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William Robert Morrison Iii (Rob)

Research Entomologist

Dr. Rob Morrison    

Dr. Rob Morrison
Research Entomologist

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.

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Arthur F. H., W. R. Morrison III, and Am C. Morey. 2019. Modeling the potential range expansion of larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae). Sci. Rep. 9: 6862.
Hancock, T. J., D.-H. Lee, J. C. Bergh, W. R. Morrison III, and T. C. Leskey. 2019. Presence of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) on home exteriors during the autumn dispersal period: Results generated by citizen scientists. Agric. Forest Entomol. 21: 99-108.
Kapantaidaki, D. Ev., V. I. Evangelou, W. R. Morrison III, T. C. Leskey, J. Brodeur, and P. Milonas. 2019. Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) genetic diversity in North America and Europe. Insects 10: 174.
Morrison W. R. III, A. Bruce, R. V. Wilkins, C. E. Albin and F. H. Arthur. 2019. Sanitation improves stored product insect pest management. Insects 10: 77.
Nixon, L. J., A. Tabb, W. R. Morrison, K. B. Rice, E. G. Brockerhoff, T. C. Leskey, C. van Koten, S. Goldson, and M. Rostás. 2019. Volatile release, mobility, and mortality of diapausing Halyomorpha halys during simulated shipping movements and temperature changes. J. Pest Sci. Available:
Morrison, W. R. III, B. R. Blaauw, A. L. Nielsen, E. Talamas, and T. C. Leskey. 2018. Predation and parasitism by native and exotic natural enemies of Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) eggs augmented with semiochemicals and differing host stimuli. Biol. Control 121: 140-150.
Morrison, W. R., B. R. Blaauw, B. D. Short, A. L. Nielson, J. C. Bergh, G. Krawczyk, Y.-L. Park, B. Butler, A. Khrimian, and T. C. Leskey. 2018. Successful management of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in commercial apple orchards with an attract-and-kill strategy. Pest Manag. Sci. 75: 104-114.
Morrison, W. R., R. V. Wilkins, A. R. Gerken, D. S. Scheff, K. Y. Zhu, F. H. Arthur, and J. F. Campbell. 2018. Mobility of adult Tribolium castaneum (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) and Rhyzopertha dominica (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) after exposure to long-lasting insecticide-incorporated netting. J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 2443-2453.
Nixon, L. J., W. R. Morrison, K. B. Rice, E. G. Brockerhoff, T. C. Leskey, F. Guzman, A. Khrimian, S. Goldson, and M. Rostas. 2018. Identification of volatiles released by diapausing brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). PloS ONE 13: e0191223.
Rice, K. B., R. H. Bedoukian, G. C. Hamilton, P. Jentsch, A. Khrimian, P. MacLean, W. R. Morrison, B. D. Short, P. Shrewsbury, D. C. Weber, N. Wiman and T. C. Leskey. 2018. Enhanced response of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to its aggregation pheromone with ethyl decatrienoate. J. Econ. Entomol. 111: 495-499.