Photo of Arthur AppelArthur Appel




1985 Ph.D., University of California, Riverside (Urban Entomology,
minors in insect physiology and parasitology)
1982 M.S., University of California, Riverside (Urban Entomology)
1980 B.S., University of California, Los Angeles (Biology)


2015-2016 Interim Dean and Director, College of Agriculture and AAES, Auburn University
2014-2016 Interim Associate Dean of Research and Interim Assistant Director of AAES, Auburn University
2005-2014 Chair, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
2001-2006 Alumni Professor, Auburn University
1997 Professor, Auburn University
1990 Associate Professor, Auburn University
1985 Assistant Professor, Auburn University


  • 2009-present — Visiting Professor, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
  • 2009-present — Honorary Professor, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


  • 2008 — Entomological Society of America Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America.
  • 2007 — Entomological Foundation, Recognition Award in Urban Entomology (sponsored by S.C. Johnson & Sons), presented at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA.
  • 1993 — College of Agriculture, Auburn University, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence.
  • National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Teaching Award of Merit, teaching year of 1992-1993.


  • 2012-present — Subject Editor for Psyche, a journal of entomology
  • 2012-present — Subject Editor for Household and Structural Insects, Journal of Economic Entomology, Entomological Society of America (2001-2006)
  • 2012 — Opening (Key note) lecture, invited speaker, 44th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA), Cancun, Mexico. Why not agriculture? Perceptions, reality, and the future.
  • 2003 — Key note invited speaker, joint meeting of the Pest Control Association of Malaysia and the Singapore Pest Management Association, Langkawi, Malaysia. Global innovations and modern techniques for urban pest managers.
  • 2004-2006 — Member, Entomological Society of America, Jeffery LaFage Graduate Student Research Award evaluation committee.
  • 2002 — Member, Peer Review Committee, State of Texas Imported Fire Ant Project.
  • 2000 — Chair, National Conference on Urban Entomology, Awards Committee, for 2000 meeting.
  • 1998 and 1999 — Chair, Entomological Society of America, National Urban Entomology Award Committee.


Urban entomology, structural pests, insect physiology and behavior.


  • ENTM 2040 – Insects
  • ENTM 6370 – Urban Entomology
  • ENTM 7990 – Research and Thesis
  • ENTM 8990 – Research and Dissertation
  • ENTM 7970 and 8970 – Special Problems and Topics in Urban Entomology


  • Served as Major Professor: 7 MS and 6 PhD
  • Served as Committee Member for 20 students; presently a member of 9 graduate committees



  • *DeVries, Z. C., S. R. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2015. Effects of starvation and molting on the metabolic rate of the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 88: 53-65.
  • *DeVries, Z. C., W. R. Reid, S. A. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2015. Effects of starvation on deltamethrin tolerance in bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Insects. 2015, 6: 102-111.
  • Olufunmilayo, E. Ajayi, A. G. Appel, and H. Y. Fadamiro. 2014. Phytotoxicity of some essential oil components to cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) seeds. International Journal of Plant Biology and Research. 2(4): 1024, 9 pp.
  • Olufunmilayo, E. Ajayi, A. G. Appel, and H. Y. Fadamiro. 2014. Fumigation toxicity of essential oil monoterpenes toCallosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 917212, 7 pages.
  • Sims, S. R., R. R. Balusu, E. N. Ngumbi, and A. G. Appel. 2014. Topical and vapor toxicity of saturated fatty acids to the German cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 758-763.
  • *Snoddy, E. T., and A. G. Appel. 2014. Field and laboratory efficacy of three insecticides for population management of the Asian cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 326-332.
  • *DeVries, Z. C., and A. G. Appel. 2014. Effects of temperature on nutrient self-selection in the silverfish Lepisma saccharina. Physiol. Entomol. 39: 217-221. Article first published online: 2 JUL 2014DOI: 10.1111/phen.12064
  • *DeVries, Z. C, S. A. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2013. Standard metabolic rate of the bedbug, Cimex lectularius: Effects of temperature, mass, and life stage. J. Insect Physiol. 59: 1133-1139.
  • Liu, F., L. Chen, A. G. Appel, and N. Liu. 2013. Olfactory responses of the trichoid sensilla to chemical repellents in the mosquito, Culex quinquefsciatus. J. Insect Physiol. 59: 1169-1177.
  • Peterson, J. D., J. E. Steffen, L. K. Reinert, P. A. Cobine, A. Appel, L. Rollins-Smith, and M. T. Mendonça. 2013. Host stress response is important for the pathogenesis of the deadly amphibian disease, Chytridiomycosis, in Litoria caerulea. PLOS ONE 8(4): e62146. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062146.


  • Sims, S. R. and A. G. Appel. 2013. What does climate change mean for pests and PMPs? Pest Control Technology. 41(4): 92-94.
  • *DeVries, Z, X. P. Hu, and A. G. Appel. 2013. ANR-1464, Battling Bed Bugs-Knowing the Enemy. ACES Bulletin.
  • Sims, S. R. and A. G. Appel. 2012. Dean end! 10 practical tips for preventing insecticide control failures. Pest Control Technology. March 2012:
  • Sims, S.R., D. R. Suiter, and A.G. Appel. 2011. A new look at an old group. Pest Control Technology. May 2011: 94, 96, 98.
  • Hu, X. P., E. T. Snoddy*, and A. G. Appel. 2008. ANR-1322, Asian cockroach: A new pest in the urban environment.