Leon Higley

Leon Higley

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  • Interests
  • Grants
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  • Courses Taught

Contact Information

TitleInsect Ecologist
Faculty RankProfessor
Address723 South Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
  • office: 402-560-6684
  • fax: 402-472-4915
  • cell: 402-560-6684
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Contact Preference

e-mail or phone

Office Hours

MWF 12-1:30

Selected Publications

Barrufaldi, A.P.F.; Hayashida, R.; Hoback,W.W.; Higley, L.G.; Carvalho, J.R.d.; Oliveira, R.C.d. Trade-Offs between Temperature and Fitness in Euschistus heros (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae): Implications for Mass Rearing and Field Management. Insects 2023, 14, 448. https://doi.org/10.3390/ insects14050448Online
Authement, M., Higley, L., Hoback, W. (2022). Anoxia tolerance in four forensically important calliphorid species. Forensic Science, 3(1), 1-11.Online
Peterson, R. K. D., Higley, L., Pedigo, L. P. (2018). Whatever happened to IPM? Whatever happened to IPM?, 64, 146-150.
Reinhard, K., Bray, A., Leon, H., Kelly, L., Annie, L., D., P.-M. (2018). Pollen Evidence of Medicine from an Embalming Jar Associated with Vittoria della Rovere, Florence, ItalyK. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
Reinhard, K., Lynch, K. B., Larsen, A., Adams, B., Higley, L., do Amaral, Marina Milanello, Russ, J., Zhou, Y., Lippi, D., Morrow, J., Piombino-Mascali, D. (2018). Pollen evidence of medicine from an embalming jar associated with Vittoria della Rovere, FlOnline
Brosius, T. R., Higley, L. Behavioral niche partitioning in a sympatric tiger beetle assemblage and implications for the endangered Salt Creek tiger beetle. PeerJ, 1, e169. http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.169Online
Roe, A., Higley, L. 2017. Development modeling of Lucilia sericata (Diptera: Calliphoridae). PeerJ, 3, e803.Online
Higley, L., Reinhard, K., Brosius T. R., Carter, D. 2016. Cleaning Puparia for Forensic Analysis. J Forensic Sci. 61:1356-1358.Online
J.J. Morrow, D.A. Baldwin, L. Higley, D. Piombino-Mascali, and K.J. Reinhard. 2015. Curatorial Implications of Ophyra capensis (Order Diptera, Family Muscidae) Puparia Recovered from the Body of the Blessed Antonio Patrizi, Monticiano, Italy (Middle Ages)Online
Brosius, T. R., Higley, L. (2014). Using the visual arts to promote the conservation of the Salt Creek tiger beetle. American Entomologist. 60: 39-43.Online
Golick, D., Heng-Moss, T., Steckelberg, A., Brooks, D., Higley, L., Fowler, D. (2013). Using web-based key character and classification instruction for teaching undergraduate students insect identification. Journal of Science Education and Technology. 22:Online
Rossato, J., Costa, G., Madaleno, L. L., Mutton, M. J. R., Higley, L., Fernandes, O. A. 2013. Characterization and impact of the sugarcane borer on the raw material and sugar quality. Agronomy Journal. 105: 643-648.Online
Rossato, J. A. S. Jr., Madelano, L. L., Mutton, M. J., Higley, L., Fernandes, O. (in press). Photosynthesis, yield and raw material quality of sugarcane injured by multiple pests. Photosynthesis, yield and raw material quality of sugarcane injured by mult



DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophyEntomology and Crop PhysiologyIowa State University1988
Master of ScienceEntomologyIowa State University1984
Bachelor of ArtsChemistryCornell University1980



TitleAwarded byYear Awarded
UNL Parents Association Recognition AwardUNL Parents Association2015
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2009
Founder's Memorial AwardEntomological Society of America2007
C.V. Riley AwardNorth Central Branch, Entomological Society of America2005
College Distinguished Teaching Award for CASNRUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln2005
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2005
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2004
USDA Food and Agricultural Sciences Excellence in Teaching, North Central BranchUSDA2001
Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to StudentsUNL Parents Association2001
Distinguished Achievement Award in TeachingEntomological Society of America2000
Senior Faculty Holling Family Award for Teaching ExcellenceCASNR1998
Excellence in Graduate EducationOffice of Graduate Studies, UN-L1998
Outstanding Young Alumnus AwardsIowa State University Alumni Assocaition1996


Professional Organizations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
American Society of Agronomy
Crop Science Society of America
Entomological Society of America
International Association for Identification


SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Ecology

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Physiological ecology
  • Conservation biology
  • Forensic science
  • Insect ecology
  • Plant-Insect Interactions
  • Insect Pest Management
  • Ethics in Science
  • Entomology


Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleInsects Adaptations in Extreme Environment
Starting Date05/07/2019


Ending Date12/31/2021
Funding Level$208,034.00
Funding AgencyMontana State University


Grant TitleDetermining the Nutritional Requirements of Colonized and Genetic Profile of Colonized and Endemic Screwworms
Starting Date09/01/2016


Ending Date08/31/2019
Funding Level$30,000.00
Funding AgencyUSDA - ARS


Grant TitleEffects of Compaction and Soil Moisture on American Burying Beetles
Starting Date03/04/2015


Ending Date12/31/2015
Funding Level$33,372.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Roads


Grant TitleBurying Beetle Occurrence Model
Starting Date08/01/2014


Ending Date12/31/2015
Funding Level$74,148.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Roads


Grant TitleEstablishing Blow Fly Development
Starting Date10/01/2010


Ending Date09/30/2013
Funding Level$483,323.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Justice


Grant TitleImproving, Rearing and Reintroduction Procedures for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle in Nebraska
Starting Date07/01/2010


Ending Date12/31/2011
Funding Level$25,500.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission


Grant TitleDeveloping Captive Rearing Capacity for the Salt Creek Tiger Beetle
Starting Date07/01/2009


Ending Date06/30/2011
Funding Level$25,961.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Game and Parks Commission



Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Applied Ecology

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Applied Ecology

Courses Taught

Course NumberCourse TitleFall Even YearsFall Odd YearsSpring Even YearsSpring Odd YearsSummer SessionCross Listing
NRES 462/862Advanced Conservation BiologyXX