Education and Background
M.S. Entomology and Agroecology. UW-Madison, Madison WI. Dec 2009. Thesis title: “Insect Responses to Conventional and Organic Cropping Systems and the Use of Plant Volatiles in Pest Management”
B.A. Biology. Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo MI. June 2005. Thesis title: “Determination of the Success and Mechanisms of Mating Disruption for Two Tortricid Moth Species, Grapholita molesta and Cydia pomonella, in Pheromone-treated Orchards and in a Sustained Flight Wind Tunnel”
I am interested in the roles that insects play in agroecosystems and managing insects to enhance the sustainability of farming. Specifically, I am interested in how factors at the farm scale and landscape scale interact to impact beneficial insects, and how this in turn affects ecosystem services. Most recently, I have researched pollinators and pollination services within agroecosystems, examining affects of landscape composition and pesticide use on wild bees.
Gardening, cross-country skiing, African and Brazilian dance and music, cooking (and eating!), Frisbee
- R.E. Mallinger, D.B. Hogg and C. Gratton. 2011. Methyl salicylate attracts natural enemies and reduces populations of soybean aphids (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in soybean agroecosystems. Journal of Economic Entomology, 104(1): 115-124
- L.L. Stelinski, L.J. Gut, R.E. Mallinger, D. Epstein, T.P. Reed and J.R. Miller. 2005. Small plot trials documenting effective mating disruption of Oriental Fruit Moth by using high densities of wax-drop pheromone dispensers. Journal of Economic Entomology, 98 (4).