WILLIAM H ROBINSON
Director

Urban Pest Control Research Center
2749 Market St., #331
Christiansburg, VA 24073

540/382-9238 (phone/fax)
upcrc@upcrc.com (e mail)

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Education

  • B.A. - 1964, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • M.A. - 1966, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • Ph.D. - 1970, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Previous Experience

  • 1984-1998 Professor, Entomology, VPI&SU
  • 1976-1983 Associate Professor, Entomology
  • 1970-1976 Assistant Professor, Entomology
  • 1988-present Visiting Professor, Zhejiang Agric. Univ. Hangzhou, China
  • 1969-1970 Instructor, Entomology, Iowa State University
  • 1966-1969 Graduate Teaching Asst., Entomology, Iowa State Univ.
  • 1964-1966 Research Assistant, Biology, Kent State University
  • 1962-1963 Pest Control Technician, Bowco Labs., Elizabeth, NJ
  • 1960-1962 Mosquito Biologist, Union Co. Mosquito Control, NJ

Honors and Awards

  • 1978 Pi Chi Omega, National Recognition Award For Outstanding Service to the Pest Control Industry
  • 1979 Eastern Branch, Entomol. Soc. Amer., Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension
  • 1988 Va Tech Alumni Association Award for Extension Excellence
  • 1988 Gamma Sigma Delta Distinguished Service Award for Extension
  • 1989 Distinguished 10 Year Service Award, Interstate Pest Control Conference, Univ. Maryland
  • 1990 Research Achievement Award, Orkin Pest Control
  • 1990 Eastern Branch, Entomol. Soc. Amer., Distinguished Achiev. Award, Urban Entomology
  • 1994 Research Achievement Award, Orkin Pest Control

International, National or Regional Committees

  • Chairman, Executive Committee, International Conference on Insect Pests in the Urban Environ. 1994-99
  • Chairman Organizing Committee, 1st International Conf. on Insect Pests in the Urban Environment 1993 (1990-3)(Cambridge, UK)
  • External Examiner, Vector Control Research Unit, Universiti Sains Malaysia (1993-4)
  • Steering Committee, National Conference on Urban Entomology (1985 - 95)
  • Program Committee, International Congress of Entomology, 1992, Beijing, China (1990)
  • Program Committee, Eastern Branch, Entomological Society of America (1976-78, 80-82); Co-Chairman 1979
  • USDA Northeast Region, Urban IPM Planning Committee
  • National Pest Control Assoc., Insect Control Committee (1979-1989)
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, New England Log Homes, Inc.


ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH PROGRAMS

TEACHING

  • Urban Entomology
  • Insect Biosystematics
  • Household Insect Pests
  • Turf Insect Pests
  • Pesticide Legislat.
  • Urban Pest Management
  • Parasitic Diptera
  • Diptera Taxonomy

RESEARCH

  • Cockroach biology and control. The spatial distribution, movement and dispersal, aesthetic and economic injury, and the chemical and nonchemical strategies for control and management of American, German, and oriental cockroaches in the urban/suburban environment. Monitoring techniques and management strategies for insecticide resistance in field populations of the German cockroach.

  • Integrated Control/ Pest Management Programs The design, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive programs for the control of insects and other pests in commercial settings, such as apartment complexes, hospital and health care facilities, recreational areas and amusement parks, and government jurisdictions (cities and towns). Specific programs for mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests have been designed and implemented. Training and resource material has been prepared and used to support programs.

  • Wood-infesting insects. The biology, habits, external morphology, and control of wood-infesting Coleoptera and Hymenoptera. Specific projects include the old house borer, Hylotrupes bajulus, and powderpost beetles.

  • Insecticide application technology. The methods and mechanics of applying insecticides to substrates in the household environment. Specific projects include the penetration of insecticides into wood to control wood-infesting beetles, the application and penetration of insecticides into household carpet to control the adults and larvae of the cat flea, the transfer of a toxic dose of insecticide to cockroaches, and the application of liquid and foam termiticides to household foundations. Research on the application methods and equipment for household insect control, and the control of subterranean termites.


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