Office: Thompson Hall, Room 205
Lab: Blake hall, Room 230
- 1998: Ph.D., West Virginia University
- 1988: M.S., Chinese Academy of Forestry
- 1985: B.S., Beijing Forestry University
My research program focuses on developing new and improved urban pest management technologies through the study of biology, behavior, and ecology of urban pests. The goal is to identify cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions that will immediately benefit the consumers. My extension program delivers research-based urban pest management technologies to pest management professionals and the public through presentations, field demonstrations, and extension publications.
- Development and implementation of new reduced-risk insect management strategies for urban pests (cockroaches, bed bugs, ants, termites)
- Insecticide resistance management in the German cockroach and bed bugs
- Use of attractants and repellents for pest monitoring and control
- Associate Extension Specialist. 2014-present. Department of Entomology, Rutgers University.
- Assistant Extension Specialist. 2008-2014. Department of Entomology, Rutgers University.
- Research Assistant Professor. 2007-2008. Department of Entomology, Purdue University.
- Research Entomologist. 2002-2006. Department of Entomology, Purdue University.
- Post-Doctoral Research Entomologist. 1998-2001. USDA-ARS Formosan Subterranean Research Unit.
- Research Entomologist. 1988-1994. Research Institute of Forest Protection, Chinese Academy of Forestry.
- McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2015. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United States Patent #9066511.
- McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473358.
- McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473474.
- McKnight, S. and C. Wang. 2009. Crawling arthropod intercepting device and method. United Kingdom patent number GB2473475.
AWARDS and RECOGNITION
- 2015. Eastern Regional Excellence in Extension Award. U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- 2015. Northeast extension directors’ award of excellence. This is the highest award presented by the directors of Extension in the northeast. It recognizes Extension outreach programming that has achieved outstanding accomplishments, results and impacts in addressing contemporary issues.
- 2015. International IPM Award for Recognition. 8th International IPM Symposium.
- 2011. Merle V. Adams Award. Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
- 2010. Recognition by NJ NAHRO (New Jersey Chapter of National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers) for service to public housing authorities in New Jersey.
- 2010. “Most Retail-Ready” award for the Insect Interceptor device. United Inventors Association. National Hardware Show. Las Vegas, NV. Co-inventor.
- 2009. Stinger Award for best insect video contest. Instruction category. Entomological Society of America. Co-author.
Research Interests and Expertise
Insect behavior, Insecticide resistance, Urban pest management (ants, termites, cockroaches, bed bugs, etc), Ant systematics.