Dr. R. Chris Williamson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Entomology
1630 Linden Drive
246 Russell Labs
Dr. Chris Williamson is a Professor of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is an extension/research entomologist (70% extension/30% applied research) in urban landscape entomology including turfgrass (golf courses, lawns, athletic fields, and sod farms), ornamentals (nursery and landscape), Christmas trees, and greenhouses. Dr. Williamson recently expanded his Extension responsibilities to include cranberries and grapes in Wisconsin.
Dr. Williamson received his B.S. degree in Agronomy (Turfgrass Science) from the Ohio State University in 1989, his M.S. degree in Entomology from The Ohio State University in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky in 1998.
Dr. Williamson’s lab is one of the most active applied research groups studying insect pests of the urban landscape. He and his students have published results generated from his lab in numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and trade journal articles. Chris has given over 100 invited extension and research presentations combined to a variety of audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Chris’s research program is designed to support his extension (outreach) programming. Consequently, much of his research is applied field research that requires replication over a minimum of two years. As an extension entomology specialist, his mission is to provide various constituency groups including the turfgrass, ornamental, Christmas tree, greenhouse, cranberry, and grape industries with current, relevant, effective, and environmentally sound information that will enable them to successfully manage respective insect pest problems that they experience.
The primary emphasis of his applied research program is to develop Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs for insects with major emphasis on cultural control strategies and plant resistance. The goal of his research program is to develop alternative, non-chemical management strategies for insect pests which will reduce reliance on conventional pesticides.
The primary focus of Dr. Williamson’s extension programming is in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with emphasis on alternative, non-pesticide control strategies including cultural and applied plant resistance. Currently, Dr. Williamson has four principal components of his extension program:
- Turfgrass Insect Pest Management
- Invasive Insect Species Education
- Woody Ornamental Insect Pest Management
- Integrated Turfgrass Management (ITM)
Both his extension and research programs have been funded by the United States Golf Association (USGA), Wisconsin Turfgrass Association, United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin Department of Agricultureal Trade and Consumer Protection, Wiscsonsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin Graduate School, and the Green Industry.
Although Dr. Williamson does not officially have a teaching appointment, he periodically teaches ENT 905, a one-credit graduate student seminar in applied entomology. Previous ENT 905 seminar series titles include: Insecticides and the Environment, Insecticide Toxicology and Career Opportunities in Entomology. Dr. Williamson also routinely guest lectures for ENT 351 (Principles of Economic Entomology), a practical, three-credit undergraduate course. Chris is currently an instructor for HORT 461 (Advanced Turfgrass Management and Physiology) for the Fall 2011 semester. Outside of the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Williamson is regularly invited to guest lecture for ENT 952A, a two-credit undergraduate course, as well as Turf 297C (Worldwide Campus, an on-line, two-credit undergraduate course) at Penn State University. Additional information on Chris’s teaching activities can be found here.
Dr. Williamson has received the following awards:
- Distinguished Achievement Award in Urban Entomology from the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America
- Outstanding Ph.D. Graduate Student Award of Merit from The Honor Society of Agriculture Gamma Sigma Delta
- Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council’s Award for Distinguished service for his dedication and service to communities by helping them prepare for and manage the Emerald Ash Borer