Research and Extension

 Focus Areas:

agricultural entomology   forestry   IPM/biological control     

plant-insect interactions   pollinator health and management/apiculture

population genetics   systematics

 zombie beetle

Dr. Batman’s program focuses on educating extension clientele about insect pest management strategies in rice and other crops grown in the Grand Prairie.
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. Donn Johnson conducts research and extension training on insect behavior, sampling, and alternative management tactics for arthropod pests of fruit and pecan.
Johnson Research Webpage
Johnson 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.