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Ecological Applications

Our Ecological Applications group is excellent with research spanning the theoretical to the applied. What is particularly noteworthy about this core of faculty is their extensive use of modeling to forecast pests and diseases in space and time.
  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-2982

Sustainable and organic agriculture; Biological soil quality and sustainability; entomopathogenic nematode biology and ecology

  • Distinguished Professor of Entomology and Biology
  • J. Lloyd & Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair of Epidemiology


814-863-2983

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects

  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-7788

Insect ecology and management in vegetable agroecosystems (Sweetcorn Monitoring Program)

  • Professor of Entomology


814-863-6369

Invasive species research: development of trapping techniques for the Asian longhorned beetle; gut microbial symbionts of the Asian longhorned beetle; methods development for exclusion of invasive species

  • Professor Emeritus of Entomology


717-677-6116

Biology and management of arthropod pests and natural enemies on deciduous tree fruit crops; pesticide resistance management; pheromone mating disruption; evaluation of insecticides/acaricides/biologicals.

  • Professor Emeritus and Curator Emeritus, Frost Entomological Museum;
  • Founding Director Emeritus, Center for BioDiversity Research


814-234-1718

Biodiversity science: exploration, documentation, taxonomy/systematics of arthropod biodiversity; biodiversity inventory, assessment and monitoring.  Forensic application of entomology. Biology and evolution of infraspecific variations. Ecology and coevolution of animal parasite/host interactions.  Impacts of anthropogenic stressor on biodiversity.

  • Professor Emeritus of Entomology


814-865-2435

Molecular mechanisms underlying differences in susceptibilities of insect species to the effects of synthetic or natural poisons, amino acid receptors as models for selective taste and insecticide action, cytochrome P450 monooxygenases and epoxide hydrolases as model detoxification enzymes degrading sensory chemicals at nerve receptor sites, peptide and protein taste receptors in beetles, development of novel biopesticides.

  • Associate Professor of Entomology


814-863-2872

IPM, impact of pesticides on non-target species; sampling strategies

  • Professor of Entomology and IPM Coordinator


814-863-4641

IPM, biology of fruit pests, pollination and apiculture

  • Professor Emeritus of Entomology


814-863-2979

Ecology and IPM of arthropods affecting vineyards; design and development of computer-based systems that capture, formalize, and represent qualitative and quantitative knowledge associated with managed and natural systems

  • Professor and Huck Scholar in Ecological Entomology


814-865-2480

Ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions; invasive species; agrobiodiversity and natural pest control; biological control

  • Associate Professor of Entomology
  • Extension Specialist


814-865-7082

Chemically mediated tritrophic interactions, host-plant location by herbivores, host location by parasitoids, understanding how plants defend themselves against insect herbivores, including the release of volatile compounds as indirect defenses, phytohormone dynamics in response to herbivory, gall-inducing insects.