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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
Agrafioti, P., D. L. Brabec, W. R. Morrison, J. F. Campbell, and C. G. Athanassiou. 2021. Scaling recovery of susceptible and resistant stored product insects after short exposures to phosphine by using automated video-tracking software. Pest Manag. Sci. 77: 1245-1255.
Brabec, D. L., W. R. Morrison, J. F. Campbell, F. H. Arthur, A. I. Bruce, and K. M. Yeater. 2021. Evaluation of dosimeter tubes for monitoring phosphine fumigations. J. Stored Prod. Res. 91: 101762.
Gerken, A. R., E. D. Scully, J. F. Campbell and W. R. Morrison. 2021. Effectiveness of long-lasting insecticide netting on Tribolium castaneum is modulated by multiple exposures, biotic, and abiotic factors. Pest Manag. Sci. 77: 1235-1244.
Morrison, W. R., E. D. Scully, and J. F. Campbell. 2021. Towards developing areawide semiochemical-mediated, behaviorally-based integrated pest management programs for stored product insects. Pest Manag. Sci. 77: 2667-2682.
Morrison, W. R., F. H. Arthur, and A. Bruce. 2021. Characterizing and predicting sublethal shifts in mobility by multiple stored product insects over time to an old and novel contact insecticide in three key stored commodities. Pest Manag. Sci. 77: 1990-2006.
Scheff, D. S., A. R. Gerken, W. R. Morrison, J. F. Campbell, F. H. Arthur, and K. Y. Zhu. 2021. Assessing repellency, movement, and mortality of three species of stored product insects after exposure to deltamethrin-incorporated long-lasting polyethylene netting. J. Pest Sci. 94: 885-898.
Wilkins, R. V., J. F. Campbell, K. Y. Zhu, L. A. Starkus, T. McKay, and W. R. Morrison III. 2021. Long-lasting insecticide-incorporated netting and interception traps at pilot-scale warehouses and commercial facilities prevents infestation by stored product beetles. Front. Sustain. Food Syst. 4: 561820.
Arthur, F. H., and W. R. Morrison. 2020. Methodology for assessing progeny production and grain damage on commodities treated with insecticides. Agronomy 10: 804.
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.
Arthur, F. H., W. R. Morrison, and S. Trdan. 2020. Feasibility of using aeration to cool wheat stored in Slovenia: A predictive modeling approach using historical weather. Appl. Sci. 10: 6066.