Dr. Ashley Bennett is the Extension IPM specialist at New Mexico State University. The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program at New Mexico State is focused on improving education and adoption of IPM across the state but is especially focused on IPM implementation in urban landscapes. Dr. Bennett’s research interests include how to improve the design of urban and agricultural landscapes to conserve beneficial insects and increase arthropod mediated ecosystem services. In particular, this program focuses on understanding how local and landscape variables can be managed to augment beneficial insects (natural enemies and pollinators) and suppress pests. Current research activities include: developing native plant mixes to support beneficial insects, developing design guidelines that improve conservation biological control in urban landscapes, improving site selection for urban agriculture, and using drone technology to improve IPM. Research topics of interest: pollinator conservation, landscape ecology, ecosystem services, drone technology, urban ecology, and landscape design.
1036 Miller Road
Los Lunas, New Mexico 87031