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Sean Prager Assistant Professor

Address
Agriculture 3C80

Research Area(s)

  • Entomology
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Vector Biology
  • Pest Control
  • Insect Ecology

Department

Plant Sciences

Research Interests

My research interests are in the broad topic of insect ecology. Within that context, I conduct both fundamental and applied research on a variety of arthropod taxa.  My primary fundamental interests are in the ecology and evolution of adaptive traits.  I am particularly curious about traits that are associated with choices.  This research has examined topics such as social polymorphisms, oviposition behaviors, mate choice, and host choice of parasitioids and herbivores.  My applied research generally focuses on ecologically sustainable and sound methods of managing insect pests, especially disease vectors.  In that context, I often focus on implications for Integrated Pest Management. Ideally, I strive to combine my two lines of inquiry and apply knowledge of ecological traits to develop management strategies.

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Bachelor of Arts, Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA

Selected Recent Publications

S.M. Prager, G Kund, and J. T. Trumble. (2016) IPM guidelines for the management of potato psyllids, a pest of numerous solanaceous vegetable crops in California. California Agriculture 70(2): 89-95

S.M. Prager, C. Wallis, J.T. Trumble. (2015) Indirect effects of one plant pathogen on the transmission of a second mediated by vector behavior. Environmental Entomology. 44(4): 1076-1084

S.M. Prager, X. Martini, H. Guvvala, C. Nansen, J. Lundgren. (2014). An obligate spider mite predator prefers prey without Bt toxins. Annals of Applied Biology. 165(1): 108-116

S. M. Prager, I. Esquivel, J. T. Trumble, (2014). Factors influencing host plant choice and larval performance in Bactericera cockerelli. PLoS ONE. 10(137): e94047

A. Younas, M. Shaaban, W. Wakil, S. M. Prager. The efficacy of Beauveria bassiana, jasmonic acid and chlorantraniliprole on larval population of Helicoverpa armigera in chickpea crop ecosystem. In Press. Pest Management Science. doi: 10.1002/ps.4297

Funding Sources

Previous funding has included: California Potato Board, USDA-SCRI, USDA-ARS, California Department Food and Agriculture