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Robert N. Wiedenmann

Robert N. Wiedenmann


IPM Biological Control

Director Experiment Station


Phone: 479-575-2476

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Dr. Wiedenmann has conducted basic and applied research on biological control of insects and weed pests, and on the biology of parasitic and predaceous insects. His interests include biological control of insects and weeds; and issues concerning biofuel crops, invasion biology and pest management.

Biological Control of Insects and Weeds, Invasive Species

B.S., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Purdue University, 1985

Ph.D., Entomology, Purdue University, 1990. 

(Since 2006)

  • Wiedenmann, R. N., A. P. G. Dowling and J. K. Barnes.  2014.  What is the value of your insect collection?  American Entomologist 60:102-104.
  • Wiedenmann, R. N. 2014.  Presidential Address: The things that count.  American Entomologist 60:3-4.  
  • Wiedenmann, R. N.  2011.   Contributions of Robert (Bob) J, O’Neil to the field of predaceous Heteroptera.  Biological Control 59: 3-5.
  • Raghu, S., J. L. Spencer, A. S. Davis, and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2011. Ecological considerations in the sustainable development of terrestrial biofuel crops. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3:15-23.
  • Boehmer, R. F., R. N. Wiedenmann, J. J. Obrycki, B. Bonning and R. J. O’Neil.  2011.  Use of distance education to teach specialty science courses – an example from teaching biological control at three land-grant universities.  North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Journal 55(1): 84-86.
  • Trout, R. T., C. R. Minteer, G. R. Pallipparambil, R. Magnus and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2010. A Perspective on Education in Research Ethics for Entomology Graduate Students. American Entomologist 56: 204-211.
  • Raghu, S., J. L. Spencer, A. S. Davis and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2010. Ecological considerations in the sustainable development of terrestrial biofuel crops. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 3: 1-9.
  • Wood, T. N., M. Richardson, D. A. Potter, D. T. Johnson, R. N. Wiedenmann and D. C. Steinkraus. 2009. Ovipositional preferences of the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae) among warm- and cool-season turfgrass species. Journal Economic Entomology 102:2192-2197.
  • Duguma, D. D., T. J. Kring and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2009. Seasonal dynamics of Urophora quadrifasciata on spotted knapweed in the Arkansas Ozarks. Canadian Entomologist 141:70-79.
  • Dudley, M. P., J.A.D. Parrish, S. L. Post, C. G. Helm and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2009. The effects of fertilization and time of cutting on regeneration and seed production of Dipsacus laciniatus (Dipsacacae). Natural Areas Journal 29:140-145.
  • Bartelt, R. J., A. A. Cosse, B. W. Zilkowski, R. N. Wiedenmann and S. Raghu. 2008. Early-summer pheromone biology of Galerucella calmariensis and relationship to dispersal and colonization. Biol. Contr. 46: 409-416.
  • Moser, S. E., M. Alleyne, R. N. Wiedenmann and L. M. Hanks. 2008. Influence of experience on multiparasitism and oviposition behavior in two potential parasitoid competitors. Environmental Entomology, in press.
  • O’Neil, R. J., and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2008. The Midwest Institute of Biological Control: 17 years of a different kind of distance education. American Entomologist 54: 6-9.
  • Wiedenmann, R.N., S.L. Post, M.R. Jeffords and D.J. Voegtlin. 2007. Biocontrol for everyman: public participation in a weed project, pp. 92-104. In Vincent, C., M.S. Goettel, and G. Lazarovits (eds.) Biological Control; A Global Perspective, CABI, Oxfordshire, UK.
  • Lundgren, J. G. and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2007. Leafminers, pp. 79-81. In: Lamp, W. O., R. C. Berberet, L. G. Higley and C. R. Baird (Eds). Handbook of forage and rangeland insects. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, Maryland.
  • Raghu, S., R. C. Anderson, C. Daehler, A. S. Davis, R.N. Wiedenmann, D. Simberloff and R. N. Mack. 2006. Adding biofuels to the invasive species fire? Science 313: 1742.
  • Wiedenmann, R. N. 2006. Non-target feeding by Galerucella calmariensis on sandbar willow (Salix interior) in Illinois. Great Lakes Entomologist 38: 100-103.
  • Kuhlmann, U., P. G. Mason, H. L. Hinz, B. Blossey, R. A. De Clerck-Floate, L. M. Dosdall, J. P. McCaffrey, M. Schwarzlaender, O. Olfert, J. Brodeur, A. Gassmann, A. S. McClay and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2006. Avoiding conflicts between insect and weed biological control: selection of non-target species to assess host specificity of cabbage seedpod weevil parasitoids. Journal of Applied Entomology 130: 129-141.
  • Bartelt, R. J., A. A. Cossé, B. W. Zilkowski, D. Weisleder, S. H. Grode, R. N. Wiedenmann, and S. L. Post. 2006. Dimethylfuran-lactone pheromone from males of Galerucella calmariensis and Galerucella pusilla. Journal of Chemical Ecology 32: 693-712.
  • Wiedenmann, R. N. and J. W. Smith, Jr. 2006. Use of ablated stalks to assess field rates of parasitism of Diatraea saccharalis (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) by Cotesia flavipes (Hymenoptera: Braconidae). Biocontrol Science and Technology 16: 37-48.
  • Duan, J. J., M. S. Paradise, J. G. Lundgren, J. Bookout, C. Jiang, and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2006. Assessing non-target impacts of Bt corn resistant to corn rootworms: tier-1 testing with larvae of Poecilus chalcites (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Environmental Entomology 35: 135-142.
  • Duan, J. J., M. S. Paradise, J. G. Lundgren and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2006. Transgenic crops and ground beetles as non-target organisms: developing dietary toxicity assays for larvae of Poecilus chalcites (Coleoptera: Carabidae). American Entomologist 51: 227-230.
  • Rector, B. G., V. Harizanova, R. Sforza, T. Widmer and R. N. Wiedenmann. 2006. Prospects for successful biological control of teasels, Dipsacus spp., a new target in the United States. Biological Control 36: 1-14. 
  • 2005-2014 Head, Department of Entomology
  • 2013-15 Member, Executive Board, Council of Scientific Society Presidents
  • 2012-13 President, Entomological Society of America
  • 2010-14 Governing Board and Presidential Line (VP-elect, VP, President, Past-President), Entomological Society of America
  • 2007-08 President, Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section, Entomological Society of America
  • 2014 Chair, Academic Review Team, Department of Entomology, Texas A & M University
  • 2012 Chair, Review Team, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, University of Tennessee