Dawn H Gouge

Dawn H Gouge

Professor, Entomology
Professor, Entomology / Insect Science - GIDP
Specialist, Entomology
Professor, BIO5 Institute
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Work Summary

Public health entomologist and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) advocate working on pests that impact human health, and IPM in the built environment.

Research Interest

Dawn H. Gouge, PhD, is a Specialist and Professor at the University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Science, Department of Entomology. Dr. Gouge is well established in the U.S. as a community Integrated Pest Management expert and works with international partners in several countries. Dawn has published 38 original research papers and more than 80 extension publications, many in collaboration with investigators from around the world, authored 4 book chapters and co-edited a definitive Pest Management Strategic Plan. Dr. Gouge is a frequent presenter at national and international meetings, and serves as a steering committee organizer of the International IPM Symposium conference. Dawn has received11 awards for outstanding achievement and provides service on both National and Federal advisory committees. Dr. Gouge has led the charge in establishing higher pest management standards in children’s environments, reducing risks associated with pest and pesticide exposure. Keywords: arthropod vectors, bed bugs, Integrated pest managment


Peters, A., Gouge, D. H., Ehlers, R. -., & Hague, N. G. (1997). Avoidance of Encapsulation by Heterorhabditis spp. Infecting Larvae of Tipula oleracea. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 70(2), 161-164.
Romero, A., Sutherland, A., Gouge, D. H., Spafford, H., Nair, S., Lewis, V., Choe, D., Li, S., & Young, D. (2017). Pest Management Strategies for Bed Bugs in Multi-Unit Housing: A Literature Review on Field Studies. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 8(1), 1-10. doi:10.1093/jipm/pmx009
Bibbs, C., Bengston, S. E., & Gouge, D. H. (2014). Exploration of Refuge Preference in the Arizona Bark Scorpion, Scorpiones: Buthidae. Environmental Entomology, 43(5), 1345-1353.

Bibbs C., S.E. Bengston, D.H. Gouge. 2014. Exploration of Refuge Preference in the Arizona Bark Scorpion, Scorpiones: Buthidae. Environmental Entomology Vol. 43 No. 5, 1345-1353. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/EN14099

Gouge, D. H., Li, S., Nair, S., Pier, N., & Sumner, C. (2016). Mosquitoes and the Great Outdoors.. Journal of Environmental Management Arizona., 5-6.
Hao, Y. u., Gouge, D. H., & Shapiro-Ilan, D. I. (2010). A novel strain of Steinernema riobrave (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) possesses superior virulence to subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae). Journal of Nematology, 42(2), 91-95.

PMID: 22736844;PMCID: PMC3380470;Abstract:

Subterranean termites are major global pests of wood structures and wood products. Among the most economically important subterranean termite species in the US are Heterotermes aureus, Reticulitermes flavipes, and Coptotermes formosanus. In prior studies, the entomopathogenic nematode, Steinernema riobrave strain 355, exhibited a high level of virulence to H. aureus compared with other nematode species. However, S. riobrave 355 was reported to be poorly or only moderately virulent to It flavipes and C. formosanus, respectively. We hypothesized that other strains of S. riobrave may possess a high level of virulence to all three termite species. Under laboratory conditions we compared three novel strains of 5. riobrave (3-8b, 7-12, and TP) with the 355 strain for virulence to H. aureus, R. flavipes, and C. formosanus workers. H. aureus was very susceptible to all the S. riobrave strains, and termites in all nematode treatments were dead after 4 d. The TP strain of S. riobrave caused greater mortality in R. flavipes and C. formosanus compared to the other nematode strains. Specifically, the TP strain caused 75% and 91% mortality in R. flavipes and C. formosanus, respectively, which was more than 300% and 70% higher than the mortality caused by other strains. Additional studies are warranted to determine the ability of S. riobrave (TP) to control the targeted termite species under field conditions. © The Society of Nematologists 2010.