Faculty & Staff

John J. Riggins

Associate Professor
Discipline: Entomology

Specialty: Forest Entomology
Email: jriggins@entomology.msstate.edu
Phone: (662) 325-2984
Fax: (662) 325-8837
Office Location: Clay Lyle Entomology Building, Room 158

Mailing Address
Box 9775
Mississippi State, MS 39762

Physical Address
100 Old Hwy. 12
Mississippi State, MS 39762

MS State Forest Entomology


  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
  • M.S., University of Nebraska
  • B.S., University of Nebraska

Courses Taught

  • EPP 3124 - Forest Pest Management

Research Interests

  • Best integrated pest management of native (southern pine bark beetle guild) and introduced forest insect pests ( emerald ash borer, redbay ambrosia beetle, Eurasian woodwasp)
  • Biology, behavior, ecological roles, and biodiversity of non-pest forest insects
  • Disturbance ecology of forest insects (both pests and non-pests) in response to various anthropogenic and environmental disturbances
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing techniques to enhance detection, monitoring, prediction, and ecological modeling of the forest insect systems

Recent Publications

  • Little, N.S., T.E. McConnell, S. Shi, J.J. Riggins. 2013. Surface free energy of blue-stained southern pine sapwood obtained from bark beetle-attacked trees. Wood and Fiber Science, 45:206-214. Download
  • Little, N.S., T.P. Schultz, S.V. Diehl, D.D. Nicholas, A. Londo, F.R. Musser, J.J. Riggins. 2013. Field evaluations of subterranean termite preference for sap-stained inoculated wood. Journal of Insect Behavior, 26:649-659. Download
  • Chase, K.D., T.L. Schierfer, J.J. Riggins. 2012. First incidence of Sinoxylon indicum and Sinoxylon sudanicum (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) in Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 95:767-770.
  • Formby, J.P., T.S. Scheiffer, J.J. Riggins. 2012. First records of Xyleborus glabratus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) in Alabama and Harrison County, Mississippi. Florida Entomologist 95:192-193.
  • Little, N.S., J.J. Riggins, T.P. Schultz, A. Londo, and M.D. Ulyshen. 2012. Feeding preference of native subterranean termites (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae: Reticulitermes) for wood containing bark beetle pheromones and blue-stain fungi. Journal of Insect Behavior 25:197-206. Download