Dr. Christopher Tipping

Delaware Valley University Professor Dr. Christopher Tipping
Chair, Department of Biology, Professor

Dr. Christopher Tipping has a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Delaware in entomology/plant pathology and systematics, respectively. While completing his Ph.D. at the University of Florida in entomology and nematology 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 leafhopper vector of several bacterial wilt diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.

While at NFREC, Dr. Tipping was a member of the First Detector Program, a nation-wide initiative designed in part to predict and respond to potential bioterrorism threats to U.S. agriculture.

Dr. Tipping continues to focus on research projects involving invasive insects in Pennsylvania. He has published an extensive list of over 30 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), metagenomics, and entomopathogenic fungi. Dr. Tipping has also described several new species of insects as well as a novel nematode.

He is an active member of several scientific societies and has presented dozens of papers at a variety of conferences. Chris has served as an associate editor for the international scientific journal Florida Entomologist in the area of systematics.

At Delaware Valley University, Dr. Tipping has taught Biological Science I and II lecture and laboratory sections, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology as well as Student Research. As 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. Dr. Tipping has served as an assistant coach for softball for eight years. Dr. Tipping is the co-advisor for the student-run club associated with honeybees, the Apiary Society. He has served on numerous faculty committees including Curriculum Committee as chair. Dr. Tipping has participated in several Ph.D. dissertation committees in the Educational Leadership program at DelVal. 

He has provided leadership on several state government committees including the Agricultural Education and Industrial Hemp Steering committees. He is a member of the State Pesticide Advisory Board as well as the Spotted Lanternfly Southern Task Force. Dr. Tipping has also served the institution in administration roles including Department Chair of Plant Science and Interim Dean of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.



  • Biology



  • Ph.D. in Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida (Focus: Insect Disease Vectors of Plants)
  • M.S. in Systematics, University of Delaware (Focus: Systematics of Protura and Diplura)
  • B.S. in Entomology/Plant Pathology, University of Delaware


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