Dr. Jeff Bradshaw is a Research and Extension Entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He received his Masters in Zoology at Southern Illinois University and PhD in Entomology and Plant Pathology at Iowa State University. Postdoc Energy Biosciences University of Illinois. Jeff is with us today to tell us about his journey through life and science.
Jeff studies the applied ecology and biology of insects common to the crops and rangeland managed in the High Plains Ecoregion of the United States. Specifically, his research concentrates on the conservation of the ecosystem function of insects on crops (e.g. ground beetles that feed on weed seeds) and rangeland (e.g. dung beetle recycling of cattle manure) and the discovering of insect-resistant traits in plants (e.g., cereal aphid resistance in switchgrass). Additionally, he helps to develop innovative communications products and services for economically and environmentally sustainable production practices (e.g., www.iwheat.org).