Program Areas: Agronomic Crops; Animal Sciences & Forages; Commercial Horticulture; Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources; Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests

Specialty Areas: Structural and household pest management, including termites.  

Area of Interest:

  • Fundamental Research: Arthropods’ biology, behavior, physiological / chemical ecology, toxicology, molecular immunology and disease transmission.
  • Applied Research: developing and advancing Integrated Pest Management (IPM); exploring and evaluating efficacy of new chemicals, formulations, and application methods and alternative IPM tactics.
  • Pest groups: Social insects (termites, ants, cockroaches, wasps, etc.); invasive insects (kudzu bugs, etc.), health pests, veterinary pests.

Current Research Projects:

  • Inhibitory properties of new polymers against animal and plant bacterial pathogens
  • Investigating the development and treatment of plant diseases caused by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa using theoretical and experimental methods
  • Ionomics of the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa: The role of trace elements and nutrients in infection and progression of disease
  • Differentiation of Xylella fastidiosa strains via analysis of environmentally-mediated genes
  • Infection traits and growth of "Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus" inside microfluidic chambers

Areas: Termites, Cockroaches, Urban Structural IPM

Plant Pathology, Entomology
PhD, University of Massachusetts, Integrated Pest Management, 1998
MS, Shandong Agricultural Unviersity, China, Entomology, 1985