UMass Cranberry Station

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Dr. Anne Averill Anne Louise Averill

Department of Environmental Conservation
Holdsworth Hall, Rm 301A
University of Massachusetts  
160 Holdsworth Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9285

(413) 545-1054 (office phone/voice mail)
(413) 545-2115 (fax)

B.A., Smith College, Northampton, MA, Biological Science 1976
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Entomology 1985 

Positions held
Associate Department Head,

Associate Professor, Department of Plant, Soil, Insect Sciences

Acting Chair or Co-chair, Department of Entomology

Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Focus areas -- research and extensions:
-Behavior & ecology of small fruit insects
-Management of cranberry insects
-Pollinator health & sustainable pollination strategies

Postdoctoral Research, Department of Entomology

Associate, Cornell University, NYAES, Geneva
Extension research and responsibilities, workshops and presentations  I work to develop sampling methods and to implement ecologically-sound insect management tactics for cranberry in MA within interdisciplinary teams. I am responsible for compiling insect management recommendations for Massachusetts cranberry.  I have given over 50 extension presentations in the past 10 years, and am the author of fact sheets, newsletter articles, as well as:  A.L. Averill and M.M. Sylvia 1998: Cranberry Insects of the Northeast:  A Guide to Identification, Biology, and Management.  UMass Extension.  112 pp.

Research program   A component of my research focuses on fundamental questions in behavior and ecology of cranberry/blueberry insects, particularly the Vaccinium specialists, cranberry weevil (Anthonomus musculus) and cranberry fruitworm (Acrobais vaccinii).  I also study pollination, honey bee abundance and native (non-Apis) bee diversity in cranberry.  I am evaluating impacts of agricultural practices on pollinator health and conservation and working with collaborators to develop molecular methods for determination of pathogen ID and level in both wild and commercial non-Apis (e.g. bumble bees and leafcutter bees).

Teaching experience--University of Massachusetts/Amherst  I have served as major advisor for 14 graduate students and have been a member of 31 graduate student committees

     Courses taught:
2005-present   PSIS 397K - Insect Ecology and Management (3 credits, every spring)
1997-present   ENT 511 - Insect Behavior (3 credits, fall, every odd year)

Selected service/awards

2008-2010:  Executive Committee, Dept Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences
2010:  Chair, Search Committee for Assistant Professor/Molecular Biologist in Bioenergy Cluster hire
October 2010: Review Panel USDA-AFRI Competitive grant program in Sustainable Bioenergy  
May 2009: Review Panel: USDA/CSREES/PMAP Program
2008:  Chair, College Personnel Committee, Natural Resources and Environment
2008-2009: Chair, Awards Screening Committee, Eastern Branch-Entomological Soc. Amer.
May 2005 and May 2006: Review Panel: USDA/CSREES/CAR-RAMP Program
1999-2008:  Leader, Cranberry Team within Agriculture and Landscape Outreach Program
Publications, last 5 years
Notestine, M., S. Chen, K.A. MacKenzie, and A.L. Averill. A comparison of current and historical native bee populations in Massachusetts cranberry: evidence of decline (in preparation for Conservation Biology)

Notestine, M., S. L. Haire, S. Chen, and A.L. Averill. Effects of agricultural intensification on native pollinators of Massachusetts cranberry (in preparation for Conservation Biology)

Tewari, S. and A. L. Averill.  Feeding injury to apical meristem of cranberry uprights by Dasineura oxycoccana (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) reduces flowering in the next growing season  (in preparation for J. Economic Entomology)

Caruso, F.L., A.C. Schilder, J.J. Polashock, and A.L. Averill (eds).  2011.  Compendium of blueberry, cranberry, and lingonberry diseases and insects, 2nd edition.  American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN (accepted, in review)

Szendrei, S., A.L. Averill, H. Alborn, C. Rodriguez-Saona. 2011. Identification and field evaluation of semiochemically-based attractants for the cranberry weevil, Anthonomus musculus Say (Coleoptera: Curculionidae).  J. Chemical Ecology: published online 29 March 2011.

Morkeski, A. and A.L. Averill. 2010.  Wild bee status and evidence for pathogen spillover with honey bees.  American Bee Journal November: 1049-1052.

Welch, A., F. Drummond, S. Tewari,  A.L. Averill, J.P. Burand.  2009. Presence and prevalence of viruses in local and migratory honey bees (Apis mellifera) in Massachusetts.  Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75(24): 7862-7865.

Robbins, P.S., S.R. Alm, C.D. Armstrong, A.L. Averill & 40 additional authors, alphabetically listed.  2007.  Trapping Phyllophaga spp. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Melolonthinae) in the United States and Canada using sex attractants.  J. Insect Sciences vol. 6: Article 39 (144 pp).

E.J. Wenninger and A.L. Averill.  2006.  Influence of body and genital morphology on relative male fertilization success in oriental beetle.  Behavioral Ecology 17:  656-663.

P.S. Robbins, A. Zhang, A.L. Averill, C.E. Linn, Jr., W.L. Roelofs, M.M. Sylvia, and M.G. Villani.   2006.  Sex pheromone of the cranberry root grub Lichnanthe vulpinaJournal of Chemical Ecology.  32: 1663-1672.

E.J. Wenninger and A.L. Averill. 2006.  Effects of delayed mating on reproductive output of female oriental beetle Anomala orientalis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Agricultural and Forest Entomology.  8: 221-231.

L. A. F. Teixera and A.L. Averill.  2006.  Evaluation of flooding for cultural control of Sparganothis sulfureana (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) in cranberry bogs.   Environmental Entomology 35: 670-675.

E.J. Wenninger and A.L. Averill.   2006.  Mating disruption of oriental beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in cranberry using retrievable point-source dispensers of sex pheromone.  Environmental Entomology 35: 458-464.