Associate Professor and Department Chair, Plant Science
- Plant Science
- Master of Arts in Policy Studies
- Ph.D. in Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida (Focus: insect disease vectors of plants)
- M.S. in Systematics, University of Delaware
- B.S. in Entomology/Plant Pathology, University of Delaware
Christopher Tipping has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware in Entomology/Plant Pathology and Systematics, respectively. His Ph.D. is from the University of Florida in the Entomology and Nematology Department where he studied insect disease vectors of plants. His post-doctoral experience includes research at the University of California Davis into the post-harvest management of pests of table grapes in California and at the North Florida Research Center (NFREC) working on the biological control of an invasive leaf hopper vector of several bacterial wilt diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.
While at NFREC Chris was a member of the First Detector Program, a nation-wide initiative designed in part to predict and respond to potential bio-terrorism threats to our nation’s agriculture. He has published an extensive list of peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters covering a wide variety of entomological topics including alpha taxonomy, mosquito behavior, post-harvest entomology, plant/insect interactions, vector ecology, urban entomology (bed bugs) and metagenomics. Chris has also described several new species of insects and as well as a nematode. He is an active member of several scientific societies and has presented dozens of papers at a variety of conferences. Presently, he serves as Associate Editor for the international scientific journal Florida Entomologist in the area of Systematics.
At Delaware Valley College, Chris teaches Biological Science I and II lecture and laboratory sections, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Plant Pathology as well as Student Research. As head curator for the Arthropod Museum, he offers students the unique opportunity to experience the finer points of systematics, taxonomy, and curatorial techniques associated with museums. He is quite active on campus and has served as an assistant coach for Softball. Chris is the advisor for the Ultimate Frisbee/Disc golf club and co-advisor to the Apiary Society. With the help of students and Delval staff, Chris designed and created a nine-hole disc golf course on campus. At home football games he works as a member of the Chain Gang.
Chris was the recipient of the Student Government Faculty Service Award in 2010. Additionally, Chris participates on numerous committees and serves as chairman of the Curriculum Committee, essential for the growth and development of our soon to be University’s course offerings. As a founding member of the Precarious Alliance Committee, Chris is passionate about the idea of DelVal acting as a neutral convener providing a forum for discussion and problem solving for important issues facing our planet now and in the future.
Dr. Tipping has assumed a dual role in the academic arena at DelVal serving as Associate Professor in the Biology Department and Chair of the Plant Science Department
- Associate Editor, Florida Entomologist (in the area of systematics)
- Head Curator, Arthropod Museum
- Advisor and Co-advisor, Delaware Valley College Apiary Society and Ultimate Club
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