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Kelly M. Loftin

Kelly M. Loftin

Professor

Medical and Veterinary Entomology

(DREX)-Director Experiment Station

(UADA)-UA Division of Agriculture

Phone: 479-575-3462

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Loftin provides Arkansas’ extension education and applied research programs in livestock pest IPM, imported fire ant management and arthropods of public health concern. Current program includes IPM methods to manage filth and horn flies associated with cattle, management of imported fire ants, forage insect pest management, insecticide resistance in mosquitoes, efficacy of fungal pathogens against ticks, and tick and tick-borne pathogens of feral swine. Extension activities include development of web-based courses and on-site training in livestock and poultry pest IPM, general entomology, medical and veterinary entomology and imported fire ant management; and extension outreach (newsletters, popular press articles, interviews, presentations, field visits, insect identification and consultations) to agriculture producers, youth and others.

  • Special topics: Medical and Veterinary Entomology (ENTO 410V). 2 credit hour course. The goal of this class is to help students obtain a foundation of knowledge in medical and veterinary entomology. Topics covered in medical and veterinary entomology will include but not limited to: ticks; mosquitoes; stinging insects; filth flies; tabanids; screwworm; bed bugs; fleas; bot flies; tsetse fly; etc.  
  • Guest Lecturer in Insect Pest Management and Insect Behavior at the University of Arkansas and Applied Entomology at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
  • Online course for the IPM Consortium, I developed a course and served as instructor for Imported Fire Ant IPM – an IPM3 Consortium course used in IPM certification

1994-Present  Board Certified in Medical & Veterinary Entomology and Urban & Industrial Entomology by the Entomological Society of America

1987-1991       Ph.D., Entomology, Minor: Experimental Statistics, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

1985-1987       M.S., Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas .

1980-1984       B.S., Fisheries & Wildlife Management, Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Arkansas -1984.

  • 7 peer-reviewed refereed journal articles, 24 conference proceedings, and 24 Extension (non-refereed) publications, ~200 newsletter and popular press articles (non-referred)
  • 47 Invited presentations consisting of 1 national, 4 regional, and 42 state presentations

Refereed Publications

Farnum, J.M. and K.M. Loftin. 2011. Distribution of Pseudacteon curvatus and Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera:Phoridae) in Arkansas. Fla Entomol. 94:15-21.

Farnum, J.M. and K.M. Loftin, 2010. Impact of methoprene and pyriproxyfen on Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera: Phoridae), a parasitoid of the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Fla. Entomol. 93: 584-589.

Loftin, K. M., J. D. Hopkins and D. R. Shanklin. 2003. Evaluation of various contact insecticides against red imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren. J. Agric. Urban Entomol. 20: 151-156.

Loftin, K M. and R.B. Byford, 1997. Host preference of mosquitoes in Bernalillo County. New Mexico. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assn.13 (1): 71-75.

Loftin, K. M. and R. B. Byford, 1996. Evaluation of cattle insecticide treatments on attraction, mortality and fecundity of mosquitoes. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assn. 12 (1): 17-22.

Loftin, K. M. and R. B. Byford, 1995. Potential mosquito vectors of Dirofilaria immitis in Bernalillo County, New Mexico. J. Am. Mosq. Control Assn.11 (1): 90-93.

Trout, R.T., C.D. Steelman, A.L. Szalanski and K.M. Loftin. 2010. Establishment of Amblyomma

           maculatum (Gulf Coast Tick) in Arkansas, USA. Fla. Entom. 93: 120-122.

 

Extension Publications

Loftin, K., J. Hopkins and R Corder. 2014. Biology and Control of Flies in Poultry Facilities. Univ. of Ark. Div. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7063-PD-6­14RV.

Loftin. K and J. Hopkins. 2014. Tick-Borne Diseases in Arkansas. Univ. of Ark. Div.

            of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7046-PD-7-2014RV.

Loftin, K., and R. Corder. 2014. Fly Control for Organic Dairies.

Univ. of Ark. Div. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7072-PD-4-14RV

Loftin, K.M. and R.F. Corder. 2013. Fire Ants and Baled Hay (brochure).

Loftin K.M., G. Lorenz and R.Corder. 2012. Managing Armyworms in Pastures and Hayfields.

            FSA 7083-PD-4-12N.

Loftin, K.M. and R.F. Corder. 2012. Biology and Management of the Lesser Mealworm in

            Poultry Operations. FSA 7081-PD-1-12N.

Loftin, K.M. 2005-2017. Animal Insect Control and Pasture Chapters of the Insecticide

            Recommendations for Arkansas (MP 144), Glenn Studebaker (editor

Loftin, K.M. and R.F. Corder. 2010. Arthropod Pests of Equines (MP 484), University of

            ArkansasDiv. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. MP484-PD-6-10N, 14 pages.

Loftin, K. and R. Corder. 2009. Controlling Horn Flies on Beef Cattle. Univ. of Ark. Div.

of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7031-PD-12-09RV.

Loftin, K., J. Hopkins and T. Walker. 2009. The Federal Imported Fire Ant

Quarantine. Univ. of Ark. Div. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7053-PM-11-09RV.

Loftin, K. 2008. Protect Swine from External Parasites. Univ. of Ark. Div. of Ag.

            Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7034-PD-9-08RV.

Loftin, K. and J. Hopkins. 2008. Fire Ant Control in Two Easy Steps. Univ. of Ark.

            Div. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7036-PD-6-08RV.

Hopkins, J. M. Meisch and K. Loftin. 2008. Mosquito Control in and around Homes and Communities. Univ. of Ark. Div. of Ag. Coop. Ext. Service Pub. FSA 7059-PD­1-08RV.

  • Professional Organization Service: Entomological Society of America (ESA) Board Certified Entomologist Program: Served on committee that rewrote and updated the exam for board certification in Medical/veterinary Entomology
  • Serve as state leader (Arkansas) for Extension’s Fire Ant Community of Practice
  • 2016 – Present            Professor & Extension Entomologist Livestock & Imported Fire Ants, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 2008-2016                   Associate Professor & Extension Entomologist Livestock & Imported Fire Ants, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 2002-2008             Assistant Professor & Extension Entomologist Livestock & Imported Fire Ants, Department of Entomology, University of Arkansas, Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1998-2002             Fire Ant Management Specialist, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1994-1998             Biological Sciences Instructor, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, Fort Smith, Arkansas and Seminole State College, Seminole, Oklahoma
  • 1991-1994             Medical Entomologist & Assistant Division Chief, Entomological Sciences Division, Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, United States Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia (active duty)