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Elkinton, Joseph


Tel: +1 (413) 545-4816
Room: 310 Ag. Engineering


Primary Interests

Population dynamics of invasive forest insects with a current emphasis on winter moth and hemlock woolly adelgid. Both projects involve introduction, release and evaluation of natural enemies of these two species as biological control agents. Earlier research on gypsy moth elucidated the role of small mammal predators and viral and fungal pathogens in the dynamics of gypsy moth populations.

Courses Taught

  • Insects and pathogens of forests and shade trees – 3 credits, alternate years
  • Introductory ecology. (in Biology dept.) – 3 credits, each spring
  • Readings in population and community ecology – 1 credit Fall 2012

Selected Recent Publications

Gwiazowski, R S. J.S. Elkinton, J. R. Dewaard and M. Sremac. Phylogeographic diversity of the winter moths (Lepidoptera: Geometridae: Operophtera) O. brumata, and O. bruceata in Europe and North America. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. (in review).

Elkinton, J. S. and G. Boettner, 2012. Benefits and harm caused by the introduced generalist tachinid, Compsilura concinnata, in North America. BioControl. 57: 277-288.

Elkinton, J.S., D. Lance, G. Boettner, and N. Leva. 2011. Evaluation of pheromone-baited traps for winter moth ,and Bruce spanworm (Lepidoptera: Geometridae). J. Econ Entomol. 104:494-500.

Gwiazowski, R S. Gillespie and J.S. Elkinton . 2011. Laboratory rearing of common and endangered species of North American tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Carabida: Cicindelinae) Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 104: 534-542.

Burand J.P, W. Kim, A.Welch and J. S. Elkinton . 2011. Identification of a nucleopolyhedrovirus in winter moth populations from Massachusetts. J. Invertebr Pathol. 108: 217-219.

Mausel, D. L., R.G. Van Driesche and J.S. Elkinton 2011. Comparative cold tolerance and climate matching of coastal and inland Laricobius nigrinus (Coleoptera: Derodontidae) for biological control of hemlock woolly adelgid. Biological Control 58:96-102

Elkinton, J. S., Boettner, G. H,, Sremac, M., Gwiazowski, R., Hunkins, R., Callahan, J., Schuefele, S. B., Donahue, C., Porter, A. H., Khrimian,A., Whited, B. M., Campbell, N. K. 2010. Survey for winter moth, (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) in northeastern North America with pheromone-baited traps and hybridization with the native Bruce spanworm. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 103:135-145.

Fitzpatrick, M. C., E. L. Preisser, A. H. Porter, J. S. Elkinton, L. A. Waller, B. P. Carlin and A. M. Ellison. 2010. Ecological boundary detection using Bayesian areal wombling. Ecology. 91: 3448-3455.

Page updated: October 1, 2012