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Entomology: Personnel

Entomology Faculty

C. Wayne Berisford

Professor of Entomology
Athens Campus
Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1968

Contact Information

Address: Department of Entomology
University of Georgia
413 Biological Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602-2603

Phone: (706) 542-7888
Fax: (706( 542-2640
Email: beris@uga.edu

Dr. Wayne Berisford


My research centers around basic and applied studies leading toward integrated management of forest insects. The work is concentrated on major southern forest pests, particularly bark beetles, pine tip moths, and pests of southern pine seed orchards. Basic work is related to studies of the life processes of forest insects. Research on control methods includes parasites and predators, the use of semiochemicals in direct control, in phenological models and optimum timing of chemical control. Research on chemical control includes development of testing protocols, more efficient methods for use of chemicals, particularly biorational chemicals, and integration of these methods into forest management.

We also have conducted studies on introduced forest pests such as gypsy moth, pine shoot beetle, loblolly pine mealybug in China and Ips grandiollis in Australia.

I teach Forest Protection Entomology (undergraduate), Entomology in Natural Resources Management (graduate/undergraduate) and co-teach Immature Insects (graduate). Graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to participate in teaching activities via guest lectures, laboratory exercises and field trips.

Selected Publications

McCravy, K. W. and C. W. Berisford. 1998. Parasitism by Trichogramma spp. (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) in relation to Nantucket pine tip moth egg density and location. Environmental Entomology 27: 355-359.

Clarke, S. R., S. M. Salom, R. F. Billings, C. W. Berisford, W. W. Upton, Q. C. McClellan and M. J. Dalusky. 1999. A scentsible approach to controlling southern pine beetles: two new tactics using verbenone. Journal of Forestry 97: 26-31.

Flechtmann, C. A. H., M. J. Dalusky and C. W. Berisford. 1999. Bark and ambrosia beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) responses to volatiles from aging loblolly pine billets. Environmental Entomology 28: 638-648.

Orr, D. B., C. P.-C. Suh, K. W. McCravy, C. W. Berisford and G. L. DeBarr. 2000. Evaluation of inundative releases of Trichogramma exiguum (Hymenoptera: Trichogrammatidae) for suppression of Nantucket pine tip moth, Rhyacionia frustrana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in pine plantations. Canadian Entomologist 132: 373-386.

Fettig, C. J., M. J. Dalusky and C. W. Berisford. 2000. Nantucket pine tip moth phenology and timing of insecticide spray applications in seven southeastern states. USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Research Paper SRS-18, 20p.

Nowak, J. T. and C. W. Berisford. 2000. Effects of intensive forest management on loblolly pine growth and insect infestation. Journal of Economic Entomology 93: 336-341.

Sullivan, B. T., E. A. Petterson, K. C. Seltmann and C. W. Berisford. 2000. Attraction of the bark beetle parasitoid Roptrocerus xylophagorum (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) to host-associated olfactory cues. Environmental Entomology 29: 1138-1151.

Petterson, E. A., B. T. Sullivan, A. Anderson, C. W. Berisford and G. Birgersson. 2000. Odor perception in the bark beetle parasitoid Roptrocerus xylophagorum (Ratzeburg) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae) exposed to host-associated volatiles. Journal of Chemical Ecology 26: 2507-2525.

Birgersson, G., M. J. Dalusky and C. W. Berisford. 2000. Identification of an aggregation pheromone for Pityogenes hopkinsi (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). The Canadian Entomologist 132: 951-963.

Nowak, J. T., C. J. Fettig, K. W. McCravy, C. S. Asaro, K. C. Seltmann, R. C. Reardon and C. W. Berisford. 2001. Guide to common natural enemies of the Nantucket pine tip moth. USDA Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team. FHTET-2001-02.

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