William J. Turner

William J. Turner

 

Areas of Interest

Insect taxonomy and systematics.

Taxonomy of economically-important Diptera.

Biosystematics, biology and evolution of Diptera.

Swarming, courtship and mating in Diptera.

Interactive multimedia computer systems for teaching.

Education

B.A. in Education, University of California, Berkeley 1963
M.S. in Entomology, University of California, Berkeley 1966
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of California, Berkeley 1971

Publications

a. Refereed Publications:
Turner, W. J. 1966. Andrena overwintering as an unemerged adult. Pan-Pacific Entomol., 42: 67-68.

Powell, J. A. and W. J. Turner. 1968. Observations on oviposition behavior in Orussa occidentalis. Pan-Pacific Entomol., 45: 73-75.

Turner, W. J. 1973. Four new species of the Symphoromyia pachyceras complex complex from California (Diptera: Rhagionidae). Pan-Pacific Entomol., 49: 5-20.

Turner, W. J. 1974. A revision of the genus Symphoromyia Frauenfeld (Diptera: Rhagionidae). I. Introduction. Subgenera and species groups. Review of biology. Canad. Entomol., 106: 851-868.

Powell, J. A. and W. J. Turner. 1975. Observations on oviposition behavior and host selection in Orussa occidentalis (Hymenoptera: Siricoidea). J. Kansas Entomol. Soc., 48: 229-307.

Turner, W. J. 1976. Fannia thelaziae, a new species of eye-frequenting fly of the benjamini group from California and description of F. conspicua female (Diptera: Muscidae). Pan-Pacific Entomol., 52: 237-241.

Turner, W. J. 1978. A case of severe human allergic reaction to bites of Symphoromyia (Diptera, Rhagionidae). J. Med. Entomol., 15: 138-139.

Davis, E. J. and W. J. Turner. 1978. Biology, distribution and abundance of flesh flies Diptera: Sarcophagidae) of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeastern Oregon. Melanderia, No. 30, pp. 111-159.

Kieffer, J. N., C. H. Shanks and W. J. Turner. 1983. Populations and control of insects and spiders contaminating mechanically harvested red raspberries in Washington and Oregon. J. Econ Entomol., 76: 649-653.

Turner, W. J. 1985. Checklist of Pacific Northwest species of horse flies and deer flies with new state records for Washington and Idaho (Diptera, Tabanidae). Pan-Pacific Entomol., 61: 1-12.

Turner, W. J., J. Jenkins and J. M. Babcock. 1986. New record and first observations of adult flight activity for Deuterophlebia coloradensis Pennak (Diptera: Deuterophlebiidae) in Idaho. Pan-Pac. Entomol., 62: 111-118.

Turner, W. J. 1987. New distribution records and synonymy for little-known Dolichopodidae (Diptera) of the Pacific Northwest. Entomol. News, 98: 19-25.

Turner, W. J. 1988. Lectotype designation for Empis chichimeca Wheeler and Melander (Diptera, Empididae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash.,90: 1-6.

Barrett, B., J. F. Brunner and W. J. Turner. 1988. Variations in color, size and thoracic morphology of Pnigalio species (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) parasitizing Phyllonoryctor elmaella (Lepidoptera Gracilleridae) in Utah and Washington. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer., 81: 516-521.

Jenkins, J. and W. J. Turner. 1989. Revision of the Baccharis-infesting (Asteraceae) fruit flies of the genus Tephritis (Diptera, Tephritidae) in North America. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 82: 674-685.

MacDonald, J. F. and W. J. Turner. 1993. A revision of the genus Neoplasta Coquillett of America north of Mexico with descriptions of nine new species (Diptera: Empididae, Hemerodromiinae). Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash., 95: 351-376.

Johnson, J. B., T. D. Miller and W. J. Turner. 1995. Lalapa lusa Pate (Hymenoptera: Tiphiidae): New locations and new floral associations in the Pacific Northwest. Pan-Pac. Entomol., 71: 64-65.

Gaimari, S. D. and W. J. Turner 1996 Immature stages of Leucopis ninae and two variant populations of Leucopis gaimarii (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae), feeding on Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Homoptera: Aphididae). Proc. Entom.Soc. Wash., 98(4): 647-666

Gaimari, S. D. and W. J. Turner 1996.Larval feeding and development of Leucopis ninae and two populations of Leucopis gaimarii (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae), on Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Homoptera: Aphididae). Proc. Entom. Soc. Wash., 98(4): 667-676.

Gaimari, S. D. and W. J. Turner 1996. Methods for rearing aphidophagous Leucopis spp. (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae). J. Kansas Entom. Soc., 69(4): 363-369.

Gaimari, S. D. and W. J. Turner 1997. Behavioral observations on the adults of and larvae of Leucopis (Diptera: Chamaemyiidae). J. Kansas Entom. Soc., 70(3): 153-159.

Rumph, J. A. and W. J. Turner 1998. Alternative to critical point drying for soft-bodied insect larvae. Ann. Entom. Soc. Amer., 91(5) 696-699.

b.Book Chapters:

1981. Family Rhagionidae (Pp. 483-488). In: McAlpine, J. F. et al. (eds.). Manual of Nearctic Diptera. Vol. 1. Agric. Canada, Research Branch Monogr. No. 27. 647 pp (with M. T. James).

c. Book Reviews:

1973. The Micropezidae of California (Diptera). M. T. James and R. W. Merritt. Proc. Wash. State Entomol. Soc., 35: 368-369.

1973. The Moths of America North of Mexico. Fascicle 21, Sphingoidea. R. W. Hodges. Proc. Wash. State Entomol. Soc., 35: 369-370.

1973. Centurie de Lepidoptere de L’Ile de Cuba. P. H. Poey. Proc. Wash. State Entomol. Soc., 35: 371-372.

1984. Catalog of Diptera of America north of Mexico. A. Stone et al. (eds.). Bull. Entomol. Soc. Amer., 30: 53-54.

1985. The Empidoidea (Diptera) of Fennoscandia and Denmark II. M. Chvala. Bull. Entomol. Soc. Amer., 31: 50.

d. Other Publications:

1980. Washington State University – Featured Institution (Scientific Systematic Collections of WSU). Assoc. Syst. Coll., Newsletter. Vol. 8: 33-36 (with A. J. Gilmartin, R. E. Johnson, R. Chako, G. C. Shaw and R. Worthman).

1985. Mating trophallaxis in Diptera. Proc. Wash. St. Entomol. Soc., No. 47, pp. 752-754.

Awards

  • Elected to Sigma Xi (1970 to present)
  • Appointed to WSU Graduate Faculty (1975 to present)
  • R. M. Wade Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Agriculture and Home Economics, Washington State University. (1999)

Grants

Below are grant proposals from 1972-1998. All non-funded proposals are included to provide an indication of the scope of research interests.

Washington State University Grant-in-Aid. “Blood-sucking Diptera (excluding muscoid flies) affecting man and animals in Washington.” 1 yr. 1972-73. Funded: $5,657.

Washington State Agricultural Research Station Project 0209: “Biosystematics of blood-sucking Diptera ofWashington.” 5 yrs. 1973-78. Funded: $7,500.

United States Department of Agriculture, U. S. Forest Service Grant: “Impact of chemical and microbial control applications in the forest on beneficial insects.” 3 yrs. 1975-1978. Funded: $139,763. (With R. D. Akre and C. A. Johansen.)

National Science Foundation Training Grant: “Biology and immature stages of shore flies of the Columbia Basin and Mt. Rainier areas of the Pacific Northwest (Diptera: Ephydridae).” 2 yrs. 1977-79. Funded: $3,136. (As major advisor to R. S. Zack.)

Washington State Agricultural Research Center Project 0209: “Biosystematics of Washington blood-sucking Diptera.” 5 yrs. 1978-83. Funded: $6,000.

Washington State Agricultural Research Center Project 0635: “Biosystematics of Washington blood-sucking Diptera.” 10 yrs. 1983-91. Funded.

National Science Foundation: “Systematic relationships of the family Rhagionidae (Insecta, Diptera) based on studies of immature stages.” $166,305. 3 yrs. 1987-90. Not funded.

Western Regional IPM Program: “Survey, identification and evaluation of biotic mortality factors affecting Russian wheat aphid (RWA: Diuraphis noxia) in Washington and Idaho.” $40,000. 2 yrs. l988-90. Not funded.

Innovative Teaching Program. College of Agriculture and Home Economics, WSU. “Interactive hyper-media.” $17,000. 1 yr. l988. Not funded. U. S. Department of Agriculture. Challenge Grant Program.

“Using interactive multimedia for instruction of insect taxonomy.” $50,000 with matching monies from CAHE. 3 yrs. 1990-93. Not funded.

Washington State Agricultural Research Center Project 0209: “Economically important Diptera of Washington.” 3 yrs. 1991-94. Funded.

U. S. Department of Agriculture. Challenge Grant Program. “Interactive multimedia for instruction of insect taxonomy.” $80,000 with matching monies from CAHE. 3 yrs. l992-l995. Not funded.

CSRS. “Russian wheat aphid management in the Pacific Northwest.” Renewed 7/93. $91,806. (K. S. Pike, L. K. Tanigoshi and W. J. Turner). Funded.

CAHE “Multimedia: General Entomology.” $15,000 for development station and presentation equipment. Shared with Food Sciences and Human Nutrition. Funded.

Tristate Barley Commission “Larval predator flies and biological control of aphids in barley.” Submitted 2/96 $9,200 1996-1997. Funded.

Tristate Barley Commission “Larval predator flies and biological control of aphids in barley.” Renewed 2nd year on 7/97 $10,750 1997-1998. Funded.

Tristate Barley Commission “Larval predator flies and biological control of aphids in barley.” Renewed 3rd year on 7/98 $10,900 1998-1999. Funded.

National Science Foundation (PEET) “Monographic systemtatic studies in the dance flies (Empididae).” Submitted 11/96. 5 yrs. $726, 226. Not funded.

Tri-State Agricultural Distance Delivery Alliance (TADDA): “General Entomology.” $8,000. 1998-99. Funded.

Presentations, Posters and Symposia

Symposium “Unusual and interesting insects of the Pacific Northwest.” W. J. Turner (Coordinator). Joint Meeting of the Washington State Entomological Society/Entomological Society of British Columbia, Penticton, B. C. (Sep 1974).

Symposium: Pacific Northwest Insects. Turner, W. J. “Dance flies of the Pacific Northwest – a study in diversity”. Joint Meeting of the Washington State Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of British Columbia, Penticton, B. C. (Sep 1974).

Symposium: Present and Future Contributions of Museums to Applied Biology. Turner, W. J. “Acquisition and preservation of systematic evidence”. Entomological Society of America, Pacific Branch Meetings, Portland, OR (Jun 1975).

Symposium: What’s New in Entomology? Turner, W. J. “Unknown insects – what to do?” Entomological Society of America, Pacific Branch Meetings, Spokane, WA (1983).

Seminar: Turner, W. J. “Dance flies and their partners – observations and studies on the Empididae.” Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID (May 1984).

Paper: Turner, W. J. “Relationships among species of biting snipe flies within the subgenus Pogonaria (Rhagionidae, Symphoromyia)” Entomol. Soc. Amer., Pacific Branch Meeting, Honolulu, HI (Jun 1985).

Paper: Turner, W. J. “Premating trophallaxis in the true flies – or it must have been something I ate.” Four State Entomology Meeting, Pullman, WA/Moscow, ID (1985).

Invited Paper: Turner, W. J. “What’s a dance fly like you doing in a clade like this?” Informal Diptera Conf., Entom. Soc. Amer., Nat. Conference, San Antonio, TX (Dec 1989).

Paper: Turner, W. J. “Lithotectonic terranes: origins, nature and impact on the insect fauna of the Pacific Northwest.” Entom. Soc. Amer., Pacific Branch Meeting, Spokane, WA (Jun 1990).

Paper: Turner, W. J. “Preliminary biological studies on Leucopis spp., dipterous predators of the Russian wheat aphid.” Entom. Soc. Amer., Pacific Branch Meeting, Spokane, WA (Jun 1990).

Paper: Turner, W. J. “Using interactive multimedia to enhance teaching of insect taxonomy.” Entom. Soc. Amer., Pacific Branch Meeting, Kailua/Kona, HI (Jun 1992).

Poster: Ming, Y. and W. J. Turner. “Revision of the genus Eurosta Loew, with a scanning electron microscopic study of taxonomic characters (Diptera, Tephritidae).” XIX Inter. Cong. Entom., Beijing, China (Jun/Jul 1992).

Paper: Gaimari, S. D. and W. J. Turner. “Morphology of the immature stage of three Leucopis spp. (Diptera, Chamaemyiidae).” Entom. Soc. Amer., Nat. Conf., Baltimore, MD. (Dec. 1992).

Poster: Johnson, J. B., W. J. Turner and D. K. Young. “Developing a taxonomic guide to insect families of America north of Mexico.” Poster DSP 1195. Entom. Soc. Amer., Nat. Conf., Baltimore, MD. (Dec. 1992).

Poster: Rumph, J. and W. J. Turner. “An alternative method to critical point drying for soft-bodied insect larvae.” Pacific Branch, ESA. June, 1997.

Teaching Activities

Fall Semester of Odd Years:

  • Entom 343. General Entomology. 3 cr.
  • Entom 344. General Entomology Laboratory. 2 cr.
  • Entom/Zool 511. Principles of Systematic Biology. 3 cr.
  • Entom 512. Survey of Biological Control Agents. 2 cr.
  • Zool 135. Animal Natural History. 3 cr.
  • Spring Semester of Even Years
  • Entom 440/540. Taxonomy of Immature Insects. 4 cr.
  • Zool 393. Undergraduate Seminar (and Writing Course). 2 cr.
  • Spring Semester of Odd Years
  • Entom 439/539. Insect Taxonomy. 4 cr.
  • Zool 393. Undergraduate Seminar (and Writing Course). 2 cr.
  • Summer Semester (10 wks)
  • Entom 343. General Entomology (Distance Course). 3 cr.
  • Zool 135. Animal Natural History. 3 cr.
  • Entom 499 or 600. Field Entomology. Variable credit: 1-3 cr.

 

Emeritus Professor

Department of Entomology
Washington State University,
Pullman, WA 99164-6382

Phone: 509-335-3720
E-Mail: turnerwj@wsu.edu