Professor of Entomology
Areas of expertise:
Area of expertise: Biology and control of termites, bed bugs, and other household and structural insect pests
My research program focuses on both basic and applied aspects of household and structural insect pests. I am conducting extensive laboratory and field research on termite baits and soil termiticides. I most recently have begun laboratory research on bed bugs.
Ph.D. (1987), University of Arizona
My OSU extension (70%) and research (30%) program focuses on household and structural arthropod pests. My extension approach is to provide research-based information on urban pests to the public and pest management industry. I emphasize integrated pest management strategies. I have been significantly involved in outreach efforts regarding the issue of bed bugs in Ohio in part by participating as a member of the Joint Bed Bug Task Force in Cincinnati/Hamilton County and by being on the steering committee of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force in Columbus/Franklin County. My research program focuses on both basic and applied aspects of household and structural insect pests. I am conducting extensive laboratory and field research on termite baits and soil termiticides. I most recently have begun laboratory research on bed bugs. Most of my non-work activities revolve around my two young boys. Personal interests include gardening, hiking, and white-water canoeing/rafting.
Current Graduate Student Advisees:
Andrew T. Hoelmer (M.S. Program)
Joshua L. Bryant
Nicola T. Gallagher (M.S., 2003)
Kyle K. Jordan (Ph.D., 2004)
Jerri D. Dombrowski (M.S., 2005)
Ye Ye (M.S., 2007)
Megan E. Meuti (B.S., Senior Honor's Thesis, 2008)
Nicola T. Gallagher (Ph.D., 2010)
Jones, S. C. 2008. Proceedings of the 2008 National Conference on Urban Entomology, 18-21 May 2008, Tulsa, OK. 144 p.
Jordan, Kyle K., and Susan C. Jones. 2007. Invertebrate diversity in newly established mulch habitats in a Midwestern urban landscape. Urban Ecosystems 10: 87-95.
Jenkins, Tracie M., Susan C. Jones, Chow-Yang Lee, Brian T. Forschler, Zhenbang Chen, Giancarlo Lopez-Martinez, Nicola T. Gallagher, Graham Brown, Michael Neal, Brian Thistleton, and Scott Kleinschmidt. 2007. Phylogeography illuminates maternal origins of exotic Coptotermes gestroi (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 42: 612-621.
Jones, Susan C., Joanne Kick-Raack, and William Pound. 2006. Wood-destroying insect diagnostic inspection, Category 12 study guide for commercial applicators. Ohio Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg, OH. 78 p.
Gallagher, Nicola T., and Susan C. Jones. 2005. Effects of resource availability on search tunnel construction by the eastern subterranean termite, Reticulitermes flavipes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae).Sociobiology 45(3): 553-564.
Jones, Susan C. 2004. Bed bugs. Ohio State University Extension, Fact Sheet HYG-2105-04, 3 p.
Jones, Susan C. 2004. Spiders in and around the house. Ohio State University Extension, Fact Sheet HYG-2060-04, 5 p.
Jones, Susan C. 2004. Brown recluse spider. Ohio State University Extension, Fact Sheet HYG-2061-04, 4 p.
Jones, Susan C. 2003. Targeted versus standard bait station placement affects subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) infestation rates. Journal of Economic Entomology 96(5): 1520-1525.
Jones, Susan C., Jing Zhai, William H Robinson [eds.]. 2002. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Urban Pests
Gold, Roger E., and Susan C. Jones [eds.]. 2000. Handbook of household and structural insect pests. Entomological Society of America, Lanham, MD.
Selected Publications: (>60 papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings; numerous bulletins, fact sheets, and articles in trade magazines)