- Biological Control Facility Rm 116, College Station
- (979) 862-8378
- Undergraduate Education
- B.S. Entomology/Plant Pathology, Universidad Autónoma Chapingo, Mexico
- Graduate Education
- Ph.D. Entomology, University of California, Riverside
- M.S. Entomology, University of California, Riverside
Areas of Expertise
- Applied ecology in agriculture
- Biological control
- Parasitoid ecology and behavior
- Plant-insect interactions
- Plant defense against herbivores
- Evolution of crop defenses against insects
Julio Bernal, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of biological control and plant-insect interactions. Specifically, his research interests focus on ecology and behavior of natural enemies, particularly parasitoid wasps, and evolution of herbivore defenses in crops, particularly maize. Broadly, his research seeks to identify and develop ways that pest management can be effective, environmentally friendly, and evolutionarily sustainable. Over the last five years his research has attracted $1.3M in grant support.
His teaching has focused on entomology (general entomology for undergraduates), pest management (integrated pest management for undergraduates, and host plant resistance and biological control for graduate students), and agricultural evolution (evolution and impacts of agriculture and pest management for undergraduates). Currently he advises or co-advises six Ph.D. students, and previously he advised five Ph.D. and eight M.S. students. Bernal is currently Biological Control Subject Editor for Journal of Economic Entomology, Editor for Insects, and Agroecology and Ecosystem Services Associate Editor for Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. He was Fulbright Scholar (2016-2017), and President Sociedad Mexicana de Control Biológico (2015-2017), and Global Faculty Advocate for Mexico, Texas A&M University (2018-2022).