Chapter 22 in "Exotic ants: Biology, Impact, and Control of Introduced Species". Editor F.A. Williams. Wesley Press, New York.

    S.A. Phillips, Jr., R. Jusino-Atresino, and H.G. Thorlvilson. 1996. Desiccation Resistance in Population of Red Imported Fire Ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Environmental Entomology 25(2) 460-464.

    R. Jusino-Atresino and S.A. Phillips, Jr. 1998. Myrmecofauna en la reserva ecológica de la biosfera "El Cielo", Tamaulipas, México. Revista BIOTAM Vol. 10 Num. 2 Agosto – Noviembre 1998. Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas.

    Phillips, S. A., Jr. G. Sánchez-Ramos, and R. Jusino-Atresino. 2002. Hormigas indicadoras de disturbio. Pp. 507-524, in Historia Natural de la Reserva de la Biosfera El Cielo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. G. Sánchez-Ramos, ed. Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas, Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. Invitational.

    A. Brett Bragin, Jeff Misuik, Craig A. Woolcott, Kirk R. Barrett, and Rafael Jusino-Atresino. May, 2005. A Fishery Resource Inventory of the Lower Hackensack River within the Hackensack Meadowlands District a Comparative Study 2001-2003 vs. 1987-1988. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Lyndhurst, New Jersey.

    Non Refereed
    Rafael Crespo and Rafael Jusino-Atresino. 1998. Pesticides Remnant Comparison within Soil Composition Between Undisturbed and Disturbed Areas within the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Salinas, P.R., Proceedings of the 33rd ACS Junior Technical Meeting and 18th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting: UIPR-Bayamón; March 1998. pp 25 (abstract)

    Michael Caban-Soto and Rafael Jusino-Atresino. 1998. Arthropod Community Composition Between Developed and Undeveloped Areas within the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Salinas, P.R., Proceedings of the 33rd ACS Junior Technical Meeting and 18th Puerto Rico Interdisciplinary Scientific Meeting: UIPR-Bayamón; March 1998. pp 13 (abstract)

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael. 1994. Influence of the red imported fire ant Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on populations of native ants in Texas. XVIII Scientific Investigation Congress, Inter American University of Puerto Rico. (abstract).

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael and S.A. Phillips, Jr. 1993. Ant distribution as affected by disturbance in a vanishing tropical forest. Proceeding of Sigma Xi Student Research and Creative Activities Day. Texas Teach University, Lubbock, Texas. (abstract).

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael and S.A. Phillips, Jr. 1992. Myrmecological fauna of the biosphere ecological reserve of " El Cielo". Proceeding of the National Entomological Congress of the Mexican Entomological Society. San Luis Potosí, Mexico. pp 177 (abstract).

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael and S.A. Phillips, Jr. 1991. Temporal foraging of Texas native ants as impacted by the invasive red imported fire ant. Proceedings of the Annual American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, Southwestern and Rocky Mountain Branch. Lubbock, Texas. pp 40 (abstract).

    Jusino-Atresino, Rafael, S.A. Phillips, Jr., and M.R. Willig. 1990. Modification of the temporal foraging activity of two Texas native ants in response to the red imported fire ant. Proceeding of the Annual Imported Fire Ant Conference. Dept. Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. pp 2-11.