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About Joel R. Coats

Joel’s research program includes two main areas: (1) insect toxicology and (2) environmental toxicology and environmental chemistry of agrochemicals. His research in the insect toxicology area is focused primarily on natural products as insecticides and insect repellents, including investigations of their spectrum of activity, mechanisms of action, metabolism, synthesis of biorational derivatives and analogs, quantitative structure-activity relationships. His scientific publications include 10 books, 7 review articles, 41 book chapters, and 142 peer-reviewed journal articles, and he holds 9 patents. He teaches in five graduate courses: Insecticide Toxicology, Pesticides in the Environment, Special Topics in Insect Toxicology, and portions of Principles of Toxicology, and Laboratory Methods in Toxicology. Joel has served as major professor for 44 graduate students who graduated from his lab, plus 3 current ones, and served as adviser for 13 postdocs.


Present Adjunct Professor,The Institute for Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University
Present Distinguished Professor, Iowa State University Department of Entomology

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Honors and Awards

  • Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor
  • Fellow, Entomological Society of America
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow, Agrochemicals Division of American Chemical Society


Contact Information

116 Insectary
2311 Pammel Dr
Ames, IA 50011-1025
Phone: 515-294-4776
Fax: 515-294-4757


Peer-Reviewed Articles (127)