Robert Haack

Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Forest Entomology

Robert Haack


3101 Technology Blvd., Suite F

Phone: (517) 884-8057


Ph.D. in Forest Entomology, University of Florida, 1984
M.S. in Forest Entomology, University of Wisconsin, 1980
B.S. in Forestry, University of Wisconsin, 1974

Research Interests

From 1986 through 2015, I was employed as a forest entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Insect Unit, which is located on the MSU campus.  Since 1992, I worked almost exclusively on the exotic bark- and wood-boring insects, such as the pine shoot beetle, Asian longhorned beetle, and emerald ash borer.  More recently, I worked with the International Forestry Quarantine Research Group on treatments to minimize the threat of live wood-boring insects being transported in wood packaging materials such as pallets and crating.  I am also interested in firewood and live plants as pathways for international movement of forest pests.  I retired from the USFS in late 2015, but I am still active in forest entomology research.

Selected Publications


Chamorro, M.L.,  E. Jendek, R.A. Haack, T.R. Petrice, N.E. Woodley, A.S. Konstantinov, M.G. Volkovitsh, X.-E. Yang, V.V. Grebennikov and S.W. Lingafelter. 2015. Illustrated guide to the emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire and related species (Coleoptera, Buprestidae). Pensoft, Sofia, Bulgaria. 198 pp.

Colunga-Garcia, M. and R.A. Haack. 2015. Following the transportation trail to anticipate human-mediated invasions in terrestrial ecosystems. Pages 35-48 in R.C. Venette, ed., Pest Risk Modelling and Mapping for Invasive Alien Species. CAB International.

Haack, R.A., Y. Baranchikov, L.S. Bauer and T.M. Poland. 2015. Emerald ash borer biology and invasion history. Pages 1-13 in R.G. Van Driesche and R.C. Reardon, eds., Biology and Control of Emerald Ash Borer. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team, Morgantown, WV, FHTET-2014-09.

Brockerhoff, E.G., M. Kimberley, A.M. Liebhold, R.A. Haack, and J.F. Cavey. 2014. Predicting how altering propagule pressure changes establishment rates of biological invaders across species pools. Ecology 95: 594-601.

Haack, R.A., K.O Britton, E.G. Brockerhoff, J.F. Cavey, L.J. Garrett, M. Kimberley, F. Lowenstein, A. Nuding, L.J. Olson, J. Turner and K.N. Vasilaky. 2014. Effectiveness of the international phytosanitary standard ISPM No. 15 on reducing wood borer infestation rates in wood packaging material entering the United States. PLOS ONE 9: e96611.

Koch, F.H., D. Yemshanov, R.A. Haack, R.D. Margery. 2014. Using a network model to assess risk of forest pest spread via recreational travel. PLoS ONE 9(7)): e102105.

Petrice, T.R. and R.A. Haack. 2014. Biology of the European oak borer in Michigan, United States of America, with comparisons to the native twolined chestnut borer. Canadian Entomologist 146: 36-51.

Haack, R.A. and R.J. Rabaglia. 2013. Exotic bark and ambrosia beetles in the United States: potential and current invaders. Pages 48-74 in J.E. Peña, ed. Potential Invasive Pests of Agricultural Crops, CABI International.

Haack, R.A., F. Hérard, J. Sun and J.J. Turgeon. 2010. Managing invasive populations of Asian longhorned beetle and citrus longhorned beetle: a worldwide perspective. Annual Review of Entomology 55: 521-546.

Haack, R.A., T.R. Petrice and A.C. Wiedenhoeft. 2010. Incidence of bark- and wood-boring insects in firewood: a survey at Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge. Journal of Economic Entomology 103: 1682-1692.