College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences

Dong-Hwan Choe

Dong-Hwan Choe

Associate CE Specialist / Associate Professor of Entomology

BA Agriculture 2002

     Korea University

MS Entomology 2005

     University of California, Riverside

PhD Entomology 2009

     University of California, Riverside

Contact Information
Entomology 382
(951) 827-5717

My research focuses on three major areas: urban entomology, insect behavior, and chemical ecology. In particular, my research has focused on exploring innate and learned behaviors of economically or environmentally important insect species to develop more effective integrated pest management (IPM) programs.

I use manipulative laboratory studies to investigate how the behaviors of pest insects can be exploited to improve management and to develop novel management techniques. I also use field studies to test the feasibility of these new techniques in real-world conditions. I draw upon my expertise in behavioral ecology, experimental design, chemical ecology and analytical chemistry to illuminate the biology of target insects, and to inform the design of new approaches for control. In addition to the bioassays involving chemistry, physiology, behavior, and toxicology, the effort to incorporate the behavioral information of target species into the working IPM program often requires extensive design, manufacturing, and testing of devices in the field. To meet these goals, I work with other researchers especially from industries and other academic disciplines when possible.

Subjects of current work include necrophoresis of ants, development of new control strategy for pest ants, bed bug detection and control, and development of web-based resource for urban pest management. 


Welzel, K., S. Lee, A. T. Dossey, K. R. Chauhan, and D.-H. Choe. 2018. Verification of Argentine ant defensive compounds and their behavioral effects on heterospecific competitors and conspecific nestmates. Sci. Rep. 8: 1477.

Merrill, K. C., C. L. Boser, C. Hanna, D. A. Holway, I. Naughton, D.-H. Choe, and E. E. Wilson Rankin. 2018. Argentine ant (Linepithema humile) eradication efforts on San Clemente Island, CA, USA. West. N. Am. Naturalis. (in press, accepted on 7 Sep 2017) 

Baiocchi, T., G. Lee, D.-H. Choe, and A. Dillman. 2017. Host seeking parasitic nematodes use specific odors to assess host resources. Sci. Rep. 7: 6270. 

Romero, A., A. M. Sutherland, D. H. Gouge, H. Spafford, S. Nair, V. Lewis, D.-H. Choe, S. Li, and D. Young. 2017. Pest management strategies for bed bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) in multiunit housing: a literature review on field studies. J. Integr. Pest Manag. 8 (1): 13.

Tay, J.-W., M. Hoddle, A. Mulchandani, and D.-H. Choe. 2017. Development of an alginate hydrogel to deliver aqueous bait for pest ant management. Pest Manag. Sci. 73: 2028-2038.

Boser, C. L., C. Hanna, D. A. Holway, K. R. Faulkner, I. Naughton, K. Merrill, J. M. Randall, C. Cory, D.-H. Choe, and S. A. Morrison. 2017. Protocols for Argentine ant eradication in conservation areas. J. Appl. Entomol. 141: 540-550.

Greenberg, L., M. K. Rust, S. Wright, and D.-H. Choe. 2017. Argentine ant control around homes: efficacy of treatments and urban runoff. Int. J. Pest. Manage. 63: 242–250.

Rust, M. K., D.-H. Choe, E. Wilson-Rankin, K. Campbell, J. Kabashima, and M. Dimson. 2017. Controlling yellow jackets with fipronil-based protein baits in urban recreational areas. Int. J. Pest. Manage. 63: 234–241.

Choe, D.-H., H. Park, C. Vo, and A. Knyshov. 2016. Chemically mediated arrestment of the bed bug, Cimex lectularius, by volatiles associated with exuviae of conspecifics. PLoS ONE 11(7): e0159520.

Campbell, K., A. Sutherland, V. Lewis, and D.-H. Choe. 2016. UC Survey: When it comes to bed bugs, know what's happening in your units. California Apartment Management. Spring 2016: 18-19.

Suh, E., D.-H. Choe, A.M. Saveer, L.J. Zwiebel. 2016. Suboptimal larval habitats modulate oviposition of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles coluzzii. PLoS ONE 11(2): e0149800.

Welzel, K. F., D.-H. Choe. 2016. Development of a pheromone-assisted baiting technique for Argentine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 109: 1303-1309.

Vetter, R.S., J. Tarango, K. Campbell, C. Tham, C. Hayashi, D.-H. Choe. 2016. Efficacy of several pesticide products on brown widow spider (Araneae: Theridiidae) egg sacs and their penetration through the egg sac silk. J. Econ. Entomol. 109: 267-272.

Sutherland, A., D.-H. Choe, V. Lewis, D. Young, A. Romero, H. Spafford. 2015. Survey sheds light on bed bugs in multi-unit housing. Pest Control Technology. 43: 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36.

Rust, M. K., L. Greenberg, D.-H. Choe. 2015. Modifying perimeter sprays for ant control to reduce pesticide runoff into urban waterways. National Conference of Urban Entomology (Edited by Dr. Kyle K. Jordan). p.61-65. National Conference of Urban Entomology 2014. San Antonio. 05/20/2014.

Rust, M. K., A. Soeprono, S. Wright, L. Greenberg, D.-H. Choe, C. Boser, C. Cory, C. Hanna. 2015. Laboratory and field evaluations of polyacrylamide hydrogel baits against Argentine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 108: 1228-1236.

Greenberg, L., M. K. Rust, J. Richards, X. Wu, J. Kabashima, C. Wilen, J. Gan, D.-H. Choe. 2014. Practical pest management strategies to reduce pesticide runoff for Argentine ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) control. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 2147-2153.

Campbell, K., D.-H. Choe. 2014. Using attractants in urban IPM. The Voice of PCOC. Winter 2014: 12, 13, 15.

Vetter, R. S., M. S. Hoddle, D.-H. Choe, E. Thoms 2014. Exposure of brown recluse and brown widow spiders (Araneae: Sicariidae, Theridiidae) to a commercial sulfuryl fluoride fumigation. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 1813-1817.

von Thienen, W., D. Metzler, D.-H. Choe, W. Witte. 2014. Pheromone communication in ants: a detailed analysis of concentration dependent decisions in three species. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 68: 1611–1627.

Choe, D.-H., K. Campbell. 2014. Fatal attraction - the application of lure-and-kill tactics for urban pest ants. Pest Control Technology. 42: 44, 48, 50-51, 54, 56, 58.

Choe, D.-H., K. Campbell. 2014. Effect of feeding status on mortality response of adult bed bugs (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) to some insecticide products. J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 1206-1215.

Choe, D.-H, K. Tsai, C. Lopez, K. Campbell. 2014. Pheromone-assisted techniques to improve the efficacy of insecticide sprays against Linepithema humile(Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 107: 319-325

Lewis, V., S. Moore, R. Tabuchi, A. Sutherland, D.-H. Choe, N. Tsutsui. 2013. Researchers combat resurgence of bed bug in behavioral studies and monitor trials. Calf. Agr. 67: 172-178.

Choe, D.-H., D.B. Villafuerte, N. D. Tsutsui. 2012. Trail pheromone of the Argentine ant, Linepithema humile (Mayr) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLoS ONE 7(9): e45016.

Choe, D.-H., S. R. Ramírez, N. D. Tsutsui. 2012. A silica gel based method for extracting insect surface hydrocarbons. J. Chem. Ecol. 38:176-187.

van Wilgenburg, E., A. Felden, D.-H. Choe, R. Sulc, J. Luo, K. J. Shea, M. A. Elgar, N. D. Tsutsui. 2012. Learning and discrimination of cuticular hydrocarbons in a social insect. Biol. Lett. 8:17-20.

Forero, D., D.-H. Choe, C. Weirauch. 2011. Resin gathering in Neotropical resin bugs (Insecta: Hemiptera: Reduviidae): functional and comparative morphology. J. Morphol. 272: 204-229.

Choe, D.-H., R. S. Vetter, M. K. Rust. 2010. Development of virtual bait stations to control Argentine ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in environmentally sensitive habitats. J. Econ. Entomol. 103: 1761-1769.

Choe, D.-H., J. G. Millar, M. K. Rust. 2009. Chemical signals associated with life inhibit necrophoresis in Argentine ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 106: 8251-8255.

Choe, D.-H., M. K. Rust. 2009. Dead ant walking. Pest Control Technology. 37: 48-55, 128.

Choe, D.-H., M. K. Rust. 2008. Horizontal transfer of insecticides in laboratory colonies of the Argentine ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 101: 1397-1405.

Choe, D.-H., M. K. Rust. 2007. Use of plant resin by a bee assassin bug, Apiomerus flaviventris (Hemiptera: Reduviidae). Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 100: 320-326.

Choe, D.-H., M. K. Rust. 2006. Agonistic behavior of Argentine ants to scales and scale parasitoids and their cuticular extracts. Sociobiology. 48: 799-818.

Choe, D.-H., M. K. Rust. 2006. Homopteran chemical signatures reduce aggression of tending ants. Chemoecology. 16: 175-178.

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