F. William Ravlin

F. William Ravlin

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Department of Entomology



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Dr. Ravlin has a diverse background in basic and translational science with 35 years of academic and administrative experience in research, teaching, and extension. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $17M. He published and presented over two hundred papers and presentations in the general areas of insect population dynamics, pheromone-based communication, biological control, integrated pest management, and computer-aided decision making. While at Virginia Tech (1980-1998), he and colleagues developed a nationally recognized gypsy moth integrated pest management program, which became the basis for the current national gypsy moth management program. He also served as the Virginia Integrated Pest Management program coordinator. Between 1998 and 2014 he was the Assistant and then Associate Director of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. While at OSU, Ravlin developed several interdisciplinary research teams, was a liaison with private industry and economic development organizations, and worked with faculty, staff, and students to increase extramural funding coming to the university. Dr. Ravlin became Chairperson of Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology August 1, 2014.

Current assignment: Research 33% | Teaching 34% | Extension 33%


  • Integrated pest management
  • Computer-aided decision making
  • Forest entomology
  • Insect photography

Professional Experience

  • 2014-Present - Professor & Chairperson, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • 2014-Present - Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Entomology, Ohio State University
  • 1998-2014 - Professor, Dept. of Entomology, Ohio State University
  • 1980-1998 - Asst., Assoc., Full Professor, Dept. of Entomology, Virginia Tech
  • 2006-2014 - Assoc. Director, Ohio Agric. Research & Development Ctr., Ohio State University
  • 1998-2006 - Asst. Director, Ohio Agric. Research & Development Ctr., Ohio State University

Selected Publications

  • Ravlin, F. W. et. al. 2010. “A Science Roadmap for Food and Agriculture for the Land Grant University system”. Ravlin chaired the Experiment Station Committee on Policy Science & Technology Committee and collaborated with over 300 scientists and ESCOP regional executive directors to develop the roadmap for the Land Grant University system.
  • Gray, D. R., and F. W. Ravlin, J. A. Blaine. 2001. Diapause in the gypsy moth: a model of inhibition and development. J. Insect Phys. 47: 173-184.
  • Gray, D. R., and F. W. Ravlin, 1998. Microprocessor controlled mini-environmental chambers capable of subfreezing temperatures in constant or time-varying regimes. Can. Entomol 130: 91-104.
  • Carter, J. L., F. and F. W. Ravlin. 1995. Evaluation of binomial egg mass sampling plans for low density gypsy moth populations in continuously forested habitats. J. Econ. Entomol. 88: 890-896.
  • Gray, D. R., F. W. Ravlin, J. Regniere, and J. A. Logan. 1995. Further advances toward a model of gypsy moth egg phenology: respiration rates and thermal responsiveness during diapause and age-dependent developmental rates in postdiapause. J. Insect Physiology 41: 247-256.
  • Schaub, L. P., F. W. Ravlin, D. R. Gray, and J. A. Logan. 1995. A landscape framework to predict phenological events for gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) management programs. Environ. Entomol. 24: 10-18.
  • Ravlin, F. W. 1991. Development of monitoring and decision-support systems for integrated pest management of forest defoliators in North America. Forest Ecol. and Manage. 39: 3-13.
  • Grosman, D. M., S. M. Salom, F. W. Ravlin, and R. W. Young. 1997. Geographic and gender differences in semiochemicals in emerging adult southern pine beetle (Coleoptera: Scolytidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 90: 438-446.
  • Liebhold, A. E. Luzader, R. Reardon, A. Bullard, E. A. Roberts, F. W. Ravlin, S. Delost, and B. Spears. 1997. Use of geographic information system to evaluate regional treatment effects in a gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) management program. J. Econ. Entomol. 89: 1192-1203.
  • Leuschner, W. A., J. A. Young, S. A. Waldon, and F. W. Ravlin. 1996. Potential benefits of slowing the gypsy moth’s spread. S. J. Appl. Forestry 20: 65-73.

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