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Kevin Heinz

Heinz, Kevin
Kevin Heinz
Biological Control Laboratory
Undergraduate Education
Bachelor of Science - Biology: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 1979
Graduate Education
Master of Science - Biology: University of California, Riverside, 1983
Doctor of Philosophy - Entomology, University of California, Riverside, 1989
Texas AgriLife and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence. 2008. Diversity Recruiting (Entomology Recruitment Team).
Texas Agrilife and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence. 2008. Administration.
Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. 2007. Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology.
Alex Laurie Award. 2005. Awarded by the Society of American Florists for lifetime achievement in research and education.
Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. 2004. Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management.
Entomological Foundation (Entomological Society of America). 2003. Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University Salary Supplement for Outstanding Contributions to the College.


  • Director – TAMU Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program (January 2011 – present)
  • Head – Entomology; Texas A&M University;  College Station (2002 – 2010)
  • Chair – TAMU COALS Department Heads Council (2004 – 2005)
  • Director – Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project (2002 – 2010)
  • Executive Team Leader – TAES Pierce’s Disease Research and Education Program (2005-2007)
  • Director – Biological Control Laboratory; TAMU Entomology (2001-2002)
  • Co-Founder and Co-Convener – IOBC North America Working Group for Biological Control in Protected Agriculture (1999 – 2004)


  • Bachelor of Science – Biology: Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, 1979
  • Master of Science – Biology: University of California, Riverside, 1983
  • Doctor of Philosophy – Entomology, University of California, Riverside, 1989


  • Graduate of Diversity Training Institute, TAMU  (2008)
  • Co-Organize and Present Workshop Titled “Surviving to Thriving: Management Strategies for New and Used Chairs,” 24th Annual Academic Chairpersons Conference (2007)
  • Texas A&M University Dean of Faculties New Department Head Orientation.  Member of Panel Discussion of Do’s and Don’ts (2006, 2007)
  • Member of Class 14 of the ESCOP/ACOP Leadership Development Program (2004-2005)

RESEARCH EMPHASIS: Research in my laboratory addresses questions associated with the ecological relationships among arthropod predators and parasitoids with their prey or hosts. These studies form the foundations for developing and implementing effective biological control programs. Using arthropod parasitoids and predators as models, we are interested in testing theories derived from behavioral, population, or community ecology within the context of temporally and spatially ephemeral habits. Results from these experiments are used to develop a theoretical framework for biological control of arthropods cropping systems and weeds in natural habitats.

TEACHING: A graduate course in Principles of Biological Control (classroom and at a distance) (ENTO 608) and an undergraduate course in Floricultural and Horticultural Entomology (ENTO 405).

MENTORING PHILOSOPHY: Graduate students and post-docs interested in working in my laboratory should have a mutual interest in one of my active research areas, and with the skills and work ethic for sustain progress with minimal supervision. The research should entail a blend of ecological and applied aspects of biological control, with particular current emphases in the development and implementation of biological control based IPM programs in nursery and floricultural crops. Individuals are encouraged to establish their research goals early in their program, and to rely on interactions with fellow students, research staff, and faculty to aid in the focusing of a research agenda. An outcome goal is to produce superior entomological scientists with the technical expertise for research and teaching, and the ability to successfully communicate with peers, students, industry, and the public. A well-rounded program should include teaching experiences, departmental and community service, and mutually beneficial interactions with researchers, growers, and related agencies.



S.E. Beach (M.S. Student), T.W. Starman, K.L. Eixmann, H. B. Pemberton, and K.M. Heinz.  2009.  Reduced End-of-production Fertilization Rate Increased Postproduction Shelf Life of Containerized Vegetative Annuals.  HortTechnology  19: 158 – 167. [PDF]

Liu, T-.X., L. Kang, K.M. Heinz, and J.T. Trumble.  2009.   Biological control of Liriomyza leafminers: progress and perspective.  CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Resources 2009 (4), No. 004.  1-16.  [PDF]

Chow, A. (post-doc), A. Chau (post-doc), and K.M. Heinz.  2008.  Compatibility of Orius insidiosus (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) with Amblyseius (Iphiseius) degenerans (Acari: Phytoseiidae) for control of Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) on greenhouse roses.  Biological Control  44: 259-270.  [PDF]

Hudgeons, J. L. (M.S. student), A. E. Knutson, C. Jack DeLoach, K.M. Heinz, W. A. McGinty and J. L. Tracy.  2007.  Establishment and biological success of Diorhabda elongata elongata on invasive Tamarix in Texas.  Southwestern Entomologist 32 (3):157-168.

Spiers, J. (Ph.D. student), F. Davies, C.J. He, S. Finlayson, K. Heinz, A. Chau (post-doc), and T. Starman.  2007.  Fertilization affects western flower thrips abundance, total phenolics, and growth characteristics in Gerbera jamesoniiHortscience  42(4): 902-902.

Tillman, P.G., J.R. Prasifka (Ph.D. student), and K.M. Heinz.  2007.  Rubidium marking to detect dispersal of pest and predator from corn into sorghum and cotton in Georgia.  Journal of Entomological Science  42(3): 383-391.

Hudgeons, J. (M.S. student), A. Knutson, K.M. Heinz, J. DeLoach, T. Dudley, R. Pattison, and J. Kiniry.  2007.  Defoliation by introduced Diorhabda elongata leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) reduces carbohydrate reserves and regrowth of Tamarix (Tamaricaceae).  Biological Control.  43(2): 213-221.  [PDF]

Bader, A.E. (M.S. student), K.M. Heinz, R.A. Wharton and C.E. Bográn.  2006.  Assessment of interspecific interaction among parasitoids on the outcome of inoculative biological control of leafminers attacking chrysanthemum.  Biological Control  39 (3):  441-452.  [PDF]

Bográn, C.E. (Ph.D. student) & K.M. Heinz.  2006.  Time delay and initial population density affects interactions between Encarsia pergandiella Howard and Eretmocerus mundus Mercet (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae).  Environmental Entomology 365: 661-669.  [PDF]

Chau A. (post-doc) & K.M. Heinz.  2006.  Manipulating fertilization: a management tactic against Frankliniella occidentalis on potted chrysanthemum.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata  120: 201-209.  [PDF]

Spiers, J. D. (Ph.D. student), F.T. Davies Jr., C. He, C.E. Bográn, K.M. Heinz, T. Starman, and A. Chau (post-doc).  2006.  Effects of insecticides on gas exchange, vegetative and floral development, and overall quality of gerbera.  HortScience  41(3): 701-706.

Arthurs, S. (post-doc) and K.M. Heinz.  2006.   Evaluation of the nematodes Steinernema feltiaeand Thripinema nicklewoodias biological control agents of western flower thrips Frankliniella occidentalisinfesting chrysanthemum. Biocontrol Science and Technology. 16(2): 141-155.  [PDF]

Chow, A. (post-doc) and K.M. Heinz.  2006.  Control of Liriomyza langei on chrysanthemum by Diglyphus isaea produced with a standard or modified parasitoid rearing technique Journal of Applied Entomology  130(2): 113-121.  [PDF]

Chow, A. (post-doc) and K.M. Heinz.  2005. Using hosts of mixed sizes to reduce male-biased sex ratio in the parasitoid wasp, Diglyphus isaeaEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata  117(3): 193-199.  [PDF]

Davies, F.T., C. He, A. Chau (post-doc), J.D. Spiers (Ph.D. student), and K.M. Heinz.  2005.  Fertilizer application affects susceptibility of chrysanthemum to western flower thrips – abundance and influence on plant growth, photosynthesis and stomatal conductance.  Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology.  80 (4): 403-412.

Chau, A. (post-doc), K.M. Heinz, and F.T. Davies.  2005.  Influences of fertilization on Aphis gossypii and insecticide usage.  Journal of Applied Entomology.  129 (2):  89-97.  [PDF]

Chau, A. (post-doc), K.M. Heinz, and F.T. Davies.  2005.  Influences of fertilization on population abundance, distribution, and control of Frankliniella occidentalis on chrysanthemum.  Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata  117: 27-39.  [PDF]

Davies, F.T., C. He, A. Chau (post-doc), K.M. Heinz, and A.D. Cartmill.  2004.  Fertilizer affects susceptibility of chrysanthemum to cotton aphids: influence on plant growth, photosynthesis, ethylene evolution, and herbivore abundance.  Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science  129 (3):  344-353.

Arthurs, S. (post-doc), K.M. Heinz, and J.R. Prasifka (Ph.D. student).  2004.  An analysis of using entomopathogenic nematodes against above-ground pests.  Bulletin of Entomological Research  94(4): 297-306.

Prasifka, J. R. (Ph.D. student), K. M. Heinz and R. R. Minzenmayer. 2004. Relationships of landscape, prey and agronomic variables to the abundance of generalist predators in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) fields.  Landscape Ecology 19: 709-717. [PDF]

Prasifka, J.R. (Ph.D. student), K.M. Heinz. 2004. The use of C3 and C4 plants to study natural enemy movement and ecology, ant its application to pest management. International Journal of Pest Management 50(3): 177-181. [PDF]

Mottern, J. L. (M.S. student), K. M. Heinz, and P. J. Ode (Post-doc).
2004. Evaluating biological control of fire ants using phorid flies: effects on competitive interactions. Biological Control 30 (3): 566-583. [PDF]

Prasifka, J.R. (Ph.D. student), K.M. Heinz, and C.G. Sansone (TCE extension specialist). 2004. Timing, magnitude, rates, and putative causes of predator movement between cotton and grain sorghum fields. Environmental Entomology 33(2): 282-290. [PDF]

Prasifka, J.R., K.M. Heinz, and Kirk O. Winemiller. 2004. Crop colonisation, feeding, and reproduction by the predatory beetle, Hippodamia convergens, as indicated by stable carbon isotope analysis. Ecological Entomology 29 : 226-233. [PDF]


Heinz, K.M., C. E. Bográn, and R. Frisbie, eds.  2005  Entomology at Texas A&M University: A Celebration of the Past 100 Years and a Look to the Next Century.  Texas A&M University Press.    341 pgs.  [http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2005/heinz.htm]

Heinz, K.M., R.G. Van Driesche, & M.P. Parrella, eds.  2004.  Biological control of arthropod pests in protected culture.  Ball Publishing, Batavia, Il.  552 pgs.  [http://www.ballbookshelf.com/DisplayDetail.aspx?bpid=1319]