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David Andow

David Andow

Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Ph.D., Cornell University

Insect population ecology; biological control; ecology of invading species; insect-plant interactions; sustainable agriculture.

 

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Brian Aukema

McKnight Land-Grant Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.

Forest Entomology

 

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Ann Fallon

Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Ph.D., Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.

Insect reproduction; fat body metabolism; hormonal control of gene expression; genetics of insect cells in culture; gene amplification; DNA mediated gene transfer; identification of regulatory sequences in insect genes; mechanisms of insecticide resistance

 

Len Ferrington

Len Ferrington

Professor

Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Aquatic Entomology

 

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George Heimpel

Professor

Ph.D. U of California, Davis.

Biological Control, Natural Enemy Ecology

 

Ralph Holzenthal

Ralph Holzenthal

Professor

Ph.D., Clemson University, 1985

Systematics and biogeography of neotropical Trichoptera; aquatic entomology; biodiversity; biogeography; museum administration and management

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Bill Hutchison

Professor and Head

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1984.

Insect ecology and integrated pest management in vegetable and forage crops; simulation
modeling of population dynamics, sampling and economic thresholds

 

Stephen Kells

Stephen Kells

Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist

Ph.D., Purdue University, 1998.

Urban and industrial entomology

 

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Robert L. Koch

Assistant Professor and Extension Entomologist

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

 

Vera Krischik

Vera Krischik

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Maryland

Plant-insect interaction; plant response to insect, pathogen, and abiotic stresses; extension insect pest management in residential environments; landscape and structural entomology

 

Tim Kurtti

Tim Kurtti

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Insect microbiology; physiology of insect-microbial interactions; physiology, metabolism and genetics of insect cells and pathogens in culture

 

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Ian MacRae

Professor and Extension Entomologist

Ph.D. Oregon State U.

Integrated Pest Management, Small Grains, Biological Control, GIS

 

Karen Mesce

Karen Mesce

Professor

Ph.D., University of Oregon

Insect neurobiology and behavior; hormonal control of neural development during metamorphosis; characterization of neural circuitry by electrophysiological and anatomical studies

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Roger Moon

Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Ecology and management of livestock insects and mites; biological control of dung and manure inhabiting flies; mosquito ecology and dispersal; modeling and sampling insect populations

 

Ulrike Munderloh

Ulrike Munderloh

Associate Professor

DVM, PHD, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany.

Cellular and molecular relationship between tick-borne pathogens and their vectors, and mammalian hosts; medical and entomological aspects of vector-borne pathogens

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Ken Ostlie

Ken Ostlie

Professor and Extension Entomologist

Ph.D., Iowa State University

Integrated pest management in corn and soybeans, Transgenic Plants

 

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Christopher Philips

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Fruit & Vegetable Entomology,
Organic, Sustainable IPM Programs
North Central Research & Outreach Center, Grand Rapids, MN

 

 

Marla Spivak

Marla Spivak

MacArthur Fellow (2010)
Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Apiculture; population biology, ecology, genetics and breeding of honey bees; social insects

 

Susan Weller

Susan Weller

Professor of Entomology and Head, Bell Museum of Natural History

Ph.D., University of Texas, 1989

Systematics of Lepidoptera and other insects, using morphology and biochemical techniques (eg., DNA sequencing); evolution of mating behaviors and defense mechanisms in neotropical noctuid moths

 

Additional Graduate Faculty Members

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Karen Oberhauser

Adjunct Professor

Department of Fisheries Wildlife & Cons Biology

Ph. D. University of Minnesota, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Invertebrate conservation and ecology, with particular interest in monarch butterflies; Citizen Science and ecological monitoring; Promoting a citizenry with a high degree of scientific and environmental literacy.

 

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Emilie Snell-Rood

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Developmental mechanism of plasticity and how it determines the costs and constraints of plasticity. The role of relaxed selection as a limit on the evolution of alternate developmental pathways

 

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Luke C. Skinner

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Invasive Species Program Supervisor, Minn. Dept. of Natural  Resources

Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Biological control of invasive plants;invasive species management; Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

 

Rob Venette

Rob Venette

Adjunct Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of California, Davis, Ecology

Research focuses on the invasion biology and population ecology of exotic species

 

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George D. Weiblen

Adjunct Associate Professor

Department of Plant Biology

Ph.D., Harvard University

Biology Systematics, Co-evolution

 

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Marlene Zuk

Adjunct Professor

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Evolution of mating behavior and secondary sexual characters in natural populations.

 

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Susan M. Palchick

Adjunct Associate Professor

Ph.D. U of California-Davis