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My lab is internationally recognized as a leader in understanding the role of agricultural landscape structure on beneficial arthropods and the ecosystem services they provide. I have published 126 peer-reviewed publications, 24 book chapters, and 50 proceedings papers which have received 7097 citations, generating an h-index=46 (12/23/2104 Google Scholar). My Annual Review of Entomology article on: Habitat Management to Conserve Natural Enemies has been cited 1399 times, and is the journal's number four most cited review. I typically accept 5-10 invitations to present my research at other universities, or at national/international symposia. In addition, my lab contributes 6-15 scientific presentations per year. For the past 5 years I have generated an average of $446,531 per year in research/Extension funding. 

Current assignment: Teaching 15% | Research 75% | Extension 10%

Program Description


My teaching program is focused on: 1) mentoring graduate students and post-docs, 2) teaching graduate and undergraduate students in classroom settings, and 3) mentoring of undergraduate research assistants in my lab. At any one time I typically have 5 to 11 graduate student mentees, split roughly equally between MS and PhD students, and 1-2 post-docs. My formal classroom teaching consists of teaching ENT 848 Biological Control in the spring of odd-numbered years, and providing regular guest lectures in CSS 442 Agricultural Ecology, and FW 443 Restoration Ecology. I typically have 3 to 6 undergraduate research assistants in my lab, of which one or two per year are conducting independent research projects.


My lab focuses on the ecology, conservation and management of insects in landscapes containing both natural and managed ecosystems. Research themes include: understanding the influence of landscape structure on insect ecology, design of sustainable landscapes to promote ecosystem services, invasive species ecology and management, and conservation/restoration of rare species and communities. I currently receive funding from: the US Department of Energy through the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the US National Science Foundation as a co-PI on the KBS Long-term Ecological Research project, as a co-PI on grants from the USDA NIFA AFRI program, and as co-PI on a grant from the USDA SARE program. In addition, I receive funding from Project GREEEN, and the MSU MacCready Reserve endowment.


My extension program focuses on invasive species ecology and management, and on the use of ecological restoration to enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services. Current areas of outreach include: the biodiversity implications of bioenergy landscapes, prairie fen and oak savanna restoration, the use of native plants to enhance ecosystem services, and biological control of invasive spotted knapweed.


  • Insect ecology
  • Biological control
  • Landscape ecology
  • Ecosystem services
  • Invasive Species
  • Natural areas stewardship
  • Restoration ecology
  • Habitat management

Professional Experience

  • 2013-2014 - Interim Chairperson, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • 2009-Present - Core Faculty, MSU Asian Studies, Michigan State University
  • 2000-2003 - Associate Director, Center of Integrated Plant Systems, Michigan State University
  • 1994-present - Core Faculty, Ecology, Evol. Biol., behavior Program, Michigan State University
  • 1988-1996 - Field Crops Entomologist, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • 1987 - Visiting Asst. Prof., School of Forestry and Environ. Biology, Duke University

Selected Publications

  • Marino, P.C., and D.A. Landis. 1996. Effect of landscape structure on parasitoid diversity and parasitism in agroecosystems. Ecological Applications 6: 276-284.
  • Landis, D.A., S.D. Wratten & G.M. Gurr. 2000. Habitat Management to Conserve Natural Enemies of Arthropod Pest in Agriculture. Annual Review Entomology 45:173-201.
  • Costamagna, A.C., and D.A. Landis. 2006. Predators exert top-down control of soybean aphid across a gradient of agricultural management systems. Ecological Applications 16: 1619-28.
  • Landis, D.A., M.M. Gardiner, W. van der Werf, and S.M. Swinton. 2008. Increasing corn for biofuel production reduces biocontrol services in agricultural landscapes. PNAS. 105: 20552-20557.
  • Isaacs, R., J. Tuell, A. Fiedler, M. Gardiner and D. Landis. 2009. Maximizing arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: the role of native plants. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 7: 196-203.
  • Gardiner, M.M., D.A. Landis, C. Gratton, C.D. DiFonzo, M. O’Neal, J.M. Chacon, M.T. Wayo, N.P. Schmidt, E.E. Mueller and G.E. Heimpel. 2009. Landscape diversity enhances the biological control of an introduced crop pest in the north-central U.S. Ecological Applications 19: 143-154.
  • Ragsdale, D.W., D.A. Landis, J. Brodeur, G.E. Heimpel, N. Desneux. 2011. Ecology and Management of the Soybean Aphid in North America. Annual Review of Entomology 56: 375-99.
  • Meehan, TD, BP. Werling, DA. Landis and C. Gratton. 2011. Agricultural landscape simplification and insecticide use in the Midwestern U.S. PNAS. 108: 11500-1505.
  • Tscharntke, T, Jason M. Tylianakis, Tatyana A. Rand, Raphael K. Didham, Lenore Fahrig, Péter Batáry, Janne Bengtsson, Yann Clough, Thomas O. Crist, Carsten F. Dormann, Robert M. Ewers, Jochen Fründ, Robert D. Holt, Andrea Holzschuh, Alexandra M. Klein, David Kleijn, Claire Kremen, Doug A. Landis, William Laurance, David Lindenmayer, Christoph Scherber, Navjot Sodhi, Ingolf Steffan-Dewenter, Carsten Thies, Wim H. van der Putten and Catrin Westphal1. 2012. Landscape moderation of biodiversity patterns and processes - eight hypotheses. Biological Reviews 87:661–685.
  • Werling, B.P., T.L. Dickson, R. Isaacs, H. Gaines, C. Gratton, K.L. Gross, H. Liere, C.M. Malmstrom, T.D. Meehan, L. Ruan, B.A. Robertson, G.P. Robertson, T.M. Schmidt, A.C. Schrotenboer, T.K. Teal, J.K. Wilson, and D.A. Landis. 2014. Perennial grasslands enhance biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services in bioenergy landscapes. PNAS 111: 41652–1657.
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