Candidates for the North Central Branch Election
Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open March 30, 2017 and close May 1, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions.
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Dr. Bill Ravlin has a diverse background in basic and translational science with 35 years of academic and administrative experience in research, teaching, and extension. He has been principal and co-principal investigator on grants and contracts totaling over $17M. He published and presented over two hundred papers and presentations in the general areas of insect population dynamics, pheromone-based communication, biological control, integrated pest management, and computer-aided decision making. While at Virginia Tech (1980-1998), he and colleagues developed a nationally recognized gypsy moth integrated pest management program, which became the basis for the current national gypsy moth management program. He also served as the Virginia Integrated Pest Management program coordinator. Between 1998 and 2014 he was the Assistant and then Associate Director of Ohio State University's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. While at OSU, Ravlin developed several interdisciplinary research teams, was a liaison with private industry and economic development organizations, and worked with faculty, staff, and students to increase extramural funding coming to the university. Dr. Ravlin became Chairperson of Michigan State University's Department of Entomology August 1, 2014.
Dr. Marc Fisher received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2006, after studying the diversity of the flora in the gut of the termite, Reticulitermes flavipes. He has been a member of ESA since 2000 and has lived in, been a member of, and served in the Pacific, Eastern, Southwestern, and North Central branches. Over the years Dr. Fisher has served in multiple ESA capacities. He is currently the Chair of the American Entomologist Editorial Board and has served as a member of the ESA Education and Youth Committee, the Section F Program Committee, the Chair of the ESA Student Affairs Committee, on the MUVE Nomination Committee, and on the 2006 ESA Advisory Restructuring Committee. Marc enjoys serving each year as a Student Competition Judge and Moderator. Dr. Fisher is currently the Global Technology Transfer Leader for Dow AgroSciences and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. His research interests include termite biology and gut microbiota and bed bug biology and management. He has authored/co-authored 28 articles in peer-reviewed/non-peer reviewed publications and is a co-author on 12 patents. Dr. Fisher looks forward to serving the North Central Branch and sharing his passion for entomological excellence and leadership.
Dr. Ana María Vélez has a B.S. in biology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and an M.S. in entomology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. During her M.S., she studied fall armyworm corn and rice strains in Colombia. Ana received her Ph.D. in 2013 from the University of Nebraska where she worked on the characterization of fall armyworm resistance to Cry1F corn from Puerto Rico. After graduation, she continued at the University of Nebraska as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on different aspect of the use of RNA interference for the management of the western corn rootworm. In July 2016, she began a position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska, where her research focuses on understanding how insects respond and adapt to biotechnology. As an ESA member, Ana has regularly attended the branch and national meetings to present her research. She has served as moderator at NCB-ESA and national meetings and has organized symposia for national meetings. Additionally, she has served on the ESA Early Career Professionals (ECP) Committee since 2014 where she is the current chair.