Dr. Paula Shrewsbury is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Ornamental and Turf IPM in the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland. She is also Director of Graduate Studies for Entomology.
The overall focus of the Shrewsbury Lab is to identify methods to restore plant and insect community dynamics to create sustainable urban landscapes, nurseries, and turf systems, with an emphasis on biological control and conservation of natural enemies. The program also studies the ecology and management of invasive species in managed environments.
The Shrewsbury Lab research and extension program develops and implements research-based integrated pest management (IPM) programs for a variety of clientele involved with the production and maintenance of ornamental plants and turf (ex. urban landscapes, nurseries, golf courses), IPM practitioners, extension personnel and master gardeners, and government agencies. The Shrewsbury program encompasses and integrates research and outreach activities. These activities include: applied ecological studies of plant – herbivore – natural enemy interactions to elucidate innovative pest management options for invasive and native insects; development of management practices that reduce reliance on chemical pesticides and integrate biological control and other non-chemical options; implementation of demonstration programs to further the adoption of IPM; training personnel in ornamental and turfgrass industries; development of educational materials to facilitate training; and providing service to the green industries. The overall goals of the program are to develop sustainable ornamental and turfgrass systems that prevent pest outbreaks; to provide unique opportunities for undergraduate and graduate education in the discipline of IPM, and landscape and community ecology; and to increase the adoption of IPM practices.