Name Areas of Interest Email
David Andow
Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Ecology of natural enemy food webs in agricultural crops, including interactions involving arthropod predators, with an emphasis on new molecular techniques to identify and quantify food web links. The use of vegetational diversity in the conservation of natural enemies. Ecological risk assessment of biological stressors, such as biological control agents, invasive species and genetically engineered organisms. Insect resistance management, gene flow and its consequences, with an emphasis on evolutionary dynamics. Science policy associated with new agricultural technologies.

Brian Aukema

Forest entomology including invasive species and climate change; ecological statistics

Dan Cariveau
Associate Professor

Our lab group is focused on the ecology, conservation, and restoration of native, wild bee communities and the pollination services they provide. We currently have three main research areas. First, how do we most effectively restore and manage habitat for native bees and pollination? Second, how can we best monitor native bees? Finally, we have a robust natural history component to our work. There is so little known about the native bees, leading to an incredible opportunity to uncover taxonomy, basic biology and ecology of these important insects. Our research hopes to inform and thus relies upon collaborations with state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, farmers, and local communities.

Ann Fallon
Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Mosquito physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry, mosquito cell culture, Wolbachia

    Leonard Ferrington
    Professor, (recently deceased)

    taxonomic, systematics, and ecological research on aquatic flies (Diptera: Chironomidae)

    George Heimpel
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor

    Parasitoid biology, biological control, conservation, Galapagos

    Ralph Holzenthal

    Taxonomy, evolution, and natural history of caddisflies (Trichoptera), especially the fauna of Central and South America; museum curation; scientific illustration

    Bill Hutchison
    Professor and Extension Entomologist, Fellow, Entomological Society of America

    Sustainable IPM, fruit & vegetable crops, areawide pest suppression, Bt resistance management

    Stephen Kells

    IPM in residential, commercial, and industrial structures for improved control of pests such as bed bugs, cockroachs, rodents, and stored product pest

    Robert Koch
    Associate Professor, Extension Entomologist

    Integrated pest management, crops pests, remote sensing, insecticde resistance, host plant resistance, biological control, sampling

    Vera Krischik
    Associate Professor
    Tim Kurtti

    International collaborative projects:

    On Cardinium and Wobachia symbionts of arthropods with Dr. Hiroaki Noda and colleagues (Chief of Research Unit, National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, Tsukuba Japan: Professor, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo Japan). Most recent joint publication, Nakamura, Y., Gotoh, T., Imanishi, S., Mita, K., Kurtti, T. J., Noda, H. 2011. Differentially expressed genes in silkworm cell cultures in response to infection by Wolbachia and Cardinium endosymbionts. Insect Molecular Biology 20:279-289).

    Tick cell biology with Dr. Sirlei Daffre (Associate Professor, Instituto de Ciencias Biomedicas Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Esteves, E., Lara, F.A., Lorenzini, D.M., Costa, G.H.N., Fukuzawa, A.H., Pressinotti, L.N., Silva, J.R.M.C., Ferro, J.A., Kurtti, T.J., Munderloh, U.G. and Daffre, S. 2008. Cellular and molecular characterization of an embryonic cell line (BME26) from the tick Rhipicephalus (Boophilusmicroplus. Insect Biochem Mol Biol 38:568-580)

    Tick cell culture with Dr. Darci Barros-Battesti (Laboratório de Artrópodes, Instituto Butantan. Avenida Vital Brazil 1500, 05503-900 São Paulo, São Paulo, Brasil)

    Establishment of a Tick Cell Line Biobank funded by Wellcome Trust with Dr Lesley Bell-Sakyi (The Roslin Wellcome Trust Tick Cell Biobank, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush, Edinburgh EH9 1QH, Scotland, UK). Most of the tick cell lines generated at the University of Minnesota are deposited in this "Biobank."

    Memberships in Scientific Societies: 

    American Society for Microbiology; Entomological Society of America; Society for Invertebrate Pathology; Society for In Vitro Biology; New York Academy of Science; American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; Sigma Xi.

    Amelia Lindsey
    Assistant Professor

    Insect functional genomics, host-microbe interactions and symbiosis, Wolbachia, Drosophila, parasitoids

    Ian MacRae
    Professor and Extension Entomologist

    Integrated pest management, spatial & temporal distribution and population dynamics of insects, remote sensing, spatial aspects of pesticide resistance.

    Karen Mesce
    Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

    Neurobiology of arthropods and annelids, dopamine neuromodulation, electrophysiology, optical imaging

    Ulrike Munderloh
    Ken Ostlie
    Professor and Extension Entomologist

    Conduct educational program on corn and soybean insects and their management.

    My educational philosophy is to engage farmers, and their advisory ag professionals, in exploring the contemporary management challenges posed by changing insect risks, evolving technologies and dynamic production needs.  These challenges provide an excellent opportunity to teach insect biology, ecology and management at its interface with crop production.   I relish the constantly changing educational situation; every year brings different insect problems. 

    Major foci of my extension activities have changed drastically over the last 10 years: European corn borer has faded from its status as a key pest only to be replaced by corn rootworms as their resistance to crop rotation intensifies.  The invasive soybean aphid arrived in 2001 and changed the face of soybean production.  Changing weather patterns has brought to the forefront other insect problems: bean leaf beetle, two-spotted spider mites and western bean cutworm.  The introduction and rapid adoption of biotechnology has revolutionized corn rootworm and corn borer management.  The necessity for insect resistance management vies with economic and logistical realities that farmers face in deciding their production practices.  The current “insurance approach” towards use of crop inputs, such as Bt-corn, seed treatments and foliar insecticides now pose the greatest single hurdle to extension education programs.

    Activities in my extension program include:

    • preparing educational materials (publications, newsletters, web pages and presentations)
    • teaching farmers and ag professions (county / cluster winter meetings,  short courses, field days, field schools, clinics, and workshops)
    • conducting applied research with extension staff and other ag professionals, and
    • in-service training of extension educators.

    Guest lecturer for departmental and college courses(integrated pest management, insect pathology, sampling, issues in natural resources)

    Matt Petersen
    Teaching Assistant Professor

    Pedagogy and curriculum development, insect systematics and biogeography, sustainable insect systems

    Sujaya Rao
    Professor and Department Head

    Sustainable IPM in cropping systems, behavior and ecology of native bees in agricultural and natural landscapes, entomophagy

    Marla Spivak
    Distinguished McKnight University Professor

    Honey bee social immunity, behavior, breeding


    Additional Graduate Faculty

    Name Email
    Matt Aliota
    Assistant Professor (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences)
    Elizabeth Borer
    Professor (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior)
    Declan Schroeder
    Associate Professor (Veterinary Population Medicine)
    Emilie Snell Rood
    Associate Professor (Ecology, Evolution and Behavior)
    Rob Venette
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Director, Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plant & Pest Center , Research Biologist
    Marlene Zuk
    Regents Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Ecology, Evolution and Behavior

    Emeritus Faculty

    Name Email
    Mark Ascerno
    Professor Emeritus
    Roger Moon
    Professor Emeritus
    Edward Radcliffe
    Professor Emeritus
    David Ragsdale
    Professor Emeritus, Head, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University

    Affiliated with Entomology

    Name Email
    Mark Asplen
    Associate Professor, Department Chair (Department of Natural Sciences, Metropolitan State University)
    Roger Blahnik
    Research Affiliate, Insect Collection
    John Luhman
    Adjunct Assistant Professor (retired)
    Karen Oberhauser
    Professor, Director of The UW Arboretum, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Susan Palchick
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Director, Hennepin County Public Health