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Instructor, Ecampus and Research Assistant, IPM (Walton Lab)
I teach an undergraduate course in entomology. My goal in teaching entomology to non-entomologists is to provide insight into a group of organisms that is largely ignored. The vast and varied world of insects impacts human society more than we think.
My IPM research work focuses on strategies to reduce pesticide use in fruit and nut crops. Past and current projects include pheromone mating disruption and biological control of pest insects with entomopathogens (nematodes and fungi), vertebrates (poultry) and parasitoids (local and imported). My crops of focus are hazelnuts and small fruit.
Department of Horticulture
Office: 4105B Ag and Life Sciences Building
Oregon State University 4107 ALS BldgCorvallis, OR 97331
Research and Professional Experience
2015 to present. Instructor. Horticulture Department, Oregon State University
2011 to 2015. Faculty Research Assistant. Horticultural Entomology, Oregon State University
2008 to 2011. Graduate Research Assistant. Entomology, Oregon State University
April 2011 to April 2012. Apprentice. Small Scale Dairy, Lonsway Farm, Philomath, OR
May 2011 to August 2012. Apprentice. Beekeeping, Wild Harvest Honey, Blodgett, OR
2007. Field Scout. Peerbolt Crop Management, Portland, OR
2005 to 2007. Research Associate. Horticulture, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
HORT330/ENT300: Pests, Plagues and Politics. This is a Bacc Core course in entomology geared toward non-scientists. The class walks students through the historical connection between insects and humans since the beginning of civilization, including insect in medicine, insects in warfare, and bugs in your diet!
M.S. Entomology (Soil Science minor), Oregon State University (2011)
B.S. Biology and Equine Science, Colorado State University (2004)
Wiman, N.G., D.T. Dalton, G. Anfora, A. Biondi, J.C. Chiu, K.M. Daane, B. Gerdeman, A. Gottardello, K.A. Hamby, R. Isaacs, A. Grassi, C. Ioriatti, J.C. Lee, B. Miller, M.V. Rossi Stacconi, P.W. Shearer, L. Tanigoshi, X.G. Wang, V.M. Walton. 2016. Drosophila suzukii population response to environment and management strategies. Journal of Pest Science, 89, 653-665. doi:10.1007/s10340-016-0757-4
Daane, K.M., X-G. Wang, A. Biondi, B. Miller, J. C. Miller, H. Riedl, P.W. Shearer, E. Guerrieri, M. Giorgini, M. Buffington, K. van Achterberg, Y. Song, T. Kang, H. Yi, C. Jung, D.W. Lee, B-K. Chung, K.A. Hoelmer, V.M. Walton. 2016. First exploration of parasitoids Drosophila suzukii in South Korea as potential classical biological control agents. Journal of Pest Science, 89, 823-835.
Miller, B., G. Anfora, M. Buffington, K.M. Daane, D.T. Dalton, K.M. Hoelmer, M.V. Rossi Stacconi, A. Grassi, C. Ioriatti, A. Loni, J.C. Miller, M. Ouantar, X.G. Wang, N.G. Wiman, V.M. Walton. 2015. Seasonal occurrence of resident parasitoids associated with Drosophila suzukii in two small fruit production regions of Italy and the USA. Bulletin of Insectology, 68(2), 255-263.
Chiu, J.C., K.A. Murphy, T. Unruh, M. Zhao, F.G. Zalom, P. Shearer. E. Beers, V. Walton, B. Miller. Using comparative genomics to develop a molecular diagnostic for the identification of an emerging pest Drosophila suzukii. 2015. Bulletin of entomological research, 105(3), 364-372. doi:10.1017/S0007485315000218
Rossi Stacconi, M.V., M. Buffington, K. Daane, D. Dalton, A. Grassi, G. Kacar, B. Miller, J. Miller, N. Baser, C. Ioratti, V. Walton, N. Wiman, X. Wang, G. Anfora. 2015. Host Stage Preference, efficacy and fecundity of parasitoids attacking Drosophila suzukii in newly invaded areas. Biological Control. 10.1016/j.biocontrol.2015.02.003.
Wiman, N.G., V.M. Walton, D.T. Dalton, G. Anfora, H.J. Burrack, J.C. Chiu, K.M. Daane, A. Grassi, B. Miller, S.Tochen, X. Wang, C. Ioratti. 2014. Integrating temperature-dependent life table data into a matrix projection model for Drosophila suzukii population estimation. PLos ONE 9 (9): e106909.
Rossi Stacconi M.V., Grassi A., Dalton D., Miller B., Ouantar M., Ioriatti C., Walton V., Anfora G. 2013. First field records of Pachycrepoideus vindemmiae (Rondani) (Hymenoptera Pteromalidae) as a parasitoid of Drosophila suzukii in European and Oregon Small fruit production areas. Entomologia 1: 11-16.
Miller B., Bruck D. J., Walton, V. M., 2012. Relationship of Black Vine Weevil Egg Density and Damage to Two Cranberry Cultivars. HortSci 47(5): 1–7.
Extension and Outreach
Wang, X-G., J. Jones, A. Nance J. Hutchins, B. Miller, V.M. Walton, K.A. Hoelmer, M. Buffington, and K.M. Daane. 2016. Investigating biological controls to suppress spotted wing drosophila populations, pp. 1-10. In 2016 California Cherry Research Reports. California Cherry Board, Stockton, CA.
Miller, B., V. Walton, L. White, D. Bruck ,L. Brewer. March 2015. Biological Control of Black Vine Weevil Larvae (Otiorhynchus sulcatus) in Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon). Oregon State University Extension Document. EM 9108.
Walton, V. and B. Miller. 2013. Black Vine Weevil. In: Field Guide for Integrated Pest Management in Pacific Northwest Vineyards. Eds M.M. Moyer and S.D. O’Neal. Washington State University, Oregon State University, University of Idaho. PNW 644: 30.
Miller, B., R. Rosetta and V. Walton. “Small and Mite-y”. Digger, Dec 2011: 33-37
Miller, B. “Bittersweet: the history of Sugar.” In Good Tilth, Dec 2011 (vol. 22)
Miller, B. “Black Vine Weevil Identification and Scouting Guide for Blueberry Growers.” 2010 Annual Blueberry Commission Meeting