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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

David H. Branson (Dave)

Research Entomologist


Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Insect herbivory and vertebrate grazing impact food limitation and grasshopper populations during a severe outbreak Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H., Haferkamp, M.R. 2014. Insect herbivory and vertebrate grazing impact food limitation and grasshopper populations during a severe outbreak. Ecological Entomology. 39(1):371–381.
Heat dosage and oviposition depth influence egg mortality of two common rangeland grasshopper species Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H., Vermeire, L.T. 2013. Heat dosage and oviposition depth influence egg mortality of two common rangeland grasshopper species. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 66(1):110-113.
Effects of nymph-overwintering grasshopper density on Ageneotettix deorum survival in a northern mixed grassland Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2011. Effects of nymph-overwintering grasshopper density on Ageneotettix deorum survival in a northern mixed grassland. Journal of Orthoptera Research. 20(2): 137-139.
Relationships between plant diversity and grasshopper diversity and abundance in the Little Missouri National Grassland Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2011. Relationships between plant diversity and grasshopper diversity and abundance in the Little Missouri National Grassland. Psyche. Vol. 2011, 7 pp., Article ID 748635, DOI:10.1155/2011/748635.
An experimental analysis of grasshopper community responses to fire and livestock grazing in a northern mixed-grass prairie Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H., Sword, G.A. 2010. An experimental analysis of grasshopper community responses to fire and livestock grazing in a northern mixed-grass prairie. Environmental Entomology. 39(5): 1441-1446.
Density-Dependent Effects of an Early Season Insect Herbivore on a Later Developing Insect Herbivore Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2010. Density-Dependent Effects of an Early Season Insect Herbivore on a Later Developing Insect Herbivore. Environmental Entomology. 39(2): 346-350.
Influence of individual body size on reproductive traits in Melanopline grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2009. Influence of Individual Body Size on Reproductive Traits in Melanopline Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Journal of Orthoptera Research. 17(2):259-263.
Influence of a large late summer precipitation event on food limitation and grasshopper population dynamics in a northern Great Plains grassland Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2008. Influence of a large late summer precipitation event on food limitation and grasshopper population dynamics in a northern Great Plains grassland. Environmental Entomology. 37(3):686-695.
Grasshopper herbivory affects native plant diversity and abundance in a grassland dominated by the exotic grass Agropyron cristatum Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H., Sword, G.A. 2009. Grasshopper Herbivory Affects Native Plant Diversity and Abundance in a Grassland Dominated by the Exotic Grass Agropyron cristatum. Restoration Ecology. 17(1):89-96.
Effects of fall fire and livestock grazing on grasshopper populations in the Little Missouri National Grassland - (Abstract Only) - (09-Jan-07)
Grasshopper Egg Mortality Mediated by Oviposition Tactics and Fire Intensity Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, David H. and Vermeire, Lance T. 2007. Grasshopper egg mortality mediated by oviposition tactics and fire intensity. Ecological Entomology. 32(1): 128–134.
Grasshopper host-plant selection influences seedling recruitment of native plants in an exotic dominated grassland - (Abstract Only) - (29-Jul-06)
Sustainable management of insect herbivores in grassland ecosystems: New perspectives in grasshopper control Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H., Joern, A., Sword, G.A. 2006. Sustainable management of insect herbivores in grassland ecosystems: New perspectives in grasshopper control. Bioscience. 56:743-755.
Grasshoppers and Crickets - (Book / Chapter)
Johnson, D.L., Branson, D.H. 2007. Grasshoppers and Crickets. In: Lamp, W., Lamp, Berberet, R., Higley, L., Baird, C. Handbook of Forage and Rangeland Insects. Saint Paul, MN. APS Press. p. 67-76.
Effects of Summer Fire and Post-Fire Grazing on Grasshopper Abundance and Species Composition - (Abstract Only)
Branson, D.H., Vermeire, L.T. 2006. Effects of summer fire and post-fire grazing on grasshopper abundance and species composition. Society for Range Management. Abstract 59:44.
Direct and Indirect Effects of Avian Predation on Grasshopper Communities in Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2005. Direct and indirect effects of avian predation on grasshopper communities in northern mixed-grass prairie. Environmental Entomology. 34(5):1114-1121.
Direct and Indirect Effects of Avian Predation on Grasshopper Communities in Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2005. Direct and indirect effects of avian predation on grasshopper communities in northern mixed-grass prairie. Environmental Entomology. 34(5):1114-1121.
Effects of Fire on Grasshopper Populations and Vegetation in a Northern Mixed-Grass Prairie - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2005. Effects of fire on grasshopper populations and vegetation in a northern mixed-grass prairie. Environmental Entomology. 34(5):1109-1113.
Grasshopper Egg Mortality Explained by Laying Strategy and Fire Intensity - (Popular Publication)
Branson, D.H., Vermeire, L.T. 2005. Grasshopper egg mortality explained by laying strategy and fire intensity. 2005. Research Update for Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory. p. 51-52.
2005 Research Update - (Popular Publication)
Vermeire, L.T., Geary, T.W., Grings, E.E., Haferkamp, M.R., Heitschmidt, R.K., Macneil, M.D., Rinella, M.J., Alexander, L.J., Roberts, A.J., Waterman, R.C., Branson, D.H. 2005. 2005 research update. Research Update for Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory. 57 pgs.
Life-History Responses of Ageneotettix Deorum (Orthoptera: Acrididae) to Host Plant Availability and Population Density Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2006. Life-history responses of ageneotettix deorum (Scudder) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) to host plant availability and population density. Journal of Kansas Entomological Society. 79(2):146-155.
Ecological Research As a Needed Driver for Preventative Management of Acridids - (Abstract Only)
Branson, D. H. 2005. Ecological research as a needed driver for preventative management of acridids. Metaleptea 25:27.
Relative Importance of Nymphal and Adult Resource Availability on Reproductive Allocation in Melanoplus Sanguinipes (Orthoptera: Acrididae) - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Branson, D.H. 2004. Relative importance of nymphal and adult resource availability on reproductive allocation in melanoplus sanguinipes (orthoptera: acrididae). Journal of Orthoptera Research. 13(2):239–245.
Responses of Grasshoppers to Livestock Grazing: Habitat Manipulation by Mammalian Herbivores - (Abstract Only)
Branson, D. H. Responses of grasshoppers to livestock grazing: Habitat manipulation by mammalian herbivores. XII International Congress of Entomology. Abstract No. S7F108.
Effects of Sheep Grazing on Grasshopper Population Dynamics and Rangeland Vegetation - (Popular Publication)
BRANSON, D.H., HAFERKAMP, M.R. EFFECTS OF SHEEP GRAZING ON GRASSHOPPER POPULATION DYNAMICS AND RANGELAND VEGETATION. RESEARCH UPDATE FOR FORT KEOGH LIVESTOCK AND RANGE RESEARCH LABORATORY. p. 19-20. 2003.
The Effects of Fire and Livestock Grazing on Grasshopper Population Dynamics: An Ongoing Investigation - (Abstract Only)
Branson, D.H. and G.A. Sword. 2004. The effects of fire and livestock grazing on grasshopper population dynamics: An ongoing investigation. Society for Range Management Abstracts 57:45.
The Role of Grazing Management in Reducing Grasshopper Outbreaks - (Abstract Only) - (29-Apr-03)
Reproduction and Survival in Melanoplus Sanguinipes (Orthoptera: Acrididae) in Response to Resource Availability and Population Density: the Role of Exploitative Competition - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
BRANSON, D.H. REPRODUCTION AND SURVIVAL IN MELANOPLUS SANGUINIPES (ORTHOPTERA: ACRIDIDAE) IN RESPONSE TO RESOURCE AVAILABILITY AND POPULATION DENSITY: THE ROLE OF EXPLOITATIVE COMPETITION. THE CANADIAN ENTOMOLOGIST. 2003. V. 135. P. 415-426.
Effects of a Parasite Mite on Life-History Variation in Two Grasshopper Species - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
BRANSON, D.H. EFFECTS OF A PARASITE MITE ON LIFE-HISTORY VARIATION IN TWO GRASSHOPPER SPECIES. Evolutionary Ecology Research. 2003. V. 5. P. 397-409.
The Effects of Rangeland Fire on Grasshopper Populations and Vegetation in a Northern Mixed Grass Prairie - (Abstract Only)
BRANSON, D.H. THE EFFECTS OF RANGELAND FIRE ON GRASSHOPPER POPULATIONS AND VEGETATION IN A NORTHERN MIXED GRASS PRAIRIE. SOCIETY FOR RANGE MANAGEMENT MEETING ABSTRACTS. 2003. V. 56. PAPER NUMBER 30.
Grasshopper and Sheep Herbivory Impacts on Grasshopper Population Dynamics, Vegetation and Nitrogen Availability: Results from a Two Year Experiment - (Abstract Only)
BRANSON, D.H., HAFERKAMP, M.R. GRASSHOPPER AND SHEEP HERBIVORY IMPACTS ON GRASSHOPPER POPULATION DYNAMICS, VEGETATION AND NITROGEN AVAILABILITY: RESULTS FROM A TWO YEAR EXPERIMENT. ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA BULLETIN. V.83, P. 324. 2002.
Effects of the Timing and Intensity of Sheep Grazing on Grasshopper Populations - (Proceedings) - (13-Feb-02)
Multi-Year Effects of the Timing and Intensity of Sheep Grazing on Grasshopper Populations - (Abstract Only)
BRANSON, D.H., HAFERKAMP, M.R. MULTI-YEAR EFFECTS OF THE TIMING AND INTENSITY OF SHEEP GRAZING ON GRASSHOPPER POPULATIONS. SOCIETY FOR RANGE MANAGEMENT MEETING ABSTRACTS. 2002. V. 55. P. 288.
Effects of Grasshopper Densities and Climate Conditions on Grasshopper Survival and Reproduction - (Abstract Only)
BRANSON, D.H. EFFECTS OF GRASSHOPPER DENSITIES AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS ON GRASSHOPPER SURVIVAL AND REPRODUCTION. METALEPTEA. V. 21, P. 41. 2001.
Effects of the Timing and Intensity of Livestock Grazing on Grasshopper Population Dynamics During a Grasshopper Outbreak - (Abstract Only)
BRANSON, D.H., HAFERKAMP, M.R. EFFECTS OF THE TIMING AND INTENSITY OF LIVESTOCK GRAZING ON GRASSHOPPER POPULATION DYNAMICS DURING A GRASSHOPPER OUTBREAK. METALEPTEA. V.21, P. 96. 2001.
Last Modified: 11/7/2013
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