Tom Bellows


The work in our laboratory is focused on biological control of insect pests - the use of natural enemies to limit numbers of pest insects. We often work on introduced pests which have their origin in countries or regions other than the United States. Our work takes on some of the character of a biological detective hunt, using ecological and biogeographical insights into the pest's biology and origin to locate, identify and import natural enemies which will prove both safe and effective in limiting pest populations, and thus restore a natural balance.


  • BS Biology/Mathematics 1975 New Mexico State University 
  • PhD Population Ecology 1979 Imperial College, University of London, England 


  • 1998 - Researcher of the Year, California Association of Nurserymen
  • 1992 - USDA Distinguished Service Award for Environment Protection for Biological Control Program Against Ash Whitefly

Research Area

Biological control of insect pests Parasite biology and behavior Insect population biology


Contact Tom Bellows

Professor of Entomology and CISR Contributor/Affiliate
University of California
900 University Ave.
Riverside, California  92521
Phone: (951) 827-1012


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  • California

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