Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Kelly A Estes
Title: Agricultural Pest Survey Coordinator
Mailing address:
1816 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: 2084 I-BLDG
Phone: 217-333-1005
Fax: 217-265-5110

Serve as state survey coordinator of the Illinois Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (coordinate surveys for harmful or economically significant plant pests and weeds that have eluded first-line inspections at ports of entry and serve as the liaison between the CAPS program, Illinois Department of Agriculture and State PPQ office).
Serve as coordinator for all insect trapping activities for the Illinois Agricultural Pest Monitoring Network, more specifically the trapping efforts of critical insects that may affect field, forage, and horticultural crops in Illinois
Develop public information and educational material for selected harmful or economically significant non-native plant pests and weeds, including exotic pests, pests of export significance, and/or pests not known to occur in the United States.
Management of data generated by pest survey data and entry into the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) database.
Provide entomological diagnostic support to the University of Illinois Plant Clinic and University of Illinois Distance Diagnostics through Digital Imaging (DDDI).
Serve as entomological lead for the IPM Degree-Day Calculator, a joint project with the Illinois State Water Survey and Department of Crop Sciences
Serve as co-coordinator of the Illinois First Detector Training Program
2014 Cooperative Agriculture Pest Surveys
Conduct state-wide surveys for thousand cankers disease of walnut, oak splendour beetle, goldspotted oak borer, European oak borer, oak processionaly moth, Asian gypsy moth, oak ambrosia beetle, and others.

Assist with invasive species surveys monitoring the spread and dispersal of the following insects in Illinois: emerald ash borer, brown marmorated stink bug, gypsy moth, Asian gypsy moth, sudden oak death, pine shoot beetle, karnal bunt, and invasive plants. These surveys are primarily conducted by other individuals, but I coordinate data reporting through the CAPS program.

All data and information gathered from CAPS surveys are maintained on the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS). I am responsible for entering and maintaining all data for the state of Illinois.

Research done in cooperation with University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
I serve as a primary resource for the Illinois Pest Monitoring Network. This project focuses on monitoring for critical insects and plant diseases that may infect field, forage, and horticultural crops in Illinois.

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Professional affiliations:
Selected publications:
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Program affiliates:
Mark Cinnamon, State Plant Regulatory Officer, IL Dept. of Agriculture
Laura Ettema-Khan, Domestic Program Coordinator, USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Christopher Evans, Invasive Species Campaign Coordinator, IL Wildlife Action Plan, IL Dept. of Natural Resources
Scott Frank, IL Dept. of Agriculture
Warren Goetsch, Bureau Chief,IL Dept. of Agriculture
Steve Knight, State Plant Health Director, USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Suzanne Bissonnette, IPM Coordinator, University of Illinos
Scott Blackwood, Pest Survey Specialist, USDA-APHIS-PPQ
Stephanie Porter, Plant Clinic Diagnostician, University of Illinois
Scott Schirmer, EAB Coordinator, IL Dept. of Agriculture
Professional society involvement and activities:
Entomological Society of America
North Central Branch Meeting Program Co-chair, 2007-2008

Education and Youth Committee, 2006-2007.

University of Illinois Department of Entomology Debate Team, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, San Diego, California, 2001

University of Illinois Department of Entomology Debate Team, Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 2002

Linnaean Game Team Member, North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America, March, 2001


M.S., University of Illinois, 2003
B.S., University of Illinois, 2000

Lab name: Lab research: Lab publications: Lab current projects: kcook8

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