Courses taught, Department of Plant
& Environmental Protection Sciences: Wright,
See PEPS web site for class availability
PEPS 310: Environment and agriculture - an overview
of environmental issues and conservation of resources specifically
associated with pest management, and ethical issues. (Currently being
taught by Dr. Ethel Villalobos)
PEPS 421: Integrated pest management - Foundations of Pest Management. (Currently being taught by Dr. Helen Spafford)
PEPS 422: Biocontrol of invasive species - introduction to biological control of insect pests, weeds and plant pathogens.
PEPS 671: Insect ecology - Critical assessment of ecological theory.
PEPS 675: Biological control - Critical assessment of biological control of insect pests.
PEPS 641: Insect Physiology - An ecophysiological approach. (Taught during Spring 2011 semester)
PEPS 691: Special topics - statistical analysis using SAS; informal discussion sessions on statistical anlysis and date presentation for graduate students.
Our undergraduate courses are designed to provide students with an introduction to efforts being made to increase the environmental compatibility of pest management. This starts with an introduction to environmental issues (PEPS 310) specifically related to pest management, sustainability, conservation and ethical issues. PEPS 310 is natural follow-on from PEPS 210, with greater emphasis on aspects of sustainable pest management and ethical issues. PEPS 310 is intended to provide a bridging course to higher level PEPS courses, linking the concepts introduced by PEPS 210 to the aims of our Departmental program.
PEPS 421 provides an basic training in the concepts and applications of integrated pest management. Biological control, chemical control, cultural and physical control of pests are covered. An introduction to developing pest sampling procedures is provided. A survey of IPM programs and successes and failures is given. PEPS 422 examines the biological control of invasive species, providing an overview of basic concepts, benefits and risks of biological control, and examples of biological control programs from around the world.
The graduate courses I present are intended to encourage students to develop an independent philosophy on insect ecology and biological control. I attempt to achieve this through critical assessments of the literature on insect ecology and biological control, with students being encouraged to develop and present their criticisms of classical and current literature for each course.