University of California, Riverside

Applied Biological Control Research

Ivan Milosavljević 

Ivan MilosavljevićIvan Milosavljević, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar
Phone: (951) 827-4360

Dr. Milosavljević joined the Hoddle laboratory as a Postdoctoral Researcher in August 2016. He has dedicated his research efforts towards biological control and invasive species management with an emphasis on pests of crops and ornamental trees. He has been involved in a variety of research projects sponsored by various granting agencies, private institutions, and commodity boards. An example of these finished and on-going projects include: establishing integrated control program for invasive South American palm weevil (Rhynchophorus palmarum), assessing impacts of two biocontrol agents, Diaphorencyrtus aligarhensis and Tamarixia radiata, on Asian citrus psyllid (Diaphorinia citri) populations in southern California, and breaking critical North American bean thrips (Caliothrips fasciatus) related trade barriers for California citrus exports.

Dr. Milosavljević considers himself an applied entomologist. His research integrates theoretical approaches (simulation, analytical, and statistical models) with empirical techniques (observational work, manipulative field experiments) to understand the factors that shape insect communities and predator-prey interactions in agroecosystems. These studies have important applied implications for the biocontrol of invasive pests where the goal is to manipulate natural enemies to reduce herbivory and enhance crop productivity. His research interests are broad, currently focusing on the following areas: biological control of invasive species, effects of predator diversity on pest control, integrated pest management, sustainable agriculture, effects of environmental variability and agricultural intensification on insect biodiversity and community structure.   

Curriculum vitae



  • Ph.D. Entomology, Department of Entomology, Washington State University (2015)
  • M.Sc. Phytomedicine, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Serbia (2013)
  • B.Sc. Phtytomedicine, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Serbia (2011)


Current Projects

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Citrus Psyllid (Diaphorina citri)

Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) is an efficient vector of the bacterial citrus disease huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening disease, which is one of the most destructive insect-borne diseases of citrus worldwide.

 South American Palm Weevil  

South American Palm Weevil

The South American palm weevil, Rhynchophorus palmarum (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), has a known distribution that includes Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Like other species of Rhynchophorus, such as the red palm weevil, R. ferrugineus, and the palm weevil R. vulneratus

North American Bean Thips

North American Bean Thrips



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