I joined the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department in 2002. My expertise is in row crops entomology with emphasis on cotton, corn, soybean, sorghum and wheat. Before coming to Tennessee, I had research, teaching, and extension responsibilities in row crops IPM at Mississippi State University. As an Extension Specialist, I develop and present educational programs related to row crops IPM. I also perform applied research including the evaluation of insecticide efficacy, GMO technologies, and other IPM tactics. I often mentor graduate students working in these areas. More recently, I’ve devoted considerable effort to better understanding the effects of agriculture on pollinators, especially honeybees. I hold leadership positions in many regional and national IPM organizations and scientific societies. My research and extension program is mostly funded by support from commodity boards, federal grants, and industry contracts and gifts.
B.A., Biology, University of Northern Iowa
M.S., Entomology, Texas A&M University
Ph.D., Entomology, Auburn University
Areas of expertise
Integrated pest management, field crop insects
cotton, corn, soybean, sorghum, wheat, Bt crops, insecticide control
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