John J. Riggins

John J. Riggins


Forest Entomology

  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • M.S., University of Nebraska
  • B.S., University of Nebraska

Research Areas:
  • Best integrated pest management of native (southern pine bark beetle guild) and introduced forest insect pests ( emerald ash borer, redbay ambrosia beetle, Eurasian woodwasp)
  • Biology, behavior, ecological roles, and biodiversity of non-pest forest insects
  • Disturbance ecology of forest insects (both pests and non-pests) in response to various anthropogenic and environmental disturbances
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing techniques to enhance detection, monitoring, prediction, and ecological modeling of the forest insect systems

Courses Taught:
  • EPP 3124 - Forest Pest Management


  • Thomason, J. W., S. R. Clarke, J. J. Riggins. 2020. Evaluation of phenological indicators for optimizing spring southern pine beetle (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) trapping surveys. Florida Entomologist 103(4):444-451 Download
  • Bookwalter, J. D., J. J. Riggins, J. Dean, V. C. Mastro, L. R. Schimleck, B. T. Sullivan, K. J.K. Gandhi, 2019. Colonization and development of Sirex noctilio (Hymenoptera:Siricidae) in bolts of a native pine host and six species of pine grown in the southeastern United States. Journal of Entomological Science 54:1-18. Download
  • Riggins, J. J., A. D. Chupp, J. P. Formby, N. A. Dearing, H. M. Bares, R. L. Brown, K. F. Oten. 2019. Impacts of laurel wilt disease on arthropod herbivores of North American Lauraceae. Biological Invasions 21:493-503.  Download
  • Formby, J. P., J. C. Rodgers, F. H. Koch, N. Krishnan, D. A. Duerr, J. J. Riggins. 2018. Cold tolerance strategy and invasive potential of the redbay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus) in the eastern United States. Biological Invasions 20:995-1007. Download
  • Siegert, C. M., N. Clay, J. Tang, L. G. Garrigues, J. J. Riggins. 2018. Indirect effects of bark beetle generated coarse woody debris impacts to biogeochemical properties of forest floor substrates following one year of decomposition. Oecologia 188(4):1209-1226.  Download
  • Clay, N., A., N. S. Little, J. J. Riggins. 2017. Inoculation of ophiostomatoid fungi in loblolly pine trees increases the presence of subterranean termites in fungal lesions. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 11(2):213-219. Download
  • Hartshorn, J., A., J. R. Fisher, J. J. Riggins, F. M. Stephen. 2017. Molecular identification of Deladenus proximus Bedding, 1974 (Tylenchida: Neotylenchidae), a parasite of Sirex nigricornis (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Nematology 19(1):15-20. Download
  • Hughes, M. A., J. J. Riggins, F. H. Koch, A. I. Cognato, C. Anderson, J. P. Formby, T. J. Dreaden, R. C. Ploetz, J. A. Smith. 2017. No rest for the laurels: Symbiotic invaders cause unprecedented damage to southern USA forests. Biological Invasions 19(7):2143-2157. Download
  • Clarke, S. R., J. J. Riggins, F. M. Stephen. 2016. Forest management and southern pine beetle outbreaks: A historical perspective. Forest Science 62(2):166-180. Download
  • Hartshorn, J. A., K. D. Chase, L. D. Galligan, J. J. Riggins, F. M. Stephen. 2016. Interactions among latitude, nematode parasitization, and female sirex nigricornis (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) fitness. Environmental Entomology 45(6):1515-1520. Download
  • Hartshorn, J. A., L. J. Haavik, J. D. Allison, J. R. Meeker, W. Johnson, L. D. Galligan, K. D. Chase, J. J. Riggins, F. M. Stephen. 2016. Emergence of adult female Sirex nigricornis F. and Sirex noctilio F.(Hymenoptera: Siricidae) coincides with a decrease in daily minimum and maximum temperature. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 18(3): 206-213. Download
  • Hughes, M. A., J. A. Smith, A. E. Mayfield, R. C. Ploetz, J. L. Hanula, J. Hulcr, D. Carrillo, S. Cameron, P. E. Kendra, R. J. Rabaglia, L. Stelinski, J. Eickwort, J. J. Riggins, T. Pernas. 2015. Recovery plan for laurel wilt on redbay and other forest species caused by Raffaelea lauricola and disseminated by Xyleborus glabratus. Plant Health Progress 16:173-210. Download
  • Nebeker, T. E., J. J. Riggins, J. B. Auel, J. E. Henderson, A. W. Ezell, A. B. Self, T. G. Matney, A. J. Londo. 2015. Southern pine density management for a healthier forest. Mississippi State University Extension Service Publication 2893. Download
  • Willis, J., L., A. B. Self, M. B. Layton, J. J. Riggins. 2015. Signs and symptoms of emerald ash borer. Mississippi State University Extension Service Publication 2896. Download
  • Chase, K. D., K. J. Gandhi, J. J. Riggins. 2014. Effects of forest type and management on native wood wasp abundance (hymenoptera: siricidae) in Mississippi, United States. Journal of Economic Entomology 107(3):1142-1149. Download
  • Little, N. S., N. A. Blount, M. A. Caprio, J. J. Riggins. 2014. Survey of subterranean termite (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae) utilization of temperate forests. Sociobiology 61(2):198-206.
  • Riggins, J. J., N. S. Little, L. G. Eckhardt. 2014. Correlation between infection by ophiostomatoid fungi and the presence of subterranean termites in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) roots. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 16(3):260-264. Download
  • Little, N.S., T.E. McConnell, S. Shi, J.J. Riggins. 2013. Surface free energy of blue-stained southern pine sapwood obtained from bark beetle-attacked trees. Wood and Fiber Science, 45:206-214. Download
  • Little, N.S., T.P. Schultz, S.V. Diehl, D.D. Nicholas, A. Londo, F.R. Musser, J.J. Riggins. 2013. Field evaluations of subterranean termite preference for sap-stained inoculated wood. Journal of Insect Behavior, 26:649-659. Download
  • Chase, K.D., T.L. Schierfer, J.J. Riggins. 2012. First incidence of Sinoxylon indicum and Sinoxylon sudanicum (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) in Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 95:767-770. Download
  • Formby, J.P., T.S. Scheiffer, J.J. Riggins. 2012. First records of Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in Alabama and Harrison County, Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 95:192-193. Download
  • Little, N.S., J.J. Riggins, T.P. Schultz, A. Londo, and M.D. Ulyshen. 2012. Feeding preference of native subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Reticulitermes) for wood containing bark beetle pheromones and blue-stain fungi. Journal of Insect Behavior 25:197-206. Download
  • Little, N.S., N.A. Blount, A. Londo, S.C. Kitchens, T.P. Schultz, T.E. McConnell, J.J. Riggins. 2012. Preference of Formosan subterranean termites for blue-stained southern yellow pine sapwood. Journal of Economic Entomology 105:1640-1664. Download
  • Little, N.S., J.J. Riggins, T.P. Schultz, A. Londo, M.D. Ulyshen. 2011. Feeding preference of native subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Reticulitermes) for wood containing bark beetle pheromones and blue-stain fungi. Environmental Entomology. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., J.M. Defibaugh y Chavez, J.A. Tullis, F.M. Stephen. 2011. Spectral identification of previsual Northern Red Oak (Quercus rubra L.) foliar symptoms related to oak decline and red oak borer (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) attack. Southern Journal of Applied Forestry 35:18-25. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., S.W. Fraedrich, T.C. Harrington. 2011. First report of Laurel Wilt caused Raffaelea lauricola on sassafras in Mississippi. Plant Disease 95(11):1479-1479. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., M. Hughes, J.A. Smith, A.E. Mayfield, M.B. Layton, C. Balbalian, R.S. Campbell. 2010. First occurrence of laurel wilt disease caused by Raffaelea lauricola on redbay trees in Mississippi. Plant Disease 94(5):634. Download
  • Willers, J.L., J.J. Riggins. 2010. Geographical approaches for integrated pest management of arthropods in forestry and row crops. In: Precision Crop Protection - The Challenge and Use of Heterogeneity, Eds. E. C. Oerke, R. Gerhards, G. Menz, and R.A. Sikora, Springer Netherlands, pp. 183-202. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., C.A. Davis, W.W. Hoback. 2009. Biodiversity of belowground invertebrates as an indicator of wet meadow restoration success (Platte River, Nebraska). Restoration Ecology 17(4):495-505. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., J.A. Tullis, F.M. Stephen. 2009. Per-segment aboveground forest biomass estimation using LIDAR-derived height percentile statistics. GISciences and Remote Sensing 46(2):232-248. Download
  • Riggins, J.J., L. Galligan, F.M. Stephen. 2009. Rise and fall of red oak borer in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, USA. Florida Entomologist 92(3):426-433. Download