Jan Nyrop began his career at the Experiment Station in 1982 as an Extension associate in the IPM Program and moved into a faculty position in entomology three years later. His improvements on sampling techniques and thresholds for three major mite and insect pests of apple in the late 1980s continue to make a valuable contribution to the New York apple IPM program. More recently, his work on predatory mite releases in orchards and vineyards is having a major impact on fruit growers throughout the Northeast.
Nyrop earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine, two master’s degrees–one in entomology and one in systems science–from Michigan State University, and a doctorate in entomology, also from Michigan State. He describes his own research focus as the "population ecology of arthropod pests of horticultural crops and their natural enemies."