Dr. Bob Wright

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Research & Extension Entomologist
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
213 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
Phone: (402) 472-2128
FAX: (402) 472-4687
Field Crops Entomology Research - Clay Center:
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Appointment: 50% Extension, 50% Research


  1. B.A. in Zoology, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1975
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Arizona, 1977
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, North Carolina State University, 1981
Professional Responsibilities and Activities:
  • Conduct research and Extension programs on insect pest management of field crops. Currently working primarily on corn and soybean insects.
  • Coordinator of Nebraska Extension IPM programs
  • Member of NCERA 222, USDA Regional Committee on IPM
  • Member of NCERA-220, Regional Committee on Arthropod Biological Control
  • ESA National committees:
    2002 Student Competition Chair
    2003 Program Chair
    2004 Poster Session Chair
    2005-2009 Editorial Board, American Entomologist
    2009-2010 Membership Committee
  • 2012 North Central Branch ESA, Program Chair
  • North Central Branch ESA, Executive Committee, At-large Member, 2014 - 2016
Fifty-seven refereed journal articles, five book chapters, two research bulletins and numerous scientific abstracts dealing with biology and integrated pest management of insect pests of corn, sorghum, wheat, cotton, potatoes, turf and ornamental crops.
See http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/entomologyfacpub/ for publications available online.


Notable Distinctions:
  • Outstanding Young Scientist, University of Nebraska Chapter, Sigma Xi, 1990.
  • Excellence in Team Programming Award, Corn Lethal Necrosis Team, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension, 1991.
  • IANR Team Award, Mid-Nebraska Water Quality Demonstration Project Team, 1995.
  • Selected for National Extension Leadership Development program in North-Central Region, 1996-97 Class.
  • North Central Branch Nominee for Entomological Society of America Award of Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, 1997.
  • 2000 Specialists Section, Distinguished Service Award, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association.
  • 2007 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Award, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society.
  • 2009 Educational Project Award, The Grasshoppers of Nebraska, Board Certified Entomologists of Mid-America, ESA
  • 2011 IPM Team Award, Entomological Foundation.
  • 2015 North Central Branch ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension
  • 2015 Educational Project Award, Corn Rootworm Management in the Transgenic Era, Board Certified  Entomologists of Mid-America, ESA
  • 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension, ESA

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