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Robert Haack

Robert A. Haack

Emeritus Research Entomologist
3101 Technology Blvd., Ste. F
United States

Phone: 517-884-8057
Fax: 517-355-5121
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Current Research

I work primarily on exotic forest insects in the areas of

  • biology and management,
  • improved trapping and monitoring strategies,
  • risk assessment and pathway analysis, and
  • treatments for solid wood packing material.
  • I have worked on several of the recently discovered exotic bark- and wood-boring insects such as Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer (EAB), and pine shoot beetle. Some of the current studies that we are wrapping up deal with EAB host range and survival in firewood; optimal trapping density for bark beetles; and post-treatment insect colonization of wood packing material, especially when bark is present. I am currently participating in several national and international projects such as the USDA Early Detection and Rapid Response program for exotic bark and ambrosia beetles, the Exotic Forest Pest Information System for North America project, and the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group

    Research Interests

    I'm currently initiating or planning major research efforts in

  • conducting an international analysis of solid wood packing material as a pathway for movement of bark- and wood-associated insects,
  • preparing a worldwide list of major wood-boring insect pests that have impacted forests outside their native ranges, and
  • preparing major review papers on exotic buprestid and cerambycid beetles.
  • Why This Research is Important

    Forest insect pests, especially exotic (non-native) species, can have tremendous negative impacts on tree health and related forest industries. When new exotic insects are first detected, the USDA often imposes a federal quarantine in an attempt to stop human-assisted movement of the pest. Currently in the USA, there are federal quarantines for three recently discovered exotic borers: Asian longhorned beetle, emerald ash borer, and pine shoot beetle. Research on newly discovered exotic forest insects is important to ensure that quarantines are biologically sound and minimize economic impacts. In addition, research on risk assessments and treatments of wood packing materials is important to reduce the risk of new pest introductions worldwide.


    • University of Florida, Ph.D. Entomology 1984
    • University of Wisconsin, M.S. Entomology 1980
    • University of Wisconsin, B.S. Science Education 1975
    • University of Wisconsin, B.S. Forest Science 1974

    Professional Experience

    • Adjunct Professor, Departments of Entomology and Forestry, Michigan State University

    Professional Organizations

    • Entomological Society of America
    • International Forestry Quarantine Research Group
    • International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO)
    • Michigan Entomological Society

    Awards & Recognition

    • Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service “Distinguished Scientist Award.”, 2009
      For career-long contributions and productivity
    • Ontario Federal Council Leadership in Science and Sustainable Development Award, 2006
      Provincial Team Award for providing scientific research related to the Asian longhorned beetle emergency response.” in Toronto
    • USDA Forest Service Chief’s International Forestry Award, 2002
      National Team Award for “cooperative research with Chinese entomologists on forest pests of mutual concern, including the Asian longhorned beetle and pine shoot beetle.”
    • North Central Research Station “Excellence in Technology Transfer Award” , 1999
      Team Award for “Excellence in Developing and Transferring New Knowledge on the Pine Shoot Beetle to USDA APHIS for the Formulation of New Federal Quarantine Regulations.”
    • North Central Research Station “Quality Research Award” , 1999
      Team Award for the publication “Life history patterns among North American tree-feeding sawflies.”
    • USDA Honor Award for Superior Service in Environmental Protection , 1997
      National team award for work related to the Asian long-horned beetle eradication effort in New York City.
    • USDA Honor Award for Superior Service in Scientific Research , 1992
      National award “for novel theoretical and experimental research elucidating the relationship between tree stress and attack or damage by forest insects.”
    • USDA Forest Service, Forest Insect and Disease Research Excellence Award , 1990
      National award “for outstanding and innovative research relating drought stress and forest insect outbreaks.”

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    Research Highlights


    Fewer Pests Found in Wood Packaging Material Following New International Standards

    Wood packaging material such as pallets and crating must now be treated for pests prior to export when used in international trade. A Forest Se ...


    New Guide to High-risk Asian Relatives of Emerald Ash Borer

    The emerald ash borer (EAB) is native to Asia but established populations were found in Michigan and nearby Ontario in 2002. Since then, EAB has ...


    Last updated on : 06/08/2018