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Dr. Rob Morrison    

Dr. Rob Morrison
Research Entomologist

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ATTN: Rob Morrison
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

Telephone: 785.776.2796
Fax: 785.537.5584

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Dr. Rob Morrison is a Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS Center for Animal Health and Grain Research in Manhattan, KS. He received his B.A. in biology cum laude from Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, MI, and went on to earn his M.S. in ecology, evolution, and systematics from the University of Munich in Germany. Rob received his Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, where he worked on developing an integrated pest management program for a serious pest of asparagus called the asparagus miner. From 2014-2016, Rob was a post-doctoral researcher with the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station in West Virginia, where he worked on the biological control, behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, and integrated pest management of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. The overarching goal for Rob’s research program is to increase the sustainability of agriculture by reducing insecticide inputs. The current focus for his program includes developing integrated pest management programs for stored product insects by exploiting their behavioral and chemical ecology. Specific techniques being pursued are attract-and-kill, improving trap designs for monitoring, and habitat manipulation.

Abram, P., et al (W. R. Morrison III #35). 2017. Indigenous arthropod natural enemies of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in North America and Europe. J. Pest Sci. 90: 1009-1020.
Bergh, C., W. R. Morrison III, S. V. Joseph, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. Characterizing spring emergence of adult Halyomorpha halys using experimental overwintering shelters and commercial pheromone traps. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 162: 336-345.
Blaauw, B., W. R. Morrison III, C. Mathews, A. L. Nielsen, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. Measuring host plant selection and retention of Halyomorpha halys by a trap crop. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 163: 197-208.
Morrison, W. R., III, A. Acebes-Doria, E. Ogbum, T. P. Kuhar, J. F. Walgenbach, J. C. Bergh, L. Nottingham, A. Dimelgio, P. Hipkins, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. Behavioral response of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to semiochemicals deployed inside and outside anthropogenic structures during the overwintering period. J. Econ. Entomol. 110: 1002-1009.
Morrison, W. R., III, A. N. Bryant, B. Poling, N. Quinn, and T. C Leskey. 2017. Predation of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) from web-building spiders associated with anthropogenic dwellings. J. Insect Behav. 30: 70-85.
Morrison, W. R., III, B. Poling, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. The consequences of sublethal exposure of insecticide on the survivorship and mobility of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). Pest. Manag. Sci. 73: 389–396.
Morrison, W. R., III, M. Allen, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. Behavioral response of the invasive Halyomopha halys (Hemiptera: Petatomidae) to host plant stimuli augmented with semiochemicals in the field. Agr. Forest Entomol. doi:10.1111/afe.12229.
Morrison, W. R., P. Milonas, D. E. Kapantaidaki, M. Cesari, E. Di Bella, R, Guidetti, T. Haye, L. Maistrello, S. T. Moraglio, L. Piemontese, A. Pozzebon, G. Ruocco, B. D. Short, L. Tavella, G. Vetek, and T. C. Leskey. 2017. Attraction of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) haplotypes in North America and Europe to baited traps. Sci. Rpt. 7: 16941.
Weber, D. C., W. R. Morrison III, A. Khrimian, K. Rice, T. C. Leskey, C. Rodriguez-Saona, A. L. Nielsen, and B. R. Blaauw. 2017. Chemical ecology of Halyomorpha halys: Discoveries and applications. J. Pest Sci. 90: 989-1008.
Morrison, W. R., III, A. Ingrao, J. Ali, and Z. Szendrei. 2016. Identification of plant semiochemicals and evaluation of their interactions with insect pests of asparagus. J. Plant Interact. 11: 11-19.