Professor, Department of Entomology Cornell AgriTech
I earned by PhD in Entomology at the University of California at Davis in 1989 where I studied insect ecology and pest management, including research on the effects on plant stress on herbivory and biological control. After postdoctoral positions at Stanford University and the University of California at Davis I came to the Department of Entomology at Cornell as an Assistant Professor in 1995, establishing a research and extension program at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY (since renamed as Cornell AgriTech), with responsibilities for arthropod pests of grapes and small fruit crops. I also currently co-teach a course on Grape Pest Management. Outside of work I enjoy all manner of outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, backpacking, fly fishing, birding and cross-country skiing.
The overall goal of my research program is to understand the principal forces that influence the population dynamics and species interactions of herbivores in agricultural and natural ecosystems and use this information to devise and implement multi-tactic pest management programs. My areas of research expertise include plant-arthropod interactions, biological control, chemical ecology and integrated pest management. My more basic research is focused on how host plant traits and other environmental factors influence interactions between plants and their herbivores, and herbivores and natural enemies. My more applied research program focuses on the ecology and integrated control of specific arthropod pests of grapes and small fruit crops. My goal in extension is to translate and transfer results of applied research on pest biology and control to our grower clientele so that they will be better informed and better able to make sound pest management decisions. Educating growers and pest control advisors as to the proper and effective use of pesticides is an important aspect of my responsibilities. In addition, however, I include other approaches to pest control such as the use of predators and parasites, manipulation of pest behavior, cultural techniques and host plant resistance.
- Stockton, D., and Loeb, G. 2022. Diet hierarchies guide temporal-spatial variation in Drosophila suzukii resource use. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, In Press.
- Mertz, R.W., Hesler, S.P., Pfannenstiel, L.J., Norris,R.H., Loeb, G. and Scott, J.G. 2021. Insecticide resistance in Drosophila melanogaster in vineyards and evaulation of alternative insecticides. Pest Management Science, doi: 10.1002/ps.674
- Stockton, D. G., and Loeb, G. 2021. Winter warm-up frequency and the degree of temperature fluctuations affect survival outcomes of spotted-wing Drosophila winter morphotypes. Journal of Insect Physiology, 131:104246, doi.org/10.1016/j.jinsphys.2021/104246.
- Willden, S.A, Cox, K.D., Pritts, M.P., and Loeb, G.M. 2020. A comparison of weed, pathogen and insect pests between low tunnel and open-field grown strawberries in New York. Crop Protection 139, doi.org/10.1016/j.cropro. 2020.105388.
- Cha, D.H., Roh, G.H., Hesler, S.P., Wallingford, A., Stockton, D.G., Park, S.K., and Loeb, G. 2020. 2-pentlyfuran: a novel repellent of Drosophila suzukii. Pest Management Science, doi: 10.1002/ps.6196.
- Arora, A.K., Clark, N., Wentworth, K.S., Hesler, S., Fuchs, M., Loeb, G., and Douglas, A.E. 2020. Evaluation of rna interference for control of the grape mealybug Pseudococcus maritimus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae). Insects 2020, aa,739; doi:10.3390/insects11110739.
- Boucher, M., Collins, R., Harling, K., Brind’Amour, G., Cox, K., and Loeb., G. 2020. Interactions between Delia platura and Erwinia amylovora associated with insect mediated transmission of shoot blight. PhytoFrontiers, doi.org/10.1094/phytofr-08-20-0013-R.
- Wolfin, M.S., Chilson, R.R. III, Thrall, J., Liu, Y., Volo, S., Cha, D.H., Loeb, G.M., and Linn, C.E. Jr. 2020. Habitat cues synergize to elicit chemically-mediated landing behavior in a specialist phytophagous insect, the grape berry moth. Entomologia et applicata, 168: 880-889. Doi.org/10.1111/eea.13003.
- Grab, H., Poveda, K., Danforth, B., and Loeb, G. 2018. Landscape context shifts the balance of costs and benefits from wildflower borders on multiple ecosystem services. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 285: 20181102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2018.1102.
- Hall, M.E., Loeb, G.M., Cadle-Davidson, L., Evans, K.J., and Wilcox, W.F. 2018. Grape sour rot: a four-way interaction involving the host, yeast, acetic acid bacteria, and insects. Phytopathology, doi.org/10.1094/PHYTO-03-18-0098-R.
Awards & Honors
- CALS Cornell Outstanding Accomplishments in Research Award, 2017
- Entomological Society of America Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Award, 2016
- New York Wine and Grape foundation Award for Major Contributions in Research and Education, 2011
- Excellence in IPM Award, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, 2010
- ENTOM 9900: Doctoral Level Thesis Research
- ENTOM 3200: Grape Pest Management
- PLPPM 3200: Grape Pest Management
- VIEN 3200: Grape Pest Management
15 Castle Creek Drive
428 Barton Lab
Geneva, NY 14456
gme1 [at] cornell.edu
Gregory in the news
The farm is experiencing one of its best seasons to date, thanks to better management of fall infestations of spotted wing drosophila (SWD), part of a research collaboration with Greg Loeb, professor of entomology at Cornell AgriTech, part of...
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Dara Stockton—a postdoctoral associate working in the lab of Greg Loeb, professor of entomology—researches spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), an invasive vinegar fly that reproduces in berries and other small fruit. Stockton’s research is helping...
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