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Estelle Levetin PhD

Department Chairperson of Biological Science
Professor of Biological Science College of Engineering & Natural Sciences
Biological Science
Oliphant Hall 304 918-631-2764
estelle-levetin@utulsa.edu
http://pollen.utulsa.edu/
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Biography

The research in Estelle Levetin's laboratory is largely in the field of Aerobiology, often considered the "microbiology" of the atmosphere. Aerobiology is the study of the movement of biological particles (bioaerosols) within the atmosphere or the indoor environment. Within the field of aerobiology, her focus has been on the study of airborne allergens. She is interested in airborne fungal spores, especially those spores that have been poorly studied in outdoor environments, such as basidiospores, smut spores, ascospores, and Penicillium/Aspergillus spores. Levetin also has an ongoing interest in conifer pollen allergens for the past 25 years. Mountain cedar (Juniperus ashei) pollen is one of the most potent allergens in the United States. Populations of mountain cedar occur in south central Oklahoma and Texas. Although none occur within 200 miles of Tulsa, her lab has presented evidence for significant concentrations of mountain cedar pollen being carried to Tulsa by prevailing southerly winds. Research in Levetin's lab has also focused on the identification of the specific allergenic proteins in mountain cedar pollen and related species of conifers.



Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
B.S., State College-Boston (UMass-Boston)


Aerobiology
Fungal Ecology
Pollen Forecasting
Climate Change and Pollen

Fungal Biology
Medical Botany
Environmental Microbiology
Plant Anatomy


The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.

Journal Articles


Mohanty, R. P., Buchheim, M. A., Anderson, J. & Levetin, E. 2017. Molecular analysis confirms the long distance transport of Juniperus ashei pollen. PLoS ONE 12 (3): e0173465.

Mohanty, R. P., Buchheim, M. A. & Levetin, E. 2017. Molecular approaches for the analysis of airborne pollen: A case study of Juniperus pollen. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 118 (2): 204-211

Mohanty, Rashi et al. “Molecular and Ultrastructural Detection of Plastids in Juniperus (Cupressaceae) Pollen.” Phytologia 98.4 (2016): 298–310. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, W. Horner, and J. Scott. “Taxonomy of Allergenic Fungi.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice 4 (2016): 375–385. Print.

Bunderson, L, and Estelle Levetin. “Hygroscopic Weight Gain of Pollen Grains from Juniperus Species.” International journal of biometeorology 59.5 (2015): 533–40. Print.

Howard, L, and Estelle Levetin. “Ambrosia Pollen in Tulsa, Oklahoma: Aerobiology, Trends, and Forecasting Model Development.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 113.6 (2014): 641–6. Print.

Weber, R, and Estelle Levetin. “Allergen of the Month--Fusarium.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 112.5 (2014): A11. Print.

Rivera-Mariani, F et al. “Comparison of the Interleukin-1β-Inducing Potency of Allergenic Spores from Higher Fungi (Basidiomycetes) in a Cryopreserved Human Whole Blood System.” International archives of allergy and immunology 163.2 (2014): 154–62. Print.

Weber, R, and Estelle Levetin. “Allergen of the Month-Ustilago Maydis.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 111.6 (2013): A13. Print.

Barnes, C et al. “Climate Change and Our Environment: the Effect on Respiratory and Allergic Disease.” The journal of allergy and clinical immunology. In practice 1.2 (2013): 137–41. Print.

Rabito, F et al. “The Relationship between Mold Exposure and Allergic Response in Post-Katrina New Orleans.” Journal of allergy 2010 (2010): n. pag. Print.

Khattab, A, and Estelle Levetin. “Effect of Sampling Height on the Concentration of Airborne Fungal Spores.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 101.5 (2008): 529–34. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Van de Water. “Changing Pollen Types/Concentrations/Distribution in the United States: Fact or Fiction?” Current allergy and asthma reports 8.5 (2008): 418–24. Print.

Bernstein, I et al. “Allergy Diagnostic Testing: an Updated Practice Parameter.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 100.3 Suppl 3 (2008): S1–148. Print.

Khattab, A., and Estelle Levetin. “Preliminary Studies on the Effect of the Burkard Alternate Orifice on Airborne Fungal Spore Concentrations.” Aerobiologia 24.3 (2008): 165–171. Print.

Horner, W.E. et al. “Guide for Interpreting Reports from Inspections/Investigations of Indoor Mold.” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 121.3 (2008): 592–597.e7. Print.

Gillum, S.J., and Estelle Levetin. “The Air Spora Close to a Compost Facility in Northeast Oklahoma: Part I - Spore Trap Sampling.” Aerobiologia 24.1 (2008): 3–12. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and K. Dorsey. “Contribution of Leaf Surface Fungi to the Air Spora.” Aerobiologia 22.1 (2006): 3–12. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “Methods for Aeroallergen Sampling.” Current allergy and asthma reports 4.5 (2004): 376–83. Print.

Newhouse, C, and Estelle Levetin. “Correlation of Environmental Factors with Asthma and Rhinitis Symptoms in Tulsa, OK.” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 92.3 (2004): 356–66. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “An Atlas of Fungal Spores.” The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 113.2 (2004): 366–8. Print.

Horner, W, Estelle Levetin, and S Lehrer. “Aerobiology.” Clinical allergy and immunology 18 (2004): 125–49. Print.

Van de Water, P et al. “An Assessment of Predictive Forecasting of Juniperus Ashei Pollen Movement in the Southern Great Plains, USA.” International journal of biometeorology 48.2 (2003): 74–82. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Van de Water. “Pollen Count Forecasting.” Immunology and allergy clinics of North America 23.3 (2003): 423–42. Print.

Burch, M, and Estelle Levetin. “Effects of Meteorological Conditions on Spore Plumes.” International journal of biometeorology 46.3 (2002): 107–17. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and W Horner. “Fungal Aerobiology: Exposure and Measurement.” Chemical immunology 81 (2002): 10–27. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Van de Water. “Environmental Contributions to Allergic Disease.” Current allergy and asthma reports 1.6 (2001): 506–14. Print.

Levetin, Estelle et al. “Effectiveness of Germicidal UV Radiation for Reducing Fungal Contamination within Air-Handling Units.” Applied and environmental microbiology 67.8 (2001): 3712–5. Print.

Troutt, C, and Estelle Levetin. “Correlation of Spring Spore Concentrations and Meteorological Conditions in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” International journal of biometeorology 45.2 (2001): 64–74. Print.

Van de Water, P.K., and Estelle Levetin. “Contribution of Upwind Pollen Sources to the Characterization of Juniperus Ashei Phenology.” GRANA 40.3 (2001): 133–141. Print.

Craig, R.L., and Estelle Levetin. “Multi-Year Study of Ganoderma Aerobiology.” Aerobiologia 16.1 (2000): 75–81. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, C.A. Rogers, and S.A. Hall. “Comparison of Pollen Sampling with a Burkard Spore Trap and a Tauber Trap in a Warm Temperate Climate.” GRANA 39.6 (2000): 294–302. Print.

Sterling, M., C. Rogers, and Estelle Levetin. “An Evaluation of Two Methods Used for Microscopic Analysis of Airborne Fungal Spore Concentrations from the Burkard Spore Trap.” Aerobiologia 15.1 (1999): 9–18. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “A Long-Term Study of Winter and Early Spring Tree Pollen in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Atmosphere.” Aerobiologia 14.1 (1998): 21–28. Print.

Rogers, C.A., and Estelle Levetin. “Evidence of Long-Distance Transport of Mountain Cedar Pollen into Tulsa, Oklahoma.” International Journal of Biometeorology 42.2 (1998): 65–72. Print.

Icenhour, C.R., and Estelle Levetin. “Penicillium and Aspergillus Species in the Habitats of Allergy Patients in the Tulsa, Oklahoma Area.” Aerobiologia 13.3 (1997): 161–166. Print.

Portman, R., R. Moseman, and Estelle Levetin. “Ultrastructure of Basidiospores in North American Members of the Genus Calvatia.” Mycotaxon 62 (1997): 435–443. Print.

Pettyjohn, M.E., and Estelle Levetin. “A Comparative Biochemical Study of Conifer Pollen Allergens.” Aerobiologia 13.4 (1997): 259–267. Print.

Lawlor, K. et al. “Long-Term Effects of Crude Oil Contamination and Bioremediation in a Soil Ecosystem.” Bioremediation Journal 1.1 (1997): 41–51. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and Richard Shaughnessy. “Myrothecium: A New Indoor Contaminant?” Aerobiologia 13.4 (1997): 227–234. Print.

Crotzer, V., and Estelle Levetin. “The Aerobiological Significance of Smut Spores in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” Aerobiologia 12.3 (1996): 177–184. Print.

Levetin, Estelle et al. “Indoor Air Quality in Schools: Exposure to Fungal Allergens.” Aerobiologia 11.1 (1995): 27–34. Print.

Shaughnessy, R.; Levetin, E.; Blocker, J.; and Sublette, K. L., "Effectiveness of Portable Air Cleaners: Sensory Testing Results," Indoor Air, 4, 179-188 (1994).

Horner, W, Estelle Levetin, and S Lehrer. “Basidiospore Allergen Release: Elution from Intact Spores.” The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology 92.2 (1993): 306–12. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “Identification and Concentration of Airborne Basidiospores.” Grana 30.1 (1991): 123–128. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “Studies on Airborne Basidiospores.” Aerobiologia 6.2 (1990): 177–180. Print.

Levetin, Estelle. “Basidiospore Identification.” Annals of allergy 62.4 (1989): 306–10. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Buck. “Evidence of Mountain Cedar Pollen in Tulsa.” Annals of allergy 56.4 (1986): 295–9. Print.

Buck, P, and Estelle Levetin. “Airborne Pollen and Mold Spores in a Subalpine Environment.” Annals of allergy 55.6 (1985): 794–801. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Buck. “Non-Allergenic Native and Cultivated Plants in Oklahoma: Landscaping without Hay Fever.” Annals of allergy 52.3 Pt 1 (1984): 166–71. Print.

Buck, P, and Estelle Levetin. “Weather Patterns and Ragweed Pollen Production in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” Annals of allergy 49.5 (1982): 272–5. Print.

Levetin, Estelle, and P Buck. “Hay Fever Plants in Oklahoma.” Annals of allergy 45.1 (1980): 26–32. Print.

Book Chapters


Levetin E. 2015. Aerobiology of Agricultural Pathogens, p 3.2.8-1-3.2.8-20. In Yates M, Nakatsu C, Miller R, Pillai S (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4th Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555818821.ch3.2.8.

Hassett, C.C. et al. “Fungi as Allergens.” Vol. 1. Allergy and Allergic Diseases, Second Edition, 2009. 963–983. Print.

Book


Levetin, Estelle, and Karen McMahon. Plants and Society. McGraw-Hill, 2016. Print.

Conference Proceedings


Luvall, J.C. et al. “Use of MODIS Satellite Images and an Atmospheric Dust Transport Model to Evaluate Juniperus Spp. Pollen Phenology and Dispersal.” 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment - The GEOSS Era: Towards Operational Environmental Monitoring, 2011. Print.

Shaughnessy, R.J. et al. “Use of Energy Recovery Ventilators to Provide Ventilation in Schools and the Impact on Indoor Air Contaminants.” IAQ Conference, 1997. 255–265. Print.

Shaughnessy, R. J., Levetin, E. and Sublette, K. L., "Effectiveness of Portable Indoor Air Cleaners in Particulate and Gaseous Contaminant Removal", Proceedings of Indoor Air ’93, vol. 6, Helsinki, Finland (July 1993).

Other


Levetin, Estelle. “How Well Do Counts Add up?” Annals of allergy, asthma & immunology : official publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 96.6 (2006): 764–5. Print.


Mycological Society of America
Botanical Society of America
British Mycology Society
International Aerobiology Association
Pan American Aerobiology Association
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology


BIOL 3450 Plant Anatomy Lab
BIOL 3454 Plant Anatomy
BIOL 4023 Environmental Microbiology
BIOL 4623 Medical Botany
BIOL 7013 Research Experience
BIOL 9981 Dissertation Research