Department of Entomology
University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA, USA
Expertise: My research is primarily involved in the identification of pest problems where biological control could be a successful approach. The location, release and evaluation of natural enemy impacts on population
growth features strongly in my research. The evaluation of biological control agents are conducted primarily in the field and, when necessary, aspects of both pest and natural enemy biology and behavior are studied in the laboratory.
Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory
Beltsville, MD, USA
Expertise: My research focus is insect ecology with a commitment to improvement of pest management. This effort involves the evaluation of environmentally-friendly tactics such as native biological controls, deployment of aggregation pheromones, and changes in cultural practices, and emphasizes solutions for small farms and gardens in urban agriculture. My research program focuses on vegetable pests including true bugs such as harlequin bug, brown marmorated stink bugs, and leaf beetles, such as cucumber beetles and Colorado potato beetle.
Philip E. Marucci Blueberry and Cranberry Research Center
Chatsworth, NJ, USA
Expertise: My research involves the development and implementation of cost-effective and reduced-risk IPM practices for blueberries and cranberries that are compatible with biological control agents. My approach integrates chemical, behavioral, and biological methods in insect control to gain a better understanding of the ecology of pests and their natural enemies. My extension program delivers current and critical IPM information to growers.
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA, USA
Expertise: My research addresses the development and improvement of biological control programs for invasive species in the U.S., primarily those that are problematic in agricultural systems. I have been involved with foreign exploration for natural enemies of target pests, conducting natural enemy host-specificity testing in quarantine, and optimizing pest sampling methods. My current work is focused on the brown marmorated stink bug and other related pentatomids.
USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
Manhattan, KS, USA
Expertise: My research aims to develop behaviorally- and biologically-based, reduced-risk IPM tactics to improve management of insects for stored products after harvest. Current research interests include examining the behavior, chemical ecology, biological control, and IPM of stored product insects in the US and abroad. Overall, the goal is to improve the sustainability of post-harvest agricultural IPM programs by reducing insecticide inputs.
College of Agriculture Sciences
Department of Entomology
University Park, PA, USA
Expertise: I am broadly interested in understanding how population and community dynamics of pest insects are shaped by species interactions and habitat context. My ongoing research addresses how top-down forces influence herbivore behavior and physiology, contribute to trophic cascades and structure ecological communities in both natural and agroecosystems. I am also interested in how habitat structure and complexity can influence these interactions. Much of my work focuses on the under appreciated role that predation risk has on insect ecology, which has importance in understanding and bolstering biological control of damaging pest insects in cropping systems. To this end, my work utilizes predator chemical ecology as a means for control tactics that limit the use of environmentally damaging chemical control.
Foliar Entomology Laboratory
Corvalis, OR, USA
Expertise: I have worked on biological control since 1997 first with carabid beetles, then floral feeding by parasitoid wasps. At USDA ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit, I am currently focusing on: 1) augmentative release of parasitoids of spotted wing drosophila, 2) conservation of a parasitoid of brown marmorated stink bug, and 3) attracting predators of azalea lace bug with various herbivore-induced plant volatiles.
California Department of Food and Agriculture, Biological Control Program
Sacramento, CA, USA
Expertise: Since joining the CDFA Biological Control Program, my research has involved monitoring, evaluating, and releasing a variety of natural enemies of several target pest taxa across California. This includes the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, Bagrada Bug, Cereal Leaf Beetle, Olive Psyllid, Olive Fruit Fly, and Squash Bug. I have also been involved with research into noxious weeds and their natural enemies present in the state. I am excited about promoting biological control and discovering new challenges that can be addressed with it, particularly given the continued rise of organic growers.