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...

  • 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!