Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - Beneficial insects and pests in New Mexico's cotton and alfalfa crops intrigue C. Scott Bundy, new assistant professor of entomology at New Mexico State University.
"New Mexico offers good opportunities to study beneficial insects," Bundy said."I'm interested in integrated pest management, which includes using beneficial insects and other alternatives for controlling pests, as well as pesticides."
Bundy earned a doctorate in entomology at the University of Georgia in 1999. He had worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the university since last August. He studied the overwintering ecology of a pest called leaf-footed bug and how cover crops affect the abundance and dynamics of beneficial insects in cotton and peppers.
Bundy's teaching responsibilities this semester at NMSU include an introduction to pest management class and a seminar for undergraduate and graduate students in entomology, plant pathology and weed science.
Bundy has previously taught aquatic and economic entomology as well as zoology courses. He holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a master's degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America and three honor societies.
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