University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Margaret Skinner Ph.D.


Margaret Skinner, Research Professor

  • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Vermont 1993
  • M.S. Entomology, University of Vermont 1987
  • B.A. Sociology, Ohio Wesleyan University 1972
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Integrated Pest Management, Biological Control

My research activities deal primarily with different aspects of integrated pest management (IPM). IPM is an ecological approach to managing agricultural pest problems using multiple compatible tactics, including sanitation, survey and detection, biological control, trap cropping and chemical control. Chemical pesticides are used as a last resort, when other options fail to maintain pests below economically damaging levels.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-5440
Office Hours: by appointment
Websites: Entomology Research Lab

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.