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Michael L. Williams

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest:

Morphology and Systematics.

Research Activities

Basic research interests include: biosystematics of scale insects, with emphasis on the soft scale insects (Homoptera: Coccidae); scale insects of Central and South America; natural host plant resistance to attack by scale insects; and factors involved in coevolution of scale insects and their host plants. Applied research interests include: biology and control of ornamental plant pests; and integrated pest management tactics for scale insect populations in monoculture situations.

Education:

1972 Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Entomology)
1969 M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Entomology/Botany)
1967 B.S., Arkansas State University (Biology/Chemistry)

Professional Experience:

1998-Present Associate Professor & Interim Chair, Auburn University, Entomology Department
1978-1998 Associate Professor, Auburn University, Entomology Department
1983-1986 Entomology Section Chairman, Auburn University, Zoology/Entomology
1973-1978 Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Zoology/Entomology Department
1971-1973 Assistant State Entomologist, Regulatory Entomology, Maryland Dept. of Agriculture

Teaching Activities:

  • ENT 507 & ENT 607 – General Insect Morphology, winter quarters.
  • ENT 510 & ENT 610 – Systematic Entomology, spring quarters.
  • ENT 701 – Advanced Insect Morphology and Development, fall quarters.
  • ENT 598, 698, 798 – Special Problems in Entomology, on occasion.

Graduate Students:

  • William Reynolds
  • Demian Takumasa Kondo

Recent Publications:

  • Williams, M.L. 1993. Toumeyella lignumvitae, a new species of scale insect from the Florida Keys. (Homoptera: Coccidae). Fla. Entomol. 76(4):566-572.
  • Hendricks, H.J. and M.L. Williams, 1992. Life history of Melanaspis obscura (Homoptera: Diaspididae) infesting pin oak in Alabama. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Amer. 85(4):452-457.
  • Miller, G.L. and M.L. Williams. 1990. Tests of male soft scale insects (Homoptera: Coccidae) from America north of Mexico, including a key to the species. Sys. Entomol. 15:339-358.
  • Scheffer, B.J. and M.L. Williams. 1990. Descriptions, distribution, and host-plant records of eight first instars in the genusToumeyella. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 92:44-57.
  • Williams, M.L. and M. Kosztarab. 1973. The Coccidae of Virginia with notes on their biology (Homoptera: Coccidae) Va. Polytech. Inst. and State Univ. Res. Div. Bull. 74. 215 pp.
  • Williams, M.L., 1997. The immature stages. In: World Crop Pests. Soft Scale Insects. Their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Vol. 7A. Y. Ben-Dov and C. Hodgson (Editors). Elsevier Press. pp. 31 – 48.
  • Williams, M.L. and G.S. Hodges., 1997. Taxonomic characters – nymphs. In: World Crop Pests. Soft Scale Insects. Their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Vol. 7A- Y. Ben-Dov and C. Hodgson (Editors). Elsevier Press. pp. 143 – 156.
  • Hesselein, C.P., J.R. Chamberlin and M. L. Williams., 1997. Control of Florida wax scale on dwarf burford holly. Ala. Agric. Expt. Sta. Ornamentals Res. Rpt Ser. No. 13, p. 39.
  • Miller, G.L. and M.L. Williams., 1997. The immature stages. In: World Crop Pests. Soft Scale Insects. Their Biology, Natural Enemies and Control. Vol. 7A. Y. Ben-Dov and C. Hodgson (Editors). Elsevier Press. pp. 49 – 54.

Last Updated: April 25, 2013

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