Research and Extension

 Areas of Focus:

Agricultural Entomology, Apiculture, Biological Control, Forestry, IPM, Plant-Insect Interactions, Pollinator Management, Population Genetics, and Systematics


Dr. Batman’s program focuses on educating extension clientele about insect pest management strategies in rice and other crops grown in the Grand Prairie.



Dr. Dowling’s program focuses on understanding the diversity, systematics, evolutionary history, and interactions of arthropods in natural systems. Active projects include taxonomy, phylogenomics, roles of pollinators in agriculture, and landscape epidemiology involving ticks and tickborne diseases.


Dr. Donn Johnson conducts research and extension training on insect behavior, sampling, and alternative management tactics for fruit and pecan arthropod pests. 

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Dr. Joshi’s program focuses on pollinator and IPM research addressing various topics such as pesticide toxicology and risk assessment, conservation of beneficial arthropods/native pollinators in different ecosystems, sampling and monitoring methods for arthropods, ecologically-based pest management, and insect bioecology and development. 

 Dr. Loftin has a joint extension and research appointment and concentrates on livestock, poultry, and forage pest IPM. Additionally, he works with medically important arthropods and in imported fire ant management.

Dr. Lorenz’ area of expertise is major row crops; specifically cotton, rice, and soybeans.

Dr. Steinkraus's research is in biological control with insect pathogens, utilizing them in IPM programs for row crops, veterinary pests, turf, and fruit.  

As Extension Entomologist/IPM Coordinator, Dr. Studebaker oversees the statewide Extension IPM program coordinating with other pest management faculty/disciplines, as well as research and extension programs in row crop entomology.

Dr. Wiedenmann is an ecologist whose experience and expertise have focused on biological control of insects and weeds, and fitting biological control tactics into integrated pest management strategies.