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Arthur Appel

Associate Dean for Research; Associate Director, AAES; Professor

AAES Administration / Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station / COA Administration / Department Heads & Managers / Entomology & Plant Pathology

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Entomology & Plant Pathology
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 1985: Ph.D., University of California, Riverside (Urban Entomology, minors in insect physiology and parasitology)
  • 1982: M.S., University of California, Riverside (Urban Entomology)
  • 1980: B.S., University of California, Los Angeles (Biology)


  • 2015-2016: Interim Dean and Director, College of Agriculture and AAES, Auburn University
  • 2014-2016: Interim Associate Dean of Research and Interim Assistant Director of AAES, Auburn University
  • 2005-2014: Chair, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University
  • 2001-2006: Alumni Professor, Auburn University
  • 1997: Professor, Auburn University
  • 1990: Associate Professor, Auburn University
  • 1985: Assistant Professor, Auburn University


  • 2009-present: Visiting Professor, Yangtze University, Jingzhou, Hubei, China
  • 2009-present: Honorary Professor, Southwest University, Chongqing, China


  • 2008: Entomological Society of America Recognition Award in Urban Entomology, Southeastern Branch, Entomological Society of America
  • 2007: Entomological Foundation, Recognition Award in Urban Entomology (sponsored by S.C. Johnson & Sons), presented at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, CA
  • 1993: College of Agriculture, Auburn University, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 1992-1993: National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Teaching Award of Merit


  • 2012-present: Subject Editor for Psyche, a journal of entomology
  • 2012-present: Subject Editor for Household and Structural Insects, Journal of Economic Entomology, Entomological Society of America (2001-2006)
  • 2012: Opening (Keynote) lecture, invited speaker, 44th Annual Meeting of the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA), Cancun, Mexico. Why not agriculture? Perceptions, reality, and the future
  • 2003: Keynote invited speaker, joint meeting of the Pest Control Association of Malaysia and the Singapore Pest Management Association, Langkawi, Malaysia. Global innovations and modern techniques for urban pest managers
  • 2004-2006: Member, Entomological Society of America, Jeffery LaFage Graduate Student Research Award evaluation committee
  • 2002: Member, Peer Review Committee, State of Texas Imported Fire Ant Project
  • 2000: Chair, National Conference on Urban Entomology, Awards Committee, for 2000 meeting
  • 1998 and 1999: Chair, Entomological Society of America, National Urban Entomology Award Committee


Urban entomology, structural pests, insect physiology and behavior.



  • ENTM 2040 – Insects
  • ENTM 6370 – Urban Entomology
  • ENTM 7990 – Research and Thesis
  • ENTM 8990 – Research and Dissertation
  • ENTM 7970 and 8970 – Special Problems and Topics in Urban Entomology


  • Served as Major Professor: 7 MS and 6 PhD
  • Served as Committee Member for 20 students; presently a member of 9 graduate committees



  • *DeVries, Z. C., S. R. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2015. Effects of starvation and molting on the metabolic rate of the bed bug (Cimex lectularius). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 88: 53-65.
  • *DeVries, Z. C., W. R. Reid, S. A. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2015. Effects of starvation on deltamethrin tolerance in bed bugs, Cimex lectularius L. (Hemiptera: Cimicidae). Insects. 2015, 6: 102-111.
  • Olufunmilayo, E. Ajayi, A. G. Appel, and H. Y. Fadamiro. 2014. Phytotoxicity of some essential oil components to cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.) seeds. International Journal of Plant Biology and Research. 2(4): 1024, 9 pp.
  • Olufunmilayo, E. Ajayi, A. G. Appel, and H. Y. Fadamiro. 2014. Fumigation toxicity of essential oil monoterpenes toCallosobruchus maculatus (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 917212, 7 pages.
  • Sims, S. R., R. R. Balusu, E. N. Ngumbi, and A. G. Appel. 2014. Topical and vapor toxicity of saturated fatty acids to the German cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 758-763.
  • *Snoddy, E. T., and A. G. Appel. 2014. Field and laboratory efficacy of three insecticides for population management of the Asian cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 326-332.
  • *DeVries, Z. C., and A. G. Appel. 2014. Effects of temperature on nutrient self-selection in the silverfish Lepisma saccharina. Physiol. Entomol. 39: 217-221. Article first published online: 2 JUL 2014DOI: 10.1111/phen.12064
  • *DeVries, Z. C, S. A. Kells, and A. G. Appel. 2013. Standard metabolic rate of the bedbug, Cimex lectularius: Effects of temperature, mass, and life stage. J. Insect Physiol. 59: 1133-1139.
  • Liu, F., L. Chen, A. G. Appel, and N. Liu. 2013. Olfactory responses of the trichoid sensilla to chemical repellents in the mosquito, Culex quinquefsciatus. J. Insect Physiol. 59: 1169-1177.
  • Peterson, J. D., J. E. Steffen, L. K. Reinert, P. A. Cobine, A. Appel, L. Rollins-Smith, and M. T. Mendonça. 2013. Host stress response is important for the pathogenesis of the deadly amphibian disease, Chytridiomycosis, in Litoria caerulea. PLOS ONE 8(4): e62146. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062146.


  • Sims, S. R. and A. G. Appel. 2013. What does climate change mean for pests and PMPs? Pest Control Technology. 41(4): 92-94.
  • *DeVries, Z, X. P. Hu, and A. G. Appel. 2013. ANR-1464, Battling Bed Bugs-Knowing the Enemy. ACES Bulletin.
  • Sims, S. R. and A. G. Appel. 2012. Dean end! 10 practical tips for preventing insecticide control failures. Pest Control Technology. March 2012:
  • Sims, S.R., D. R. Suiter, and A.G. Appel. 2011. A new look at an old group. Pest Control Technology. May 2011: 94, 96, 98.
  • Hu, X. P., E. T. Snoddy*, and A. G. Appel. 2008. ANR-1322, Asian cockroach: A new pest in the urban environment.