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Hannah Burrack

Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist

Headhouse Unit 1 At Method 124B


Area(s) of Expertise

RESEARCH (25%) My research focuses on understanding the ecology of insect pests in tobacco and small fruits and utilizing this information to enhance pest management. I am particularly interested in landscape scale management issues, host preference behavior, and invasive species biology. I am also developing projects in specialty crop systems, including hops.

My research program addressed questions of pest arthropod biology and ecology in small fruit, specialty crop, and tobacco systems. The goal of this research is to develop biologically sound pest management recommendations for growers. To accomplish this goal, I have active projects studying the seasonal biology and larval behavior of the potato tuber moth/tobacco splitworm (Phthorimaea operculella) in tobacco, potential virus vector diversity and phenology in blackberries, blueberry pollination ecology, and economic threshold revisions in tobacco. My extension program is informed by my research activities and includes on-farm trials, participation in field days, grower and agent training sessions, and multimedia tools. Three graduate students and two undergraduate interns are currently being trained in my laboratory. I participate in graduate courses (ENT 762, ENT 641) and seminars (Extension Seminar) and draw upon my research and extension activities to enhance these experiences. In addition to the students whom I supervise and courses in which I participate, I also engage students from throughout the department in informal activities, including serving as coach of the department Linnaean Games team.

TEACHING (0%) I do not have a formal teaching appointment, but I am involved in teaching activities.  I teach Fellowship and Grant Writing in the Biological Sciences every fall semester, I am one of 4 team instructors for ENT 762, a course that teaches integrated pest mangement of insect using a systems-based model, and I also co-lead an extension entomology seminar, offered every 3rd year.

EXTENSION (75%) The tobacco extension faculty at NC State have a history of innovation, and I continue this tradition. North Carolina tobacco growers are engaged in the extension process and serve as a model for the growing small fruit industry. Tobacco production is also changing, with many growers choosing to diversify or cease operations while those that remain are increasing in size. Small fruit production is rapidly increasing throughout North Carolina, and to meet the needs of these growers, I present at extension meetings (both local and regional), I conduct hands on workshops, and am currently developing webinars and online training tools.

Extension tools

@NCSmallFruitIPM – Twitter

NC State University Small Fruit, Specialty Crop, and Tobacco Entomology – Facebook


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BS, University of Wisconsin
MS, University of California
Ph.D, University of California – Davis