Project Team

Researchers and graduate students meet for a workshop on the identification of natural enemies of the brown marmorated stink bug. Kim Hoelmer, USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Researchers and graduate students meet for a workshop on the identification of natural enemies of the brown marmorated stink bug, May 2012. Photo by K. Hoelmer

Project Directors

Tracy Leskey, project director, guides our interdisciplinary team of researchers.

In addition, 11 project co-directors lead this effort.

Commodity and Topic Groups

The brown marmorated stink bug has an extensive host range, so our project team has formed subgroups around specific crop types and topics:

GRAPES

Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

Michael Saunders, Pennsylvania State University

Vaughn Walton, Nik Wiman, Elizabeth Tomasino, Oregon State University

Anne Nielsen, Rutgers University


ORCHARD CROPS

Chris Bergh - Orchard Crops Team Leader, Virginia Tech

Jay Brunner, Betsy Beers, Washington State University

David Biddinger, Greg Krawczyk, Pennsylvania State University

Bryan Butler, University of Maryland

George Hamilton, Anne Nielsen, Dean Polk, Rutgers University

Tracy Leskey, USDA

Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

Peter Shearer, Vaughn Walton, Yan Wang, Nik Wiman, Oregon State University

Jim Walgenbach, North Carolina State University

Art Agnello, Peter Jentsch, Cornell University


ORNAMENTALS

Paula Shrewsbury - Ornamental Crops Team Leader, University of Maryland

Stanton Gill, Karen Rane, Mike Raupp, University of Maryland

George Hamilton, Rutgers University

Brian Kunkel, University of Delaware


SMALL FRUIT

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona - Small Fruit Crops Team Leader, Rutgers University

Bryan Butler, University of Maryland

Peter Jentsch, Cornell University

Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

Dean Polk, Rutgers University

Vaughn Walton, Oregon State University

VEGETABLES

Tom Kuhar - Vegetable Crops Team Leader, Virginia Tech

Joanne Whalen, University of Delaware

Galen Dively, Gerald Brust, Cerruti Hooks, University of Maryland

George Hamilton, Rutgers University

Jim Walgenbach, North Carolina State University

Shelby Fleischer, Pennsylvania State University

Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University

Additional students and postdocs participating

Bill Cissel (IPM Extension Associate, Delaware)

John Aigner (Graduate student, Virginia Tech)

Adam Morehead (Graduate student, Virginia Tech)

Kevin Rice (Postdoc, Pennsylvania State University)

Michelle Pfeiffer (Graduate student, Pennsylvania State University)

Emily Zobel (Graduate student, University of Maryland)

Dr. Karen Rane (Director, Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, University of Maryland)

Joe Ingerson-Mahar (IPM specialist, Rutgers University)

Kris Holmstrom (IPM specialist, Rutgers University)


BIOLOGICAL CONTROL

Kim Hoelmer - Biological Control Team Leader, USDA-ARS

Cerruti Hooks - Biological Control Team Leader, University of Maryland

Chris Bergh, Tom Kuhar, Doug Pfeiffer, Virginia Tech

David Biddinger, Greg Krawczyk, Penn State

George Hamilton, Anne Nielsen, Rutgers University

Peter Jentsch, Cornell University

Tracy Leskey, Jana Lee, USDA

Peter Shearer, Vaughn Walton, Nik Wiman, Oregon State University

Mike Raupp, Paula Shrewsbury, University of Maryland

Jim Walgenbach, North Carolina State University


OUTREACH

Steve Young, Northeastern IPM Center

Eric Day, Virginia Tech

Chris Gonzales, Kevin Judd, Northeastern IPM Center

Jay Harper, Pennsylvania State University

Jeffrey Miller, Oregon State University

Yasamin Miller, Cornell University