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kenKen McCravy, Professor

Entomology, Conservation Biology, Tropical Ecology, Biogeography

Contact Information:

(309) 298-2160
Waggoner Hall 348
KW-McCravy@wiu.edu
 


Degree:

Ph.D. - University of Georgia, 1998
M.S. - Old Dominion University, 1990
B.S. - University of Georgia, 1981


Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 350 General Ecology
  • ZOOL 411G Entomology
  • ZOOL 415G Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 459G Biogeography


Research Interests:

My primary research interests are in the areas of insect conservation biology and biodiversity.  More specifically, I am interested in the effects of habitat alteration and ecological disturbances on the abundance, diversity, and distributions of insects and other terrestrial arthropods.  Human impacts on the natural environment are resulting in what some biologists have described as the “sixth mass extinction.”  Insects and other arthropods are among the most abundant and diverse groups on the planet, and are important components of essential ecological functions such as pollination, decomposition, and nutrient cycling.  When habitat alterations adversely affect these animals, the ecological functions they perform are also affected.  Research on diversity and conservation of insects and relatives is important for monitoring, predicting, and mitigating these effects.  I welcome inquiries from motivated students who are interested in field research.  I enjoy mentoring graduate and undergraduate students very much, and encourage students to publish the results of their studies in peer-reviewed journals. 

Recent student research and publications have focused on the ecology, diversity and habitat associations of ground beetles and rove beetles (McCravy & Willand 2005, Willand & McCravy 2006, McCravy & Willand 2007, McCravy & Willand 2010, Willand et al. 2011), robber flies (McCravy et al. 2009, Kartawich & McCravy 2010, McCravy & Baxa 2011), thread-waisted wasps (McCravy et al. 2009), and spiny orbweaving spiders (McCravy & Hessler 2012).  We are also preparing a manuscript from a study of bee diversity and sampling methodology done by my former graduate student Ray Geroff. 

The above studies have been done locally, mostly at WIU’s Kibbe Life Science Station near the Mississippi River.  However, in summer 2012 my students and I also began long-term studies of spatial and temporal patterns in tropical bee abundance and diversity at Cusuco National Park, Honduras.  This research is being done in cooperation with the international conservation organization Operation Wallacea.

Recent Publications:

  • Barden-Gabbei, L., M.F. Bonnan, and Kenneth W. McCravy(eds). 2012. Zoology 200 Introduction to Animal Biology Laboratory Manual. Hayden-McNeil, Plymouth MI. 302 pp.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2012. Terrestrial protostomes of Illinois. Pp. 61-82. In L. Barden-Gabbei, M.F. Bonnan and Kenneth W. McCravy (eds.), Zoology 200 Introduction to Animal Biology Laboratory Manual. Hayden-McNeil, Plymouth MI. 302 pp.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2012. Soil invertebrate ecology. Pp. 289-302. In L. Barden-Gabbei, M.F. Bonnan and Kenneth W. McCravy (eds.), Zoology 200 Introduction to Animal Biology Laboratory Manual. Hayden-McNeil, Plymouth MI. 302 pp.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and S.N. Hessler. 2012. Abundance and web characteristics of Micrathena gracilis and Micrathena mitrata (Araneae: Araneidae) in west-central Illinois, USA. Journal of Arachnology 40: 215-217.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and J.G. Lundgren. 2011. Carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) of the Midwestern United States: a review and synthesis of recent research. Terrestrial  Arthropod Reviews 4:63-94.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and K.A. Baxa. 2011. Diversity, seasonal activity and habitat associations of robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) in west-central Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 166:85-97.
  • Willand, J.E., B.R. Wodika, J. Palmer, S.E. Jenkins, and Kenneth W. McCravy. 2011. Diversity of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) in relation to habitat type in west-central Illinois. American Midland Naturalist 166: 266-282.
  • Kartawich, L.M., and Kenneth W. McCravy. 2010. A survey of the robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae) of Ira and Reatha T. Post Wildlife Sanctuary, McDonough County, Illinois USA. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 103: 31-38.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and J.E. Willand. 2010. Habitat associations of macro-staphylinids (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) at Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station, Hancock County, Illinois. Great Lakes Entomologist 43: 11-19.
  • Nowak, J.T., C. Asaro, C.J. Fettig, and Kenneth W. McCravy. 2010. Nantucket pine tip moth. USDA Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet 70, 8 pp.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., K.A. Baxa, and H. Raney. 2009. New state records for Psilonyx annulatus and Ommatius gemma (Diptera: Asilidae) in Illinois, U. S. A. Entomological News 120: 442-444.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., J.J. Bara, S.N. Hessler, L.K. Luxmore, K. S. Stinebaker, and S.E. Jenkins. 2009. Abundance and diversity of thread-waisted wasps (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae: Sphecinae) at Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station, Hancock County, Illinois USA. Transactions of the Illinois State Academy of Science 102: 107-115.
  • Goodman, K., and Kenneth W. McCravy. 2008. Pyrophilous insects. Pp. 3090-3093. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 3. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2008. Biogeography. Pp. 481-487. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 1. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2008. Conservation biological control. Pp. 1021-1023. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 1. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2008. Pelecinid Wasps (Hymenoptera: Pelecinidae). Pp. 2779-2781. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 3. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W. 2008. Robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae). Pp. 3196-3201. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 3. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and C.W. Berisford. 2008. Andrew Delmar Hopkins. Pp. 1847-1849. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 2. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • Roe, K., and Kenneth W. McCravy. 2008. Chikungunya. Pp. 841-844. In J.L. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, 2nd edition, Vol. 1. Springer, Heidelberg.
  • McCravy, Kenneth W., and J.E. Willand. 2007. Effects of pitfall trap preservative on collections of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Great Lakes Entomologist 40: 154-165.

  • Willand, J.E., and Ken W. McCravy.  2006. Variation in diel activity of ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) associated with a soybean field and coal mine remnant.  Great Lakes Entomologist.
  • McCravy, Ken W., and C.W. Berisford. 2005. Weight change of overwintering Nantucket pine tip moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) pupae in the Georgia piedmont and coastal plain.  Journal of Entomological Science 40:343-346.
  • McCravy, Ken W., and J.E. Willand.  2005.  Islands in the beans: ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) associated with coal mine remnants and agricultural fields in west-central Illinois.  American Entomologist 51:234-236.
  • McCravy, Ken W. 2004. Conservation biological control. pages 592-593 In J. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, Vol. 1.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • McCravy, Ken W, and C. W. Berisford. 2004. Andrew Delmar Hopkins. pages 1106-1108.  In J. Capinera (ed.), Encyclopedia of Entomology, Vol. 2.  Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • McCravy, Ken W., R.S. Cameron, and C.W. Berisford. 2004. Variation in developmental synchrony of the Nantucket pine tip moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) with implications for chemical control.  Journal of Entomological Science 39:551-561.
  • Asaro, C.A., C.J. Fettig, Ken W. McCravy, J.T. Nowak, and C.W. Berisford. 2003. The Nantucket pine tip moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae): A literature review with management implications.  Journal of Entomological Science 38:1-40.