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Whitaker Paul_jpg.jpgPaul Whitaker, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology 

Office: Rm 285C, Wausau Campus
Phone: (715) 261-6284
Email:pwhitake@uwsp.edu

Education

Ph.D., Entomology - University of Wisconsin-Madison (2004). Dissertation: Habitat Management to Enhance Natural Enemy Impacts in an Organic Apple Orchard in Wisconsin. 

M.S., Entomoloy – University of Wisconsin-Madison (1994) Thesis: Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Populations of the Colorado Potato Beetle in Wisconsin: Studies on Host Plant Adaptations, Natural Enemies, and Populations Dynamics.

B.S., Electrical Engineering – Carnegie Mellon University (1986)

Courses
BIOL 130  Introduction to Plant Biology
BIOL 160  Introduction to Animal Biology
NRES 150 People, Resources, and the Biosphere  
BIOL 101  General Biology
HPW 299 Wicked Problems in Medicine 

Past courses: General Microbiology, Principles of Ecology, Entomology Special Topics, Social and Scientific Aspects of Organic Agriculture, First Year Seminar, Medical Terminology, Honors Seminars, Science section of Upward Bound Pre-College Program.
 

Research Areas

I am an entomologist with interests in insect ecology, insect pest management, and organic agriculture.  I don’t currently have an active research program but am happy to discuss possible independent studies projects with interested students.  I’ve also mentored internships by UWSP students at the Monk Botanical Gardens in Wausau.

Grants, Awards, Fellowships

Volunteer of the Year, Monk Botanical Gardens, Wausau, WI. September 2019.

Barrington-Runkel Professional Community Service Award, UW Marathon County. October 2015.

Professor of the Year, UW Marathon County Student Government Association, 2008 and 2009.

Distinguished Faculty Society Fellowship, UW Marathon County. October 2008.

Arthur M. Kaplan Award, University of Wisconsin Colleges. 2006.

Teaching Entomology: Graduate Student Oral Presentation Award - Entomological Society of America, North Central Branch, 1997.

Maddox Scholarship, Midwest Institute for Biological Control. All expenses for short course on International Aspects of Biological Control, Pan American School of Agriculture, Honduras. 1997.

Publications

Whitaker, P.M., D.L. Mahr, M. Clayton. 2006. Verification and extension of a sampling plan for apple aphid, Aphis pomi DeGeer (Hemiptera: Aphididae). Environ. Entomol. 35(2): 488-496.

Whitaker, P, R McNair. 2004. Beneficial insect habitat in an apple orchard & effects on pests. Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems Research Brief #71.

Steffan, S, P Whitaker. 2002. Guarding the garden: Habitat manipulation to favor natural enemies. The Organic Broadcaster 10(3): 1-2. Reprinted from Midwest Biological Control News 3(4): 1-2,7.

Whitaker, P. 1999. Book Review: "Enhancing Biological Control: Habitat Management to Promote Natural Enemies of Crop Pests" by C. Pickett & R. Bugg. Am. J. Altern. Agric. 14(2): 94-95.

Whitaker, P. 1999. Extending BioQUEST library access to PC users. Life Sci. Educ. Comput 10(1): 12-14.

Whitaker, P. 1999. Book Review: "Enhancing Biological Control: Habitat Management to Promote Natural Enemies of Crop Pests" by C. Pickett & R. Bugg. Am. J. Altern. Agric. 14(2): 94-95.

Whitaker, P. 1999. Software Review: A most useful tool for learning neuroanatomy: InterBRAIN. BioScience 49(3): 251-253.

Whitaker, P. 1998. Important issues in ecologically sound IPM: A student debate. American Entomologist 44: 148-165.

Whitaker, P, A Chenot, M Riehle and K Voss. 1996. Has the United States been negligent in regulatingthe importation, release & use of generalist natural enemies - con position. American Entomologist 42: 163-4.

Presentations

Hassel, H, J Stukenberg, P Whitaker. 2017. How do students transfer learning from English courses to research and writing tasks in Biology courses? Presentation at UW Colleges Colloquium, UW Fox Valley.

Prahl, K, P Whitaker. 2017. Assessment and modernization of introductory laboratory biology courses. Poster at UW Colleges Colloquium, UW Fox Valley.

Dettman, D, T Gonya, L Lee, & P Whitaker. 2014. Using D2L quizzing to assess information literacy. Presentation at UW Colleges 2013-14 Colloquium at UW Fox Valley, May 22, 2014.

Whitaker, P, K Cyr, A Lange, N Murphy. 2014. Evaluating neem oil as a systemic soil drench to protect Brassica transplants from cucumber beetle feeding. Poster at the Organic Research Symposium in La Crosse, WI, February 28 - March 1, 2014. K. Cyr & A. Lange were UWMC students and collaborators on the project; N. Murphy was an undergraduate chemistry student at UW Stevens Point.

Whitaker, P, C Berndt, N Janak. 2010. Evaluating neem oil as a systemic soil drench to protect cucurbit transplants from cucumber beetle feeding. Submitted poster presentation at the Organic Research Symposium in La Crosse, WI, Feb. 25-27, 2010. C Berndt and N Janak were former UWMC students.

Gonya, T, R Hein, P Whitaker. 2006. Teaching the process of scientific inquiry. 60-minute workshop at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Association of College and University Biology Educators (ACUBE) at Millikin University in Decatur, IL. October 26-28, 2006.

Whitaker, P. 2006. Improving student understanding of the nature of scientific inquiry: a multi-campus SoTL project. 30-minute presentation at the UWS Women & Science Program Retreat in Wisconsin Dells. May 18-19, 2006.

Gonya, T, A Lukowiak, P Whitaker, T White. 2006. Improving student understanding regarding the nature of scientific inquiry. 60-minute workshop at the Carnegie Association for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) Symposium in Madison, WI. April 1-2, 2006.

Whitaker, P. 2005. But does it work? An amateur's experiences promoting habitat modification and conservation biological control. Invited presentation as part of a symposium entitled "Social and ecological contributions that affect adoption of IPM and biological control" at Entomological Society of America, North Central branch meeting, West Lafayette, IN.

Whitaker, P, DL Mahr. Effects of flowering strips on Lepidoptera and their natural enemies in an organic apple orchard. Submitted poster presentation at Entomological Society of America, North Central branch meeting, Madison, WI, March 2003.

Whitaker, P. 2001. Habitat modification to enhance biological control of aphids in apple orchards. Invited symposium talk at Entomological Society of America, North Central branch meeting, Fort Collins, CO. March 2001.

Whitaker, P, DL Mahr. 1997. Effects of flowering strips on apple aphids and natural enemies in an organic apple orchard. Submitted poster presentation at Entomological Society of America, Nashville, TN.

Weir, K, DL Mahr, P Whitaker. 1996. Impact of natural enemies on leafrollers in an organic orchard: an exclusion cage study. Submitted poster at Entomological Society of America, Louisville, KY.

Whitaker, P, A Chenot, M Riehle, K Voss. 1994. Graduate Student Debate - Has the United States been negligent in regulating the importation, release and use of generalist natural enemies – con position. Entomological Society of America, Dallas, TX.

Whitaker, P, DL Mahr. 1994. Predators, parasitoids and posies - Can habitat plantings enhance biological control in Midwest apple orchards? Submitted poster at Entomological Society of America, Dallas, TX.

Whitaker, P, D Hogg, D Rouse. 1994. Differences in host-plant adaptation in non-agricultural and agricultural populations of Colorado potato beetle in Wisconsin. Submitted presentation at Entomological Society of America North Central branch meeting, Springfield, IL.

Whitaker, P, D Hogg, D Rouse. 1993. The phenology of a non-agricultural population of Colorado potato beetle on bitter nightshade, Solanum dulcamara, and potato: preliminary results. Submitted presentation at Entomological Society of America North Central branch meeting, Fargo, ND.




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