Dr. John Ruberson

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Professor and Head
Department of Entomology
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
103 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
Phone: (402) 472-8683
FAX: (402) 472-4687
Email: jruberson2@unl.edu


Appointment:  100% Administration

  1. B.S. in Biology Teaching, Brigham Young University, 1982
  2. M.S. in Zoology, Brigham Young University, 1984
  3. Ph.D. in Entomology, minor in Plant Pathology, Cornell University, 1989

Professional Responsibilities and Research Emphasis:

My current responsibilities are focused on administering the department as department head. My research interests are in the areas of (1) biological control of arthropod pests, (2) interactions of arthropod natural enemies with crop production practices, (3) integrated pest management, (4) sustainable agriculture, and (5) ecology of insect predators and parasitoids.

Courses Taught:
  • Insects and People
  • Biological Control
  • General Entomology
  • Principles of Integrated Pest Management

Selected Recent Publications:
  • Athey, K, JR Ruberson, D Olson, JD Harwood. 2019. Predation on stink bugs (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in cotton and soybean agroecosystems. PLoS ONE 14(3):e0214325. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214325
  • Ruberson, JR. 2019. Will Whitcomb: Entomologist and old-school naturalist. Florida Entomologist 102(3): 1-5.
  • Olson, DM, KR Prescott, AR Zeilinger, S Hou, AW Coffin, CM Smith, JR Ruberson, DA Andow. 2018. Landscape effects on reproduction of Euschistus servus (Hemptera: Pentatomidae), a mobile, polyphagous, multivoltine arthropod herbivore. Environmental Entomology 47: 660-668.
  • Olson, DM, AR Zeilinger, KR Prescott, AW Coffin, JR Ruberson, DA Andow. 2018. Landscape effects on Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) and Geocoris spp. (Hemiptera: Geocoridae), two important omnivorous arthropod taxa in field crops. Environmental Entomology 47: 1057-1063.
  • Khan, M, JR Ruberson. 2017. Lethal effects of selected novel pesticides on immature stages of Trichogramma pretiosum (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae). Pest Management Science 73: 2465-2472.
  • Nechols, JR, JJ Obrycki, JR Ruberson, LR Milbrath, GS Albuquerque, Y-F Chang, J Lopez-Arroyo. 2017. Integrating science with practice: A tribute to the life and work of Maurice J. Tauber. American Entomologist 63: 251-258.
  • Wickings, KW, JR Ruberson. 2016. Impact of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, on egg predation at the soil surface and in cotton foliage. Annals of Applied Biology 169(3): 319-328.
  • Olson, DM, JR Ruberson, DA Andow. 2016. Relative longevity of adult Nezara viridula (Hemiptera: Penatatomidae) in field cages of cotton, peanut and soybean. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 159: 30-36.
  • Cottrell, TE, BW Wood, CM Paulsen, X Ni, JR Ruberson. 2015. Distribution of the Black pecan aphid on pecan leaf surfaces: an overview. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 1070: 159-165.
  • Khan, M, H Khan, JR Ruberson. 2015. Lethal and behavioral effects of selected novel pesticides on adults of Trichogramma pretiosum (Trichogrammatidae: Hymenoptera). Pest Management Science 71: 1640-1648.
  • Chen, Y, JR Ruberson, X Ni. 2014. Influence of host plant nitrogen fertilization on haemolymph protein profiles of herbivore Spodoptera exigua and development of its endoparasitoid Cotesia marginiventris. Biological Control 70: 9-16.
  • Rodrigues, ARS, JR Ruberson, JB Torres, HAA Siqueira, JG Scott. 2013. Pyrethroid resistance and its inheritance in a field population of Hippodamia convergens (Guérin-Méneville) (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology 105: 135-143.
  • Hagenbucher, S, FL Wackers, FE Wettstein, DM Olson, JR Ruberson, J Romeis. 2013. Pest tradeoffs in technology: Reduced damage by caterpillars in Bt cotton benefits aphids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Biological Sciences 280:
  • Gardner, WA, HB Peeler, J LaForest, PM Roberts, AN Sparks, Jr., JK Greene, D Reisig, DR Suiter, JS Bacheler, K Kidd, CH Ray, XP Hu, RC Kemerait, EA Scocco, JE Eger, JR Ruberson, EJ Sikora, DA Herbert, C Campana, S Halbert, Sd Stewart, GD Buntin, MD Toews, CT Bargeron. 2013. Confirmed distribution and occurrence of Megacopta cribraria (F.) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Plataspidae) in the southeastern United States. Journal of Entomological Science 48(2): 118-127.
  • Hagenbucher, S, DM Olson, JR Ruberson, FL Wäckers, J Romeis. 2013. Resistance mechanisms against arthropod herbivores in cotton and their interactions with natural enemies. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences 32: 458-482.
  • Ruberson, JR, K Takasu, GD Buntin, JE Eger, WA Gardner, JK Greene, TM Jenkins, WA Jones, DM Olson, PM Roberts, DR Suiter, and MD Toews. 2013. From Asian curiosity to eruptive American pest: Megacopta cribraria (Hemiptera: Plataspidae) and prospects for its biological control. Applied Entomology and Zoology 48: 3-13.

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Congratulations to all of our student winners at the ESA National Meeting - Andrea Rilaković, 1st Place Undergrad Virtual Poster, Sajjan Grover, 2nd Place Grad Infographic, Jeffrey Cluever, 2nd Place Grad Infographic, Earl Agpawa, 2nd Place Undergrad Poster, Timothy Dang, 2nd Place Grad Poster, Annie Krueger, 1st Place Grad Poster and 1st Place 3-Minute Competition, Jordy Reinders, 1st Place Oral paper, Gabriela Carmona, 2nd Place Oral paper, Molly Darlington, 1st Place Oral paper, and Kelly Willemssens (SNR student), 2nd Place 3-Minute Competition. The group came in second in the number of awards won by one department.
  • Dr. Joe Louis receives the Early Career Innovation award from the Entomological Society of America
  • Congratulations to Dr. Troy Anderson on being elected Vice President Elect for the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section of the Entomological Society of America!
  • Scott O’Neal (NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow with Troy Anderson) was recognized as the 2019 New Investigator of the Year by the American Chemical Society AGRO Division. Congratulations, Scott!
  • Dr. Kyle Koch named new insect diagnostician
  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!