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Lori Spears

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Invasive species; Insect ecology; Integrated pest management

Professional Practice Assistant Professor - Biology Department

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 203
SendEmail: lori.spears@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Ecology, Utah State University, 2012
Spider community composition and structure in a shrub-steppe ecosystem: the effects of prey availability and shrub architecture
BS, Anthropology, (Zoology), Weber State University, 2001

Research Interests

I conduct invasive species surveys throughout Utah. My research focuses on invasive species dynamics including the spread and host use of brown marmorated stink bug (Haylomorpha halys), factors affecting spotted wing drosophila abundance in the Intermountain West, and evaluating arthropod communities in an agricultural landscape using by-catch.

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Spears, L., Ramirez, R., (2015). Learning to love leftovers: Using bycatch to gain entomological knowledge. American Entomologist, 61:3, 168-173. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ae/tmv046
        • Professional Journal

        • Spears, L., Looney, C., Ikerd, H., Koch, J., Griswold, T., Strange, J., Ramirez, R., (2016). Pheromone lure and trap color affects bycatch in agricultural landscapes of Utah. Environmental Entomology, 45, 1009-1016.

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

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              Publications - Translations & Transcripts

                Publications - Other

                  Newsletter

                • Spears, L., (2017). European cherry fruit fly: a new invasive pest in North America.. *
                • Spears, L., (2016). Identifying mechanisms of resistance to emerald ash borer. *
                • Spears, L., (2016). New honey bee pest detected in Utah. *
                • Spears, L., (2016). Velvet longhorned beetle. *
                • Spears, L., (2016). New invasive fruit pest detected in Utah. *
                • Spears, L., (2016). Two new invasive agricultural pests in the United States. *
                • Spears, L., (2015). Ghosts of holiday pests. *

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                Extension

                First Detector Training, 2016 - Ongoing
                Fruit IPM (Integrated Pest Management), 2016 - Ongoing
                Landscape IPM (Integrated Pest Management), 2016 - Ongoing

                Graduate Students Mentored

                Mark Cody Holthouse, Biology, August 2016