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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 (Drosophila suzukii) abundance in the Intermountain West, and using bycatch to evaluate arthropod communities in the agricultural landscapes of Utah.

Publications - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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      Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

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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., Cannon, C., (2017). Brown marmorated stink bug status in Utah. *
                • Spears, L., (2017). Pest spotlight: gypsy moth. *
                • 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. *
                • Other

                • Spears, L., Alston, D.G, (2017). European cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis cerasi).

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                Extension

                First Detector Training, 2016 - Ongoing
                Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey, 2013 - Ongoing
                Fruit IPM , 2013 - Ongoing
                Landscape IPM, 2013 - Ongoing
                Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL), 2013 - Ongoing
                Invasive Bee Guide (USDA APHIS PPQ ITP), 2016 - 2019

                Graduate Students Mentored