Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology
Natural Science Bldg
288 Farm Ln Room 245
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Dr. Ravlin has a diverse background in basic and translational science with 35 years of academic and administrative experience in research, teaching, and extension. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $17M. He published and presented over two hundred papers and presentations in the general areas of insect population dynamics, pheromone-based communication, biological control, integrated pest management, and computer-aided decision making. While at Virginia Tech (1980-1998), he and colleagues developed a nationally recognized gypsy moth integrated pest management program, which became the basis for the current national gypsy moth management program. He also served as the Virginia Integrated Pest Management program coordinator. Between 1998 and 2014 he was the Assistant and then Associate Director of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. While at OSU, Ravlin developed several interdisciplinary research teams, was a liaison with private industry and economic development organizations, and worked with faculty, staff, and students to increase extramural funding coming to the university. Dr. Ravlin became Chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology August 1, 2014.
Current assignment: Research 33% | Teaching 34% | Extension 33%
As Department Chairperson, I serve as chief academic and administrative officer of the Department of Entomology and I provide leadership in developing, budgeting, and administering all teaching, research, extension/outreach and international activities. I manage positions and resources and communicate with faculty, students, staff, and MSU administration. I also work closely with industry leaders, clientele groups, professional organizations, and the public. I pursue endowment and other funding opportunities and provide vision and leadership for long-term planning. I report to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and work with the Dean’s office and the Directors of MSU AgBioResearch, MSU Extension and the Associate Dean and Director for Academic Student Affairs to accomplish departmental goals and objectives.
The Department of Entomology currently has: 37 faculty (tenure system and fixed term), 13 professional staff (academic specialists), 23 technical research staff, 7 office staff, 10 post-docs, 38 graduate students, and an undergraduate program with 17 students. Areas of departmental emphasis include:
We have major teaching, research, and extension programs in: ecology of pest and beneficial insects and nematodes; integrated pest management; pesticides, toxicology, and resistance; pollinator management and ecology; invasive species ecology and management; chemical ecology of insects and nematodes; aquatic entomology; forensic entomology; systematics and evolution; biomedical entomology; and molecular entomology. The MSU Department of Entomology has strong linkages across campus to interdisciplinary programs, including: Neuroscience; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior; The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center; Kellogg Biological Station, Long-Term Ecological Research; Environmental Science and Policy; Center for Watershed Studies; Center for Global Change and Earth Observations Sustainable Agriculture; IPM; Pesticide Safety Education Program; Institute for International Agriculture; IR-4; and the U.S. Forest Service. The annual departmental budget is approximately $19 million, with over two thirds coming from extramural funding. More information is available at the Department of Entomology website.