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About Richard L Hellmich

Dr. Hellmich investigates the genetics and ecology of corn insect pests. He also is interested in managing European corn borer resistance to transgenic corn and evaluating effects of transgenic corn on non-target organisms. He is using a molecular approach to study the population genetics of corn insects. Before coming to Iowa State University, Dr. Hellmich studied the genetics and behavior of honey bees.


Present Collaborator Instructor, Iowa State University Department of Entomology
Present USDA Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit, Iowa State University


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Honors and Awards

  • USDA Secretary's Group Award 2002, Group Leader, co-recipient with Adrianna D. Hewings, Peoria, IL and Eldon E. Ortman, West Lafayette, IN
  • Scientist of the Year 2002, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Midwest Area
  • Mortar Board Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Soci
  • Sigma Xi Research Honor Society
  • USDA-ARS Certificate of Merit, 1986, 1995, 1996, 1998 through 2010
  • USDA Extraordinary Effort Award for Serving as Acting Research Leader, 200

Contact Information

110 Genetics Lab
2333 Pammel Dr
c/o Insectary
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-3222


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