Diane Alston

Diane Alston

Professor, Extension Entomologist, and Department Head
Utah State University


Diane Alston has served as an extension and research entomologist at Utah State University for nearly 30 years.  She also serves as the coordinator for the Utah Extension Integrated Pest Management Program and co-director the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab.

Alston’s major responsibilities are in development and testing of novel insect-management technologies for horticultural crops and urban communities, including public gardens.

She has published over 130 research and extension publications and mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students. Alston especially enjoys teaching concepts through hands-on workshops and how-to videos.


PhD, Entomology, North Carolina State University

MS, Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University

BS, Biology, University of California, Riverside

BMSB Specialization

  • Phenology, host plant use, and voltinism in the Intermountain West
  • Trap performance in urban and agricultural sites
  • Biological control potential in a novel environment
  • Characterization of tart cherry crop injury
  • Development of outreach education resources

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Utah Pests fact sheets

Utah Pests featured pests

Invasive Fruit Pest Guide for Utah (2016, PDF)