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The Entomology Research Laboratory represents a team of scientists committed to the development of effective biological control agents for forest, landscape, greenhouse and vegetable insect pest management.  Pest problems are addressed with an interdisciplinary approach, using insights drawn from senior scientists, the assistance of specialized technicians. Emphasis is placed on practical aspects of research to solve ‘real world’ problems.  Though focused on issues across the Northeast, our projects have national and international significance as well.  Through our work we attempt to develop management options that are environmentally sound, economically viable and sustainable, and encourage their implementation through extension and education.


We strongly believe in the value of cooperative research, and foster links with scientists and pest managers from a broad range of agencies and organizations; among them several State of Vermont agencies, University of California, Jeonbuk National University (Republic of Korea), Rothamsted Experimental Station (UK), the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (Syria), Haifa University, International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (Kenya) and Mycotech. Funding agencies include the State of Vermont, USDA (Hatch, Forest Service, Agriculture Research Service and SARE), US Agency of International Development (USAID), greenhouse and vegetable growers' associations, local, state, and national sugarmaker associations, and several private foundations. Strong links are maintained to ensure our research will produce practical solutions to real world pest problems.

Research on fungal pathogens and Integrated Pest Management 'IPM' strategies has been our major thrust for several years. Some of the projects that we investigate are designed to investigate fungal pathogens for the control of serious greenhouse pests such as western flower thrips, silverleaf whitefly and green peach aphid; a variety of important forest pests, including: pear thrips, gypsy moth and hemlock woolly adelgid; and agricultural pests like the western bean cutworm and brown marmorated stink bug.  We also specialize in using plant-mediated IPM systems that povide habitat to encourage the establishment of beneficial insects and sustain commercially produced parasitoids and predators. We are also the home of the North American Center for Saffron Research & Development.




Current Faculty & Staff Bios




Bruce L. Parker, Ph.D.
Entomologist, Professor, Project Leader
Areas Of Interest

Margaret Skinner, Ph.D.
Extension Entomologist  & Research Professor
Areas Of Interest

Cheryl Frank Sullivan

Cheryl is broadly interested in the Integrated Pest Management of arthropod pests. She focuses on conducting applied field and lab research using biological control agents (predators, parasitoids and fungal pathogens). Current research is focused on ticks and mites, aphids, thrips, and non-bee pollinators such as syphid flies that provide pest management services. She also provides extension outreach to greenhouse and high tunnel growers to develop IPM programs that promote the use of biocontrols as alternatives to chemical insecticides. She has enthusiastically been a part of our research team since 2005. ResearchGate

Cheryl Frank Sullivan, Ph.D.
Integrated Pest Management

Arash Ghalegolabbehbahani Arash is deeply interested in the field of sustainable agriculture and crop diversification. His professional goal is to promote sustainable agriculture through the implementation of cost-effective changes striving towards holistic and ecologically sound management of crop production. With the establishment of the UVM North America Center for Saffron Research and Development , his research has built a strong foundation from which to launch broad-based research and extension projects on saffron. The projects that he conducts contribute to the development of a new high-value crop to encourage product diversification and strengthen financial viability of small family farms. Over 90% of US farms are small, and by enhancing profitability among these farmers through saffron production, US farm lands can be retained and restored. He strongly believes that the increased farm income generated from high value crops will improve the quality and sustainability of family farms.
Arash Ghalehgolabbehbahani, Ph.D.
Research Associate - Agroecologist

Erin White Erin is broadly interested in IPM, ethnobotany and the generation of general public interest in environmental health through artistic practice.
Erin White, B.S.
Research Assistant 

Emeritus & Staff Retirees
Don Tobi  
Don Tobi, M.S.
Forest Entomologist & Forester

Svetlana Gouli, Ph.D.

Vladimir Gouli, Ph.D.
Insect Pathologist

Brent Ross  Joyce
Brent H. Teillon, M.S.

Ross T. Bell, Ph.D.

Joyce Bell, M.S.