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Claudio Gratton

Conferences: 
2012 North American Biodynamic Conference

Dr. Claudio Gratton has been on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin since 2003. His research group works broadly in the field of landscape ecology in both agricultural and natural systems. In Wisconsin agriculture, he has been interested in understanding how beneficial insects, such as pollinators and lady beetles, utilize the landscape and carry out important functions such as pollination of crops and suppression of insect pests. His work in agroecology has included studying insect landscape ecology and conservation in potatoes (as part of the Healthy Grown Eco Potato project), rotational grazing, soybeans, cranberries, and now apples. He has worked with growers to understand how to best manage non-crop "natural" areas in the landscape in order to enhance and conserve beneficial insects. He is also an active member of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center as part of the team looking at developing sustainable bioenergy crops. He teaches courses in Insect Biological Control, Multivariate Analysis, and Coastal Field Ecology. He received his B.S. in biology from the University of Illinois (1991) and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley (1997).