Candidates for the 2018 North Central Branch Election

Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open January 5, 2018 and close February 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions.

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President-Elect Candidates

Dr. Deane Jorgenson graduated from the Entomology Department at the University of California, Riverside in 2011 and joined the NCB-ESA that same year.  As a graduate student, she was active in the Pacific Branch, served on many student committees, received several branch awards, and played in the Linnaean Games.  Since 2012, she has had the honor of serving in a variety of roles for the ESA Annual Meeting Linnaean Games, including as Chairperson and Moderator. She joined the NCB Linnaean Games committee in 2014 and became Moderator in 2015. She also served on the NCB Awards committee from 2013-2015 and has served as a NCB Member At Large since 2015. She continues to contribute to the society in a variety of ways, including providing industry updates and meeting with students to discuss career goals. Dr. Jorgenson is currently the Crop Protection Field Development scientist for Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC in Stanton, MN, and as President will advance NCB science, communication, technology, and opportunity.  In the NCB, entomologists work to produce more food and feed while conserving land and resources through innovative research, teaching, and integration of technology.  Dr. Jorgenson is committed to the strategic goals of our ESA and hopes to enable NCB to share their science through a variety of platforms and mediums.

Dr. Andy Michel is currently the Interim Associate Chair for the Dept. of Entomology and Associate Director for the Center of Applied Plant Sciences at the Ohio State University.  He earned a B.Sc. in Entomology from Purdue University (2001), and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame (2005) before arriving at OSU in 2007.  His interdisciplinary background facilitated his current research in molecular ecology and population genomics to characterize the genetic basis for insect pest adaptation and how these adaptive traits spread across the landscape. Understanding and demonstrating how insects adapt, as well as communicating research-based insect management recommendations, delays the evolution of resistance or emergence of pests, and ensures safer and more productive food supply.  This research resulted 60 publications since at OSU, and ~$6M in external support as PI or co-PI.  He also has an extension appointment (30%) in field crop entomology, in which he provides control recommendations based on integrated pest management to corn, soybean, alfalfa and wheat producers.  As ESA-NCB President, his platform will be “Expanding knowledge—Forging collaboration,” focusing on the scientific and professional development of students in our branch.  His plans for the NCB meeting will include workshop and training opportunities that expand technical experience of students (such as bioinformatics and GIS) and improve communication (such as scientific writing and leadership). The goal of these workshops will be to synergize the varied technical expertise among our membership, provide novel research directions and further train the next generation of entomologists.

Member-at-Large Candidates

Dr. Rob Morrison is currently a Research Entomologist for the USDA-ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, KS, where his current research program involves elucidating the chemical ecology and behavioral ecology of stored product insects with an eye towards more sustainable management. He graduated with his B.A. in biology from Kalamazoo College in 2006. Afterwards, he researched the speciation and chemical ecology of ants in the genus <i>Lasius</i> for his Master’s research at the University of Munich in Germany. Rob received his Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology at Michigan State University in 2014. His doctoral work primarily focused on developing an integrated pest management program for the asparagus miner. From 2014-2016, Rob was a post-doctoral researcher at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Station where he investigated IPM approaches for managing the invasive brown marmorated stink bug, including attract-and-kill. Overall, the main goal of Rob’s research program is to increase the sustainability of agriculture by decreasing insecticide inputs. Rob has been highly active in ESA for the past seven years, and has served on 13 committees for ESA at the branch, section, and national level. He has organized 12 symposia at ESA meetings, regularly acted as judge for graduate paper competitions. He has also judged the EB-ESA Linnaean Games Competition, and frequently publishes in ESA journals. Rob is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of ESA’s Early Career Professionals Committee, and is committed to including the voices of all members in ESA’s decision-making process.

Dr. Clinton Pilcher has spent most of his career working to improve insect pest management options for farmers. His interest in entomology started as a boy, working in corn and wheat fields with his father, an extension entomologist. He has dedicated his professional career to developing insect control solutions through agricultural biotechnology. His ultimate goal is to help farmers globally manage these valuable tools in a sustainable manner to meet future food production needs. Dr. Pilcher began his career as a research entomologist with Monsanto. Currently, he is DuPont Pioneer’s Integrated Pest Management Specialist within the Integrated Field Systems R&D department. He recently became active in CropLife, chairing the Biotechnology Working group within the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC). This group is responsible for global education and implementation of effective IRM strategies. He has traveled to countries within Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa, South and Central America, helping stakeholders build biotech pest control solutions by collaborating with industry, academic, and government officials on management strategies to delay insect resistance development. Most of his efforts, however, have focused on working with U.S. farmers on managing challenging corn insect pests. After finishing his Bachelor of Science in bio-agricultural science at Colorado State University, he received his Master of Science and Doctorate in entomology and crop production and physiology at Iowa State University.  Dr. Pilcher is an outdoor enthusiast involved with several conservation organizations. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Johnston, Iowa, where they have fun with their dogs, Frazer, Parker, and Bailey.

Dr. Raul T. Villanueva is the extension entomologist for small grains, soybean and field corn crops at the University of Kentucky. He is located at the Research and Education Center in Princeton, Western Kentucky. He currently is advisor and co-advisor of graduate students in entomology. He has extensive experience on a wide group of crops, including tree fruit, vegetable and field crops. He worked previously as an extension entomologist in the Rio Grande Valley, the southernmost region of Texas, where he provided leadership in the development and execution of extension education and applied research programs that primarily addressed IPM of arthropods affecting vegetables and field crops grown in this very diverse agricultural region in southern Texas. He also conducted applied research on organic and conventional vegetable and field-crop production systems. Dr. Villanueva is member of the Entomological Society of America. He was President of the Acarological Society of America in 2013 and is a current Board member. He has more than 25 peer-reviewed publications and is a reviewer of several scientific journals. Dr. Villanueva obtained his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Florida, a M.Sc. in Biology from Queen’s University in Canada, and he conducted his undergraduate studies in Lima, Peru.

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