A Michigan native, Dr. Wilson has over 15 years of research and outreach/extension experience in a variety of fruit and vegetable cropping systems. As the Tree Fruit Integrator / Outreach Specialist she collaborates regionally and nationally with research and extension professionals to develop sustainable solutions for producing tree fruit in Michigan. The goal of these collaborations is to continue to improve and develop farm management practices that will result in healthy, marketable tree fruit, based on what we know or have yet to learn about ecological processes.
Current assignment: Research 25% | Extension 75%
The main goal of Dr. Wilson’s research program is to facilitate the development and implementation of tree fruit production practices that support the economic and environmental sustainability of the Michigan tree fruit industry, with a focus on managing dynamic pest and disease complexes in changing production systems. Current projects include a USDA SCRI CAP project to develop IPM practices for managing the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) in apple, several coordinated projects funded by a variety of sources to develop IPM strategies for managing spotted wing drosophila (SWD) in cherry, a USDA SCRI CAP project to develop integrated crop pollination practices for tree fruit, and a USDA NIFA CARE project to determine what impact fungicide use during orchard bloom may have on honey bees stocked for pollination.
The main goal of Dr. Wilson’s extension program is to produce educational materials, tools, and programs that support the needs of Michigan tree fruit growers. Dr. Wilson coordinates two invasive species statewide monitoring networks, one for spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and the other for brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), writing regular seasonal reports posted on MSU Extension News. She is responsible for soliciting Citizen Science reports on BMSB in homes across Michigan to help determine how widespread BMSB has become in the state. She is one of the education coordinators for Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, and Farm Market EXPO (attended by more than 4000 people each year) responsible for the poster session and co-organizer of the Tree Fruit Session (attended by more than 250 growers in 2016). She is also a co-organizer and co-founder of MSU Bee-Palooza, a 1-day public outreach event held during National Pollinator Week in June of each year that attracts more than 400 visitors of all ages interested in learning about bees. She is regularly invited to give extension talks on a variety of topics related to tree fruit IPM and to bee conservation in general, reaching more than 2,000 people in 2016. She is an editor and contributor to the Michigan Fruit Management Guide (MSU Bulletin E-154) and a co-author on a number of pest management and pollinator-related fact sheets and bulletins. She is currently working on a new set of fact sheets that will be published as Stone Fruit IPM for Beginners and a pocket guide for identifying Apple Maturity & Storage Disorders.
Fruit Tree IPM
2011–Present - Tree Fruit Integrator / Outreach Specialist, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
2009-2011 - Adjunct Instructor, Biology Department, Lansing Community College
2007-2011 - Research Associate, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
Werling, et al. (2014) Perennial grasslands enhance biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services in bioenergy landscapes. PNAS 111(4): 1652-1657.
Kennedy, et al. (2013) A global quantitative synthesis of local and landscape effects on wild bee pollinators in agroecosystems. Ecology Letters, 16(5): 584–599.
Morrison, W.R., Tuell, J.K., Hausbeck, M.K., and Szendrei, Z. (2011) Constraints on Asparagus Production: The Association of Ophiomyia simplex (Diptera: Agromyzidae) and Fusarium spp. Crop Science 51(4): 1414-1423.
Tuell, J.K. and Isaacs, R. (2010) Community and species-specific responses of wild bees to insect pest control programs applied to a pollinator-dependent crop. Journal of Economic Entomology, Journal of Economic Entomology, 103(3): 668-675.
Tuell, J.K. and Isaacs, R. (2010) Weather during bloom affects pollination and yield of highbush blueberry. Journal of Economic Entomology 103(3): 557-562.
Gardiner, M.A., Tuell, J.K., Isaacs, R., Gibbs, J., Ascher, J.S., and Landis, D.A. (2010) Implications of three model biofuel crops for beneficial arthropods in agricultural landscapes. BioEnergy Research 3(1): 6-19.
Isaacs, R., Tuell, J., Fiedler, A., Gardiner, M., and Landis, D. (2009) Maximizing arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes: the role of native plants. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 7(4): 196–203.
Tuell, J.K., Ascher, J.S., and Isaacs, R. (2009) Wild bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Apiformes) of the Michigan highbush blueberry agroecosystem. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 102(2): 275-287.
Tuell, J.K. and Isaacs, R. (2009) Elevated pan traps to monitor bees in flowering crop canopies. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 131(1): 93-98.
Tuell, J.K., Fiedler, A.K., Landis, D.A., and Isaacs, R. (2008) Visitation by wild and managed bees (Hymenoptera: Apoidea) to eastern U.S. native plants for use in conservation programs. Environmental Entomology 37(3): 707-718.
Isaacs, R. and J.K. Tuell (May 2007) Conservation of Native Bees in Agricultural Landscapes. Bulletin E-2985, MSU Extension Service, East Lansing, MI.
Fiedler, A.K., J.K. Tuell, R. Isaacs, and D.A. Landis (January 2007) Using Native Plants to Attract Beneficial Insects. Bulletin E-2973. MSU Extension Service, East Lansing, MI.