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Dylan Parry
Associate Professor

Insect Ecologist


Ph.D. Michigan State University (2000)
M.S. University of Alberta (1994)

B.S.  University of Alberta (1992)



Academic Positions

Associate Professor SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry (2007- current)
Assistant Professor, SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry (2002- 2007)

Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University (2009- current)

I teach the following courses:

Fall (even yrs): Plant-Herbivore Interactions (EFB-504)
Ecology & Management of Invasive Species (EFB-502)

Spring (even yrs): EFB-797 Insect Ecology (Special Topic – Insects and a Changing Climate)

Fall (odd yrs): Forensic Entomology (FSC-462/662 at Syracuse University) and (EFB-496/696 at ESF)


EFB-202 (Summers): Insect Diversity (Cranberry Lake Field Station)

EFB-566, Systematic Entomology

EFB-296: Seminar in Conservation Biology



246 Illick Hall
SUNY - College of Environmental Science & Forestry
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210
e-mail:dparry’at’ (‘at’ used to reduce spam)
Phone: (315) 470-6753

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30am - 12:00pm

                          Other times by appt.    





Research Focus

I am interested in many aspects of ecology, including conservation biology, population dynamics, invasive species, and life-history strategies. My research focuses on invertebrates, particularly moths (Lepidoptera) in temperate forests, their predators, parasitoids, and pathogens, and the interaction between caterpillars, their host plants, and environmental factors. However, many questions that interest me are not specific to this fascinating and diverse group of organisms, but apply broadly to the fields of community, population, and evolutionary ecology.


Ongoing and Current Projects

- Mechanisms underlying tussock moth (Lymantriidae) invasions in North America

- Population dynamics of forest tent caterpillar.

- Conservation of native giant silk moths (Saturniidae) in New England

- Conservation of the federally-listed Karner blue butterfly.

- Habitat structure and conservation of the barrens buck moth in the pine barrens ecosystems.

-Non-target effects of transgenic trees on herbivorous insects

-Geographic structure of gypsy moth populations




Note to prospective graduate students:

I encourage graduate students to pursue topics of their own interest. Prospective students with a variety of backgrounds in entomology, ecology, invasive species, or conservation biology are urged to apply.  Please contact me if you are interested in graduate research in my laboratory.







Publications (PDF’s available for download)


246 Illick Hall, SUNY-ESF, 1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, NY 13210                         [ Back to faculty ]

phone (315) 470-6753    e-mail dparry’at’