Dr. Tom Weissling

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Dr. Thomas J. Weissling

Rank: Associate Professor
Area: Academic Programs, Ecology and Conservation
Appointment: Teaching and Research
Location: UNL Department of Entomology, Lincoln

Email:  tweissling2@unl.edu


 

Appointment: 70% Teaching, 30% Research

Education:
B.S. in Entomology, Colorado State University, 1984
M.S. in Entomology, Colorado State University, 1986
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Nebraska Lincoln, 1990

Professional Responsibilities and Activities:
  • Coordination of the online MS and the Insect Science BS degree programs.
  • Provide instruction for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, and graduate student advising.
  • Develop educational and research opportunities that assist undergraduate students with their capstone project.
  • Develop recruitment and marketing strategies to meet academic enrollment targets.
  • Develop translational research and literacy programs related to arthropod ecology and conservation.
  • Document insect diversity on milkweed plants in Nebraska.
Teaching Summary:
Courses taught UNL:
  • ENTO 115, Insect Biology, 3 cr. 2015, 2016
  • ENTO 200, Arthropod Behavior, 3 cr. 2015
  • ENTO 315, Undergraduate Research Seminar, 1 cr. (Co-Instructor) 2012, 2015, 2016
  • ENTO 485, Current issues in entomology, 3 cr. (Co-Instructor) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.
  • ENTO 407/807, Urban and Industrial Entomology, 3 cr. 2011.
  • ENTO 403/803, Management of Horticultural Pest Insects, 3 cr. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
  • ENTO818, Insect Identification and Natural History, 4 cr. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • ENTO 819, Insect Behavior, 3 cr. 2011, 2013, 2015
  • ENTO 888, M.S. Degree Project, 4 cr. (Co-Instructor) 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • ENTO 896, Independent Study, var. cr. 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Awards:
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2012 Dinsdale Family Faculty Award
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, 2013 Junior Faculty Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Entomology Educational Project Award, ESA, NCB. Inside the Hive. 2013. (With D. Golick, A. Johns, T. Heng-Moss, and M. Ellis)
  • University-wide Departmental Teaching Award from the University of Nebraska, 2015. (Member of the application writing team)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching. 2016 North Central Branch Recipient, Entomological Society of America.
Refereed Publications:
  • Capinera, J.L., T.J. Weissling & E.E. Schweizer. 1985. Compatibility of intercropping with mechanized agriculture: effects of strip intercropping of pinto beans and sweet corn on insect abundance in Colorado. J. Econ. Entomol. 78: 354-357.
  • Meinke, L.J., Z B Mayo & T.J. Weissling. 1989. A pheromone delivery system: western corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) pheromone encapsulation in a starch borate matrix. J. Econ. Entomol. 82: 1830-1835.
  • Weissling, T.J., L.J. Meinke, D. Trimnell & K.L. Golden. 1989. Behavioral responses of Diabrotica adults to plant-derived semiochemicals encapsulated in a starch borate matrix. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 53: 219-228.
  • Weissling, T.J. & L.J. Meinke. 1991. Potential of starch encapsulated semiochemicals-insecticide formulations for adult corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) control. J. Econ. Entomol. 84: 601-609.
  • Weissling, T.J. & L.J. Meinke. 1991. Semiochemical-insecticide bait placement and vertical distribution of corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) adults: implications for management. Environ. Entomol. 20: 945-952.
  • Weissling, T.J., L.J. Meinke & K.A. Lytle. 1991. Effect of starch-based corn rootworm (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) baits on selected non-target insect species: influence of semiochemical composition. J. Econ. Entomol. 84: 1235-1241.
  • Weissling, T.J., F.B. Peairs & S.D. Pilcher. 1992. Comparison of chemigated and aerially-applied chlorpyrifos and fenvalerate for control of European corn borer (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) larvae. J. Econ. Entomol. 85: 539-543.
  • Weissling, T.J., R.M. Giblin Davis, R.H. Scheffrahn & N. Marban M. 1992. Trap for capturing and retaining Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) adults using Sabal palmetto as bait. Florida Entomol. 75: 212-221.
  • Weissling, T.J. & R.M. Giblin Davis. 1993. Water loss dynamics and humidity preference of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) adults. Environ. Entomol. 22: 93-98.
  • Weissling, T.J., R.M. Giblin-Davis & R. H. Scheffrahn. 1993. Laboratory and field evidence for a male produced aggregation pheromone in Rhynchophorus cruentatus (F.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 19: 1195-1203.
  • Oehlschlager, A.C., A. Perez, L.M. Gonzalez, H. Pierce, B. Morgan, P. Wimalaratne, K. Slessor, G.S. King, G. Gries, R. Gries, N.D.P. Hallet, D.P. Angerilli, J.H. Borden, C.M. Chinchilla, R.G. Mexzon, A. Rauf, B. Prior, S. Laup, M.K. Rashed, M.S. Gassoouma, M. Kouda, M. Zebeyou, N. Nanou, R. Giblin-Davis & T.J. Weissling. 1993. Pheromone-baiting trapping of oil palm weevils and rhinoceros beetles – significant pests of palms. In Proceedings of International Development Research Center Conference on Natural Products, Quebec, Canada. 18 p.
  • Weissling, T.J., R.M. Giblin-Davis, G. Gries, R. Gries, A.L. Perez, H.D. Pierce & A.C. Oehlschlager. 1994. Aggregation pheromone of palmetto weevil Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Chem. Ecol. 20: 505-515.
  • Weissling, T.J. & A.L. Knight. 1994. Passive trap for monitoring codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) flight activity. J. Econ. Entomol. 87: 103-107.
  • Giblin-Davis, R.M., T. J. Weissling, A.C. Oehlschlager & L.M. Gonzalez. 1994. Field responses of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to its aggregation pheromone and fermenting plant volatiles. Florida Entomol. 77: 164-177.
  • Knight, A.L., M. Weiss & T. Weissling. 1994. Diurnal patterns of adult activity of four orchard pests (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) measured by timing trap and actograph. J. Agric. Entomol. 11: 125-136.
  • Weissling, T.J., R.M. Giblin-Davis, B.J. Center & T. Hiyakawa. 1994. Flight behavior and seasonal trapping of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 87: 641-647.
  • Weissling, T.J. & R.M. Giblin-Davis. 1994. Fecundity and fertility of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Florida Entomol. 77: 373-376.
  • Weissling, T.J. & R.M. Giblin-Davis. 1995. Oligidic diets for culture of the palmetto weevil, Rhynchophorus cruentatus. Florida Entomol. 78: 225-234.
  • Weissling, T.J. & A.L. Knight. 1995. Vertical distribution of codling moth adults in pheromone-treated and untreated plots. Entomol. Exp. Appl. 77: 271-275.
  • Horton, D.R., T.M. Lewis & T.J. Weissling. 1995. Reduction in feeding by diapausing and postdiapause pear psylla (Homoptera: Psyllidae) caused by extract from buffalogourd (Cucurbitaceae). J. Entomol. Soc. Bri. Col. 92: 9-15.
  • Weissling, T.J. & A.L. Knight. 1996. Oviposition and calling behavior of codling moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in the presence of codlemone. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 89: 142-147.
  • McDonough, L.M., P.S. Chapman, T.J. Weissling & C.L. Smithhisler. 1996. Efficacy of non-pheromone communication disruptants of codling moth (Cydia pomonella (L.): effect of chemical composition, and of distance between calling females and dispensers. J. Chem. Ecol. 22: 415-423.
  • Giblin-Davis, R.M., A.C. Oehschlager, A. Perex, G. Gries, R. Gries, T.J. Weissling, C.M. Chinchilla, J.E. Pena, R.H. Hallett & H.D. Pierce, Jr. 1996. Chemical and behavioral ecology of palm weevils. Florida Entomologist. 79: 154-167.
  • Weissling, T.J., T.M. Lewis, L.M. McDonough & D.R. Horton. 1997. Reduction in pear psylla (Homoptera: Psyllidae) oviposition and feeding by foliar application of various materials. Can. Entomol. 129: 637-643.
  • Su, N.-Y, R.H. Scheffrahn & T.J. Weissling. 1997. A new introduction of a subterranean termite, Coptotermes havilandi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) in Miami, Florida. Florida Entomol. 80: 408-411.
  • Vanderbilt, C.F., R.M. Giblin-Davis & T.J. Weissling. 1998. Mating behavior and sexual response to aggregation pheromone of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Florida Entomol. 81: 351-360.
  • Weissling, T.J. & E.M. Thoms. 1999. Use of an acoustic emission detector for locating formosan subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) feeding activity when installing and inspecting aboveground termite bait stations containing hexaflumuron. Florida Entomol. 82: 60-71.
  • Howard, F.W.. A. Hamon, M. McLaughlin, & T. Weissling. 1999. Aulacaspis yasumatsui (Hemiptera: Sternorrhyncha: Diaspididae), a scale insect pest of cycads recently introduced into Florida. Florida Entomol. 82: 14-27.
  • Weissling, T.J. & T. K. Broschat. 1999. Integrated management of palm pests. Proceedings Florida State Horticultural Society 112: 247-250.
  • Howard, F.W. & T.J. Weissling. 1999. Questions and answers about the cycad aulacaspis scale insect. Proceedings Florida State Horticultural Society 112: 243- 245.
  • Hunsberger, A.G.B., R.M. Giblin-Davis & T.J. Weissling. 2000. Symptoms and population dynamics of Rhynchophorus cruentatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Canary Island date palms. Florida Entomol. 83: 290-303.
  • F. W. Howard, T.J. Weissling & Lois B. O'Brien. 2001. The larval habitat of Cedusa inflata (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Derbidae) and its relationship with adult distribution on palms. Florida Entomol. 84: 119-122.
  • Broschat, T.K. & T.J. Weissling. 2001. Susceptibility of Lantana cultivars to Orthezia insignis. HortTechnology, 11: 460-462.
  • Weissling, T., R. Giblin-Davis, B. Center, R. Heath & J. Peña. 2003. Oviposition by Metamasius hemipterous sericius (Coleopera: Curculionidae). Florida Entomol. 86: 174-178.V
  • Puche, H., T. J. Weissling, R. Schnell, N. D. Epsky, & R. R. Heath. 2005. Estimating dispersal rate of the silky cane weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). J. Applied Entomology 129 (6): 293-299.
  • Heath, Robert R., P. E. A. Teal, N. D. Epsky, B. D. Dueben, S. D. Hight, S. Bloem, J. E. Carpenter, T. J. Weissling, P.E. Kendra, J. Cibrian-Tovar, & K. A. Bloem. 2006. Pheromone-Based Attractant for Males of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Environ. Entomol. 35(6): 1469-1476.
  • Epsky, N.D., T.J. Weissling, A. Walker, A.W. Meerow, & R.R. Heath. 2008. Life History and Damage of a new Baradinae Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) on Amaryllis. Florida Entomol. 91(2): 214-219.
Book Chapters:
  • Knight, A.L. & T.J. Weissling. 1999. Behavior-modifying chemicals in management of arthropod pests. pp. 521-545. In: J.R. Ruberson [ed.], Handbook of pest management. Marcel Dekker, New York.
  • Weissling, T.J., P.G. Koehler, N.-Y. Su & R.H. Scheffrahn. 1998. Baits to control subterranean termites: The Sentricon system. pp. 163-165. In P.G. Koehler, D.E. Short, & W.H. Kern, Jr. (eds.) Pests in and around the Florida home. University of Florida Cooperative Extension Publication SP 134.

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
  • We are well-represented in ESA North Central Branch awards this year. Déia Montezano is the 2020 John Henry Comstock Outstanding PhD Student Award winner, Gary Brewer is the 2020 recipient of the Award of Merit, and Bob Wright is the 2020 recipient of the C.V. Riley Award. Congratulations, Déia, Gary, and Bob!
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