Meet the Contributing Authors - Deborah (Deb) G. McCullough

Deborah (Deb) G. McCullough, Professor
Department of Entomology and Department of Forestry, Michigan State University

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243 Natural Science
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824


  • B.S., (Biology) Northern Arizona University (1981)
  • M.S. (Forestry) Northern Arizona University (1985)
  • Ph.D., (Entomology) University of Minnesota (1990)

Research Interests

Deborah G. McCullough is a Professor at Michigan State University, with a joint appointment in the Dept. of Entomology and the Dept. of Forestry. She has research, teaching and extension responsibilities in the general area of forest entomology.

Her extension appointment includes working with state, federal and private forest managers on issues related to forest health and forest pest management. McCullough is involved with gypsy moth management in the state and is the Director of the Michigan Gypsy Moth Education Program. She also works with the Christmas tree industry in Michigan to develop IPM solutions to insect pest problems. McCullough recently cooperated with several state and federal agencies to develop a national compliance program for pine shoot beetle in Christmas tree plantations. She has written or co-authored over 40 extension publications on a variety of forest insect pests.

McCullough's primary research interest is to increase our understanding of the interactions between insects in forest ecosystems, and how management affects those interactions. Current research projects relate to jack pine budworm ecology and management, forest insect biodiversity, gypsy moth management and biocontrol, bark beetle ecology in the Lake States and associations between forest insects and fire.

Selected Publications

  • Anulewicz, A.C., D.G. McCullough, D.L. Cappaert. 2007. Emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) density and canopy dieback in three North American as species. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 33:338-349.
  • Anulewicz, A.C., D.G. McCullough, D.L. Cappaert and T.M. Poland. 2007. Host range of the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in North America: results of multiple-choice field experiments. Environmental Entomology. In press.
  • McCullough, D.G. and N.W. Siegert. 2007. Estimating potential emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) populations using ash inventory data. Journal of Economic Entomology 100:1577-1586.
  • McCullough, D.G., T.M. Poland, D. Cappaert, E.L. Clark, I. Fraser, V. Mastro, S. Smith and C. Pell. 2007. Effects of chipping, grinding and heat on survival of emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire) (Coleptera:Buprestidae) in chips. Journal of Economic Entomology 100(4):1304-1315.
  • McCullough, D.G., T.T. Work, J.F. Cavey, A.T. Liebhold and D. Marshall. 2006. Interceptions of nonindigenous plant pests at U.S. ports of entry and border crossings over a 17 year period. Biological Invasions 8:611-630.
  • Poland, T.M. and D.G. McCullough. 2006. Emerald ash borer: invasion of the urban forest and the threat to North America’s ash resource. Journal of Forestry 104(3):118-124.
  • Liebhold, A.M., T.T. Work, D.G. McCullough and J.F. Cavey. 2006. Airline baggage as a pathway for alien insect species entering the United States. American Entomologist 52:48-54.
  • Cappaert, D., D.G. McCullough, T.M. Poland and N.W. Siegert. 2005. Emerald ash borer in North America: a research and regulatory challenge. American Entomologist 51(3):152-165.
  • Fondren, K.M. and D.G. McCullough. 2005. Phenology, natural enemies and horticultural oil for control of pine needle scale (Chionapsis heterophylla) (Fitch) (Homoptera: Diaspidae) on Christmas tree plantations. Journal of Economic Entomology 98(5):1603-1613.
  • Fondren, K.M., D.G. McCullough and A.J. Sommers. 2004. Insect predators and augmentative biological control of balsam twig aphid (Mindarus abietinus) (Homoptera: Aphididae) on Christmas tree plantations. Environmental Entomology 33:1652-1661.
  • Work, T.T., D.G. McCullough, J.F. Cavey and R. Komsa. 2005. Approach rate of nonindigenous insect species into the United States through cargo pathways. Biological Invasions 7:323-332.
  • National Research Council, Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources, National Academy of Science.  2002.  Predicting Invasions of Nonindigenous Plants and Plant Pests. National Academy Press, Washington, DC. 198 pp.
  • Kennedy, A.A. and D.G. McCullough. 2002. Phenology of the exotic pine shoot beetle (Tomicus piniperda[L.]) (Coleoptera: Scolytidae) in relation to native bark beetles and natural enemies in red pine stands. Environmental Entomology 31:261-272.