‘An Exciting Opportunity’

Bruce Barrett named interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences

Bruce Barrett, professor and director of undergraduate studies, has been named the interim director of the Division of Plant Sciences in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Barrett’s interim director appointment is effective Sept. 1.

“For many years, Dr. Barrett has led research and Extension programs that have contributed significantly to the success of Missouri agriculture. He has also provided excellent mentorship and teaching to students throughout his career at the University of Missouri,” said CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert. “I’m very pleased to have him in such an important leadership position for the Division of Plant Sciences.”

Barrett came to the University of Missouri in 1990 as an assistant professor in the department of entomology. He served as an associate professor in the department of entomology from 1997-2008, including four years as chair of the department. Barrett has served as a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences since 2009 and director of undergraduate studies in the division since 2017. Barrett is a member of the Entomological Society of America and the Central States Entomological Society. He earned the CAFNR Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016.

Barrett’s research program examines the biology and ecology of major insect pests of fruit (tree and small). For the past several years he has focused on the chemical ecology of such pests, working to determine the major volatile organic compounds of fruits that act as the host finding attractants utilized by key pests.

His teaching duties include two undergraduate courses and one graduate-level course: PS 3710 (Introductory Entomology), PS 3715 (Insect Diversity) and PS 8720 (Insect Behavior). Barrett’s extension responsibilities include the development and delivery of management tactics for arthropods affecting fruits, vegetables, turf and woody ornamentals.

Barrett earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and his master’s degree in entomology, both from Brigham Young University (Utah). He earned his Ph.D. in entomology from Washington State University.

“This is an exciting opportunity and I’m eager to serve in this role for the Division of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,” Barrett said. “I’m honored for the opportunity and I’m excited to work even closer with the rest of the division, as well as CAFNR as a whole.”