Dr. John Foster (Emeritus)

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Dr. John E. Foster
Emeritus Research & Extension Entomologist
Office: 211 Entomology Hall
Mailing Address:
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Department of Entomology
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
Phone: (402) 472-8686
FAX: (402) 472-4687

  1. B.A. in Biology, Central Methodist College, 1964
  2. M.S. in Entomology, University of Missouri, 1966
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, Purdue University, 1971


Published over 150 refereed journal articles and research bulletins, 4 book chapters and 30 extension bulletins and other publications dealing with insect and plant genetics, crop protection and sustainable agriculture. Released 9 germplasm lines, 8 cultivars and published on 9 crops.

Notable Distinctions:

  1. Outstanding Scientist Award, Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, 1998.
  2. Crops and Soils Award of Merit, Indiana Crop Improvement Association 1988.
  3. Who's Who in Technology, 6th Edition.
  4. Who's Who in Frontiers of Science, 1st Edition.
  5. Who's Who in the Midwest, 18th Edition.
  6. Who's Who in American Men and Women, 13th Edition.

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Insect Science major Earl Agpawa (conducting undergraduate research with Joe Louis and Eileen Hebets) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Undergraduate Student Achievement Award.This is a national award that recognizes outstanding accomplishments in entomology by an undergraduate student working with insect-plant interactions. Congratulations, Earl!
  • PhD student Sajjan Grover (mentored by Joe Louis) was named the 2020 winner of the ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems Kenneth and Barbara Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award. This is a national award recognizing a graduate student for outstanding work in the area of host plant resistance. Congratulations, Sajjan!
  • Dr. Joe Louis receives a grant to study resistance in sorghum to fall armyworm
  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!