Gary L. Piper

Specialization and Areas of Interest

I teach various integrated pest management (IPM 201, 399, 452/552 and 462/562) and entomology (ENTOM 350) courses to undergraduate and graduate students. I advise students pursuing the Agriculture and Food Security major in the Agricultural and Food Systems B.S. degree program and also am an academic advisor for graduate students. My research, both basic and applied, is conducted on the biological control of invasive noxious weeds in rangeland, wildland, and aquatic ecosystems using nonindigenous arthropods and pathogens. Research aspects encompass natural enemy survey, importation, establishment, translocation, impact assessment, and bioagent life history studies. My outreach work involves providing educational programming on biological weed control efforts and responding to constituent requests for information on insect and weed pest identification/management.

Education

B.S. in Zoology, Kent State University, Kent, OH
M.S. in Entomology, Kent State University, Kent, OH
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Publications and Presentations

Publications

  • Piper, G. L. and C. Ramsay.  2012.  Biological control of poisonous plants in Washington.  Washington State Univ. Pesticide Recertification Online Course. (in preparation)
  • Piper, G. L.  2011.  Early season aggregation behavior in adult Larinus minutus, an introduced phytophage of Centaurea spp. in North America, pp.x xx-xxx. In  Proc. XIII Int. Symp. Biol. Contr. Weeds, Sept. 11-16, 2011, Waikoloa, HI.  USDA-FS, FHTET, Morgantown, WV. (in press)
  • Andreas, J., E. M. Coombs, G. L. Piper, J. Milan, and M. Schwarzlaender.  2011.  Biological control, pp. 1-7.  In E. Peachey, D. Ball, A. Hulting, J. Yenish, T. Miller, D. Morishita, and P. Hutchinson (eds.), Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook.  Ext. Serv., Oregon State Univ., Corvallis.
  • Piper, G. L. and A. L. Antonelli.  2011.  Cockroaches: Identification, Biology, and Control.  Pacific Northwest Extension Publ. 186E (revision).  Washington State Univ. Extension, Pullman. 7 p.
  • Whaley, D. K. and G. L. Piper.  2011.  Death Camas.  Pacific Northwest Extension Publ. (revision).  Washington State Univ. Extension, Pullman. (in press)
  • Whaley, D. K. and G. L. Piper.  2011.  Western Waterhemlock.  Pacific Northwest Extension Publ. 0109 (revision).  Washington State Univ. Extension, Pullman. (in press)
  • Piper, G. L. and C. Ramsay.  2009.  Biological control of diffuse and spotted knapweed and rush skeletonweed in Washington.  Washington State Univ. Pesticide Recertification Online Course.
  • Tonkel, K. C. and G. L. Piper.  2009.  Patterns in resource partitioning by insect biological control agents of yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis L.) in Washington.  Northwest Sci. 83 (1): 16-24.
  • Wilson, L. M., S. E. Sing, G. L. Piper, R. W. Hansen, R. De Clerck-Floate, D. K. MacKinnon, and C. B. Randall.  2005.  Biology and Biological Control of Dalmatian and Yellow Toadflax.  USDA-FS, FHTET-05-13, Morgantown, WV.  116 p.
  • Coombs, E. M., J. F. Clark, G. L. Piper, and A. F. Cofrancesco, Jr.  2004.  Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States.  Western Society of Weed Science, Oregon State Univ. Press, Corvallis.  467 p.
  • Piper, G. L.  2004.  Integration of biological control with other methods, pp. 114-121.  In E. M. Coombs, J. K. Clark, G. L. Piper, and A. F. Cofrancesco, Jr., Biological Control of Invasive Plants in the United States.  Western Society of Weed Science, Oregon State Univ. Press, Corvallis.

Recent presentations

  • Piper, G. L.  2012.  Weed Biocontrol:  Future Organism Introductions in the Pacific Northwest.  Society for Range Management Annual Meeting, Spokane, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2012,  Fortuitous Biological Weed Control.  WSU Pesticide Licensing Recertification Training, Moses Lake, Pasco, Pullman, Spokane, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2011.  Early Season Aggregation Behavior in Adult Larinus minutus, an Introduced Phytophage of Centaurea spp. in North America.  XIII International Symposium on Biological Control of Weeds, Waikoloa, HI.
  • Piper, G. L.  2010.  Biological Control of Poisonous Plants.  WSU Pesticide Licensing Recertification Training, Moscow, ID; Pasco, Moses Lake, Wenatchee, Yakima, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2009.  Biological Control of Weeds Update.  WSU Pesticide Licensing Recertification Training, Pasco, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2009.  Invasive Plant Suppression in the Pacific Northwest Using Biotic Organisms.  WSU Entomology Colloquium, Pullman, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2009.  Rush Skeletonweed:  Its Biological Control in Washington State.  WSU Pesticide Licensing Recertification Training, Spokane, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2009.  Invasive Plant Suppression in Eastern Washington Using Biotic Organisms.  Pacific Northwest Farm Forum, Spokane, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2009.  Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife and Diffuse Knapweed in Eastern Washington.  Grant County Weed District #3 Annual Meeting, Quincy, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2008.  Distribution, Abundance, and Impact of Chaetorellia australis and C. succinea on Centaurea spp. in Washington.  Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Annual Meeting, Napa, CA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2008.  Biological Control of Noxious Thistles.  WSU Pesticide License Recertification Training, Moscow, ID; Moses Lake, Pasco, Spokane, Wenatchee, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2007.  New Developments in Weed Biocontrol in Columbia County.  Columbia County Noxious Weed Control Board Annual Meeting, Dayton, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2007.  New Developments in Weed Biocontrol in Grant County.  Grant County Weed District #3 Annual Meeting, George, WA.
  • Piper, G. L.  2007.  Development of a Cooperative Weed Management Area in Southeastern Washington.  WSU Extension Meeting, Dayton, WA.

Grants and Other Revenue Support

2006-2007.  Quad County/Colville Reservation Bioagent Program, $20,500.
2007-2011.  NW Weed Biocontrol Insectary, $111,843.
2007-2011.  U.S. Bureau of Land Management, $34, 730
2007-2011.  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, $29, 635.

Awards

1996. Distinguished Service Award, USDA-ARS.
1997. R. M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award, WSU-CAHE.
1997. National Assoc. of Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Teaching Award of Merit.
1998, 1999. Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching.
1998. Golden Key National Honor Society Advisor of the Year Award.
2002. Big Cat Award co-recipient for Outstanding Cooperative Extension Team Programming in Washington.
2010 Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors Award for Excellence in Research.

Teaching Activities – Current courses taught

  • IPM 201. Introduction to Pest Management in a Quality Environment. Credit: 2 semester hours.
  • IPM 399. Pest Management Internship. Credit: Variable 1-4 semester hours.
  • IPM 452/552. Pesticides and the Environment. Credit: 2 semester hours.
  • IPM 462/562. Systems of Integrated Pest Management. Credit: 3 semester hours.
  • ENTOM 350. Pest Management in Organic Agriculture Production Systems. Credit: 2 semester hours.
  • ENTOM 499. Special Problems. Credit: Variable.
  • ENTOM 593. Seminar. Credit: 1 semester hour.
  • ENTOM 600. Special Projects or Independent Study. Credit: Variable.
  • ENTOM 700. Master’s Research, Thesis, and/or Examination. Credit: Variable.
  • ENTOM 702. Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination. Credit: Variable.

 

Emeritus Professor
Entomologist
Extension Specialist E-3

Department of Entomology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6382
Phone: 509-335-1947
Email: glpiper@wsu.edu