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Carmen Blubaugh

Assistant Professor
Plant and Environmental Sciences Department

Office: Poole Agricultural Sciences 271
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 Educational Background

PhD Entomology
Purdue University 2015

M.S. Environmental Science
Indiana University 2010

B.A. Environmental Studies
Florida Atlantic University 2006

 Courses Taught

Integrated Pest Management (IPM 4010/6010)


I am an insect ecologist working on both basic and applied research in agroecosystems.

 Research Interests

I have broad interests in community ecology, predator/prey interactions, agricultural biodiversity and ecosystem services. I examine many seemingly disparate systems, but constantly evaluate context-dependent, environmental drivers of biological control of crop pests.


Blubaugh, C.K., I.V. Widick, and I. Kaplan. 2017. Does fear beget fear? Risk-mediated habitat selection triggers predator avoidance behavior at lower trophic levels. Oecologia. 185: 1-11.

Krey, K.L., C.K. Blubaugh, E.G Chapman, C.M. Lynch, G.B. Snyder, A.S. Jensen, J.D. Harwood, and W.E. Snyder. 2017. Generalist predators consume spider mites despite the presence of alternative prey. Biological Control.

Blubaugh, C.K., J.R. Hagler, S.A. Machtley, and I. Kaplan. 2016. Cover crops promote aggregation of omnivorous predators and facilitate weed biological control. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. 231: 264-270.

Blubaugh, C.K. and I. Kaplan. 2016. Invertebrate Seed Predators Reduce Weed Emergence Following Seed Rain. Weed Science. 64:80-86.

Blubaugh, C.K. and I. Kaplan. 2015. Mechanical weed management tactics compromise activity of weed seed predators across developmental stages. Biological Control. 81:76-82.

Blubaugh, C.K., V.A. Caceres, I. Kaplan, J. Larson, C.S. Sadof and D.S. Richmond. 2011. Ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) phenology, diversity, and response to weed cover in a turfgrass ecosystem. Environmental Entomology. 40:1093-1101.

Kaplan, I., G. Angelella, C.K. Blubaugh, J. Braasch, V. Caceres, J. Prado, C. Quesada, C.S. Sadof, M. Spigler, S. Thompson. 2011. Book Review- Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non-Prey Foods. American Entomologist. 57:2.