Julianna Wilson

Julianna Wilson

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PhD – Entomology and the Program in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, Michigan State University (2007)
MS – Plant Pathology, Michigan State University (2003)
BS – Horticulture, Michigan State University (1997)

ORCID iD: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0807-5421 

See a list of Dr. Wilson’s publications on her website or her Google Scholar page.

Program Description

As the Tree Fruit Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Specialist, Dr. Wilson conducts applied research and develops extension programming with regional, national, and international collaborators to improve and implement farm management practices that will result in healthy, marketable tree fruit in support of the long-term sustainability of the Michigan tree fruit industry. Her applied research and extension program depends on multidisciplinary collaborations with a focus on monitoring and managing dynamic pest complexes, orchard pollinator health, and impacts of climate change and the potential for climate mitigation in orchard systems.

Current assignment: Research 25% | Extension 75%


  • Pest Management
  • Apples
  • Tart Cherries
  • Orchard Resiliency
  • Pollinator Stewardship

Professional Experience

  • 2011–Present - Tree Fruit IPM Specialist/Integrator, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • 2009-2011 - Adjunct Instructor, Biology Department, Lansing Community College
  • 2007-2011 - Post-doctoral Research Associate, Berry Crops Entomology Lab, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University 

Selected Research Publications

(Also published as J.K. Tuell)

  • Graham KK, Perkins JA, Peake A, Killewald M, Zavalnitskaya J, Wilson J, and Isaacs R (2020) Wildflower plantings on fruit farms provide pollen resources and increase nesting by stem nesting bees. Agricultural and Forest Entomology, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/afe.12424.
  • Reilly JR, Artz DR, Biddinger D, Bobiwash K, Boyle NK, Brittain C, Brokaw J, Campbell JW, Daniels J, Elle E, Ellis JD, Fleischer SJ, Gibbs J, Gillespie RL, Gundersen KB, Gut LJ, Hoffman G, Joshi N, Lundin O, Mason K, McGrady CM, Peterson SS, Pitts-Singer T, Rao S, Rothwell N, Rowe L, Ward KL, Williams NM, Wilson JK, Isaacs R, and Winfree R (2020) Crop yield in the USA is frequently limited by a lack of pollinators. Proceedings B, https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.0922.
  • Bintari, AF, Quintanilla MA, Wilson JK, and Shade A (2020) Biogeography and diversity of multi-trophic root zone microbiomes in Michigan apple orchards: analysis of rootstock, scion, and local growing region. Phytobiomes, 4: 122-132. https://doi.org/10.1094/PBIOMES-01-20-0007-R
  • Nicholson, C.C., Ward, K.L., Williams, N.M., Isaacs, R., Mason, K.S., Wilson, J.K., Brokaw, J., Gut, L.J., Rothwell, N.L., Wood, T.J., Rao, S., Hoffman, G.D., Gibbs, J., Thorp, R., Ricketts, T.H. (2019) Mismatched outcomes for biodiversity and ecosystem services: testing the responses of crop pollinators and wild bee biodiversity to habitat enhancement. Ecology Letters, https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13435.
  • Grab, H., Brokaw, J., Anderson, E., Gedlinske, L., Gibbs, J., Wilson, J., English-Loeb, G., Isaacs, R., and Povenda, K. (2019) Habitat enhancements rescue bee body size from the negative effects of landscape simplification. Journal of Applied Ecology, 56: 2144–2154.
  • Wood, T., Gibbs, J., Rothwell, N., Wilson, J.K., Gut, L., Brokaw, J., and Isaacs, R. (2018) Limited phenological and dietary overlap between wild bee communities in spring flowering crops and herbaceous pollinator enhancements. Ecological Applications, 8 (7): 1924-1934.

Recent Extension Publications