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I have broad interests with respect to pest insect species in Colorado. Historically, my main focus over the past 10 years has been on insect pests of horticultural commodity crops. However, more recently, some of my focus has shifted toward urban entomology issues.


Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice and Academic Programs

College of Agricultural Sciences


My scope of work in this role includes coordinating curriculum development and new program development in CAS, as well as assisting departments in adopting high impact teaching practices and evaluating teaching effectiveness.  I am also a passionate champion of the continuum of care for CSU students and on an inclusive and affirming environment for our students, faculty, and staff, especially as it relates to the classroom and curriculum



NTTF Senior Teaching Instructor, Agricultural Biology


Currently, my time in this role is mainly spent in the classroom investigating, developing and refining tools to enhance the practice of teaching. I am interested in how writing-to-learn  models and other pedagogies can be used in science classrooms to help foster critical thinking and information retention for non-science majors. One of my goals is to develop and later implement methods that bring hands-on science, experiments, and demonstrations to high enrollment of 150 + student classes at CSU. This includes both traditionally taught and online course development.



Other Responsibilities


I serve as a resource person in the Department of Agricultural Biology’s outreach/engagement programs and am the current director of the CSU Bug Zoo.  The CSU Bug Zoo is a live arthropod collection that is housed in the Plant Sciences Building.  These arthropods are used in area outreach events.  The CSU Bug Zoo is very active in the Northern Colorado community and has significantly increased the amount of students interacting with invertebrates from the zoo.  Each year, the Bug Zoo’s animals meet with over 40,000 students and community members from nearly 50 different schools and multiple other events across the state.

I am one of the faculty sponsors for the CSU Entomology club.  This entomology club is the oldest continuously run student club at Colorado State University.   It was started in 1912 and continues with the same purpose: to promote education and enthusiasm in the field of entomology.



Courses I Teach


AGRI/IE 116 Plants and Civilization
102 Insects, Science, and Society


Selected Publications


Gilman, N. V., Sagàs, J., Camper, M., Norton, A. P. (2017). A faculty-librarian collaboration success story: Implementing a teach-the-teacher library and information literacy instruction model in a first-year agricultural science course. Library Trends, 65(3)

Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper 2010. Pest Control Industry: An Assessment of Current Concerns and Needs in Colorado and Wyoming. Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station Bull. No. TB10-01. pp. 1-5.

Schwartz, H. F., Gent, D. H., Fichtner, S. M., Khosla, R., Mahaffey, L. A., Camper, M. A., and Cranshaw, W. S. 2010. Spatial and temporal distribution of Iris yellow spot virus and thrips in Colorado onion fields. Online. Plant Health Progress doi: 10.1094/PHP-2010-0820-01-RS.

Camper, M.. 2007. Individual potato cultivar response to natural infestations of Bactericera cockerelli (Sulc) including studies on yield fluctuations produced by differing treatment schedules. M.S. Thesis. Colorado State University.

Cranshaw, W. and M. Camper. 2007. Management of poplar twiggall fly on nursery-grown aspen. J. Env. Hort. 25(1): 33-35.

Co-Author of 10 articles published in Arthropod Management Tests

Coordinated publication of 5 fact sheets on exotic Insects of concern to the Colorado Department of Agriculture:

  • Asian Longhorned Beetle
  • Emerald Ash Borer
  • European Wood Wasp
  • Gypsy Moth
  • Light Brown Apple Moth


Contact Us

Dr. Matt Camper

Assistant Dean of Teaching Practice and Academic Programs, CAS

NTTF Senior Teaching Instructor

Office: C031 Plant Sciences


Phone: (970) 491-0713