Office: C031 Plant Sciences
Currently, my main focus is teaching. One of my research goals is to develop (and later implement) methods that bring hands-on science experiments/demonstrations to
Currently, my main focus is teaching. One of my goals is to develop (and later implement) methods that bring hands-on science experiments/demonstrations to high enrollment (150 + student) classes at CSU. This includes both traditionally taught and online course development. I am also very interested in how writing-to-learn (WTL) models can be used in science classrooms to help foster critical thinking and information retention for non-science majors.
I have broad interests with respect to pest insect species in Colorado. My main focus over the past 10 years has been on insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. However, with the recent explosion in bed bugs around the state some of my focus has shifted toward urban entomology and the Cimex species pest complex.
I serve as a resource person in the department of BSPM’s outreach/engagement programs and am the current director of the CSU Bug Zoo. The CSU Bug Zoo is a live arthropod collection that is housed in the Plant Sciences Building. These arthropods are used in area outreach events. The CSU Bug Zoo is very active in the Northern Colorado community and has significantly increased the amount of students interacting with invertebrates from the zoo. Each year, the Bug Zoo’s animals meet with over 5,000 students and community members from nearly 50 different schools and multiple other events across the state.
I also assist with insect identifications that come to the Center for Sustainable Integrated Pest Management’s Plant Diagnostic Clinic. I work with businesses, homeowners, and other members of the public to identify their pest problems and/or create management plans to deal with pest infestations.
I am the faculty sponsor for the Gillette Entomology club. This entomology club is the oldest continuously run student club at Colorado State University. It was started in 1912 and continues with the same purpose: to promote education and enthusiasm in the field of entomology.
Students I advise:
Maia Holmes – MS in Entomology
Courses I Teach:
AGRI/IE 116: Plants and Civilization (Fall)
BSPM 102: Insects, Science and Society (Spring, Summer)
Gilman, N. V., Sagàs, J., Camper, M., Norton, A. P. (2017). A faculty-librarian collaboration success story: Implementing a teach-the-teacher library and information literacy instruction model in a first-year agricultural science course. Library Trends, 65(3)
Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper 2010. Pest Control Industry: An Assessment of Current Concerns and Needs in Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station Bull. No. TB10-01. pp. 1-5.
Schwartz, H. F., Gent, D. H., Fichtner, S. M., Khosla, R., Mahaffey, L. A., Camper, M. A., and Cranshaw, W. S. 2010. Spatial and temporal distribution of Iris yellow spot virus and thrips in Colorado onion fields. Online. Plant Health Progress doi: 10.1094/PHP-2010-0820-01-RS.
Camper, M.. 2007. Individual potato cultivar response to natural infestations of Bactericera cockerelli (Sulc) including studies on yield fluctuations produced by differing treatment schedules. M.S. Thesis. Colorado State University.
Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper. 2007. Management of poplar twiggall fly on nursery-grown aspen. J. Env. Hort. 25(1): 33-35.
Co-Author of 10 articles published in Arthropod Management Tests
Coordinated publication of 5 fact sheets on exotic Insects of concern to the Colorado Department of Agriculture:
- Asian Longhorned Beetle
- Emerald Ash Borer
- European Wood Wasp
- Gypsy Moth
- Light Brown Apple Moth
Matt Camper is also a recipient of CSU’s 2017 Best Teacher Award!