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Doug received his BA in Biology from Goshen College and his MS and PhD in Entomology from North Carolina State University. In 1988 he joined the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University where he is currently a University Distinguished Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in insect ecology. His research focuses on the role of landscape structure in shaping insect-insect and insect-plant interactions in working landscapes. He is the author of 180 peer-reviewed journal articles, 25 book chapters and 58 Extension bulletins, and has won numerous awards for his work including the Recognition Award in Entomology by the Entomological Society of America for outstanding contributions to agriculture, an MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, and was named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.
Current assignment: Teaching 15% | Research 75% | Extension 10%
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 10 graduate student mentees, split roughly equally between MS and PhD students, and 1-3 post-docs. My formal classroom teaching consists of teaching ENT 802 Nature and Practice of Science in the spring of every year, and providing guest lectures in other courses as requested. 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 receive funding from: the US Department of Energy through the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, the US National Science Foundation as co-PI of the KBS Long-term Ecological Research project, and from the USDA NIFA AFRI 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 conservation of the monarch butterfly.
- Insect ecology
- Biological control
- Landscape ecology
- Ecosystem services
- Invasive species
- Natural areas stewardship
- Restoration ecology
- Habitat management
- 1988 – present Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, Dept. of Entomology, and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program, Michigan State University
- 2013-2014 Interim Chairperson, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University
- 1987-1988 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, North Carolina State University
- 1987 Visiting Assistant Professor, School of For. & Environ. Sci., Duke University
- 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.
- 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.
- Rusch, Adrien, Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Mary Gardiner, Violetta Hawro, John Holland, Douglas Landis, Carsten Thies, Teja Tscharntke, Wolfgang Weisser, Camilla Winquist, Megan Woltz, Riccardo Bommarco. 2016. Agricultural landscape complexity enhances natural pest control: a quantitative synthesis. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 221:198-204.16
- Landis, D.A. 2017. Designing agricultural landscapes for biodiversity-based ecosystem services. Basic and Applied Ecology, Invited View. 18: 1-12.
- GP Robertson, SK Hamilton, BL Barham, BE Dale, RC Izaurralde, RD Jackson, DA. Landis, SM Swinton, KD Thelen and JM Tiedje. 2017. Cellulosic Biofuel Contributions to a Sustainable Energy Future: Choices and Outcomes. Science 356:eaal2324.
Doug Landis named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Published on November 24, 2020
Monarch research takes flight in a social distancing world
Published on June 4, 2020
Regrow milkweed for monarchs: A citizen science study
Published on May 15, 2020
Farms needed for insects in agricultural landscapes project
Published on February 12, 2020
Diversity in when milkweeds emerge supports monarch butterflies
Published on June 21, 2019
Monarch butterfly research update – May 2019
Published on May 17, 2019
Superweeds, secondary pests & lack of biodiversity are frequent GMO concerns
Published on August 15, 2018
Sara Hermann awarded pre-doctoral fellowship by National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Published on April 23, 2018
Enhancing Great Lakes landscapes for healthy pollinators
Published on February 22, 2018