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...

  • Vilma MontenegroVilma Montenegro, Entomology master's student, was featured in the "IANR is Global" spotlight series. Montenegro is presenting an online seminar via Zoom on Friday, at 11 a.m. Her topic is "Research Challenges in Latin America: A Forensic Entomology Perspective."  Montenegro is advised by Dr. Justin McMechan
  • Dr. Jeff Bradshaw was chosen as president-elect of the North Central Branch of the Entomology Society of America. Bradshaw is an associate professor of Entomology, extension specialist, and interim director of the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff. 
  • Entomology Alumna Jennifer Weisbrod was recently selected as the new Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. Weisbrod graduated with her master's degree in Entomology in 2020 and is taking the reins from her predecessor Clyde Ogg, emeritus extension educator.
  • Dr. Silvana Paula-MoraesCongratulations to departmental alumna Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes who was recently named the recipient of the 2021 Department of Entomology Alumni Recognition Award. She will be presenting an online seminar in connection with the award on Monday, March 1st, at noon. All are invited to attend and hear about her career experiences.

  • 7 seal awardThe UNL Department of Entomology has been awarded the Seven Seals Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). The Seven Seals Award is presented in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,500 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the nation on a daily basis. The Entomology Department is fortunate to support Courtney Brummel and Sheldon Brummel in their service to the nation. Thanks for the nomination, Courtney and Sheldon!

  • Dr. Justin McMechanJustin McMechan was named the 2020 recipient of the Epsilon Sigma Phi Early Career Leadership Award by the Alpha Upsilon chapter at the University of Nebraska. Epsilon Sigma Phi is a national organization for extension professionals. Congratulations, Justin!
  • Dr. Judy Wu-SmartJudy Wu-Smart has received considerable media attention for her outstanding work with the environmental contaminants associated with the AltEn ethanol facility in Mead, NE. Her careful and patient work has been pivotal in bringing about very significant change. There has been coverage of the situation as far away as the UK, but an excellent article about it is in the Lincoln Journal Star. Great work Judy!