University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Margaret Skinner Ph.D.

Current areas of interest are:

Research of biological control and IPM on a wide array of arthropod pests in forests, vegetable crops and greenhouse ornamentals, including hemlock woolly adelgid, elongate hemlock scale, Asian longhorned beetle, Sunn Pest, thrips and tarnished plant bug. Work includes lab and greenhouse trials with thrips, whiteflies and spider mites; biological control of Sunn Pest and other international activities; forest trials with lecanium and elongate hemlock scale, thrips and hemlock woolly adelgid. Coordinate Tri-state IPM educational program for greenhouse growers and regional public awareness programs on the Asian longhorned beetle and hemlock woolly adelgid.

Recent Publications:

Gouli, S. Gouli, M. Skinner, G. Hamilton, J.S. Kim & B.L. Parker. 2012. Virulence of select entomopathogenic fungi to the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål), (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). Pest Management Sci. 68: 155-157.

Abdulhai, M., M. El Bouhssini, M. Jamal, B.L. Parker, M. Skinner & Z. Sayyadi. 2011. Characterization and laboratory evaluation of efficacy of five isolates of Paecilomyces farinosus (Holm.) Brown & Smith on Sunn Pest overwintered adults Eurygaster integriceps Put. Arab J. of Plant Protection, 29: 214-218.

Parker, B.L., M. Amir-Maafi, M. Skinner, J.S. Kim & M. El Bouhssini. 2011. Distribution of Sunn Pest, Eurygaster integriceps Puton (Hemiptera: Scutelleridae), in overwintering sites. J. Asia-Pacific Entomology 14: 83-88.

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