Sciences RM 370

1250 Siskiyou Blvd.

Ashland, OR  97520

(541) 552-6748





B.S. Zoology, B.S. General Science. 1980. Oregon State University
M.S. Biology. 1984. University of Missouri - St. Louis
Ph.D. Entomology. 1987. University of Missouri - Columbia


Invertebrate Natural History (Bi318)
Principles of Biology (Bi211, Bi212, Bi213)

Animal Behavior (Bi480/580)

Conservation of Natural Resources (Bi388)
General Biology (Bi101, Bi102, Bi103)
Women in Science (Bi385)

Research Interests

Dr. Ferguson’s research involves collaborations with federal (Bureau of Land Management, US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife) and state agencies (CA Department of Fish and Game) in investigating the pollination systems of native rare and endangered flowering plants in southern Oregon and northern California. Successful protection of rare or endangered plants requires understanding the pollination requirements of these plants. Her past work identified the unique insect pollinator of the rare clustered lady slipper orchid, Cypripedium fasciculatum and documented the role of pollinators in the breeding system of the endangered Yreka phlox, Phlox hirsuta. Her current research efforts include monitoring and identifying the insect visitors and pollinators of the endangered Cook’s lomatium, Lomatium cookii.



P. C. Schroeder, C. S. Ferguson, E. J. Shields. 1995. Spring Activity of Adult Alfalfa Snout Beetles (Coleoptera: Curculionidae): Upward Movement From Overwintering Sites, Dispersal, and Oviposition. J. Econ. Entomol. 88859-863.

P. C. Schroeder, C. S. Ferguson, A. M. Shelton, W. T. Wilsey, M. P. Hoffmann & C. Petzoldt. 1996. Greenhouse and Field Evaluations of Entomopathogenic Nematodes (Nematoda: Heterorhabditidae and Steinernematidae) for Control of Cabbage Maggot, Deliaradicum (Diptera: Anthomyiidae) on Cabbage. J. Econ. Entomol. 89:1109-1115.

S. Nyoka & C. S. Ferguson. 1999. Pollinators of Darlingtonia californica Torr., the California Pitcher Plant. Natural Areas Journal. 19:386-391.

P. C. Schroeder, A. M. Shelton, C. S. Ferguson, M. P. Hoffmann & C. H. Petzoldt. 2000. Application of Synthetic Sex Pheromone for Management of Diamondback Moth, Plutella xylostella, in Cabbage. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 94:243-248.

C. S. Ferguson & K. Donham. 1999. Pollinator of Clustered Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium fasciculatum (Orchidaceae) in Oregon. North American Native Orchid Journal. 5:180-183.

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