EDUCATION

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

October 2019 to Present
Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
August 2012 to October 2019
Associate Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
August 2008 to August 2012
Assistant Professor, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
December 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 & 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

INVITED REVIEWS

  • 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.
  • Potter, D. A. and D. W. Held. 2002. Biology and management of the Japanese beetle. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 47: 175–205.

BOOK CHAPTERS

  • 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 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. and D. Potter. 2008. June beetles, Phyllophaga spp. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited, revision of 2004 chapter).
  • Held, D.W. 2008. A unique perspective on the biological consequences and Recovery from Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi. Proc. Forest Products Society Conference on the Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters. (Invited)
  • Potter, D. and D. Held. 2008. Japanese beetle. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited, revision of 2004 chapter).
  •  Peck, D.C. and D.W. Held. 2007. Injurious Arthropods: Root Feeders: Crane Flies. In: W.O. Lamp, R.C. Berberet, L.G. Higley, C.R. Baird. ESA Handbook of Forage and Rangeland Insects, Entomological Soc. America.
  • Held, D. and D. Potter. 2004. June beetles, Phyllophaga spp. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited).
  • Potter, D. and D. Held. 2004. Japanese beetle. In: J. Capinera [ed] Encyclopedia of Entomology, Kluwer (Invited).
  • Held, D. and D. Potter. 2003. Japanese beetle. In: V. Resh and R. Carde [eds.] Encyclopedia of Insects, Academic, San Diego, CA. (Invited).
  • Potter, D. and D. Held. 2003. May beetle. In: V. Resh and R. Carde [eds.] Encyclopedia of Insects, Academic, San Diego, CA. (Invited).

ARTICLES IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Kunte, N., E. McGraw, S. Bell, D. Held, L-A. Avila. 2019. Prospects, challenges and current status of RNAi through insect feeding. Pest Manage. Sci. (In press)
  • Coy, R.M., D.W. Held, and J.W. Kloepper. 2019. Rhizobacterial treatment of bermudagrass alters tolerance to damage from tawny mole crickets (Neoscapteriscus vicinus Scudder) Pest Manage. Sci. (In press)
  • Coy, R.M., D.W. Held, and J.W. Kloepper. 2019. Rhizobacterial treatment of tall fescue and bermudagrass increases tolerance to damage from white grubs. Pest Manage. Sci. (In press, Published online, 7 Apr 2019)
  • Coy, R.M., D.W. Held, and J.W. Kloepper. 2019. Rhizobacterial colonization of bermudagrass by Bacillus spp. in Marvyn loamy sand soil. Appl. Soil Ecol. 141: 10-17.
  • Adesanya, A., D.W. Held, and N. Liu. 2018. Ontogeny, sex, and adult tissues influence activities of detoxification enzymes in the Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman. Physiol. Entomol. 43: 306-314.
  • Clem, C.S. and D.W. Held. 2018. Associational interactions between urban trees: Are native neighbors better than non-natives? Environ. Entomol. 47(4): 881-889.
  • Adesanya, A., D.W. Held, and N. Liu. 2017. Geranium intoxication induces detoxification enzymes in the Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman. Pestic. Biochem. Physiol. 143: 1-7.
  • Larson, J., A. Dale, D.W. Held, B. McGraw, D.S. Richmond, K. Wickings, R.C. Williamson. 2017. Optimizing pest management practices to conserve pollinators in turf landscapes: Current practices and future needs. J. IPM 81: 1
  • Coy, R.M., D.W. Held, and J.W. Kloepper. 2017. Bacterial inoculant treatment of bermudagrass alters ovipositional behavior, larval and pupal weights of the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Environ. Entomol. 46(4):831-838.
  • McCurdy, J., D.W. Held, J.M. Gunn, and T.C. Barickman. 2017. Dew from warm-season turfgrass as a possible route for pollinator exposure to lawn-applied imidacloprid. Crop Forage Turfgrass Science 2017 :doi:10.2134/cftm2016.09.0063.
  •  Adesanya, A., N. Liu, and D.W. Held. 2016. Host suitability and diet mixing influences activities of detoxification enzymes in adult Japanese beetles. J. Insect Physiol. 88:55-62.
  • Boyd Jr., D.W. and D.W. Held. 2016. Development of Thripastichus gentilei (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) in the thrips Gynaikothrips uzeli (Thysanoptera : Phlaeothripidae). Fla. Entomol. 99:440-444.
  • Obear, G.R., A. Adesanya, P.J. Liesch, R.C. Williamson, and D.W. Held. 2016. Fungicides affect the survival and activities of detoxification enzymes in Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) larvae. Pest Manag. Sci. 72: 966-973.
  • 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 Manage. 1: doi:10.2134/cftm2015.0132
  • 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. 19:987-997.
  • Hong, S.C., G.R. Obear, P.J. Liesch, D.W. Held, R.C. Williamson. 2015. Suitability of creeping bentgrass and bermudagrass cultivars for black cutworms and fall armyworms (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 108(4): 1954-1960.
  • Bailey, D.L., D.W. Held, A. Kalra, N. Twarakavi, F. Arriaga. 2015. Biopores 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • Held, D.W. and S.A. Parker. 2011. Efficacy of soil-applied neonicotinoid insecticides against Azalea lace bug, Stephanitis pyroides, in the landscape. Fla. Entomol. 94(3): 599–607.
  • Abraham, C., D.W. Held, and C. Wheeler. 2010. Monitoring the seasonal and diurnal activity of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae). Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2010-0312-01-RS
  • Held, D.W., C. Wheeler, D.W. Boyd Jr. 2009. Kaolin particle film prevent galling by Gynaikothrips uzeli. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2009-0407-02-RS
  • Held, D.W. and C.H. Ray. 2009. Asiatic garden beetle, Maladera castanea Arrow (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) grubs found in damaged turf in Alabama. Fla. Entomol. 92: 670–672.
  • Held, D.W. and D. W. Boyd. 2008. New records of Gynaikothrips uzeli (Thysanoptera:Phlaeothripidae) on Ficus benjamina in Texas and O’ahu, Hawaii. Pan-Pacific Entomol. 84(2): 77–80.
  •  Goddard, J., S. Upshaw, D. Held, and K. Johnson. 2008. Severe envenomation by the Brown Widow spider, Latrodectus geometricus (Araneae: Theridiidae) South Med J. 101(12): 1269–1270.
  • Held, D.W., C. Wheeler, C.M. Abraham, and K. Pickett. 2008. Paper wasps (Polistes spp.) attacking fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) larvae in turfgrass. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2008-07XX-01-RS.
  • Abraham, C.M., Held, D.W. and C. Wheeler. 2008. First report of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in Alabama. MidSouth Entomol. 1:81–84.
  • Held, D. W. and D. W. Boyd. 2008. Monitoring and management of Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae), an exotic thrips attacking Ficus benjamina Pest. Manag. Sci. 64: 133–140.
  •  Robbins PS, Alm SR, Armstrong CD, Averill AL, Baker TC, Bauernfiend RJ, Baxendale FP, Braman SK, Brandenburg RL, Cash DB, Couch GJ, Cowles RS, Crocker RL, DeLamar ZD, Dittl TG, Fitzpatrick SM, Flanders KL, Forgatsch T, Gibb TJ, Gill BD, Gilrein DO, Gorsuch CS, Hammond AM, Hastings PD, Held DW, et al. 2006. Trapping Phyllophaga spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) with sex attractants in the United States and Canada. J. Insect Sci. 6:39, available online: insectscience.org/6.39.
  • Boyd, D.W. and D.W. Held. 2006. Androthrips ramachandrai (Thysanoptera:Phlaeothripidae): an introduced thrips in the United States. Fla. Entomol. 89: 455–458.
  • Held, D.W. and J. Gelhaus. 2006. Damage in centipede sod associated with Crane fly and March fly larvae (Diptera: Tipulidae, Bibionidae) in Mississippi. Fla. Entomol.
    89: 89–90.
  • Held, D.W., D. Boyd, T. Lockley, G.B. Edwards. 2005. Gynaikothrips uzeli Zimmerman (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) in the southeastern United States: Distribution and review of biology. Fla. Entomol.88(4): 538 540.
  • Held, D.W. 2005. Occurrence of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera:Sphecidae), ectoparasite of mole crickets (Scapteriscus spp.), in coastal Mississippi. Florida Entomol. 88(3): 327–328.
  • Potter, D.A., D.W. Held, M.E. Rogers. 2005. Natural organic fertilizers as a risk factor for Ataenius spretulus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) infestation on golf courses. Int. Turfgrass Society Res. J. 10: 753–760.
  • Held, D.W. 2004. Relative susceptibility of woody landscape plants to Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. of Arboric. 30: 328–335.
  • Potter, D.A., L. Foss, R. E. Baumler, and D.W. Held. 2004. Managing eastern tent caterpillars Malacosoma americanum (F.) on horse farms to reduce risk of mare reproductive loss syndrome. Pest Manag. Sci. 61: 3–15.
  •  Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2004. Floral characteristics affect susceptibility of hybrid tea roses, Rosa  hybrida, to Japanese beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 97: 353–360.
  • Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2004. Floral affinity and consequences of flower-feeding and diet mixing for the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Oecologia 140:312–319.
  • Held, D. W., J. A. Gels, E. J. Marsland, and M. L. Griffin. 2003. Graduate Student Debate 2000: Controversial issues regarding biological control in the United States. J. K. Tomberlin (Ed.) Am. Entomol. 49: 238–249.
  • Held, D. W. and D. A. Potter. 2003. Characterizing toxicity of Pelargonium spp. and two other reputedly toxic plant species to Japanese beetles (Coleoptera:
    Scarabaeidae). Environ. Entomol. 32: 873–880.
  • Stephens, M., D. W. Held, L. H. Townsend, and D. A. Potter. 2003. Timing of
    emergence of Eastern Tent Caterpillars and management with reduced risk insecticides and treatment strategies. Proc. First Symposium on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, Gluck Equine Research Center, Lexintgon, KY.
  • Held, D. W., P. Gonsiska, and D. A. Potter. 2003. Evaluating companion planting and non-host masking odors for protecting roses from the Japanese beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 96: 81–87.
  • Gels, J. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2002. Hazards of insecticides to bumble bees, Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apididae), foraging on flowering white clover in turf. J. Econ Entomol. 95: 722–728.
  • Potter, D. A. and D. W. Held. 2002. Biology and management of the Japanese beetle. Annu. Rev. Entomol. 47: 175–205.
  • Rogers, M., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Effects of two plant growth regulators on suitability of creeping bentgrass for turfgrass insects. Int. Turfgrass
    Soc. Res. J. 9: 3–6.
  • Held, D. W., T. Eaton, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Potential for habituation to a neem-based feeding deterrent in Japanese beetles, Popillia japonica. Entomol. Exp.Applic. 101: 19–23.
  • Held, D. W., D. A. Potter, R. S. Gates, and R. G. Anderson. 2001. Modified atmosphere treatments as a potential disinfestation technique for arthropod pests in greenhouses. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 430–438.
  • Walston, A. T., D. W. Held, N. R. Mason, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Absence of interaction between endophytic perennial ryegrass and susceptibility of Japanese beetle grubs to Paenibacillus popilliae Dutky J. Entomol. Sci. 36: 105–108.
  • Kunkel, B. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2001. Lethal and sublethal effects of bendiocarb, halofenozide, and imidacloprid on Harpalus pennsylvanicus (Coleoptera: Carabidae) following different modes of exposure in turfgrass. J. Econ. Entomol. 94: 60–67.
  • Lopez, R., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 2000. Management of a mound-building ant, Lasius neoniger Emery, on golf putting greens and tees using delayed-action baits or fipronil. Crop Sci. 40: 511-517.
  • Potter, D. A. and D. W. Held. 1999. Absence of food aversion learning by a polyphagous scarab, Popillia japonica Newman, following intoxication by geranium, Pelargonium x hortorum. Entomol. Exp. Applic. 91: 83-88.
  • Kunkel, B. A., D. W. Held, and D. A. Potter. 1999. Impact of halofenozide, imidacloprid, and bendiocarb on beneficial invertebrates and predatory activity in turfgrass. J. Econ. Entomol. 92: 922-930.
  • Potter, D. A., P. G. Spicer, D. W. Held, and R. E. McNiel. 1998. Relative susceptibility of cultivars of flowering crabapples, lindens, and roses to defoliation by Japanese beetles. J. Environ. Hort. 16:105–110.


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Author: David Held
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Published Date: 12th September 2019
Page Count: 224
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The first textbook in this subject area. This book outlines the issues and key concepts in Urban Landscape Entomology. It will serve as a reference text for practitioners in the field and a textbook for Landscape Entomology/Horticultural Entomology courses at universities. October 2019.