Douglas W Tallamy

Entomology & Wildlife Ecology

Phone: (302) 831-1304


Office: 245 Townsend Hall

Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421,
  • Researches how plants that evolved elsewhere impact food webs and biodiversity.
  • Tallamy speaks nationwide about his concerns that the approach to gardening must change. He contends the widespread planting of ornamental plants, native to other parts of the world, is creating ecosystem-wide problems.
  • Author of best-selling garden book, "Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants."
  • Has been featured/interviewed by New York Times, NPR, Associated Press, and various other outlets.
  • Can also discuss entomology, human population growth and its impact on biodiversity, and extinction risk.

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Chairperson, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
Professor, Entomology and Wildlife Ecology
Professor, Biological Sciences

In The News:
Over The Fence: There is something we can all do to combat invasive species (Reading Eagle Online)
The beauty, and benefit, of the garden in decay (Waterdown Daily Times)
Native plants help preserve the food web (Union Democrat)
Concern over firefly decline yields need for conservation plan in Delaware (WDDE)
Does your garden need a fall cleanup? Not so fast. (Washington Post)

UDaily Articles:
Chickadees symbolic of healthy ecosystems
UD professor stresses importance of helping moths, a key component in food webs
UD partnership with Mt. Cuba aims to make 'eco-friendly' a selling point for modern gardeners
UD professor, graduate look at effects of non-native plants on herbivores
UD professors honored for work on sustainable landscape project

entomology, wildlife ecology, biological sciences