Montana State University

Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717-3120

Tel: (406) 994-7060
Fax: (406) 994-3933
Location: 334 Leon Johnson Hall

Academic Programs:

Tel: (406) 994-3090
E-mail: lresinfo@montana.edu

Department Head:

Dr. Tracy M. Sterling

David Weaver

Professor; Ph.D. 1990, McGill University; B.S. 1984, Dalhousie University. Chemical ecology and behavior, biological control, plant-insect interactions, and spatial ecology. Research includes plant and insect semiochemical interactions, biological control of insects and weeds in agricultural and rangeland communities, host plant resistance, and stored-product entomology.

Recent Publications:

  • Beres, B. L., L. M. Dosdall, D. K. Weaver, D. M. Spaner and H. A. Carcamo. 2011. The biology and integrated management of wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus (Hymenoptera: Cephidae), and the need for continuing research. C. P. Alexander Review Series. Canadian Entomologist. 143: 105-125.
  • Goodwin, K. M., R. E. Engel, and D. K. Weaver. 2010. Detection dogs outperform human surveyors in the detection of rare spotted knapweed (Centaurea stoebe). Invasive Plant Science and Management. 3: 113-121.
  • Stadler, T., Buteler, M., and D. K. Weaver. 2010. Novel use of nanostructured alumina as an insecticide. Pest Management Science. 66: 577-579.
  • Delaney, K. J., D. K. Weaver, and R. K. D. Peterson. 2010. Wheat photosynthesis and yield reductions: wheat stem sawfly (Hymenoptera: Cephidae) herbivory interacts with abiotic conditions and host plant resistance. Journal of Economic Entomology. 103: 516-524.
  • Sherman, J. D.,D. K. Weaver, M. Hofland, S.E. Sing, M. Buteler, S. P. Lanning, Y. Naruoka, N. K. Blake, J. M. Martin, P. F. Lamb, G. R. Carlson, and L. E. Talbert. 2010. Identification of novel QTL for sawfly resistance in wheat. Crop Science. 50: 73-86.
  • Buteler, M., D. K. Weaver, and R. K. D. Peterson. 2009. Exploring the oviposition behavior of the wheat stem sawfly when encountering plants infested with cryptic conspecifics. Environmental Entomology. 38: 1707-1715.
  • Weaver, D. K., M. Buteler, M. L. Hofland, J. B. Runyon, C. Nansen, L. E. Talbert, P. Lamb, and G. R. Carlson. 2009. Cultivar preferences of ovipositing wheat stem sawflies as influenced by the amount of volatile attractant. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102: 1009-1017.
  • Wenda-Piesik, A.,Z. Sun, W. E. Grey, D. K. Weaver, and W. L. Morrill. 2009. Mycoses of wheat stem sawfly (Hymenoptera: Cephidae) larvae by Fusarium spp. isolates. Environmental Entomology. 38: 387-394.
  • Nansen, C., T. B. Macedo, R. M. Swanson, and D. K. Weaver. 2009. Use of spatial structure analysis of hyperspectral data cubes for detection of insect-induced stress in wheat plants. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 30: 2447-2464.

Recent Grants:

  • Establishing Mecinus janthinus insectaries on yellow toadflax. USDA, APHIS, PPQ, SCA. P.I. January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2011. $37,921.
  • Chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions for biological control of weeds. USDA, Forest Service, RMRS, JVA. Lead P.I. with J. B. Runyon. September 15, 2009 – July 31, 2012. $18,750.
  • Exploiting antixenosis in wheat blends for improved pest management. USDA, CSREES, AFRI.  Lead P.I. with J.E. Sherman and L.E. Talbert. October 1, 2009 – December 31, 2012. $320,500.
  • Research and extension on the integrated management of wheat stem sawfly, Fusarium crown rot, and grassy weeds in the Northern Great Plains. USDA, CSREES, RAMP. Co-P.I. with F. D. Menalled, A. T. Dyer, R. D. Smith, D. M. Woods, E. D. Eriksmoen, J. M. Alvarez, and J. M. Windes. October 1, 2007 – September 30, 2011. $425,880.
  • Grower-based selection of varieties and systems for wheat stem sawfly suppression. USDA, CSREES, Western SARE Program. Co-P.I. with L. E. Talbert, W. T. Lanier, G. R. Carlson, G. D. Kushnak, and J. M. Martin. December 1, 2007 – November 30, 2010. $125,000.

Current Instructional Responsibilities:

  • AGSC 401 – Integrated Pest Management (Fall, each year)
  • ENTO 520 – Insect Physiology (Fall, Even years)

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