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Tracy C Leskey

Supervisory Research Entomologist

Dr. Tracy C. Leskey 
Appalachian Fruit Research Station
Director/Research Leader

Research Entomologist 


Curriculum Vitae


Education and Degrees

2000 Ph.D. Entomology. University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA Dissertation: Olfactory and Visual Stimuli Guiding Adult Plum Curculios, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), to Host Plants.

1995 M.S. Ecology. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA . Thesis: Influence of flowering of Acer saccharum on reproduction of Taeniothrips inconsequens (Uzel) (Thysanoptera:Thripidae).

1990 B.S. Biology. Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA
Honors Project: Presence of concretions in Malphigian tubules in an unidentified species of cranefly (Diptera: Tipulidae): light and transmission electron microscopy studies.


Leskey Laboratory Publications

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Current Projects

Our research program is focused on developing effective monitoring tools and management strategies for invasive and persistent native arthropod pests in temperate fruit production to increase ecological and economic sustainability. Currently, we have projects targeting the invasive brown marmorated stink bug and spotted lanternfly, and persistent native pests, plum curculio and apple maggot fly.  To learn more about our work, contact us.