Anne L. Nielsen

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Lab Webpage:

Rutgers Agricultural Research and Extension
Center, 121 Northville Rd., Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Phone: 856-455-3100, ext. 4110


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • B.S., Virginia Tech


My research focus is on the development and refinement of phenological models for pests of tree fruits and small fruits. I incorporate this basic research with information on the physiology and behavior of insects into management programs that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. Much of this research is focused on invasive species, particularly Halyomorpha halys, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. My laboratory also evaluates monitoring programs, biological control, and the integration of management tactics to provide a systems-level approach to pest management.

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Extension Specialist, Department of Entomology, Rutgers University, 2012 - present
  • Postdoctoral Research Entomologist, 2010-2012, Department of Entomology, Organic Pest Management Lab, Michigan State University
  • Postdoctoral Research Entomologist, 2008-2010, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Recent Publications (Last 5 years)

  • Leskey TC and AL Nielsen. 2018. The impact of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in North America and Europe: History, biology, ecology, and management. Annual Review of Entomology 63:x-x.  DOI:10.1146/annurev-ento-020117-043226
  • Valentin, R**, AL Nielsen, N Wiman, D-H Lee, DM Fonseca.  Global invasion network of the brown marmorated stink bug. Scientific Reports  
  • Nielsen AL, SF Fleischer, GC Hamilton, T Hancock, G Krawczyk, JC Lee, E Ogburn, JM Pote**, A Raudenbush, A Rucker, M Saunders, VP Skillman, J Sullivan, J Timer, J Walgenbach, NG Wiman, TC Leskey. 2017. Phenology of brown marmorated stink bug described using female reproductive development. Ecology and Evolution 2017:1-11 DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3125
  • **Pote, J. M., and A. L. Nielsen. 2017. Life stage specific predation of Halyomorpha halys (Stål) by generalist predators. Biological Control 114: 1-7.
  • Abram, PK, KA Hoelmer, A Acebes-Doria, H Andrews, EH Beers, JC Bergh, R Bessin, D Biddinger, P Botch, ML Buffington, M Cornelius, E Costi, ES Delfosse, C Dieckhoff, R Dobson, Z Donais, M Grieshop, G Hamilton, Tim Haye, Chris Hedstrom, MV Herlihy, M Hoddle, CRR Hooks, R James, P Jentsch, Thomas Kuhar, J Lara, JC Lee, A Legrand, T Leskey, D Lowenstein, L Maistrello, CR Mathews, JM Milnes, WR Morrison III, NK Joshi, AL Nielsen, E Ogburn, CH Pickett, K Poley, J Pote**, PM Shrewsbury, E Talamas, L Tavella, J Walgenbach, R Waterworth, DC Weber, C Welty, N Wiman. 2017. Indigenous arthropod natural enemies of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug in North America and Europe. J. Pest Science 90:x-xDOI:10.1007/s10340-017-0891-7
  • Weber D, WR Morrison III, A Khrimian, K Rice, TC Leskey, C Rodriguez-Saona, AL Nielsen, BR Blaauw*. 2017. Chemical ecology of Halyomorpha halys: Discoveries and applications J. Pest Science 90:x-x DOI: 10.1007/s10340-017-0876-6
  • Blaauw B*, C Mathews, T Leskey, RW Morrison, AL Nielsen. 2017. Measuring host plant selection and retention of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) by a trap crop. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 163: 197–208 DOI: 10.1111/eea.12571
  • Mathews CR, B Blaauw*, G Dively, J Kotcon, J Moore, E Ogburn, D Pfieffer, T Trope, JF Walgenbach, C Welty, G Zinati, AL Nielsen. 2017. Evaluating a polyculture trap crop for organic management of Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) and endemic stink bugs in peppers. J. Pest Science DOI:10.1007/s10340-017-0838-z
  • Fraga, DF, J Parker, AC Busoli, GC Hamilton, AL Nielsen, C Rodriguez-Saona. 2016. Behavioral responses of the predaceous minute pirate bug (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) to tridecane, a volatile emitted by the brown marmorated stink bug. J. Pest Science 1-12. DOI:10.1007/s10340-016-0825-9
  • Hamilton GC, et al. Halyomorpha halys. In  “Invasive Pentatomids of North America” ed. J.E. McPherson.
  • Ogburn EC, R Bessin, C Dieckhoff, R Dobson, M Grieshop, KA Hoelmer, C Mathews, J Moore, AL Nielsen, JM Pote**, C Welty, JF Walgenbach. 2016. Natural enemy impact on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), in organic agroecosystems: A regional assessment. Biological Control 101:39-51.
  • Nielsen AL, S Chen, S Fleischer. 2016. Coupling developmental physiology, photoperiod, and temperature to model phenology and dynamics of an invasive Heteropteran, Halyomorpha halys. Frontiers in Physiology 7:165. DOI:10.3389/fphys.2016.00165
  • *Blaauw BR, V Jones, AL Nielsen. 2016. Utilizing immunomarking techniques to track Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) dispersal within a peach orchard. PeerJ4:e1997DOI:10.7717/peerj.1997
  • **Pote J, AL Nielsen, M Grieshop. 2016. Biology and seasonality of the re-emergent pest Rhynchaenus pallicornis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and methods for monitoring its abundance. Environmental Entomology45: 772-780. doi: 10.1093/ee/nvw029
  • **Hahn, NG, AJ Kaufman, C Rodriguez-Saona, AL Nielsen, J LaForest, GC Hamilton. 2016. Exploring the spread of brown marmorated stink bug in New Jersey through the use of crowdsourced reports.American Entomologist 62: 36-45
  • Nielsen, AL, G Dively, JM Pote*, G Zinati, C Mathews. 2016. Identifying a potential trap crop for a novel insect pest, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in organic farms. Environmental Entomology 45: 472-478
  • **Pote, JM, AL Nielsen, L Gut, and MJ Grieshop. 2015. Organic management of the apple flea weevil (Orchestes pallicornis Say), a re-emergent pest of commercial apples. Organic Agriculture. doi.10.1007/s13165-015-0129-z
  • *Blaauw, BR, D Polk, and AL Nielsen.2015. IPM-CPR for peaches: utilizing behaviorally-based methods to manage key peach pests; brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys) and Oriental fruit moth (Grapholita molesta). Pest Management Science 71:1513-22.
  • Rice, KB, CJ Bergh, EJ Bergmann, DJ Biddinger, C Dieckhoff, G Dively, H Fraser, T Gariepy…JF Tooker. 2014. Biology, Ecology, and Management of Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). J Integrated Pest Management 5:A1-A13.
  • *Lee, D-H, BD Short, AL Nielsen, and TC Leskey. 2014. Impact of organic insecticides on the survivorship and mobility of Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in the laboratory. Florida Entomologist 97:414-421.
  • *Lee, D-H, AL Nielsen and TC Leskey.2014. Dispersal capacity of nymphal stages of the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae). J Insect Behavior 27:639–651 DOI 10.1007/s10905-014-9456-2
  • *Wallner AM, GC Hamilton, AL Nielsen, N Hahn*, E Green, and CR Rodriguez-Saona.2014. Landscape factors facilitating the invasive dynamics and distribution of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae), after arrival in the United States. PLoS ONE 9:e95691. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0095691
  • Tewari, S, TC Leskey, AL Nielsen, JC Piñero, and CR Rodriguez-Saona2014. Use of pheromones in insect pest management, with special attention to weevil pheromones. In: Integrated Pest Management: Current Concepts and Ecological Perspectives. D.P. Abrol (Ed.). Elsevier Inc. pp 141-168
  • Xu, J, DM Fonseca, GC Hamilton, KA Hoelmer, and AL Nielsen. 2014. Tracing the origin of US brown marmorated stink bugs, Halyomorpha halys. Biological Invasions 16:153-166. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0510-3
  • Lee, JC, PW Shearer, LD Barrantes, EH Beers, HJ Burrack, DT Dalton, AJ Dreves, LJ Gut, KA Hamby, DR Haviland, R Isaacs, AL Nielsen, T Richardson, CR Rodriguez-Saona, CA Stanley, DB Walsh, VM Walton, WL Yee, FG Zalom, and DJ Bruck. 2013. Trap designs for monitoring Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae). Environmental Entomology 42: 1123-1453.
  • Nielsen, AL, G Hamilton, K Holmstrom, J Cambridge, and J Ingerson-Mahar. 2013. Use of black light traps to monitor the abundance, spread, and flight behavior of Halyomorpha halys (Stål) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) J. Economic Entomology 106: 1495-1502.
  • Nielsen, AL, JM Pote*, K Beuhrer, MJ Grieshop. 2012.The reemergence of an old pest, Orchestes pallicornis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae J. Integrated Pest Management 3:D1-D4.
  • Leskey, TC, GC Hamilton, AL Nielsen, DF Polk, C Rodriguez-Saona, JC Bergh, DA Herbert, TP Kuhar, D Pfeiffer, GP Dively, CRR Hooks, MJ Raupp, PM Shrewsbury, G Krawczyk, PW Shearer, J Whalen, C Koplinka-Loehr, E Myers, D Inkley, KA Hoelmer, D-H Lee, SE Wright. 2012. Pest status of the brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys in the USA. Outlooks in Pest Management. 23: 218-226. DOI: 10.1564/23aug00
  • Nielsen, AL, and EE Lewis. 2012. Designing the ideal habitat for entomopathogen use in nursery production. Pest Management Science 68:1053-1061. DOI: 10.1002/ps.3267.