I became the Director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson in 2020. I originally joined the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology Department in 2002. I developed educational programs related to row crops IPM and also performed applied research including the evaluation of insecticide efficacy, GMO technologies, and other IPM tactics. I do not maintain an active Extension or research program in my current administrative role, rather assisting others with their efforts.

scott stewart

Research Center Director and Professor
office (731) 425-4709
mobile (731) 267-6085

West Tennessee Research and Education Center
605 Airways Boulevard
Jackson, TN 38301


B.A., Biology, University of Northern Iowa (1984)
M.S., Entomology, Texas A&M University (1987)
Ph.D., Entomology, Auburn University (1993)

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Graduate program concentrations
Sustainable Disease and Integrated Pest Management Systems

Areas of expertise
Integrated pest management, field crop insects

key words
cotton, corn, soybean, sorghum, wheat, Bt crops, insecticide control

Information for prospective students and postdoctoral researchers
I am always seeking motivated individuals to work in my laboratory. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more about research opportunities.

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Research Questions in our laboratory

  • How do invasive species adapt to new environments?
  • What genomic changes occur when a species invades a new habitat?
  • What are the genetic underpinnings of complex social behaviors?
  • What is the genetic architecture (number, distribution and effects of genes) of species differences?
  • What are the consequences of hybridization and admixture between different species?