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Roger Moon

Ento-Roger Moon 2001

Office Address

422 Hodson Hall

Mailing Address

219 Hodson Hall
1980 Fowell Avenue
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN  55108 (612-624-2209)





University of California, Davis, B.S., 1974, Entomology
University of California, Davis, Ph.D., 1979, Entomology

Research Interests

Veterinary entomology, population ecology, and integrated pest management of arthropods that affect large animals and people. Ongoing projects involve phenology, population dynamics, and management options for filth flies at organic dairies; and biting fly vectors of arboviruses and nematodes.

Teaching Interests

Veterinary Entomology (Ent 3281 in fall), Veterinary Parasitology (CVM 6202 in fall with Bert Stromberg), Insect Population Dynamics (Ent 5045 in alternate falls with Dave Andow), and Applied Experimental Design (Ent/Agro 5121 in spring with Nancy Ehlke). I also coordinate Ethics and Scientific Communication (Ent 8061 in fall with three others), and am in charge of Graduate Seminar (Ent 8300 in fall and spring).

Outreach Interests

Provide back-up identifications of arthropods for UM’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and advise veterinarians, livestock producers and the general public on flies and other insects of veterinary importance. Technical advisor for Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, and member of University of Minnesota’s Equine Extension Advisory Team.

International Activities

Foreign exploration for parasites of invasive muscid flies in Russia and Kazakhstan, and ecology and management of filth flies in South America.

Graduate advising

Graduate faculty appointments in Entomology, Veterinary Medicine, Risk Analysis for Introduced Species and Genotypes, and Sustainable Agriculture Systems.

Awards for teaching and advising

Faculty Award for Mentorship in Entomology (FAME); Frenatae, the Graduate Student Organization in the Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota; 2006, 2008, 2011.
Distinguished Teaching Faculty Award, College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences, 2011.
Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, North Central Branch, Entomological Society of America, 2011.

Graduate advisees in Entomology (as major adviser or co-adviser)

N. Read, M.S., 1984
V. Cervenka, M.S., 1987
D. P. Davis, Ph.D., 1989
F. Light, M.S., 1993
D. Crane, M.S., 1994
N. Read, Ph.D.,1996
P. James, Ph.D., 1997
J. Hinton, M.S., 1999
E. Castro, M.S., 2001 (external reviewer, Univ. Federal de Pelotas, Brasil)
K. Borewicz, M. S., 2007
M. Wood, DVM-MPH, 2012
J. Filipek, M. S., 2007, PhD (pending)
J. Starcevich, M.S., (pending)
A. Hansen, M.S., (pending)

Some Recent Publications

Journal Articles 

Scott, J. G. C. A. Leichter, F. D. Rinkevihc, S. A. Harris, C. Su, L. C. Aberegg, R. D. Moon, C. J. Geden, A. C. Gerry, D. B. Taylor, R. L. Byford, W. Watson, G. Johnson, D. Boxler, and L. Zurek. 2013. Insecticide resistance in house flies from the United States: resistance levels and frequency of pyrethroid resistance alleles. Pestic. Biochem. & Physiol. 107: 377–384.

Butler, S. M., R. D. Moon, N. C. Hinkle, J. G. Millar, J. S. McElfresh and B. A. Mullens. 2013. Gonotrophic development and survival in field populations of Musca domestica [Diptera: Muscidae) at dairies in California, Minnesota and Georgia, and the relationship of fly age to relative abundance of [Z]-9-tricosene (muscalure). J. Med. Entomol. 50: 748-757.
Egan, A. and R. D. Moon. 2013. Insects associated with droppings of moose, Alces alces (L.), in Isle Royale National Park, Michigan. Great Lakes Entomol. 46: 193-204.

Taylor, D. B., R. D. Moon and D. R. Mark. 2012. Economic impact of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on cattle production. J. Med. Entomol. 49: 198-209.

Hutchison, W. D. E.C. Burkness, P.D. Mitchell, R.D. Moon, T.W. Leslie, S.J.Fleischer, M. Abrahamson, K.L. Hamilton, K.L. Steffey, M.E. Gray, R.L. Hellmich, L.V. Kaster, T.E. Hunt, R.J. Wright, E.S. Raun. 2010. Areawide suppression of European corn borer via transgenic maize reaps savings to non-Bt maize growers. Science 330: 222-225.

Crane, D. M., and R. D. Moon. 2010. Checklist of mosquitoes in Savanna Portage State Park, north-central Minnesota. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 26:324-327.

Lee, K. V., R. D. Moon, E. C. Burkness, W. D. Hutchison, and M. Spivak. 2010. Practical sampling plans for Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae) in Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) colonies and apiaries. Journal of economic entomology 103:1039-1050.

Taylor, D. B., R. D. Moon, J. B. Campbell, D. R. Berkebile, P. J. Scholl, A. B. Broce, and J. A. Hogsette. 2010. Dispersal of stable flies (Diptera: Muscidae) from larval development sites in a Nebraska landscape. Environmental Entomology 39:1101-1110.

Olson, J. F., R. D. Moon, and S. A. Kells. 2009. Off-host aggregation behavior and sensory basis of arrestment by Cimex lectularius (Heteroptera: Cimicidae). Journal of Insect Physiology 55:580-587.

Pitkin, A., J. Deen, S. Otake, R. Moon, and S. Dee. 2009. Further assessment of houseflies (Musca domestica) as vectors for the mechanical transport and transmission of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus under field conditions. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research 73:91-96.

Castro, E., A. Gil, J. Piaggio, L. Chifflet, N. Farias, M. Solari and R.D. Moon. 2008. Population dynamics of horn fly, Haematobia irritans irritans (L.) (Diptera: Muscidae), on Hereford cattle in Uruguay. Veterinary Parasitology 151:286-299


Book Chapters

Moon, R. D. 2012. Design of tables and figures for display of scientific data. Chapter 2, in: Jennings, C. A., T. E. Lauer and B. Vondracek [eds.], Scientific Communication for Natural Resource Professionals, American Fisheries Society, Herndon, VA. 180 pp.

Moon, R. D. 2009. Chapter 16: Muscid flies (Muscidae), pp. 267-287. In G. Mullen and L. Durden (eds.), Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 2nd ed. Academic Press, NY.