Dr. Bob Wright

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Research & Extension Entomologist
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
213 Entomology Hall
Lincoln, NE
68583-0816
Phone: (402) 472-2128
FAX: (402) 472-4687
Email: RWRIGHT2@UNL.EDU
Website:
Field Crops Entomology Research - Clay Center:
http://scal.unl.edu
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Appointment: 50% Extension, 50% Research

Education:
  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 Multistate Committee on IPM
  • Member of NCERA-220, USDA Multistate Committee on Arthropod Biological Control
  • Member of NC 246, USDA Multistate Committee on Corn Insect Management
  • ESA committees:
    • North Central Branch representative to ESA Science Policy Capacity committee, 2018-2020
Publications:
Sixty-five refereed journal articles, six 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.
  • 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, European corn borer Team, 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
  • 2018 International IPM Award of Excellence, North Central Soybean Entomology Research and Extension Team, International IPM Symposium
  • 2019 Nebraska Extension Outstanding Team Award, Soybean Management Field Days

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!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Troy Anderson on being elected Vice President Elect for the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section of the Entomological Society of America!
  • 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!