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About Thomas W. Sappington

I am a Research Entomologist in the Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit (CICGRU) of the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Ames, Iowa. I am affiliated with the ISU Dept. of Entomology as a "Collaborator" (i.e., courtesy faculty), and am a member of the ISU Graduate Faculty. My ongoing research projects encompass the ecology, behavior, management, and population genetics of European corn borer, Ostrinia nubilalis; western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera; and western bean cutworm, Striacosta albicosta. Before transferring to Iowa in 2003, I served as Lead Scientist for four years in the Integrated Farming and Natural Resources Research Unit in Weslaco, Texas, where I conducted research on pests of cotton, especially boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis.


Present Collaborator Professor, Iowa State University Department of Entomology
Present USDA-ARS Research Entomologist, Iowa State University

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Honors and Awards

  • Midwest Area Senior Research Scientist of the Year

Contact Information

109 Genetics Laboratory
Ames, IA 50011-3222


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