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Anthony Shelton

Tony Shelton


416 Barton Laboratory, Geneva
(315) 787-2352

I am an applied insect ecologist who works on developing knowledge that can be used for insect pest management programs. My efforts involve both domestic and international programs. I work with public and private sectors and increasingly work more closely with regulatory agencies and public policy issues in agriculture.

Research Focus

Responsible for developing sound insect pest management strategies for vegetables with spin-offs for other crops. Components of program stress insect population ecology, biological control, plant resistance, agricultural biotechnology, insecticide resistance, insect movement, trap cropping, and plant productivity and marketability as a function of insect infestations. In the last 15 years, a considerable amount of our effort has been devoted to risk assessment of insect management strategies, especially insect-resistant genetically engineered crops. Our program has a strong commitment to outreach education for the agricultural community and the general public.

Outreach and Extension Focus

I develop more efficient and safer insect management practices and work with growers and extension educators to help them implement these systems. Since 2015, I have been the Director of a USAID-funded project for insect-resistant eggplant in Bangladesh and the Philippines and I spend the majority of my time on this project ( In 2014 we had 20 framers in Bangladesh grow Bt eggplant, and in 2017 we estimate that nearly 30,000 farmers planted Bt eggplant. The use of Bt eggplant has reduced the number of insecticide sprays by >90%, increased farmer income, and helped reduce environmental pollution.

Teaching Focus

My main teaching is the class ENT 7670 and ENT 2410. I also participate in INTAG 402 and 602. Additionally, I provide guest lectures on agricultural biotechnology in several classes annually, CSS 410 (The GMO debate) and in PL BR 482 (Plant Biotechnology) and AEM 6600. I also help teach PL PA 419.

Awards and Honors

  • IPM Team Award (2013) Entomological Society of America
  • L. O. Howard Award (2011) Eastern Branch Entomological Society of America
  • Outstanding New Extension Publication (2011) NYS Assoc. of Ag Agents
  • Plenary Speaker (2011) Entomological Society of Canada

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Combinations of Toxins in Sprays and Plants: Insights on the Benefits and Problems. Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. November 2011. ESA. Reno.