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Armando Falcon-Brindis

Armando Falcon-Brindis

Assistant Professor, Research Faculty & Extension Specialist



Mailing Address

Parma Research and Extension Center
University of Idaho
29603 U of I Lane
Parma, ID 83660-6699

Armando's expertise is in entomology and statistics to conduct basic and applied research but also to encourage students’ critical thinking.

Ph.D., Biological Research Center of Northwest, MX, 2019
M.S., (Hons) Juarez Autonomous University of Tabasco, MX, 2014
B.S., Chapingo Autonomous University, MX, 2009

  • Conduct research on Integrated Pest Management, community ecology, pollination, taxonomy and natural history of insects
  • Deliver research-based information to the public in both English and Spanish
  • Integrate new technologies into the entomological science (e.g., remote sensing, IoT)
  • Oversees the cocoon testing lab at Parma Research and Extension Center

  • James B. Dorey, Paige R. Chesshire, Angela N. Bolaños, Robert L. O’Reilly, Silas Bossert, Shannon M. Collins, Elinor M. Lichtenberg, Erika M. Tucker, Allan Smith-Pardo, Armando Falcon-Brindis, Diego A. Guevara, Bruno Ribeiro, Diego de Pedro, Erica E. Fischer, John Pickering, Keng-Lou James Hung, Katherine A. Parys, Lindsie M. McCabe, Matthew S. Rogan, Robert L. Minckley, Santiago J.E. Velazco, Terry Griswold, Tracy A. Zarrillo, Walter Jetz, Yanina V. Sica, Michael C. Orr, Laura Melissa Guzman, John A. Ascher, Alice C. Hughes, Neil S. Cobb. A globally synthesised and flagged bee occurrence dataset and cleaning workflow. Scientific Data, 10, 747.
  • Falcon-Brindis A, Villanueva R, Viloria Z, Bradley C. A novel approach to tally Aculops cannabicola (Acari: Eriophyidae) for field and laboratory studies. 2023. Journal of Economic Entomology, 116(2): 591-598.
  • Ramírez-Guillén LD, Falcon-Brindis A*, Gómez B. The Scoliidae wasps (Hymenoptera: Scolioidea) of Mexico: taxonomy and biogeography. 2022. Zootaxa. 5214 (1): 047–088.
    Falcon-Brindis, A., León-Cortés, J.L., Montañez-Reyna, M. How effective are conservation areas to preserve biodiversity in Mexico? 2021. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, 19: 399-410.
  • Falcon-Brindis A, Rodríguez-Estrella R, Jiménez ML. Islands in the desert for cavity-nesting bees and wasps: ecology, patterns of diversity, and conservation at oases of Baja California peninsula. 2020. Ecology and Evolution, 10: 527–542.

I hold a bachelor’s in agricultural engineering, majoring in animal sciences. Both my master’s and doctorate programs were focused on entomology. As a postdoctoral associate in ECOSUR (Mexico), I focused my research on insect conservation. Furthermore, I gained experience in field crops, IPM and Extension as a research associate at the University of Kentucky. I have received specialized training on the taxonomy of solitary bees and wasps, tachinid flies and ground beetles, and also gained skills in community ecology and data analysis. I have conducted research on different environments, e.g., deserts, tropical rainforests and agricultural landscapes. I have worked with interdisciplinary groups from different countries and taught graduate courses focused on statistics and ecology. My goals at the University of Idaho are 1) to develop advances in entomological science that bring improvements to our society and 2) to assist farmers, stake holders, educators and general public through Extension activities.

  • 2020-2024. Member of the National Research System (SNI-CONACYT, Mexico) ($25,000 USD).
  • 2023. Senckenberg – Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research. S-Oases Citizen Science photo contest. Third place. Category: oases landscape photography. Available at
  • 2019 & 2020. Outstanding teacher recognition. Autonomous University of Guadalajara. Tabasco, Mexico.
  • 2019. Ph.D. Program. Award to the thesis with the highest social impact. Baja California Sur, Mex.
  • 2019. Ph.D. Program. Outstanding student award. Baja California Sur, Mex.
  • 2019. Ph.D. Program. Graduated with honors. Baja California Sur, Mex.
  • 2014. UJAT. MSc graduated with honors. Tabasco, Mex.
  • 2013. UFPEL. Award to the best work (talk) of graduate students: “Caracterização da distribuição espacial de ninfas e adultos de tripes em soja”; presentado en el XV Encontro de Pós-graduação. RS, Brazil.


University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2329
Moscow, ID 83844-2329

Phone: 208-885-3776