Diane Alston

Biology Dept

Entomology Specialist


Diane Alston

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-2516
Email: Diane.Alston@usu.edu
Website: http://utahpests.usu.edu/ipm/

Educational Background

PhD, North Carolina State University, 1989
MS, North Carolina State University, 1985

Biography

Applied entomology researcher and Extension specialist; Utah Integrated Pest Management Coordinator.

Teaching Interests

Applied Entomology (Biol 4500); special entomology topics for graduate student training.

Research Interests

Integrated pest management; insect field ecology; plant-pest and multiple pest interactions.

Awards

Entomological Society of America MS Student Paper Competition, 2018

Entomological Society of America

Entomological Society of America PhD Student Poster Competition, 2018

Entomological Society of America

Excellence in Multistate Research Award, 2018

Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors

Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America Student Poster Competition Award, 2018

Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society

Extension Specialist Career Award, 2015

Utah State University Extension

Meritorious Service in Extension Award, 2012

Epsilon Sigma Phi Iota Chapter

Award of Excellence-Honorable Mention, 2009

Western Extension Directors' Association

Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management, 2007

Extension Vice President's Award for Excellence - Team, 2007

Utah State University

E. G. Peterson Extension Service Award, 2005

Nominated for E.G. Peterson Extension Award, 2004

President (Elected position), 2004

New Specialist Award, 1991


Publications | Books

  • Wagner, K.M, Olsen, S.H, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Murray, M., Hunter, B., (2014). A guide to common organic gardening questions. USU Extension

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Steinitz, T., Wagner, K.M, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Hunter, B., Nischwitz, C., Ramirez, R., Allen, L., Barnhill, J.V, Frame, D., Pace, M., Durward, C., Reeve, J., Jewkes, M., Heflebower, R.F, (2014). A Guide to Common Organic Gardening Questions. USU Extension *
  • Beddes, T., Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Nischwitz, C., Bunn, B., (2014). Sweet Corn Production: Utah Vegetable Production and Pest Management Guide. Utah State University

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

Professional Journal

    Public or Trade Journal

    • Alston, D.G, (2010). Pear ester for codling moth monitoring and management. Good Fruit Grower, 61 (5), 40-41. *
    • Alston, D.G, (2006). Onion Thrips Research in Utah: Contributions of Life Stage Survival and Adult Dispersal to Populations on Onion. Onion World, November/December *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | MultiMedia

    Video

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Technical Reports

    AES Reports

    • Alston, D.G, (1997). Integrated pest management research report to the Kaysville Agricultural Experiment field day.. *
    • Alston, D.G, (1996). Influence of fungicides on mildew control and spider mite populations. Research Report to Rohm and Haas Company. *

    Research Reports

    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Survey for Entomopathogens in Orchard and Vineyard Soils of Northwest Michigan. Research Report *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Great Basin Insect Outbreaks. Collaborative Management and Research in the Great Basin - Examining the Issues and Developing a Framework for Action *
    • Alston, D.G, (2002). Development of alternative controls for the quarantine fruit insect pest, plum curculio, in northern Utah. Community and University Research Initiative Project Report *
    • Alston, D.G, (2000). Plum curculio Biology, Host Range, Distribution and Control in Utah. Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, Apple Entomology Research Review, Wenatchee, WA *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). Development of a resistance management program for the onion thrips (Thrips tabaci) in Utah dry bulb onion production. Progress report, Western Region Pesticide Impact Assessment Program. Dec. *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Bulletins

    Magazine/Trade Publications

    • Alston, D.G, (2012). Beyond bug spray: Use integrated pest management to protect your trees. Tree Farmer *

    Newsletter

    Newspaper

    • Alston, D.G, (2015). Ask a specialist: controlling grasshoppers in the yard and garden. USU Extension
    • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: spooky spiders no cause for alarm. Utah State University Extension News Release
    • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: are earwigs damaging to my garden plants?. Utah State University Extension
    • Alston, D.G, (2013). Ask a specialist: what can I do to control wasps around my home?. Utah State University Extension
    • Alston, D.G, (2012). How can I control grasshoppers in my yard and garden?. Utah State University Extension News Release

    Miscellaneous Extension

      Miscellaneous-Extension

    Other

    • Alston, D.G, (2010). Pesticide product use and safety for consumers. Deseret News (newspaper) *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). New fruit fly pest rapidly expands its distribution in the West during 2009. Utah Berry Growers Association Newsletter *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Raspberry horntail (Hartigia cressonii). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Raspberry Horntails Severe in 2009. Utah Pests News *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Ask a Specialist Press Release: How can I control grasshoppers in my yard and garden?. Utah State University Press Release *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Ask a Specialist: How can I protect myself against West Nile Virus?. Utah State University Press Release *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Natural Control of Invasive Wasp. Utah Pests News *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). The Right Trap for the Right Wasp. Utah Pests News *
    • Alston, D.G, (2009). Sabbatical Research Experience with the NW Michigan Cherry Industry. Utah Pests News *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Sabbatical Research Experience with the NW Michigan Cherry Industry. Northwest Michigan Cherry Foundation Newsletter *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Squash Bug (Anasa tristis). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Onion thrips (Thrips tabaci). Utah State University Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Western striped cucumber beetle and western spotted cucumber beetle. Utah State University Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2008). Utah Home Orchard Pest Management Guide (Updated). *
    • Alston, D.G, (2007). California prionus. Orchard Pest Management Online *
    • Alston, D.G, (2007). Greater Peachtree Borer. USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2007). Peach Twig Borer (Anarsia lineatella). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2007). Pear Psylla (Cacopsylla pyricola). USU Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2006). Codling moth (Cydia pomonella). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2006). Japanese beetle. Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2006). Western cherry fruit fly (Rhagoletis indifferens). Utah State University Extension Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Alston, D.G, (2005). Prionus root borer (Prionus californicus). Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series HG/Orchard *
    • Alston, D.G, (2005). Speckled green fruitworm (Orthosia hibisci). Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series HG/Orchard *
    • Alston, D.G, (2004). Plum Curculio - Help Stop this Insect Pest!. Utah State University and Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food Fact Card *
    • Alston, D.G, (2004). Red raspberry production in Utah. Utah State University Extension Publication *
    • Alston, D.G, (2004). The Home Orchard Pest Management Guide. Utah State University Extension Publication *
    • Alston, D.G, (2003). Apple and Pear Insect Control for Homeowners. Utah State University Extension Publication *
    • Alston, D.G, (2000). Apple Aphids. Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series *
    • Alston, D.G, (2000). San Jose Scale. Utah State University Extension Publication Orchard IPM Series *
    • Alston, D.G, (1999). Corn Earworm IPM Educational Program in Utah.. J. of Extension *
    • Alston, D.G, (1999). Plum curculio - Is This Insect in Your Neighborhood?. Utah State University Extension Fact Card *
    • Alston, D.G, (1998). Sustainable Orchard Management System for Intermountain Orchards. SARE Project Report *
    • Alston, D.G, (1997). 1997 Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook.. Utah State University Extension Bulletin HG299 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1997). The Home Orchard Pest Management Guide. Utah State University Extension Bulletin *
    • Alston, D.G, (1996). Pest Phenology Calendar, Apples.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin HG/Orchard/01 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1996). Pest Phenology Calendar, Pears.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin EG/Orchard/02 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1996). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook.. Utah State University Cooperative Extension Bulletin HG299. *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). 1995 Apple Aphicide Trial Results. Entomology and Plant Pathology Pestletter, Nov. *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). General Concepts of Biological Control. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 4 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). Ground Cover Aids Orchard Pest Control. Utah Science 56:20-21 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). Important components of a successful pest management program. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 2 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). Pest management decision-making: The economic injury level concept. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 3 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1995). The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Concept. Utah State University Cooperative Extension IPM Fact Sheet No. 1 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1994). Control of Apple Aphids with Insecticides. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports *
    • Alston, D.G, (1994). Effect of insecticide spray timing and frequency on control of peach twig borer. Kaysville Experiment Station Field Day Reports *
    • Alston, D.G, (1994). Raspberry crown borer and rose stem girdler. USU Entomology Fact Sheet No. 4 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1994). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook. Utah State University Cooperative Extension. Bulletin EC299 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). Campylomma Bug, Campylomma Verbasci. USU Fact Sheet No. 81 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). Peach Silver Mite, Aculus comutus. USU Fact Sheet No. 83 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). Utah Fruit Pest Control Handbook. Cooperative Extension Service, Utah State University, 19 pp *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). Western Tentiform Leafminer, Phyllonorycter elmaella. USU Fact Sheet No. 7 (revised) *
    • Alston, D.G, (1993). White Apple Leafhopper, Typhlocyba Pomaria. USU Fact Sheet No. 82 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). 1992 research update from Kaysville fruit experiment station. USHA Fruit Notes, October *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). Codling Moth Control with Dimilin in Apple, 1991. 1992 Insecticide and Acaracide Tests 17:1 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). High codling moth pressure in 1992 puts pheromone-based mating disruption to the test. USHA Fruit Notes. Dec. *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). The Mites are Off and Running in 1992. USHA Fruit Notes, July *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). Utah Orchard Pest Management Handbook. Produced as an information base using Views software developed by Folios Corp., Provo, UT *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). Western cherry fruit fly control on tart cherry, 1990 and 1991. Insecticide and Acaricide Tests 17:57 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1992). Best Management of White Apple Leafhopper. USHA Fruit Notes, April *
    • Alston, D.G, (1991). 1991 research update from Kaysville fruit research station. USHA Fruit Notes, September *
    • Alston, D.G, (1991). Integrated Mite Management in Fruit Orchards. USHA Fruit Notes, April *
    • Alston, D.G, (1991). Integrated pest management gains a foothold in fruit orchards. Utah Sci. 53:121-124 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1991). Orchard Floor Vegetation Management. USHA Fruit Notes, January *
    • Alston, D.G, (1990). IPM Results Convince Fruit Growers. Utah Science 51:64-65 *
    • Alston, D.G, (1990). Orchard ground covers that favor beneficial mites and insects. Utah Science 51:70 *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    BIOL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2019
    BIOL 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2019
    BIOL 4710 - Teaching Internship, Fall 2019
    BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2019
    BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Summer 2019
    BIOL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Spring 2019
    BIOL 4710 - Teaching Internship, Spring 2019
    Undergraduate Research, Spring 2019
    BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Spring 2019
    BIOL 6990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Fall 2018
    BIOL 3760 - Independent Study, Fall 2018
    BIOL 6910 - Special Problems, Fall 2018
    BIOL 4710 - Teaching Internship, Fall 2018
    BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Fall 2018
    BIOL 5800 - Undergraduate Research, Summer 2018

    Extension

    Extension Turfgrass Education, 2001 - 2035
    Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS), 2010 - 2015
    Master Gardener, 2011 - 2014
    Entomology and Integrated Pest Management, 2010 - 2013
    Civil Rights, 2007 - 2007

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Mary-Kate Williams, Biology, January 2019
    Morgan Dunn, Biology, January 2018
    Zachary Schumm, Biology, August 2017
    (Mark) Cody Holthouse, Biology, August 2016
    Corey Andrikopoulos, Biology, November 2014 - May 2018
    Bonnie Bunn, Biology, January 2011 - December 2017
    Andrew Tebeau, Biology, January 2010 - May 2017