Professor and Extension Specialist
Office: 102 Insectary
I specialize in applied entomology and have extension, research, and teaching responsibilities in field crop entomology and arthropod pest management. My research currently is focused on integrated pest management of wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus, and other key pests of winter wheat with emphasis on the development of resistant cultivars and other sustainable management practices. I also conduct research on management of corn spider mites and other pests associated with water-limited cropping systems. Much of my extension information is summarized in the High Plains Integrated Pest Management Guide (http://wiki.bugwood.org/HPIPM:Main_Page) as well as in fact sheets found on the Colorado State University Extension website (http://extension.colostate.edu/topic-areas/insects/?target=publications).
Courses I Teach:
BSPM 300/ANEQ 300B: Livestock Entomology (Spring)
BSPM 310: Understanding Pesticides (Spring Even Years)
BSPM 451: Integrated Pest Management (Spring Odd Years)
BSPM 551: Advanced Integrated Pest Management (Spring Odd Years)
Cockrell, D. M., R. J. Griffin-Nolan, T. A. Rand, N. Altilmisani, P. J. Ode and F. B. Peairs. 2017. Host plants of the wheat stem sawfly (Hymenoptera: Cephidae). Environmental Entomology 46: 847-854.
Harris, M. O., K. Anderson, M. El-Bouhssini, F. B. Peairs, G. L. Hein, and S. Xu. 2017. Wheat pests: insects, mites and prospects for the future. Pp 467-544 in P. Langridge (ed.), Achieving sustainable cultivation of wheat. Volume 1: Breeding, quality traits, pests and diseases. Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK. ISBN: 978 1 78676 016 6.
Lesieur , V., J-F. Martin, D. K. Weaver, K. A. Hoelmer, D. R. Smith, W. L. Morrill, N. Kadiri, F. B. Peairs, D. M. Cockrell, T. L. Randolph, D. K. Waters, and M-C. Bon. 2016. Phylogeography of the wheat stem sawfly, Cephus cinctus Norton (Hymenoptera: Cephidae): Implications for pest management. PLoS ONE 11(12): e0168370. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0168370.
Lestina, J., M. Cook, S. Kumar, J. Morisette, P. J. Ode, and F. B. Peairs. 2016. MODIS imagery improves pest risk assessment: a case study of wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus, Hymenoptera: Cephidae) in Colorado, USA. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ee/nvw095 Environmental Entomology 45: 1343-1351.
Merrill, S. C. and F. B. Peairs. 2016. Temperature variability is a key component in accurately forecasting the effects of climate change on pest phenology. Pest Management Science. doi:10.1002/ps.4320
Peairs, F. B., J. B. Rudolph, T. L. Randolph, and D. Cockrell. 2016. 2015 Colorado field crop insect management research and demonstration trials. Colorado State Univ. Agric. Exp. Sta. Tech. Rep. TR16-13, 28 pp.