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Roger Gold

Gold, Roger
Roger Gold
Professor and Endowed Chair in Urban and Structural Entomology
Urban and Structural Entomology Bldg., Room 102
Undergraduate Education
B.S. 1968 University of Utah
Graduate Education
Ph.D. 1974 University of California-Berkeley
M.S. 1970 University of Utah

Employment History: 1989-Present Professor of Entomology, Endowed Chair in Urban Entomology, Texas A&M University.

Classification: Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist Specialty Area: Urban Entomology

Appointment Status: Teaching (22.32% TAMU)/Extension (22.32% TAEX)/ Research (22.32% TAES/33.04% Grant-TAMU).

Hatch Project: TEX08662-Urban Insect Pest Management Program: Bionomics and Control of Selected Pests of Importance to Texas.

Extension Project: Management of Insects Associated with the Near Environment of Humans.

Courses Taught:

  • Entomology 403-Urban Entomology
  • Entomology 691-Graduate Seminar (Urban Entomology)
  • Entomology 322-Insects in Human Society


Provide an overview of the importance of insects and the role they have played in the development of human society (Entomology 322). Provide relevant and current information on the biology and movement of insect populations in urban and structural environments (Entomology 403).

Develop funding sources to support extension programs in Urban Entomology, particularly for the development of training materials including publications, video-tape programs and slide presentations. Develop and implement integrated management programs for insects associated with structures that will effectively reduce pest populations while protecting humans, their companion animals, and the environment.

Achieve a balance between basic and applied research towards the management of urban insect pests. Specific emphasis will be placed on investigating the basic biology of pest species along with their parasites, predators and pathogens. Investigations into the efficacy of pesticides on pest populations in both laboratory and field studies will be made. Specific emphasis will be given to: ants, cockroaches, fleas, termites, flies, and other structural invading arthropods. Recruitment and retention of qualified graduate student will continue with additional emphasis given to international cooperation with colleagues in research and educational programs.

2002 PCT/Syngenta Leadership Award;
Orkin Research Award (1990, 1995);
Nebraska Fertilizer and Ag-Chemical Institute Research Award (1985);
American Society of Agricultural Engineers Education Award (1981 and 1985)
Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching (2003)
NCUE Distinguished Achievement Award in Urban Entomology (2004)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Pest Control Association (2004)

Accomplishments: Chair of the ESA Publications Council for 2003-2004; Program Chairman ESA (North Central Branch-1987);
ESA Handbook Series Editorial Committee;
Committee for the National Conference on Urban Entomology;
Chairman for the Department of Entomology Review at Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University (1989-2003) $7.2 million
University of Nebraska (1985-1989) $2.4 million

Publications: (200+ Research and Extension Publication/Abstracts)
Cook, T.J. and R.E. Gold. 2000. Effects of different cellulose sources on the structure of the hindgut flagellate community in Reticulitermes virginicus (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology. 35(1): 119-129.

Cook, T.J. and R.E. Gold. 1999. Symbiotic hindgut flagellate communities of Reticulitermes virginicus (Banks) and Reticulitermes flavipes (Kollar) in Texas. Sociobiology 34: 533-543.

Cook, J.L. S.B. Vinson, and R.E. Gold. 1998. Developmental stages of Caenocholax fenyesi Pierce (Strepsiptera: Myrmecolacidae): descriptions and significance to the higher taxonomy of Strepsiptera. Intern. J. of Insect Morphology and Embryology 27)1):21-26.

Gold, Roger E. and S.C. Jones. 2000. Handbook of household and structural insect pests. Entomological Society of America-Handbook Series. ESA, Lanham, MD. 175 p.

Houseman, R.M., R.E. Gold and B.M. Pawson. 2001. Resource partitioning in two sympatric species of subterranean termites Reticulitermes flavipes and Reticulitermes hageni (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Environ. Entom. 30:673-685.

Howell, H.N., Jr. and R.E. Gold. 2001. Bedbugs. L-1742.

Howell, H. N., Jr., R.E. Gold, and G.J. Glenn, 2001. Coptermes distribution in Texas (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Sociobiology 37: 687-697.