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Lisa G. Neven

Posted by | June 20, 2011

Lisa G. NevenLisa Neven

Research Entomologist, Adjunct Faculty


  • BS The University of Florida, 1981. Zoology
  • Ph.D. The University of Notre Dame, 1987. Biology. Special program in Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology.

Specialization and Areas of Particular Interest

Postharvest Entomology:

  • Development of non-chemical quarantine treatments to meet export requirements for decidious tree fruits and vegetables
  • Treatments include high and low temperatures, controlled atmospheres, irradiation, and GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) chemicals.
  • Development of information for postharvest field (orchard) sanitation procedures.

Insect Physiology:

  • Cold hardiness adaptations of tree fruit pests.
  • Effects of environmental stress on insect respiration.
  • Effects of radiation on insect development and expression of genes.

Molecular Approaches to Pest Control:

  • Development of Autocidal Biological Control technique for codling moth and oriental fruit moth
  • Development of engineered baculoviruses for control of tree fruit pests.
  • Development of molecular method of species identification of immature Lepidopterian pests to facilitate exports.


Neven. L. and E. Mitcham. 1996. CATTS (Controlled Atmosphere/Temperature Treatment System): A Novel tool for the development of quarantine treatments. American Entomologist. 42(1): 56-59.

Neven, L. G. 1998. Respiratory response of fifth instar codling moth to rapidly changing temperatures. Journal of Economic Entomology 91: 302-308.

Neven, L. G. 1998. Effects of heating rate on the mortality of fifth instar codling moth. Journal of Economic Entomology 91: 297-301.

Neven, L.G. 1999. Cold hardiness adaptations of the codling moth, Cydia pomonella. Cryobiology 38: 43-50.

Neven, L. G. and S. R. Drake. 2000. Effects of the rate of heating on apple and pear fruit quality. Journal of Food Quality 23: 317-325.

Neven, L.G. 2000. Insect Physiological Responses to Heat. Postharvest Biology and Technology 21: 103-111.


2000 Women’s Leadership Through Science, Washington State Horticultural Association.

1998 USDA-ARS Early Career Scientist of the Year, Pacific West Area

1997 USDA-ARS Certificate of Merit

1996 USDA-ARS Certificate of Merit

1987 NIH Post-Doctoral Training Fellowship in Atherosclerosis, Department of Pathology, University of Chicago

1983 Program in Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology Research Fellowship, University of Notre Dame College of Science

USDA Entomology
Research Division

5230 Konnowac Pass Rd.
Wapato, WA 98951