University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

Jonathan L. LarsonJonathan L. Larson

PhD Student | Daniel Potter Laboratory


Department of Entomology
S-225 Agricultural Science Center N
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Ph: 859.257.7475
Fax: 859.323.1120

Research Interests

My research deals with turfgrass insecticides and their impacts on non-target invertebratessuch as predators and pollinators. The focus of my project is a new chemistry that was released just a few years ago that promises to help turf mangers maintain healthy stands of grass while keeping the environment healthy. I am interested in helping golf course and home lawn managers understand the pros & cons of the insecticide products they use and how they can keep people and beneficial invertebrates safe.



  • BS in Entomology, Purdue University 2005-2009
  • PhD in Entomology, University of Kentucky (completion May 2014)


Teaching and Work Experience

  • Teaching Assistant
  • ENTM 340: Insects of Ornamental Plants (Fall 2008)

  • ENT 320: Horticultural Entomology (Fall 2010)

  • ENT 300: General Entomology (Fall 2011)


  • Guest Lecturer

  • University of Kentucky

  • ENT 320: Horticultural Entomology: Leaf Miners and Gall Making Insects, October, 2013.

  • Transylvania University

  • BIO 2424: Natural History of Kentucky: The Natural History of Pollination and Pollinator Decline. September 2013.
  • BIO 1044: Biological Interactions: Arthropod Natural History. November 2013.
  • Morehead State University

  • RAPP 289: Regional Natural History: The Good, The Bad, and The Weird: The Evolution of Insects. February 2013.


Professional Memberships

Entomological Society of America

Ohio Valley Entomological Association

Gamma Sigma Delta



  • Invited Symposia
  • 2013: The 61st Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Austin, TX.
  • 2012: The 60th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Knoxville, TN.
  • 2010: 58th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. San Diego, CA.
  • Submitted presentations

  • 2011: 59th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Reno, NV. University of Kentucky Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference. Lexington, KY.
  • 2010: 65th Annual Meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America Louisville, KY.
  • 2009: 57th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Extension
  • Bluegrass Golf Course Superintendents Meeting 2011
  • CKOTA Annual Meeting: 2010, 2012, 2013
  • KTC Annual Meeting 2010, 2011, 2012
  • KTC Short Course 2011, 2012
  • Ohio Valley Buckeye Horticulture Extension Meeting 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • UK Turf Field Day 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Outreach
  • Multiple presentations to Lexington elementary schools
  • Kentucky Horse Park’s UK Day (2010)
  • Insect Night Walk (2010)
  • Explorium Insect Saturday presentations
  • Bug Fest 2013 Cincinnati Museum Center
  • Awards
  • 1st place Master’s Division OVEA (2010, 2011)

  • 1st place Poster Presentation UK Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Conference  


Professional Service Activities

  • President of H. Garmin Entomology Club (2010-2011)
  • President of Ohio Valley Entomological Association (2011-2012)
  • Co-moderator for ESA Symposium session (2010)
  • Organizer and Moderator for ESA symposium (2013)



  • Refereed

  • Larson J.L., Redmond C.T., Potter D.A. (2013) Assessing Insecticide Hazard to Bumble Bees Foraging on Flowering Weeds in Treated Lawns. PLOS ONE 8(6): e66375. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0066375
  • Larson, J. L., Redmond, C. T. and Potter, D. A. (2012), Comparative impact of an anthranilic diamide and other insecticidal chemistries on beneficial invertebrates and ecosystem services in turfgrass. Pest. Manag. Sci., 68: 740–748. doi: 10.1002/ps.2321

  • Carmen K. Blubaugh, Victoria A. Caceres, Ian Kaplan, Jonathan Larson, Clifford S. Sadof, and Douglas S. Richmond (2011) Ground Beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) Phenology, Diversity, and Response to Weed Cover in a Turfgrass Ecosystem. Environmental Entomology 2011 40 (5), 1093-1101


  • Trade Journal Publications

  • Jonathan L. Larson and Daniel A. Potter. 2013. “The Plight of the Bees”, in Golf Course Management November 2013 edition;

  • Jonathan L. Larson and Daniel A. Potter. 2013. “Bee Friendly Lawn Care”, in Landscape Management. December 2013 edition.


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