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Entomology and Plant Pathology

Dr. Eric Rebek, Associate Professor

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996

M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004



Current Extension Assignment (100%):

My responsibilities include providing stakeholders in the green industry with timely information on the biology, current status, and management of arthropod pests of horticultural crops, especially ornamentals, turfgrass, and grapes. I work closely with county extension educators and area specialists to share this information with Oklahoma stakeholders, including nursery and greenhouse personnel, golf course superintendents, lawn and landscape service providers, viticulturists, and homeowners. I rely on regular communication with educators, stakeholders, and area specialists to keep me informed on emerging arthropod pest issues around the state. I also provide training to county educators, industry stakeholders, and master gardeners in the biology and identification of arthropod pests and natural enemies (predators and parasitoids).

Research Interests:

Although I do not have a formal research appointment, I am involved in collaborative research projects that support my extension program. My research interests include integrated control strategies of horticultural arthropod pests, plant-insect-plant pathogen interactions, development of meaningful treatment thresholds, and basic biology of key arthropod pests.

Professional Activities:

Entomological Society of America, Southwest Branch
International Organization for Biological Control, Nearctic Regional Section
Society of Southwestern Entomologists

Refereed Publications:

Overall, L.M., E.J. Rebek, and A.C. Wayadande. 2010. New distribution records of the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis (Germar), in Oklahoma. Southwest. Entomol. 35: 193-195.

Smitley, D.R., E.J. Rebek, R.N. Royalty, T.W. Davis, and K.F. Newhouse. 2010. Protection of individual ash trees from emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) with basal soil applications of imidacloprid. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 119-126.

Smitley, D., T. Davis, and E. Rebek. 2008. Progression of ash canopy thinning and dieback outward from the initial infestation of emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in southeastern Michigan. J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 1643-1650.

Rebek, E.J., D.R. Smitley, and D.A. Herms. 2008. Interspecific variation in resistance to emerald ash borer (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) among North American and Asian ash (Fraxinus spp.). Environ.

Rebek, E.J., C.S. Sadof, and L.M. Hanks. 2006. Influence of floral resource plants on control of an armored scale pest by the parasitoid Encarsia citrina (Craw.) (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae). Biol. Control 37(3): 320-328.

Hamilton, R.M., E.J. Rebek and K.D. Saltzmann. 2005. Student debates on medical and veterinary entomology (2002): eradication of insect vectors of disease should receive priority over vector management - pro position. Am. Entomol. 51(2): 105-106.

Rebek, E.J., C.S. Sadof, and L.M. Hanks. 2005. Manipulating the abundance of natural enemies in ornamental landscapes with floral resource plants. Biol. Control 33(2): 203-216.

Rebek, E.J. and C.S. Sadof. 2003. Effects of pesticide applications on the euonymus scale (Homoptera: Diaspididae) and its parasitoid, Encarsia citrina (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96(2): 446-452.

Rebek, E.J., D.B. Hogg and D.K. Young. 2002. The effect of four cropping systems on the abundance and diversity of epedaphic springtails (Hexapoda: Parainsecta: Collembola) in southern Wisconsin. Environ. Entomol. 31(1): 37-46.

Rebek, E.J., D.K. Young and D.B. Hogg. 1999. A list of Wisconsin springtails with new records and annotations (Hexapoda: Parainsecta: Collembola). Great Lakes Entomologist 32(1&2): 51-62. 

Extension Publications:

Smith, D.L., G.E. Bell, D.L. Martin, J.Q. Moss, E.J. Rebek, T.A. Royer, and N.R. Walker. 2010. A Pocket Guide to Oklahoma Turfgrass Diseases, Insects, and Other Disorders, E-1020, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 105 pp.

Greenwood, C.M. and E.J. Rebek. 2009. Detection, Conservation, and Augmentation of Naturally Occurring Beneficial Nematodes for Natural Pest Suppression, EPP-7670, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 8 pp.

Rebek, E. and M. Schnelle. 2009. Arthropod Pest Management in Greenhouses and Interiorscapes, E-1011, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service 15 pp.

Arnold, D., E. Rebek, T. Royer, P. Mulder, B. Kard. 2008. Major Horticultural & Household Insects of Oklahoma. E-918, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 176 pp.

Smith, D., E. Rebek, and M. Schnelle. 2008. Managing Storm-Damaged Trees. EPP-7323, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 5 pp. Cloyd, R.A. , E.J. Rebek, and T.A. Royer. 2009. Management of Insects and Mites in Greenhouse Floral Crops. CR-6718, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, 8 pp.

Rebek, E.J. and M.A. Wilson. 2005. Emerald ash borer: a training manual for master gardener volunteers. Michigan State University Extension, 24 pp.

Rebek, K.A., E.J. Rebek, and D.G. McCullough. 2005. Don't be fooled by look-alikes! E-2944, Michigan State University Extension, 2 pp.

Rebek, E.J. and M.A. Wilson. 2004. Signs and symptoms of the emerald ash borer. E-2938, Michigan State University Extension, 2 pp.

Rebek, E.J., M.A. Wilson, and D.A. Herms. 2004. Native borers and emerald ash borer look-alikes. E-2939, Michigan State University Extension, 2 pp. 

About Me:

I am a native of Wisconsin and grew up enjoying the great outdoors, developing a keen interest in biology at an early age. I have three energetic sons who keep me on my toes and active in their activities, which include Boy Scouts, soccer, baseball, and music. In my spare time I enjoy camping, fishing, hiking, live music, playing disc sports, and spending time with friends and family.
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