Robert Haack

Robert Haack

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Adjunct Professor, Forestry
Department of Entomology


PhD in Forest Entomology, University of Florida, 1984
M.S. in Forest Entomology, University of Wisconsin, 1980
B.S. in Forestry, University of Wisconsin, 1974

Research Interests

From 1986 through 2015, I was employed as a forest entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Insect Unit, which is located on the MSU campus.  Since 1992, I worked almost exclusively on the exotic bark- and wood-boring insects, such as the pine shoot beetle, Asian longhorned beetle, and emerald ash borer.  More recently, I worked with the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group on treatments to minimize the threat of live wood-boring insects being transported in wood packaging materials such as pallets and crating.  I am also interested in firewood and live plants as pathways for international movement of forest pests.  I retired from the USFS in late 2015, but I am still active in forest entomology research.

Selected Publications

A full list of published works can be found at Haack's USFS profile, Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

  • Haack, R.A., and T.R. Petrice. 2019. Historical population increases and related inciting factors of Agrilus anxius, Agrilus bilineatus, and Agrilus granulatus liragus (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in the Lake States (Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). The Great Lakes Entomologist. 52: 21-33.​
  • Meurisse, N., D. Rassati, B.P. Hurley, E.G. Brockerhoff, and R.A. Haack. 2019. Common pathways by which non-native forest insects move internationally and domestically. Journal of Pest Science. 92: 13-27.
  • Rassati, D. R.A. Haack, M. Knížek, and M. Faccoli. 2018. National trade can drive range expansion of bark- and wood-boring beetles. Journal of Economic Entomology. 111: 260-268.
  • Haack, R.A., M.A. Keena, and D. Eyre. 2017. Life history and population dynamics of cerambycids. Pages 71-103 in Q. Wang, ed., Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management. CRC Press.
  • Haack, R.A. 2017. Feeding biology of cerambycids. Pages 105-131 in Q. Wang, ed., Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management. CRC Press.
  • Haack, R.A. 2017. Cerambycid pests in forests and urban trees. Pages 351-407 in Q. Wang, ed., Cerambycidae of the World: Biology and Pest Management. CRC Press.
  • Rassati, D., M. Faccoli, R.A. Haack, R.J. Rabaglia, E. Petrucco Toffolo, A. Battisti, and L. Marini. 2016. Bark and ambrosia beetles show different invasion patterns in the USA. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0158519. 
  • Chamorro, M.L., E. Jendek, R.A. Haack, T.R. Petrice, N.E. Woodley, A.S. Konstantinov, M.G. Volkovitsh, X.-E. Yang, V.V. Grebennikov and S.W. Lingafelter. 2015. Illustrated guide to the emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire and related species (Coleoptera, Buprestidae). Pensoft, Sofia, Bulgaria. 198 pp.
  • Haack, R.A., Y. Baranchikov, L.S. Bauer and T.M. Poland. 2015. Emerald ash borer biology and invasion history. Pages 1-13 in R.G. Van Driesche and R.C. Reardon, eds., Biology and Control of Emerald Ash Borer. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Morgantown, WV, FHTET-2014-09.
  • Brockerhoff, E.G., M. Kimberley, A.M. Liebhold, R.A. Haack, and J.F. Cavey. 2014. Predicting how altering propagule pressure changes establishment rates of biological invaders across species pools. Ecology 95: 594-601.
  • Haack, R.A., K.O Britton, E.G. Brockerhoff, J.F. Cavey, L.J. Garrett, M. Kimberley, F. Lowenstein, A. Nuding, L.J. Olson, J. Turner and K.N. Vasilaky. 2014. Effectiveness of the international phytosanitary standard ISPM No. 15 on reducing wood borer infestation rates in wood packaging material entering the United States. PLoS ONE 9(5): e96611.
  • Haack, R.A. and R.J. Rabaglia. 2013. Exotic bark and ambrosia beetles in the United States: potential and current invaders. Pages 48-74 in J.E. Peña, ed. Potential Invasive Pests of Agricultural Crops, CAB International.
  • Haack, R.A., F. Hérard, J. Sun and J.J. Turgeon. 2010. Managing invasive populations of Asian longhorned beetle and citrus longhorned beetle: a worldwide perspective. Annual Review of Entomology 55: 521-546.
  • Haack, R.A., T.R. Petrice and A.C. Wiedenhoeft. 2010. Incidence of bark- and wood-boring insects in firewood: a survey at Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1682-1692.
  • Haack, R.A. and T.R. Petrice. 2009. Bark- and wood-borer colonization of logs and lumber after heat treatment to ISPM 15 specifications: the role of residual bark. Journal of Economic Entomology. 102: 1075-1084.
  • Haack, R.A., T.R. Petrice, and J.E. Zablotny. 2009. First report of the European oak borer, Agrilus sulcicollis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), in the United States. Great Lakes Entomologist. 42: 1-7.
  • Haack, R.A. 2006. Exotic bark- and wood-boring Coleoptera in the United States: recent establishments and interceptions. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36: 269-288.
  • Haack, R.A., E. Jendak, H.P. Liu; K.R. Marchant, T.R. Petrice, T.M. Poland, and H. Ye. 2002. The emerald ash borer: a new exotic pest in North America. Newsletter of the Michigan Entomological Society. 47(3-4): 1-5.
  • Haack, R.A. and T.M. Poland. 2001. Evolving management strategies for a recently discovered exotic forest pest: the pine shoot beetle, Tomicus piniperda (Coleoptera). Biological invasions. 3: 307-322.
  • Haack, R.A. 2001. Intercepted Scolytidae (Coleoptera) at U.S. ports of entry: 1985-2000. Integrated Pest Management Reviews 6: 253-282.
  • Haack, R.A., K.R. Law, V.C. Mastro, H.S. Ossenburgen, and B.J. Raimo. 1997. New York's battle with the Asian long-horned beetle. Journal of Forestry. 95(12): 11-15.
  • Haack, R.A., and F. Slansky. 1987. Nutritional ecology of wood-feeding Coleoptera, Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera. Pages 449-486 in F. Slansky and J.G. Rodriquez, eds., Nutritional ecology of insects, mites, and spiders. John Wiley, New York.
  • Mattson, W.J. and R.A. Haack. 1987. The role of drought in outbreaks of plant-eating insects. BioScience. 27: 110-119.