Chris Vandervoort, Ph.D.

Chris Vandervoort

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Research Assistant III
Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

(517) 353-6376


General areas of expertise:

Environmental chemistry and fate of xenobiotics, especially agricultural pesticides, in agricultural systems. Novel introduction of pesticides into plant systems and tracking the movement within the plant and environment.

Overview of current program:

Dr. Vandervoort’s research is in the broad areas of environmental chemistry and pesticide research. She works with various faculty and students in their research projects to implement defendable data for their needs. The laboratory accepts a wide range of samples to be analyzed for organic contaminants, metabolites, and other environmental chemical.


  1. Aćimović, S. G.,VanWoerkom, A. H., Reeb, P., Vandervoort, C., Garavaglia, T.,Cregg, B., and Wise, J. C. 2014. Spatial and temporal distribution of trunk-injected imidacloprid in apple tree Canopies. Pest Manag Sci 2014; 70: 1751–1760.
  2. VanWoerkom, A.H., S.G. Acimovic, G.W. Sundin, B.M. Cregg, D. Mota-Sanchez, C. Vandervoort, J.C. Wise. 2014. Trunk injection: An alternative technique for pesticide delivery in apples. Crop Protection 65 173e185.
  3. Wise, J., VanWoerkom, A., Aćimović, S., Sundin, G., Cregg, B., and Vandervoort, C. 2014. Trunk Injection: A Discriminating Delivering System for Horticulture Crop IPM. Entomol Ornithol Herpetol 2014, 3:2.
  4. Wise, J.C., Vanderpoppen, R., Vandervoort, C., O’Donnell, C., R. Isaacs. 2014. Curative activity contributes to control of spotted-wing drosophila (Diptera: Drosophilidae) and blueberry maggot (Diptera: Tephritidae) in highbush blueberry. Can. Entomol. 00: 1–9.
  5. Kim, SH.S., Vandervoort, C., Whalon, M. E., and Wise, J.C. 2014. Transovarial transmission of novaluron in Choristoneura rosaceana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). Journal of Economic Entomology.
  6. Aćimović, S. G., VanWoerkom, A., Vandervoort, C., Garavaglia, T. 2014. Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Trunk-injected Imidacloprid in Apple Tree Canopy. Pest Management Science. DOI: 10.1002/ps.3747
  7. Miles,T.D.,Vandervoort,C.,Nair,M.,andSchildeer,A.C. 2013. Characterizationand biological activity of flavonoids from ripe fruit of an anthracnose-resistant blueberry cultivar. Physiological & Molecular Plant Pathology. Vol 83, July 2013, p 8-16.
  8. Hulbert, D., Reeb, P., Isaacs, R., Vandervoort, C., Erhardt, S., Wise, J. C. 2012. Rainfastness of Insecticides Used to Control Japanese Beetle in Blueberries Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 105, Number 5, Pages 1477-1870 , pp. 1688-1693(6)
  9. Warsaw, A. L., Fernandez, R. T., Korta, D. R., Cregg, B. M., Rowe, B., Vandervoort, C. 2012. Remediation of metalaxyl, trifluralin, and nitrate from nursery runoff using container-grown woody ornamentals and phytoremediation areas. Ecological Engineering 47 (2012) p. 254– 263.
  10. Kim, SH.S., Vandervoort, C., Whalon, M. E., and Wise, J.C. 2012. Transovarial Transmission of Novaluron in Obliquebanded Leafroller,
  11. Journal of Economic Entomology. Christine Vandervoort, CV, March, 2014 Choristoneura rosaceana, (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) Rodriguez-Saona, C. R. , Wise, J. C., Polk, D., Leskey, T. And Vandervoort, C. 2012 Lethality of reduced-risk insecticides against plum curculio (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in blueberries, with emphasis on their curative activity. Pest Management Science.
  12. Wise, J., Jenkins, P., Schilder, A., Vandervoort, C., Isaacs, R. 2010. Sprayer type and water volume influence pesticide deposition and control of insect pests and diseases in juice grapes. Crop Protection. V29I4: 378-385.
  13. Wise, J., R. VanderPoppen, and C. Vandervoort. 2009. Curative Activity of Insecticides on Rhagoletis pomonella (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Apples Horticultural Entomology. 102(5): 1884-1890.
  14. Wise, J., Vandervoort, C., and Isaac, R. 2007. Lethal and Sublethal Activities of Imidacloprid Contribute to Control of Adult Japanese Beetle in Blueberries. J. Econ. Entomol. 100(5): 1596-1603.
  15. Tafoya, F., Whalon, M. E., Vandervoort, C., Coombs, A., and Cibrian- tovar, J. 2007.Aggregation Pheromone of Metamasius spinolae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae): Chemical Analysis and Field Test. Environmental Entomology 36(1):53-57. 2007.
  16. Wise J., Coombs, A., Vandervoort, C. Gut, L., Hoffmann, E., Whalon, M.. 2006. Use of Residue Profile Analysis to Identify Modes of Insecticide Activity Contributing to Control of Plum Curculio in Apples. J. Econ. Entomol. 99: 2055- 2064.
  17. Wise J., K. Kim, Hoffmann, E., Vandervoort, C., Gokce, A. and Whalon, M.. 2007. Novel Life Stage Targets Against Plum Curculio, Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst), in Apple Integrated Pest Management. Pest Management Science.
  18. Vandervoort, C., Sklapsky, M., Hart, L. P., 2002. 2000 Food Quality Protection Act – Targeted Pesticide Residue Study. Project funded by USEPA.
  19. Heindorf, M., Taylor Morgan, J.K., Chase, R., Depa, M., Vandervoort, C. Spatial and Temporal Distributions of DDT and DDE in Michigan (Phase 2). May 2002. Project funded by USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office.
  20. Heindorf, M., Taylor Morgan, J.K., Christmas, R., Vandervoort, C. DDT Concentrations in the Soil and Air of South Haven, Michigan. September 2001. Project funded by USEPA Great Lakes National Program Office.
  21. Vandervoort, C., Zabik, M. J., Branham, B., Lickfeldt, D. W. "Fate of Selected Pesticides Applied to Turf grass: Effects of Composting on Residues", Bull. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 58:38-45 (1997).
  22. Giesy, J.P., Boweman, W. W., Mora, M. A., Jones, P. D., Verbrugge, D. A., Othoudt, R. A., Newstead, J. L., Vandervoort, C. et. al. 1995. Contaminants in fishes from Great Lakes-influenced sections and above dams of three Michigan rivers: III. Implications for health of birds of prey. Arch. Environ. Contamn. Toxicol. 29:309-321.
  23. Giesy, J.P.,Verbrugge, D. A., Othoudt, R. A., Boweman, W. W., Mora, M. A., Jones, P. D., Newstead, J. L., Vandervoort, C. 1994. Contaminants in Fishes from Great Lakes-Influenced Sections and above Dams of Three Michigan Rivers. II: Implications for Health of Mink. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 27, 213-223.
  24. Giesy, J.P., Verbrugge, D. A., Othoudt, R. A., Boweman, W. W., Mora, M. A., Jones, P. D., Newstead, J. L., Vandervoort, C. 1994. Contaminants in Fishes from Great Lakes-Influenced Sections and above Dams of Three Michigan Rivers. I: Concentrations of Organo Chlorine Insecticides, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Dioxin Equivalents, and Mercury. Arch. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 27, 202-212.

Presentations and Abstracts

  1. Miles, T.D., Nair, M.G., Vandervoort, C., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2011. Antifungal compounds in ripe fruit from a resistant blueberry cultivar suppress infection by Colletotrichum acutatum. Plant Pathology Meeting.
  2. Morris, A.F., Vandervoort, C., Hammerschmidt, R., Hausbeck, M.K. 2009. Effect of jasmonic acid on disease resistance and ginsenoside content of American ginseng leaves. ACS Regional Meeting. Lincolnshire, IL.
  3. Soo-Hoon S. K., Vandervoort, C., Whalon, M. and Wise, J. C. 2008. Reduced fertility and transovarial transmission by obliquebanded leafroller, Choristoneura rosaceana (Harris), after exposure to Novaluron. Entomological Society (ESA)Annual Meeting. November 17, 2008.
  4. Van Timmeren, S., Wise, J. C., Vandervoort, C., Isaacs, R. 2005. Residual activity of foliar and soil-applied neonicotinoid insecticides on leafhoppers in grapes. ESA Nation meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  5. Wise, J.C., Vandervoort, C. and Gut, L. 2002. Relationship between insecticide residue profiles and the lethal and sub-lethal responses of adult plum curculio in apple. ESA Nation meeting, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
  6. Wise, J.C., Vandervoort, C. and Gut, L.. 2002. Understanding Insecticide Performance through Use of Residue Profiles. Great Lakes Ag. Expo., Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  7. Wise, J.C., Vandervoort, C. and Isaacs, R.. 2002. Understanding Performance Boundaries of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Japanese Beetle, in Michigan Blueberries. North-Central branch ESA meeting, East Lansing, Michigan.
  8. Wise, J.C., Vandervoort, C. and Gut, L.. 2002. Use of Particle Film Technology for Fruit Insect Pest Management in Michigan. North-Central branch ESA meeting, East Lansing, Michigan.
  9. Vandervoort, C. 2001. Quality Assurance in the Laboratory with Good Laboratory Practice Standards in Residue Studies – The IR-4 Model. Thirty- eighth Annual Florida Pesticide Residue Workshop.
  10. Moore, V.R., Zabik, M.E., Zabik, M.J., Vandervoort, C. 1997. Evaluation of four processed baby food products from two traditional sources and one organic source for organochlorine pesticide residues, 1997 IFT Annual Meeting Book of Abstracts, p 141 (Abstr).
  11. Leavitt, R.A., Vandervoort, C. Miyazaki, S., Hollingworth, R. M.. (1996) Registration of Pest Control Agents for Minor Crops through IR-4 helps provide a safe, plentiful, and high quality food supply. Food Safety in North America: Regulatory and Scientific Issues Symposium, East Lansing, Michigan.
  12. Vandervoort, C., Miyazaki, S., Leavitt, R. A., Hollingworth, R. M and et. al. 1994. IR-4, three decades of contributing to a safe, plentiful, and high quality food supply. Current Issues in Food Safety Symposium, National Food Safety and Toxicology Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.


Peer Reviewed

  1. State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE): Air Quality Division “AIR” The Development of an Air Toxics Monitoring for Michigan. June 27, 2002.


Training & Workshops conducted

QA training session presentations:

  • California 1993
  • North Dakota 1994
  • Michigan 1996
    Wisconsin 1996


  • IR-4 Meritorious Service Award, 1999