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Mary Harris

Mary A. Harris

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology; Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management


137 Science II
Phone: (515) 294-2171
Email: maharris@iastate.edu


M.S. 1982 Wildlife Biology, University of Montana, Missoula
M.S. 1985 Integrated Pest Management, University of California, Riverside
Ph.D. 1995 Entomology, University of Georgia, Athens


Plant Protection Using Natural Enemies (ENT 375/575)
Forest Insect and Disease Ecology (FOR 416)
International Field Trips in Biology (BIOL 394)

Research Interests / Areas of Expertise

My research interests involve plant-insect interactions as well as tritrophic interactions of plant-herbivore-natural enemy. My research has concentrated on developing biological control methods for insect pests of horticultural plants. More recent work investigates the maintenance of insects providing ecological service in the landscape, as natural enemies of agricultural pests and pollinators of native and crop plants.

Selected Publications

Gardner, C. A. C., M. A. Harris, R. W. Hellmich, H. T. Horner, J. C. Nason, R. G. Palmer, J. J. Tabke, R. W. Thornburg and M. P. Widrlechner, eds. 2007. 9th International Pollination Symposium on Plant-Pollinator Relationships-Diversity in Action: Program and Abstracts. Iowa State University, Ames, IA, USA. 212 pp.

Harris, Mary A., Michael J. Brewer, and Jeffery A. Meyer. 2000. Presence-Absence Sequential Sampling Plan for Northern Fowl Mite, Ornithonyssus sylviarum (Acari: Macronyssidae), on Caged-layer Hens J. Economic Entomol. 93(2): 544-549.

Harris, Mary A., Wayne A. Gardner and Ronald D. Oetting. 1996. A Review of the Scientific Literature on Fungus Gnats (Diptera: Sciaridae) in the Genus Bradysia. J. of Entomological Science 31(3): 252-276.

Harris, M. A., W. A. Gardner and R. D. Oetting. 1995.Use of entomopathogenic nematodes and a new monitoring technique for control of fungus gnats, Bradysia coprophila (Diptera: Sciaridae), in floriculture. Biol. Control. 5: 412-418.

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