David Held David W. Held

Associate Professor

Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology


2003 Ph.D., University of Kentucky (Entomology)
2000 M.S., University of Kentucky (Entomology)
1994 B.S., University of Kentucky (Horticulture Minor in Pest Management)

professional experience

August 2012: Associate Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
August 2008 to August 2012: Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
Dec 2003 to July 2008: Extension Specialist, Coastal Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University
1995 to 2003: Research Analyst, Entomology Dept., University of Kentucky
1992 to 1995: Greenhouse Grower, Red Barn Nursery
1990 to 1994: Research Assistant, Horticulture Department, University of Kentucky
1990 to 1992: Nursery Maintenance and Landscape Installation, Kendrick and O’Dell Landscaping

honors and awards

2015 California Dept of Food and Agriculture, Science Advisory Panel, Pest Detection and Emergency Panel for Japanese beetle
2012 Annual Review of Entomology Invited paper
2010 Auburn University College of Agriculture Dean’s Grantsmanship Award
2002 Annual Review of Entomology Invited paper

professional affiliations

Entomological Society of America

research activities

The ecology and management of phytophagous insects particularly those pest attacking turfgrass and ornamental plants. Research interests include plant-insect interactions, insect behavior, and ecotoxicology.

extension activities

Although I do not have a formal extension appointment, Dr Held and his students delivery science-based programming to several national, regional, and in state Green Industries organizations. These include meetings and field days for the the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Alabama Nursery Landscape Association, Alabama Turfgrass Association, Louisiana Turfgrass Association, LA-MS GCSAA, GCSAA Gulf Coast chapter, MS Turfgrass Association, the AL Green Industry Training Center, and various Master Gardener groups. Dr. Held also organizes and conducts various outreach efforts to increase entomological literacy. These include a science based entomology day camp in Auburn during summer and the Ag Round-Up.

Recent courses taught

ENTM 4020 Economic Entomology

ENTM 3040 General Entomology

ENTM 53606360, 53636366 Landscape Entomology

select publications

  • Adesanya, A., N. Liu, and D.W. Held. 2016. Host suitability and diet mixing influence activities of detoxification enzymes in adult Japanese beetles. J. Insect Physiol. 88: 55-62.
  • Obear, G.R., A. Adesanya, P.J. Liesch, R.C. Williamson, and D.W. Held. 2016. Fungicides affect Japanese beetle (COLEOPTERA: SCARABAEIDAE) egg hatch, larval survival, and detoxification enzymes. Pest Manag. Sci. doi 10.1002/ps.4076
  • Held, D.W. and Y. Xu. 2015. Field performance and consumption of indoxacarb bait for control of mole crickets (Scapteriscus spp.) in turfgrass. Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management doi: 10.2134/cftm2015.0132
  • Bailey, D.L., D.W. Held, A. Kalra, N. Twarakavi, F. Arriaga. 2015. Biopres from mole crickets (Scapteriscus spp.) increase soil hydraulic conductivity and infiltration rates. Appl. Soil Ecol. 94: 7-14.
  • Sells, S.M., D.W. Held, S.F. Enloe, N.J. Lowenstein, and L.G. Eckhardt. 2015. Impact of cogongrass management strategies on generalist predators in cogongrass-infested longleaf pine plantations Pest. Manag. Sci. 71: 478-484.
  • Clem, C.S. and D.W. Held. 2015. Species richness of eruciform larvae associated with native and alien plants in the southeastern United States. J. Insect Conserv. 19.5: 987-997. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10841-015-9815-0/fulltext.html
  • Gorzlancyk, A.M.,D.W. Held, C.M. Ranger, Z. Barwary, and Dong-Joo Kim. 2014. Capture of Cnestus mutilatus, Xylosandrus crassiusculus and other Scolytinae (COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE) in response to greenlight emitting diodes, ethanol, and conophthorin. Fla. Entomol. 97(1): 301–303.
  • Coy, R.M., D.W. Held, and J.W. Kloepper. 2014. Rhizobacterial Inoculants Increase Root and Shoot Growth in ‘Tifway’ Hybrid Bermudagrass. J. Environ. Hortic. 32(3):149–154.
  • Ranger, C., A. Gorzlancyk, K. Addesso, J. Oliver, M. Reding, P. Schultz, and D. Held. 2014. Conophthorin enhances the electroantennogram and field behavioral response of Xylosandrus germanus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) to ethanol. Agric For. Entomol. 16(4):327–334.
  • Gorzlancyk, A.M.,D.W. Held, Dong-Joo Kim, and C.M. Ranger. 2013. Capture of Xylosandrus crassiusculus and other Scolytinae (COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE) in response to visual and volatile cues. Fla. Entomol. 96: 1097-1101.
  • Enloe, S.F., N.J. Loewenstein, D.W. Held, L.G. Eckhardt and D.K. Lauer. 2013. Impacts of prescribed fire, glyphosate, and seeding on cogongrass, species richness and species diversity in longleaf pine. Invasive Plant Sci. Manage. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1614/IPSM-D-13-00007.1
  • Xu, Y., D.W. Held, and X.P. Hu. 2013. Dietary choices and their implication for survival and development of omnivorous mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Appl. Soil Ecol. 71: 65–71.
  • R.C. Williamson, D. W. Held, R. Brandenburg, F. Baxendale. 2013. Turfgrass Insect Pests. In: B. Horgan, J. Stier, and S. Bonos (eds.) Turfgrass Monograph. Crop Science Society of America. (Invited).
  • Held, D.W. and D.A. Potter. 2012. Problems and prospects for managing turfgrass insect pests with reduced chemical inputs. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 57: 329–354.
  • Xu, Y., D.W. Held, and X.P. Hu. 2012. Potential negative effects of earthworm prey on damage to turfgrass by omnivorous mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae) Environ. Entomol. 41:1139-1144.
  • Chong, S.C., R.C. Williamson, and D.W. Held. 2012. Leaf biomechanical properties as mechanisms of resistance to black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon) amond Poa species. Entomologia Exp. Applic. 145: 201–208.
  • Chong, S.C., R.C. Williamson, and D.W. Held. 2012. Preference and performance of black cutworm (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) on Poa species. J. Environ. Hortic. 29(4): 207–212.
  • Held, D.W. and P.J. Vittum. 2012. Japanese beetles. In: C. Prater and R. Brandenburg (eds.) ESA Handbook of Turfgrass Insects. 2nd Ed. (Invited,).
  • Hellman, J.L. and D.W. Held. 2012. Green June beetle. In: C. Prater and R. Brandenburg (eds.) ESA Handbook of Turfgrass Insects. 2nd Ed. (Invited).
  • Held, D.W. and S.A. Parker. 2011. Efficacy of soil-applied neonicotinoid insecticides against Azalea lace bug, Stephanotis pyroides, in the landscape. Fla. Entomol. 94(3): 599–607.
  • Barden, S.A., D.W. Held, and L.C. Graham. 2011. Lack of interactions between red imported fire ants or fire ant control products and white grubs (Coleoptera:Scarabaeidae) in turfgrass. J. Econ. Entomol. J. Econ. Entomol. 104: 2009–2016.
  • Hong, S.C., D.W. Held, and R.C. Williamson. 2011. Beneficial arthropods and predation on black cutworm larvae (Agrotis ipsilon) in close mown creeping bentgrass. Fla. Entomol. 94(3):714–715.