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

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.

  • Check out the Emerald Ash Borer Resource Center, and our Emerald Ash Borer Look-Alike Insects Sheet - Be Sure Before You Treat!