Research Presentations

Invited Presentations

2017

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Combating the threat posed by the invasive brown marmorated stink bug through a nationally coordinated research, outreach, and IPM program to deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders. 65th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Denver, CO.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Biological control of brown marmorated stink bug eggs on wild hosts over two years. 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Newport, RI.

Rice, K., A. Tabb, H. Medeiros, J. Tooker, T.C. Leskey, and W.R. Morrison III. Tracking insects in the field using lasers and drones. 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Newport, RI.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Using radar to track the movement of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug on hosts augmented with varied stimuli. 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Newport, RI.

Akotsen-Mensah, C., A. Nielsen, W.R. Morrison III, T.C. Leskey, and J.C. Bergh. Re-introducing IPM post BMSB detection in apples. 87th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Newport, RI.

Morrison, III W.R. Integrated pest management of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug through behaviorally-based strategies. Invited by Brenda Oppert, Department of Entomology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

2016

Morrison, III W.R., D.-H. Lee, Bruce G. Colpitts, Charles Vincent, Gilles Boiteau, and T.C. Leskey. Using the latest generation of harmonic radar and microtags to track the retention capacity of the brown marmorated stink bug in crops augmented with semiochemicals. XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.

Bryant, A. and W.R. Morrison III. Bringing Blattodea back to Breckinridge: 4-H insect program ignites interest in science among middle school students. XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.

Quinn, N. and W.R. Morrison III. Outreach in science: Where we’re at and why we need to engage the public in the buzz about entomology. XXV International Congress of Entomology, Orlando, FL.

Morrison, III W.R. Monitoring and Management of the brown marmorated stink bug: Delivering sustainable solutions to stakeholders. Invited by Dr. Mark Abney, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Avoiding ‘brownouts’: Tactics to monitor, manage, and minimize brown marmorated stink bug populations. Invited by Dr. Yong-Lak Park, Departmental Seminar, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

2015

Morrison, III W.R. Exploiting the behavioral ecology and trophic interactions of the brown marmorated stink bug to deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders. Invited by Dr. Mark Marsalis, Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science Department, New Mexico State University, Agricultural Science Center, Los Lunas, NM.

Morrison, III W.R. Exploiting the behavioral ecology and trophic interactions of the brown marmorated stink bug to deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders. Invited by Dr. Mark Marsalis, Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science Department, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

Morrison, III W.R., B. Poling, and T.C Leskey. Sublethal effects of insecticides on the behavior of Halyomorpha halys: Mobility and flight capacity. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Leskey, T.C., B.D. Short, D.-H. Lee, W.R. Morrison III, J.C. Bergh, J.P. Cullum, D. Weber, and A. Khrimian. Pheromone-based decision support tools and management tactics for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in specialty crops. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Hancock, T.J., D-H Lee, J.C. Bergh, W.R. Morrison III, and T.C. Leskey. Overwintering site selection for brown marmorated stink bug: Results generated by citizen scientists. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN.

Morrison, III W.R. Exploiting the behavioral ecology and trophic interactions of the brown marmorated stink bug to deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders. Invited by Dr. Ric Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Morrison, III W.R. Exploiting the behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, and trophic interactions of the brown marmorated stink bug to deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders. Invited by Dr. Ric Bessin, Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky Research and Education Center, Princeton, KY.

Hancock, T.J., D-H Lee, J.C. Bergh, W.R. Morrison III, T.C. Leskey. Utilizing citizen science to identify characteristics important to overwintering site selection for brown marmorated stink bug. Bi-Annual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, College Park, MD.

Morrison, III W.R. Current and future management of vegetable and fruit pests in Ohio. Invited by Dr. Luis Canas, Department of Entomology Seminar, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Morrison, III W.R. Developing sustainable pest management systems for old and new threats to specialty crops. Invited by Dr. Luis Canas, Department of Entomology Seminar, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Laying the foundation for an attract-and-kill strategy to manage H. halys (Pentatomidae: Hemiptera) in apple orchards in the mid-Atlantic. 86th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Rehoboth, DE.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Behaviorally-based management strategies for the brown marmorated stink bug: An update from West Virginia. Invited by Dr. Kelly Hamby, Department of Entomology Colloquium Series, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Morrison, III W.R. Attract-and-kill & SARE Project Update. BMSB SCRI Planning Meeting, Kearneysville, WV.

Morrison, III W.R., Clarissa Mathews, and T.C. Leskey. Tracking bugs on the farm. Invited by A. Nielsen, BMSB OREI Overview and Planning Meeting, Bridgeton, NJ.

2014

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Using a carrot-and-stick approach: Attraction, retention, and management of brown marmorated stink bug in fruit and vegetables. Invited by Dr. George Hamilton, Department of Entomology’s Seminar Series, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Morrison, III W.R., Z. Szendrei and T. Leskey. Steps leading to the identification and application of semiochemicals in agriculture. Annual Macadamia Workshop, South African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC), Tzaneen, South Africa.

Morrison, III W.R., Z. Szendrei, and T. Leskey. Field and landscape distribution of insects in agriculture: Prospects for their management through the use of semiochemicals. Annual Macadamia Research Symposium, South African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC), Tzaneen, South Africa.

Morrison, III W.R. Stalking sustainable solutions for Michigan’s asparagus growers: The integrated pest management of a stalk-mining fly, the asparagus miner. Invited by Dr. Tracy Leskey, USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, WV.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Using baits in the management of the asparagus miner. Poster presentation, Annual MSU Interdepartmental Plant Science Fellowship Recruiting Weekend for potential graduate students, East Lansing, MI.

Morrison, III W.R. The integrated pest management and tritrophic interactions of the asparagus miner, a not-so-minor pest of asparagus. Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Colloquium Series, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

Morrison, III W.R. Get your tarsi off my asparagus: Exploiting ecological and behavioral knowledge in an integrated pest management program for the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae). Oral presentation, EEBB Program 2013/2014 Distinguished Student Speaker, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

2013

Szendrei, Z., W.R. Morrison III, and J. Jubenville. From asparagus to potatoes: vegetable IPM in Michigan. Oral presentation, 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, P-IE Section Symposium: Current Status of Vegetable Insect Pests in the USA, Austin, TX.

 2010

Feb ’10 Morrison, III W.R. Biological career networking interviews, Professional Development Institute (PDI), Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI.

Contributed Presentations

2017

Morrison III, W.R., B.D. Short, B.R. Blaauw, J.C. Bergh, A.L. Nielsen, G. Krawczyk, Y.-L. Park, B. Butler, and T.C. Leskey. Using pheromone-based technology to manage the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in commercial apple orchards in an attract-and-kill approach. 72nd Annual Meeting of the North-Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.

Morrison, III W.R., J.C. Bergh, T. Kuhar, J. Walgenbach, and T.C. Leskey. Evaluation of pheromone-baited traps for the monitoring and management of nuisance problems associated with the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Integrated Protection of Stored Products, International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control of Noxious Animals and Plants, West Palearctic Regional Section, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Weber, D.C., T.C. Leskey, W.R. Morrison III, and A. Khrimian. Brown marmorated stink bug aggregation pheromone: purity, ratio and dose response, cross-attraction and synergy. International Heteroptera Symposium & Workshop, Seaside, CA.

2016

Morrison III, W.R., A. Nielsen, C. Bergh, G. Krawczyk, B. Short, K. Rice and T.C. Leskey. Efficacy of attract-and-kill in commercial apple orchards: SARE Project Update. Semiannual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, Winchester, VA.

Herlihy, M., A. Colavecchio, W.R. Morrison III, T.C. Leskey, K. Tatman, K. Hoelmer, and D. Weber. Attack of Trissolcus japonicus and native parasitoids on brown marmorated stink bug and nontarget egg masses in MD, DC, VA, WV, and DE. Semiannual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, Winchester, VA.

Weber, D., W.R. Morrison III, A. Khrimian, and T.C. Leskey. Have we got the right ratio? Attraction of brown marmorated stink bug to different pheromone ratios, and to different ratios of mixed pheromone and (E,E,Z)-methyl-2,4,6-decatrienoate (MDT)”. Semiannual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, Winchester, VA.

Morrison III, W.R., A.N. Bryant, B. Poling, N.F. Quinn, and T.C. Leskey. Spiders as natural biological control agents in and around human dwellings. Semiannual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, New Brunswick, NJ.

Acebes-Doria, A., C. Bergh, M-C. Bon, M. Buffington, C. Dieckhoff, M. Greenstone, M. Herlihy, T.C. Leskey, J. Milnes, W.R. Morrison III, P. Shrewsbury, E. Talamas, K. Tatman, R. Waterworth, D.C. Weber, N. Wiman, K.A. Holmer. Adventive populations of Trissolcus japonicus, an exotic natural enemy of Halyomorpha halys. 100th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Honolulu, HI. Poster.

Morrison, III W.R., C. Mathews, and T.C. Leskey. Unexpected and substantial predation and parasitism inflicted by native natural enemies of brown marmorated stink bug eggs. 87th Annual of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. Oral.

Leskey, T.C., W.R. Morrison III, B.D. Short, A.L. Nielsen, B.R. Blaauw, J.C. Bergh, G. Krawczyk. Evaluating an ‘attract and kill’ system for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in commercial apple orchards. 87th Annual of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. Oral.

Acebes-Doria, A., C. Bergh, M-C. Bon, M. Buffington, C. Dieckhoff, M. Greenstone, M. Herlihy, T.C. Leskey, J. Milnes, W.R. Morrison III, P. Shrewsbury, E. Talamas, K. Tatman, R. Waterworth, D.C. Weber, N. Wiman, K.A. Holmer. Adventive populations of Trissolcus japonicus, an exotic natural enemy of Halyomorpha halys. 87th Annual of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. Poster.

Hancock, T.J., D.-H. Lee, J.C. Bergh, W.R. Morrison III, and T.C. Leskey. Overwintering site selection for brown marmorated stink bug: reuslts generated by citizen scientists. 87th Annual of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. Oral.

Rice, K.B., S.K. Jones, W.R. Morrison III, and T.C. Leskey. Invasive spotted wing drosophila “picks” the low hanging fruit: wild infestation rates, mark-release-recapture, and field cage studies in raspberry. 87th Annual of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Philadelphia, PA. Oral.

2015

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. The role of volatile and host stimuli in the foraging of Halyomorpha halys: attraction and retention of adults on tree fruit. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. Oral.

Mathews, C., W.R. Morrison III, and T.C. Leskey. Brown marmorated stink bug predation by native natural enemies: A game of do-or-die in the laboratory and take-it-or-leave-it smorgasbord in organic vegetable production. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. Oral.

Poling, B., W.R. Morrison III, A. Bryant, N. Quinn, and T. Leskey. Predation of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) by spiders associated with human dwellings. 63rd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. Poster.

Morrison, III W.R. B. Blaauw, A. Nielsen, C. Mathews, and T.C. Leskey. Biological control of H. halys from native natural enemies and increasing their efficacy through pull-pull plots. 77th Annual New England, New York, and Canadian Fruit Pest Management Workshop, Burlington, VT. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R., C. Mathews, and T.C. Leskey. Pushing the frontiers of applied ecological science with the use of harmonic radar and micro-tagged insects to address questions related to the management of invasive species. 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD. Oral.

Mathews, C., W.R. Morrison III, and T. Leskey. CSI egg mass damage: Tracking down unexplained predation of brown marmorated stink bug egg masses by native natural enemies. 100th Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Baltimore, MD. Poster.

Morrison, III W.R., C. Mathews, and T. Leskey. Using harmonic radar to measure the retention capacity of trap crops for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in organic pepper production. 86th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Rehoboth, DE. Poster.

2014

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. Defending vegetables in organic production from the brown marmorated stink bug: Attraction and retention using trap crops. Bi-Annual Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Northeast IPM Working Group Meeting, Winchester, WV. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R., and T.C. Leskey. Manipulating the behavior of the brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) using pheromonal stimuli in the field: Attraction, retention, and active space. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR. Oral.

Mathews, C., W.R. Morrison III, and T.C. Leskey. Fate of brown marmorated stink bug egg masses exposed to common generalist predators in the laboratory and in organic vegetable plots. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R., C. Mathews, and T. Leskey. Using harmonic radar to measure the retention capacity of trap crops for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in organic pepper plantings. 62nd Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Portland, OR. Poster.

Morrison, III W.R. and T.C. Leskey. The behavioral basis for attract-and-kill of H. halys in apple orchards. 76th Annual New England, New York, and Canadian Fruit Pest Management Workshop, Burlington, VT. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. Investigation of the tritrophic interactions of the asparagus miner (Ophiomyia simplex; Diptera: Agromyzidae) and the influence of temperature on its population dynamics. Departmental Doctoral Defense, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. Oral.

Morrison, W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Developing a conservation biological control program for the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae). 12th Annual Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium, East Lansing, MI. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R and Z. Szendrei. Biological control and degree-day modeling yield promising results for managing the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in commercial asparagus fields. 69th Annual Meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Des Moines, IA. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. A grower’s best friend: Natural enemies of the asparagus miner. 10th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, Amherst, NY. Poster.

2013

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Making a feast out of a fly: The asparagus miner (Ophiomyia simplex; Diptera: Agromyzidae) and the composition, longevity, and flower preference of its parasitoid community. 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Austin, TX. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Spatiotemporal distribution of the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in commercial asparagus plantings: Using spatial ecology to inform sustainable pest management. 11th Annual Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium, East Lansing, MI. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. To attract or repel? Asparagus miner management with baits. 9th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, West Lafayette, IN. Poster.

2012

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Developing a bait for asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae) monitoring in commercial asparagus fields. 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Knoxville, TN. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Expanding the grower’s toolkit: Development of a degree-day model for the asparagus miner (Ophiomyia simplex; Diptera: Agromyzidae). 10th Annual Plant Science Graduate Research Symposium, East Lansing, MI. Oral.

Feb ’12 Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Timing management actions for the asparagus miner: a degree-day model. 8th Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Vegetable Working Group, East Lansing, MI. Poster.

2011

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. Developing a degree-day model to improve asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae) management in Michigan. 59th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Reno, NV. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. The parasitoid community of the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae), a putative vector of Fusarium spp. in commercial asparagus fields in Michigan. 9th Annual Plant Science and Graduate Student Research Symposium, East Lansing, MI. Poster.

Morrison, III W.R. and Z. Szendrei. The parasitoid community of the asparagus miner (Diptera: Agromyzidae) in commercial asparagus fields in Michigan. 66th Annual North-Central Branch Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Minneapolis, MN. Poster.

2010

Morrison, III W.R. and V. Witte. Traces of evolution: genetic, chemical and ecological differentiation in two sibling species of the genus Lasius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA. Oral.

2009

Morrison, III W.R. and V. Witte. Ecology, genetics and chemistry: What part have they played in the speciation of two sibling species from the genus Lasius? 3rd Annual Evolution, Ecology and Systematics Conference, University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Oral.

Morrison III, W.R. and V. Witte. Two closely related but vastly different sibling species from the genus Lasius. 3rd Annual Central European Workshop in Myrmecology, Frauenchiemsee, Germany. Oral.

Morrison, III W.R. and V. Witte. Ecology, chemistry and genetics in two sibling ant species from the genus Lasius (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): What roles have they played in speciation? 39th Annual Conference of the Ecological Society of Germany, Switzerland and Austria, Bayreuth, Germany. Oral.

Morrison III, W.R., J.L Lohr, P. Duchen, R. Wilches, D. Trujillo, M. Mair, S.S. Renner. Bad and good taxonomy: does it kill, can it save, or is it just irrelevant? 14th Annual Graduate Evolution Conference, German Zoological Society (DZG), Munich, Germany. Poster.

2008

Morrison III, W.R. and R. Schopf. English Oak (Quercus robur) and Red Oak (Quercus rubra):  Preferences, effects on development and nutrition in the Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar L.). 2nd Annual Evolution, Ecology and Systematics Conference, University of Munich, Munich, Germany. Poster.

2007

Fraser, A.M., J.T. Waller, W.R. Morrison III, A.C. Brayshaw, D.A. Hyman and M.R. Johnson. Evaluation of multiple arthropod taxa as indicators of ground-dwelling invertebrate biological diversity within open meadows. 55th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, California.

2006

Morrison, III W.R. and P.J. Bohlen. Effects of wetland vegetation patches on the invertebrate community. Intern seminar, Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid, FL. Oral.

Morrison III, W.R. Towards a caring biology: An ethical approach towards biology. 23rd Annual Diebold Symposium, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Oral.