Research and Extension
agricultural entomology forestry IPM/biological control
plant-insect interactions pollinator health and management/apiculture
population genetics systematics
Bateman Faculty Directory
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.
Dowling Research Webpage
Dowling Faculty Directory
Dr. Fiona Goggin's research program is focused on plant defenses against herbivory,
with an emphasis on mechanisms of resistance against vascular feeders such as aphids
and root-knot nematodes. Vascular feeders can cause massive physiological changes
in their host plant such as galling, and many of these herbivores are also important
vectors of plant pathogens.
Plant Imaging Consortium
Goggin Faculty Directory
As an Urban Entomologist, Dr. Hopkins’ extension program focuses on pest management
education and training for extension clientele in the areas of structural and household
pests, turf and ornamental pests, and fire ant management in the urban environment.
Hopkins Faculty Directory
Dr. Joshi’s program focuses on pollinator health and management 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.
Joshi Faculty Directory
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 the management of imported fire ants.
Loftin Faculty Directory
Dr. Lorenz’ area of expertise is major row crops; specifically cotton, rice, and soybeans.
Lorenz Faculty Directory
Dr. Steinkraus's research focus is the utilization of insect pathogen biological control
in IPM programs for row crops, veterinary pests, turf, and fruit.
Steinkraus Faculty Directory
Dr. Stephen's research involves ecology and dynamics of forest insect populations.
Significant insect/forest systems include southern pine beetle and its competitors,
parasitoids and predators. Additional research has addressed biology, population dynamics,
and impact assessment of red oak borer in the Ozark Mountains. Recent studies also
include biology, distribution, and natural enemies of native Sirex woodwasps.
Stephen Research Webpage
Stephen Faculty Directory
Research in Dr. Szalanski's lab is directed towards molecular diagnostics and genetic
variation of economically important arthropods. Research is also conducted on molecular
diagnostics of pathogens and parasites associated with arthropods. Current research
is focused on termites and honey bees.
Szalanski Research Webpage
Szalanski Faculty Directory
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.
Studebaker Faculty Directory
Dr. Wiedenmann is an ecologist whose experience and expertise is focused on utilization
of insect and weed biological control tactics in integrated pest management strategies.
Wiedenmann Faculty Directory
As the Extension Apiculturist, Jon Zawislak focuses on honey bee management, education, and research. He works with both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers to maintain honey bee health and productivity and trains new and experienced beekeepers in best management practices.He also educates gardeners, growers, pesticide applicators, and the general public about the importance of managed and native pollinators, and how to protect them as a vital ecological resource.