Preston Brown, Faculty Research Assistant, Entomology
Phone: 541-386-2030 ext. 224
Preston graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biological Systems Engineering and a minor in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2005. For his senior engineering project, he designed a system to detoxify pesticide rinsates using biological materials. He remained at Virginia Tech to pursue a Masters degree in Entomology, working in the field of urban entomology under Dr. Dini Miller. As a graduate student in urban entomology, Preston conducted termite inspections and treatment applications, evaluated cockroach monitoring and baiting programs, conducted insecticide efficacy studies on bed bugs, and evaluated bait efficacy for control of odorous house ants. His Master’s research project, entitled “The Spatiotemporal Composition of Pest Ant Species in the Residential Environments of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico,” focused on the identification and succession of pest ant species in Puerto Rican housing developments.
Responsibilities at the MCAREC
Preston’s main responsibility is to assist Dr. Peter Shearer in conducting research on the biology, ecology, and management of insect and mite pests of pome and stone fruits. This research involves field and laboratory testing of insecticides and alternative control methods against target pests, studies on pesticide resistance, evaluations of the selectivity of pesticides to natural enemies, and investigations on the seasonal biology, monitoring, sampling and forecasting methods for pest and natural enemy species. Preston is responsible for collecting data from research plots and analyzing the data for preparation of presentations and scientific publications. Additionally, Preston assists with the maintenance and operation of the entomology equipment and facilities, and for maintaining insect colonies at the station.