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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Richard W. Mankin

Research Entomologist

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Richard Mankin

Research Entomologist


1700 SW 23rd Drive

Gainesville, Florida  32608-1069


352 374-5774

My research focuses on detecting and controlling hidden insect infestations.
 I also work on questions about how insects use the senses of smell and sound in communication.

 What's  New?

wav files of insect sounds
Link to publications.pdf


Curriculum Vitae

Richard W. Mankin - - Curriculum Vitae





Date Awarded

University of Florida




University of Florida




New Mexico State University




New Mexico State University





Present Position:

Research Entomologist, US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology (CMAVE). Responsible for developing detection and population monitoring technologies and strategies for control of hidden insect pests.

Research Experience:

1980-present                Research Entomologist, USDA ARS CMAVE, Gainesville, FL

1979-1980                   Research Associate, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Honors and Awards:

Awarded sabbatical at the National Center for Physical Acoustics, Oxford, MS, to investigate acoustic techniques with potential for use in insect detection devices, 1990.

Association of Operative Millers Certificate of Appreciation for support of the programs of the Food Protection Committee, 2001.

USDA Certificates of Merit:

        For Contributions to a Field Test of the ALFID Insect Detection System, 1996

        For Outstanding Assistance Given to CMAVE in Conversion to a New Server, 2002

USDA-APHIS Certificate of Appreciation for support of the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle Incident Command and for assistance in developing acoustic detection methods for identifying Oryctes rhinoceros, 2008

South Atlantic Area EEO/CR Award, “For his leadership in both influencing policies concerning disabilities and for assisting disabled individuals; he has shared his talents and compassion at many levels,” 2008.

Grants Received:


1)     ARS funds to develop a microcomputer-based data acquisition and analysis system for insect olfactory neurons, 1982, $39,000 (group award)

2)     Awards from National and Area funds to support a Postdoctoral Research Associateship, 1983-84, $70,000 (group award).

3)     Federal Grain Inspection Service award to develop an acoustical insect detection and analysis system to count the number of insects in grain samples, 1990, $30,000 (group award).

4)     Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agreement No. 58-6615-8-013, “Eavesdropping on Soil Insect Pests: Acoustic Mapping as a Monitoring Tool,” 1997, $114,105.

5)     Citrus Production Research Marketing Order, Agreement No. 58-6615-8-020, “Listening to the Larvae: Acoustic Detection of Diaprepes abbreviatus,” 1998, $22,620.

6)     Horticultural Research Institute, for “Development of an Acoustic System for Detection of Black Vine Weevil in Commercial Ornamental Nurseries,” 1999, $5,000.

7)     Northwest Nursery Crops Research Center, for “Acoustic Technology to Detect Insects in Nursery Container Crops,” 1999, $12,000.

8)     Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund, project # IS-3137-99, “Male Song as a Tool for Trapping Female Fruit Flies,” 1999, $100,000.

9)     Northwest Nursery Crops Research Center, for “Acoustic Technology to Detect Insects in Nursery Container Crops II,” 2000, $29,000.           

10)   Northwest Nursery Crops Research Center for “Handheld Acoustic System to Detect Insects in Nursery Container Crops,” 2001, $30,000.

11)   Macquarie University, NSW, Sydney Australia, Visiting Research Scholarship to conduct comparative research on medfly and Queensland fruit fly acoustic courtship, 2003, $6,400, and 2006, $6,400.

12)   University of Reading, Reading UK, travel grant to attend International Workshop on Root Herbivory, “Integrative approaches for the investigation of root herbivory in sustainable agricultural systems.” 2004. $2,100.

13)   New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, travel grant to attend RASEM2 2005 Symposium, 2005. $1,500.

14)  BSES, LTD, MacKay Australia, travel grant to conduct experiments on canegrub infestations in sugarcane, 2007, $5,000.

15)  Horticulture Research Institute, grant to conduct research on temporal patterns of Asian longhorned beetle larval activity in trees, 2007, $10,000.

16)  Western IPM Center, UC-Davis, Special Issues grant to conduct research on acoustic detection of coconut rhinoceros beetles in Guam, 2008, $4,500.

17)  Cooperator with Rob Jones and Roman Machan of Sigma Space Corporation on successfully funded, USDA SBIR phase I proposal "Identification and Classification of Invasive Insects Using Audible Signals" 2008, $80,000.

18)  Contractor on SBIR grant to Sameer Singhal, CFD Research Corp, Huntsville, AL to develop methods using insects for early warning against toxic gases, $5,000, 2009.

19)  Saudi Arabia Basic Industries, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia travel grant to participate in a workshop, “Red Palm Weevil: The Challenge.” 2010, $7.500.

20)  APHIS, Miami, FL travel grant to conduct research on acoustic detection of red palm weevil in Curacao and Aruba. 2010, $4,000.


Refereed Publications (Last 4 Years):

Note: These can be viewed at


Mankin, R. W., Mizrach, A., Hetzroni, A., Levsky, S., Nakache, Y., and Soroker, V. Temporal and spectral features of sounds of wood-boring beetle larvae: identifiable patterns of activity enable improved discrimination from background noise. Fla. Entomol. 91: 241-248. 2008.


Mankin, R. W., Smith, M. T., Tropp, J. M., Atkinson, E. B., and Jong, D. Y.  Detection of Anoplophora glabripennis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) larvae in different host trees and tissues by automated analyses of sound-impulse frequency and temporal patterns.  J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 838-849. 2008.


Wenninger, E. J., Hall, D. G., and Mankin, R. W.  Vibrational communication between the sexes in Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae).  Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 102: 547-555. 2009.


Mankin, R. W., Moore, A., Samson, P. R., and Chandler, K. J. Acoustic characteristics of dynastid beetle stridulations. Fla. Entomol. 92: 123-133. 2009.


Mankin R. W., Samson, P. R., and Chandler, K. J. Acoustic detection of Melolonthine larvae in Australian sugarcane. J. Econ. Entomol. 102: 1523-1535. 2009.


Lampson, B., Han, Y., Khalilian, A., Greene, J., Mankin, R. W., and Foreman, E. Characterization of substrate-borne vibrational signals of Euschistus servus (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Am. J. Agric. Biol. Sci. 5: 32-36. 2010.


Mankin, R. W., and Moore, A. Acoustic detection of Oryctes rhinoceros (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and Nasutitermes luzonicus (Isoptera: Termitidae) in palm trees of urban Guam. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 1135-1143. 2010.


Mankin, R. W., Hodges, R. D., Nagle, H. T., Schal, C., Pereira, R. M., and Koehler, P. G. Acoustic indicators for targeted detection of stored product and urban insect pests by inexpensive infrared, acoustic, and vibrational detection of movement. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 1636-1646. 2010.


Ulyshen, M. D., Mankin, R. W., Chen, Y, Duan, J. J. Poland, T. M., and Bauer, L. S. Role of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) larval vibrations in host-quality assessment by Tetrastichus planipennisi (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 81-86. 2011.


Mankin, R. W., Hagstrum, D. W., Smith, M. T., Roda, A. L., and Kairo, M. T. K. Perspective and promise: a century of insect acoustic detection and monitoring. Amer. Entomol. 57: 30-44. 2011.


Sanders, W. R., Liburd, O. E., Mankin, R. W., Meyer, W. L., and Stelinski, L. L. Applications and mechanisms of wax-based semiochemical dispenser technology for disruption of grape root borer mating. J. Econ. Entomol. (In Press) 2011.


Sanders, W. R., Mankin, R. W., Liburd, O. E., and Stelinski, L. L. Acoustic detection of arthropod infestation of grape roots: Scouting for grape root borer (Lepidoptera: Sesiidae). Fla. Entomol. (In Press) 2011.


Nonrefereed Publications-last 4 years


Epsky, N. E., Morrill, W. L., and Mankin, R. W. Traps for capturing insects, pp. 3387-3901 in J. L. Capinera (ed.) Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd Edition Volume 4, Springer, NY, NY.  . 2008 (Book Chapter)


Mankin, R. W., Johnson, S. N., Grinev, D. V., and Gregory, P. J. Chapter 2: New experimental techniques for studying root herbivores., pp 20-32 in S. N. Johnson and P. J. Murray (Eds.), Root feeders, an ecosystem perspective, CABI, Oxon, UK. 2008 (Book Chapter)


Egan, M., and Mankin, R. W. Female Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) response to the vibration component of male wing-fanning signals, pp. 36-41 in Proc. 8th Int. Symposium on Fruit Flies of Economic Importance, Sept. 26-Oct. 1, 2010, Valencia, Spain. (Refereed Proceedings)


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