Sean D. Whipple

Sean Whipple.

My scarab interests include various aspects of dung beetle ecology, feeding biology, and community composition within the Great Plains region of North America. My research focuses on the role of dung beetles in rangeland and agroecosystems and the impact of range management practices and mammalian diet on dung beetle utilization. I am especially interested in benefits of dung beetles to the agricultural community through their role in dung removal, nutrient cycling, and the biological control of dung breeding pests and parasites. Other areas of study include dung beetle response to exotic species introduction and marine island biology.

Sean D. Whipple, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Panhandle Research and Extension Center
4502 Ave I, Scottsbluff NE 69361 USA
TEL: (308) 632-1231
Whipple, S. D., M. C. Cavallaro, and W. W. Hoback. 2012. Hypoxia tolerance in dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) differs among species but not behavioral groups. (In Review: The Coleopterists Bulletin).

Whipple, S. D. and W. W. Hoback. 2012. Numbers and species diversity of dung beetles are higher on organically managed western Nebraska rangelands. (In Review: Organic Agriculture)

Whipple, S. D., E. J. Lindroth, W. W. Hoback, M. C. Albrecht, and J. E. Foster. 2012. Genetic variability of Digitonthophagus gazella (F.) (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) from Vieques and South Africa. The Coleopterists Bulletin 66: 45-50.

Whipple, S. D. and W. W. Hoback. 2012. A comparison of dung beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) attraction to native and exotic mammal dung. Environmental Entomology 41: 238-244.

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