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Marlin Rice

Marlin E. Rice

Professor; Ph.D., Kansas State University (1987)

Department Position: Professor (Collaborator)

Dr. Rice is a Senior Research Scientist with Pioneer Hi-Bred International (a DuPont Company). During 1988-2009, he was a faculty member in the department with an Extension (75%) and research (25%) appointment. He had responsibilities for the statewide extension entomology programs for field and forage crops and was the executive editor of Integrated Crop Management.

His primary research activities were in applied pest management with a focus on using transgenic corn to manage European corn borer, western bean cutworm, stalk borer, and other Lepidoptera, and biology and management of both bean leaf beetle and bean pod mottle virus. He also has conducted research on biodiversity of Coleoptera, including Cerambycidae and Scarabaeidae.

In 2002, 2005, and 2007, he taught BIOL 394 (International Field Trip in Biology–Natural History of the Serengeti). A total of 54 students participated in these three field trips to east Africa. Information on the class and a short movie may be viewed here.

Dr. Rice has authored or co-authored 81 refereed publications. He also is a co-editor of the “Handbook of Corn Insects,” published by the Entomological Society of America, and he is a co-author with Larry Pedigo of “Entomology and Pest Management”—5th and 6th editions.

Dr. Rice was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach in the Crop Science Department, University of Zimbabwe, during 1998. He was elected President of the Entomological Society of America and held the office during 2008-2009.

Three men by an African termite mound

Marlin Rice (right) with study abroad teaching assistants, Matt Wihlm (left) and Brendan Dunphy (top), at a termite mound near Lake Natron, Tanzania, 2007.

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