Julianna Wilson

Julianna Wilson

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Assistant Professor - Tree Fruit Entomology
Department of Entomology



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 Google Scholar page.

Program Description

My research program explores questions related to the management of pest and beneficial arthropods associated with temperate tree fruit cropping systems. My lab studies arthropod communities and population dynamics in the context of climate change and invasive species in the Great Lakes region using chemical and behavioral ecology, developmental and environmental modeling, landscape ecology, and plant-insect interactions. My extension program is dedicated to improving and implementing arthropod best management practices in support of the long-term sustainability of the Michigan tree fruit industry. I also co-teach graduate level seminar courses, provide guest lectures, and train postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in lab and field research techniques.

Current assignment: Teaching 10% | Research 45% | Extension 45%


  • Pest and Beneficial Arthropod Management
  • Tree Fruit IPM
  • Pome Fruit (Apples and Pears)
  • Stone Fruit (Cherries, Peaches, etc.)
  • Climate Change Effects
  • Crop Pollination and Pollinator Stewardship

Professional Experience

  • 2022-Present - Assistant Professor - Tree Fruit Entomology, Department of Entomology, Michigan State University
  • 2011–2022 - 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