Meet the Contributing Authors - Douglas A. Landis

Douglas A. Landis
Professor, Michigan State University

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Douglas A. Landis
204 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824


Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 1987, Entomology
M.S., North Carolina State University, 1984, Entomology
B.A., Goshen College, 1981, Biology

Research Interests

As a field crops entomologist, Landis conducts research and extension activities in field corn, small grains, dry beans, sugarbeets, soybeans, alfalfa and stored grains. His goal is to develop management strategies for insect pests of field crops which are economically sound and beneficial to the overall agro-ecosystem. Landis' research centers on understanding the role of landscape structure on the abundance and effectiveness of biological control agents in agro-ecosystems. He is also interested in the impact of low-input crop production systems on the management of insects.

Selected Publications

  • Landis, D.A., M.M. Gardiner, W. van der Werf, and S. M. Swinton. 2008. Increasing corn for biofuel production reduces biocontrol services in agricultural landscapes. PNAS.  In Press.
  • Isaacs, R., J. Tuell, A. Fiedler, M. Gardiner and D. Landis. 2009. Maximizing arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: the role of native plants. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. On-line pre-print DOI: 10.1890/080035
  • Costamagna, A.C., and D.A. Landis. 2006. Predators exert top-down control of soybean aphid across a gradient of agricultural management systems. Ecological Applications 16: 1619-28.
  • Landis, D.A., S.D. Wratten & G.M. Gurr. 2000. Habitat Management to Conserve Natural Enemies of Arthropod Pest in Agriculture. Annual Review Entomology 45: 173-201.
  • Marino, P.C., and D.A. Landis. 1996. Effect of landscape structure on parasitoid diversity and parasitism in agroecosystems. Ecological Applications 6: 276-284.