Julianna K. Wilson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Tree Fruit Entomology Lab
Department of Entomology
Michigan State University
I am an applied specialty crop ecologist with experience in a variety of fruit and vegetable cropping systems. My interest in interdisciplinary applied research is a result of graduating with degrees in Horticulture (B.S.), Plant Pathology (M.S.), and Entomology (Ph.D.) from Michigan State University. As of May 1st, 2022, I lead the Tree Fruit Entomology program with a focus on the ecology and management of pest and beneficial arthropods associated with temperate orchards. I am keenly interested in the impacts of climate change on trophic interactions and our ability to predict and respond to pest outbreaks in orchards. Current research projects include documenting baseline endemic parasitoid communities, rearing and releasing exotic parasitoids associated with orchard pests, collecting woolly apple aphids to look for changes in their susceptibility to resistant rootstocks, population dynamics of the brown marmorated stink bug, and measuring greenhouse gas fluxes associated with Michigan apple orchards.
As an Extension Specialist, I evaluate current and new pest control options for apple and cherry growers, integrating them into existing IPM programs where appropriate. Efficacy work includes evaluating pheromone mating disruption and other biorational pest management tools.
For a full CV, please email: jkwilson “at” msu.edu
For more information about the Wilson Lab in the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University, please visit: http://treefruit.msu.edu