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William Robert Morrison Iii (Rob)

Research Entomologist


Dr. Rob Morrison    

Dr. Rob Morrison
Research Entomologist

USDA-ARS-CGAHR-SPIERU
ATTN: Rob Morrison
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS  66502

william.morrison@usda.gov
Telephone: 785.776.2796
Fax: 785.537.5584
www.ars.usda.gov/pa/cgahr/spieru/morrison


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RESEARCH INTERESTS

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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RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Arthur, F. H., C. G Athanassiou, and W. R. Morrison III. 2020. Mobility of stored product beetles after exposure to a combination insecticide containing deltamethrin, methoprene, and a piperonyl butoxide synergist depends on species, concentration, and exposure time. Insects 11: 151.
Domingue, M. J., W. R. Morrison III, K. M. Yeater, and S. W. Myers. 2020. Oleic acid emitted from frozen Trogoderma spp. larvae causes conspecific behavioral aversion. Chemoecology 3. 10.1007/s00049-020-00307-3.
Morrison III, W. R., A. Lanba, B. Hall, and A. Bruce. 2020. Novel implementation of laser ablation tomography as an alternative technique to assess gain quality and internal insect development in stored products. J. Stored Prod. Res. 86: 101552.
Morrison III, W. R., R. F. Grosdidier, F. H. Arthur, S. W. Myers, and M. J. Domingue. 2020. Attraction, arrestment, and preference by immature Trogoderma variabile and Trogoderma granarium to food and pheromonal stimuli. J. Pest Sci. 93: 135-147.
Quellhorst, H., C. G. Athanassiou, A. I. Bruce, E. D. Scully, and W. R. Morrison III. 2020. Temperature-mediated competition between the invasive larger grain borer, Prostephanus truncatus (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) and the cosmopolitan maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Environmental Entomology 49: 255-264.
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 III, W. R., N. L. Larson, D. Brabec, and A. Zhang. 2019. Methyl benzoate as a putative alternative, environmentally friendly fumigant for the control of stored product insects. J. Econ. Entomol. 112: 2458-2468.
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.