Dr. Jeff Bradshaw

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Dr. Jeffrey D. Bradshaw

Associate Professor
Extension Specialist
Extension and Research Faculty
Panhandle Research & Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE


Appointment: 50% Extension, 50% Research

  • Ph.D. 2007, Iowa State University - Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • M.S. 2001, Southern Illinois University - Zoology
  • B.A. 1998, Southern Illinois University - Zoology
  • A.A.S. 1996, Illinois Central College - Biology

Areas of Interest
Applied Ecology, host plant resistance, biological control

Select Awards & Honors
  • Innovative Extension Specialist, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Jeff Bradshaw. 2016.
  • Courtesy Appointment, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Department of Plant Pathology. Jeff Bradshaw. 2012.
  • Outstanding Postdoc Mentor, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Jeff Bradshaw. 2012.
  • Distinguished Extension New Employee, University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Jeff Bradshaw. 2011.

Professional Society Memberships
Entomological Society of America, American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, Weed Science Society of America

Research Interests
Support, design, and develop research projects principally in applied entomology. Projects support the management of insects of importance for field crops and range in western Nebraska. Current focus crops include corn, wheat, sunflower, dry bean, and sugar beet.

Extension Interests
Develop and deliver educational media and programming for insect management for field crops and rangeland common to western Nebraska. Media include the delivery and development of online media as well as decision support and information systems. Crops include corn, wheat, sunflower, dry bean, potato, and sugar beet. In rangeland the focus is on sustainable rangeland management.

Major Project Activities
  • Evaluating biological control of the wheat stem sawfly
  • Development of biological control strategies for the management of pests of dry edible beans
  • Evaluating the role of soil arthropods in soil health
  • Development of IPM strategies in sunflower

Recent Selected Publications
  • Evans, K. S., M. Mamo, A. Wingeyer, W. H. Schacht, K. M. Eskridge, J. Bradshaw, and D. Ginting. 2019. Soil Fauna Accelerate Dung Pat Decomposition and Nutrient Cycling into Grassland Soil. Rangeland Ecology & Management. 72(4): p. 668-677. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rama.2019.01.008
  • Koch. K. G., E. Scully, N. Palmer, S. Geib, G. Sarath, T. Heng-Moss, J. Bradshaw. 2019. Divergent Switchgrass Cultivars Modify Cereal Aphid Transcriptomes. Journal of Economic Entomology. Toz053. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/jee/toz053
  • Montezano, D. G., T. Hunt, D. Souza, B. Vieira, A. M. Vélez Arango, G. Kruger, S. Zukoff, N., J. Bradshaw, J. A. Peterson. 2019. Bifenthrin baseline susceptibility and evaluation of simulated aerial applications in Striacosta albicosta (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Journal of Economic Entomology, 112(6), 2915–2922.
  • Palmer, N. A., S. Basu, T. Heng-Moss, J. D. Bradshaw, G. Sarath, and J. Louis. 2019. Fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda Smith) feeding elicits differential defense responses in upland and lowland switchgrass. PLOS ONE 14(6). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0218352
  • Bradshaw, J. D., K. H. Jenkins, S. D. Whipple. 2018. Impact of Grasshopper Control on Forage Quality and Availability in Western Nebraska. 40(3): p. 71-76
  • Koch, K., T. Donze-Reiner, L. M. Baird, J. Louis, K. Amundsen, G. Sarath, J. Bradshaw, and T. Heng-Moss. 2018. Evaluation of Greenbug and Yellow Sugarcane Aphid Feeding Behavior on Resistant and Susceptible Switchgrass Cultivars. BioEnergy Research, Volume 11(3): 480–490. DOI: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12155-018-9914-3
  • Mallinger, R. E., J. Bradshaw, A. J. Varenhorst, and J. R. Prasifka. 2018. Native Solitary Bees Provide Economically Significant Pollination Services to Confection Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus L.) (Asterales: Asteraceae) Grown Across the Northern Great Plains. Journal of Economic Entomology, toy322. DOI: https://academic.oup.com/jee/advancearticle/ doi/10.1093/jee/toy322/51416333
  • Pretorius, J. R., G. Hein, E. E. Blankenship, F. F. Purrington, R. G. Wilson, and J. D. Bradshaw. 2018. Comparing the Effects of Two Tillage Operations on Beneficial Epigeal Arthropod Communities and Their Associated Ecosystem Services in Sugar Beets. Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 111(6): 2617–263. DOI: https://academic.oup.com/jee/article/111/6/2617/5108425
  • Archibald, W. R., J. D. Bradshaw, D. A. Golick, R. J. Wright, and J. A. Peterson. 2017. Nebraska Growers’ and Crop Consultants’ Knowledge and Implementation of Integrated Pest Management of Western Bean Cutworm. Journal of Integrated Pest Management. 9: 1-7.
  • Donze-Reiner, T., Palmer, N. A., Scully, E. D., Prochaska, T. J., Koch, K. G., Heng-Moss, T., Bradshaw, J., Twigg, P., Amundsen, K., Sattler, S. E., Sarath, G. 2017. Transcriptional analysis of defense mechanisms in upland tetraploid switchgrass to greenbugs. BMC Plant Biology, 17, 46. DOI: https://bmcplantbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12870-017-0998-2
  • Hergert, G., M. Darapuneni, R. Wilson, R. Harveson, J. Bradshaw, and R. Nielsen. 2017. Agronomic potential of using precipitated calcium carbonate on early plant growth and soil quality in the intermountain west – greenhouse studies. Journal of Sugar Beet Research. 54: 35-49.
  • Prasifka, J., J. Bradshaw, and R. Aiken. 2017. Reassessment of Resistance to Sunflower Stem Weevil, Cylindrocopturus adspersus LeConte (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), in Cultivated Sunflower Germplasm. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 90(3):204-210. DOI: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.2317/0022-8567-90.3.2048567-90.3.204
  • Pretorius, R., G. Hein, E. Blankenship, F. Purrington, J. Bradshaw. 2017. Response of Pemphigus betae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Beneficial Epigeal Arthropod Communities to Sugarbeet Plant Density and Seed-Applied Insecticide in Western Nebraska. Environmental Entomology. 46: 107-117. DOI: https://academic.oup.com/ee/article/46/1/107/2977298
  • Wang, H., C. Zhang, Y. Dou, B. Yu, Y. Liu, T. Heng-Moss, G. Lu, M. Wachholtz, J. Bradshaw, P. Twigg, E. Scully, N. Palmer, G. Sarath. 2017. Insect and plant-derived miRNAs in greenbug (Schizaphis graminum) and yellow sugarcane aphid (Sipha flava) revealed by deep sequencing. Gene. 599: 68-77. DOI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378111916308897
  • Bradshaw, J., J. R. Prasifka, J. J. Knodel, and J. P. Michaud. 2016. Part II. Insect Pests. IN Harveson, R. M., S. G. Markell, C. C. Block, and T. J. Gulya [Eds.], Compendium of Sunflower Diseases and Pests. 140 pp.

Entomology News at Nebraska

Breaking Entomological News...

  • Dr. Susan WellerDr. Susan Weller, director of the University of Nebraska State Museum and professor of Entomology, has been elected a fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The society noted Weller’s internationally-known research on arctiine moths and other Noctuoidea, and her administrative leadership in promoting entomology and science education. See the article at UNL News for more about Weller's recognition. Congratulations Susan!
  • Marilyn Weidner & GracieWe are pleased to announce that Marilyn Weidner has been named winner of the IANR Exemplary Service Award! Weidner has roles in administrative support, personnel management, data documentation and archiving, review preparation, promotion and evaluation tracking, payroll for 15 departments, and much more. Well deserved Marilyn!
  • Rogan Tokach winning scholarshipCongratulations to Rogan Tokach (Master's student co-mentored by Dr. Autumn Smart and Dr. Judy Wu-Smart) on being awarded a $10,000 national Christi Heintz Memorial Scholarship by Project Apis m!
    Well done, Rogan!
  • Steve Spomer with Beetle CollectionsSpomer nets 40-year Butterfly & Beetle Legacy. Best wishes to Steve Spomer who is retiring this December after 40 years in the Entomology Department. Spomer has identified nearly 700 insect species, including the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle, and taught countless University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. 
  • Bridget Gross with Bees.Bridget Gross, master's student in Entomology, mentored by Dr. Judy Wu-Smart and Dr. Doug Golick, was featured in the Nov. 11th IANR Student Spotlight. Bridget presented her master's degree seminar last month and graduates in December.

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