Department of Entomology
265 Hultz Hall

As an Entomologist, I’m interested in relationships among arthropods and other organisms within an environmental context & how this information can be applied to support integrated pest management (IPM) programs. Current research focuses within my lab are: 1) how to effectively combine IPM tactics to enhance pest management, and 2) how soil properties and soil biota impact herbivorous arthropods and their natural enemies.


  • Ph.D., Entomology; Washington State University, 2005
  • M.S., Entomology; Oregon State University, 2001
  • B.A., Biology; Alfred University, 1997

Research Interests

  • Integrated pest management (e.g. biological control, host plant resistance)

  • Rhizosphere-insect-plant interactions

  • Cultural entomology

Personal Information

Children’s book author (fiction and non-fiction),

Courses Taught

  • ENT 350 General Entomology (3 cr. every fall, with lab)

  • ENT 696 Overview of Entomology (3 cr. every fall, online asynchronous)

  • ENT 431/631 Principles of Insect Pest Management (3 cr. every other spring)

Recent Publications

Integrated pest management

  • Pantzke S, Ferguson B, Rajamohan A, Rinehart J, Prischmann-Voldseth D, Prasifka J. 2023. Thermal biology and overwintering behavior of the red sunflower seed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Environmental Entomology
  • Prischmann-Voldseth DA, Swenson SJ, Brenner R. 2021. Pollen feeding reduces predation of northern corn rootworm eggs (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae, Diabrotica barberi) by a soil-dwelling mite (Acari: Laelapidae: Stratiolaelaps scimitus). Insects. 12: 979, (Special issue on IPM in the rhizosphere: challenges, discovery, and success, open access).

Rhizosphere-insect-plant interactions

  • Glogoza B, Aldrich-Wolfe L, Prasifka JR, Prischmann-Voldseth DA. 2023. Impact of multiple soil microbial inoculants on biomass and biomass allocation of the legume crop field pea (Fabaceae: Pisum sativum L.). Journal of Sustainable Agriculture and Environment. In press.
  • Prischmann-Voldseth DA, Ӧzsisli T, Anderson K, Aldrich-Wolfe L, Harris MO. 2020. Microbial inoculants differentially influence plant growth and biomass allocation in wheat attacked by gall-inducing Hessian fly (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae). Environmental Entomology 49: 1214-1225.

Cultural entomology

  • Prischmann-Voldseth D. 2023. Insects in art in the age of industry. In: A Cultural History of Insects, Volume 5: A Cultural History of Insects in the Age of Industry. Anelli C, Fisher S, Kritsky G (eds.), Bloomsbury Academic, London.
  • Prischmann-Voldseth DA. 2022. Fireflies in art: emphasis on Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo, Meiji, and Taishō Periods. Insects. 13: 775. (Special issue on Insects and Art, open access)

Awards and Honors

2021 - NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) Educator Award

2020 - NDSU CAFSNR H. Roald and Janet Lund Excellence in Teaching Award

2020 - Subject Editor for Environmental Entomology (ISSN 0046-225X)

2018 - International IPM Award of Excellence, awarded as part of the 'North Central Soybean Entomology Research and Extension Team'

2017 - NACTA Teaching Award of Merit

2013 - NDSU CAFSNR Earl and Dorothy Foster Excellence in Teaching Award

2008 - Entomological Society of America, Student and Young Professional Award

2007 - USDA-ARS Merit Award

2005 - Entomological Society of America, John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award, Pacific Branch

1996 - Darling Marine Center, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, Walpole, ME

1993 - National Merit Finalist

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