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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Rob Morrison
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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.

Morrison, W. R., Poling, B. and Leskey, T. C. 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, III W.R., 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.
Morrison, III W.R., C. Mathews, and T.C Leskey. 2016. Frequency, efficiency, and physical characteristics of predation by generalist predators of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) eggs. Biol. Control 97: 120-130.
Morrison, III W.R., C.-G. Park, B. Seo, Y.-L. Park, H.G. Kim, K. Rice, D-H. Lee, and T.C Leskey. 2016. Attraction of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in its Asian native range to traps baited with semiochemical stimuli. J. Pest Sci. doi:10.1007/s10340-016-0816-x.
Morrison, III W.R., D.-H. Lee, B. Short, A. Khrimian, and T.C. Leskey. 2016. Establishing the behavioral basis for an attract-and-kill strategy to manage the invasive Halyomorpha halys in apple orchards. J. Pest Sci. 89: 81-96.
Morrison, III W.R., D-H. Lee, W.H. Reissig, D. Combs, K. Leahy, A. Tuttle, D. Cooley, and T.C. Leskey. 2016. Inclusion of specialist and generalist stimuli in attract-and-kill programs: Their relative efficacy in apple maggot fly (Diptera: Tephritidae) pest management. Environ. Entomol. 45: 974 - 982.
Leskey, T.C., A. Agnello, J.C. Bergh, G.P. Dively, G.C. Hamilton, P. Jentsch, A. Khrimian, G. Krawczyk, T.P. Kuhar, D-H. Lee, W.R. Morrison III, et al. 2015. Attraction of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to traps baited with semiochemical stimuli across the United States. Environ. Entomol. 44: 746-756.
Leskey, T.C., A. Khrimian, D.C. Weber, J.C. Aldrich, B.D. Short, D-H Lee, and W.R. Morrison III. 2015. Behavioral responses of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to traps baited with stereoisomeric mixtures of 10,11-epoxy-bisabolen-3-ol. J. Chem. Ecol. 41: 418-429.
Leskey, T.C., D-H. Lee, D.M. Glenn, and W.R. Morrison III. 2015. Behavioral responses of the invasive Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) to light-based stimuli in the laboratory and field. J. Insect Behav. 28: 674-692.
Morrison, III W.R., J.P. Cullum, and T.C. Leskey. 2015. Evaluation of trap design and deployment strategy for capturing Haylomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 1683-1692.


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