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Biology and Agriculture

W.C. Morris Building
Room 306
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Fanson Kidwaro, Chair
Phone: 660-543-4933

Department of Biology and Earth Science

Dr. Stephen Wilson

Professor of BiologyDr. Wilson


B. S. Rutgers University
M. S. Southwest Missouri State University
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University

Dr. Stephen Wilson has been a faculty member since 1982. His research interest is planthopper biology.

Dr. Wilson grew up in New Jersey. He took his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1973, his M.S. at Southwest Missouri State University in 1975, and his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Zoology in 1980. After spending two years as temp faculty at California State University at Chico he came to UCM.

In past summers Dr. Wilson took UCM marine ecology courses to Jamaica and Belize.

Dr. Wilson continues to work with students on research projects on insect taxonomy and ecology. Has published over 70 papers and 3 book chapters on planthoppers; 12 of the papers are with UCM students. Over the past five years these students include Chris Wooten and Ken McPherson who are officers in the US Army; Becky Freund who completed her Ph. D. working on insect ecology at the University of South Dakota was a faculty member at Northwestern Georgia State University and is now a U. S. Secret Service Agent; Carl Doud who finished his Master's degree in entomology at Oklahoma State University and is now an entomologist in the US Navy; and Amy Miller who completed a Master's degree at Emporia State University. Other students include Jennifer Plett who is working on her doctorate at the University of Alaska and Ginger Miller who completed a Master's thesis on using molecular techniques to infer planthopper phylogenies and is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Wilson's other interests include collecting insects, reading history, watching movies and occasionally playing a game of raquetball.

Department of Biology and Agriculture
Office: WCM 319A, UCM
Phone: 660-543-8880