2021-2022 ESA Elections Results

election results

Congratulations to the members of the Entomological Society of America recently elected to volunteer positions beginning in November 2021. The electronic ballot period for members began July 19 and was completed August 18. Below, the candidates elected to positions within the Society and several ESA Sections and Branches are listed.

All elected candidates begin their roles upon the completion of Entomology 2021, ESA's Annual Meeting, taking place in-person and online, October 31 – November 3, in Denver, Colorado.

ESA members also elected six new Honorary Members during the election period. 

Click below to see the elected candidates for:

ESA Society Elections

ESA Vice President-Elect

Jennifer A. HenkeJennifer A. Henke
Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Bio: Jennifer A. Henke is the laboratory manager at the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. She has a B.S. in biology from the University of Alabama and an M.S. in entomology from the University of Georgia. Jennifer began at the District in 2011 as the environmental biologist. Since 2015 she has managed the laboratory group, which conducts adult mosquito surveillance, tests for arboviruses, examines pesticide product efficacy, and evaluates control products and strategies targeted at mosquitoes and fire ants. Her work includes collaborating with researchers from universities and government agencies to explore novel control strategies for vectors in the desert. Outside of work, Jennifer is likely to be found taking pictures, traveling to new places, or watching live music in southern California.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Jennifer is currently the Pacific Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board, and serves on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She was the Pacific Branch President in 2019. Jennifer served on the Entomology Games Committee from 2012 until 2019 and served as the moderator of the competition at the 2016 and 2017 ESA Annual Meetings. She chaired the Regulatory Affairs Committee of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California from 2017 until 2020 and is still an active member. She is also on the MVCAC ad hoc committee on sterile insects. Jennifer has been a member of the American Mosquito Control Association's Science and Technology Committee since 2017 and is the current chair. She organized the AMCA poster competition judging from 2018 until 2020.

General candidate statement: I have been an active volunteer within ESA for two reasons. The first is that I want to give back to an organization that has been so welcoming to me in my career. The second is that I want this organization to be welcoming to others. Despite the active changes that ESA has undertaken to be a more responsive and leading society for professional entomologists, we know that not all members of our larger society have access to the joys of insects. I have a commitment to getting to the heart of the issues and a track record of completing work through difficult projects so we can improve ESA together.

VP-elect candidate statement:

ESA has a fantastic pool of resources—passionate volunteer leaders as well as having financial resources to fund strategic initiatives to improve our organization. We also have challenges—a need to continue diversifying our financial income, a push to develop all of our members, and a desire to highlight the role of entomology in everyone's life (not just ESA members). We have had leaders who have pushed us forward, forecasting that our publishing income would not be enough to fill the initiatives that we know are important for the professional development and fulfillment of our members.

We learned in 2020 that we are capable of great innovation and adopting new ways of working in the face of challenges. We also learned that there is much work to be done to build a more inclusive Society, at all levels. When I think of our strategic principles in ESA—that we must develop all of our members, that we are a global organization, and that we must increase our influence—I hope and believe that we could use some of our capacity for finding solutions to make our membership fully representative of the global community.

Despite our progress in some areas, I believe that we in ESA still have work to do. I would like to harness that can-do spirit to highlight obstacles that hinder the success of our members, work to remove them together, and to find ways for new or returning members to join us.

Medical, Urban, and Veterinary Entomology (MUVE) Section Elections

MUVE Section Vice President-Elect

Kyle K. JordanKyle K. Jordan
BASF

Bio: Dr. Kyle Jordan began his pest control experience while studying at The Ohio State University, where he investigated human perceptions of insects and pesticide use and worked on product development and testing for a variety of manufacturers. He then joined the Whitmire Micro-Gen research team, where his main responsibility was termite product field research. After the BASF–Whitmire merger, Kyle became a member of the BASF technical team, where he field-tested products, trained PMPs, and provided technical support for BASF Pest Control Solutions products. He is currently a board-certified entomologist and is the product development manager for termite, general insect control, and rodent products for North America, working hard to help BASF bring innovative solutions to the pest control industry.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Kyle is a longtime member of ESA (20+ years) and has attended and presented at 17+ Annual Meetings and multiple Branch Meetings. He served as MUVE's Diversity and Inclusion Committee representative (2019-2020) and chair (2020). He served as chair for the National Conference on Urban Entomology's 2016 and 2018 meetings as well as secretary, program chair, awards chair, and editor of the 2014 NCUE Proceedings. At BASF, he has served as chair of ALLchemie (2014-2017) and the LGBTQ+ employee resource group and is currently the co-chair of the national ALLchemie council. Kyle recently worked with BASF's Global Communications and Branding teams to assemble the first-ever BASF Corporate Pride communications package. He served on the advisory board for the Cultivating Change Summit (2018-2019). In 2020, he authored a chapter in a textbook about allyship, advocacy, and activism.

Candidate statement: I see my involvement in MUVE as a way to continue serving my fellow entomologists. I am passionate about creating a professional environment where everybody feels welcome, and I believe that helping MUVE succeed will lead to that. MUVE is already on a great trajectory in advancing its current initiatives, and we must continually look forward to emerging issues. I am also involved in an additional initiative to create "D&I Best Practices" that will align MUVE's and ESA's D&I goals. I envision integrating examples of D&I into regular communication tools (newsletters, magazine/journal articles) to continue to ensure the inclusion of achievements of underrepresented scientists. I would be honored to be part of a leadership team that will continue to create a welcoming environment where colleagues can network and innovatively problem-solve.

Physiology, Biochemistry, & Toxicology (PBT) Section Elections

PBT Section Vice President-Elect

Daniel SwaleDaniel Swale
Louisiana State University

Bio: Dr. Daniel Swale received his B.S. in biological sciences at Christopher Newport University, an M.S. degree in life sciences from Virginia Tech, a Ph.D. degree in entomology from University of Florida, and a postdoctoral fellowship in neuropharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Daniel is currently an associate professor of insect physiology at Louisiana State University where he leads a research and teaching program focused on the fundamental and applied aspects of insect physiology and toxicology. His current research program studies insecticide modes of action, insecticide development, pathogen-vector interactions, and development of insect models for human diseases.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Daniel is a long-time PBT member, where he is a judge, organizer, and moderator for symposia and student award competitions. He has leadership experience serving as a member of the Executive, Membership, and Early Career Scientists Committees for the Division of Agrochemicals in the American Chemical Society (ACS). Daniel is also a co-chair for the ESA/ACS Insecticide Targets Summit Liaison Group.

He serves on editorial boards for Pest Management Science (executive editor), Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology (board member), Frontiers of Insect Science (associate editor), and Journal of Insect Science (subject editor). He has 41 peer-reviewed research/review publications and 140+ scientific communications related to insect physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology for management of pathogen-transmitting arthropods and protection of beneficial insects.

Candidate statement: If elected for this task, I will work to ensure that promoting and disseminating high-quality entomological research and developing students remain the top priority of the division to guarantee the ESA PBT Section maintains its role as a global leader of the field. I plan to accomplish this in multiple ways, but first I will liaise related societies, such as ACS Agrochemicals and the Society of Vector Ecology, that will ensure the breadth of insect-related science pertaining to physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology is presented through the PBT Section.

Early Career Professional Representative to the PBT Section Governing Council

Adrian Fisher IIAdrian Fisher II
Arizona State University

Bio: Dr. Adrian Fisher earned a B.S. in zoology from Cal Poly Pomona and a Ph.D. in entomology from Texas A&M University. He has participated in scientific research since his undergraduate studies researching honey bee and native bee pollination efficiency. As a grad student, he conducted research on the effects of agrochemicals and miticides on honey bee survival and fertility. He also taught courses in general entomology, veterinary entomology and honey bee biology. He has been awarded scholarships by the American Association of Professional Apiculturists and by Texas A&M to study factors affecting honey bee health. He has also won ESA awards including a third- and first-place finish in consecutive years in the Ph.D. student competition. He is currently a postdoc at Arizona State University engaging in research on the effects of agrochemicals on honey bee health and physiology.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Fisher has been a member of ESA since 2014 and has actively participated through giving talks both as a student and as an early career professional. As a graduate student, he participated in the Entomology Games representing Texas A&M University and participated in outreach activities during Branch Meetings. As an early career professional, he has moderated sessions and co-hosted a symposium for pollinator researchers at the 2020 Annual Meeting.

Candidate statement: I am motivated to increase membership retention for students transitioning to early career professionals. If elected, I will work to facilitate this goal and increase general interest. I am also committed to the goal of communicating science to the general public.

Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section Elections

P-IE Section Vice President-Elect

Cesar Rodriguez-SaonaCesar Rodriguez-Saona
Rutgers University

Bio: Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in biology (1992) from the Universidad Nacional Agraria (Lima, Peru), his master's degree (1994) from Oregon State University, and his Ph.D. in entomology (1999) from the University of California, Riverside. Before joining Rutgers in 2005, Dr. Rodriguez-Saona worked as a postdoctoral researcher for the USDA Cotton Research Lab, the University of Toronto, and Michigan State University. The goal of his research program is to develop and implement cost-effective and reduced-risk integrated pest management (IPM) practices for blueberries and cranberries. Dr. Rodriguez-Saona's areas of interest include IPM, tritrophic interactions, biological control, insect chemical ecology, and host-plant resistance.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Rodriguez-Saona has been a member of ESA since 1992. He currently serves as chair of the ESA Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee and as member of the ESA Awards and Honors (A&H) Committee. He served as president of the ESA Eastern Branch (2016-2017), chair of the ESA A&H Committee (2019-2020), and member of the ESA D&I Committee (2018-2020) and the ESA A&H Canvassing Committee (2019-2020). Dr. Rodriguez-Saona has been a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Economic Entomology (JEE) since 2019, and a subject editor for JEE and the Journal of Insect Science since 2014. He also served as president for the International Organization for Biological Control Nearctic Regional Section (2018-2020) and is currently an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Pest Science, Journal of Chemical Ecology, and the journal Insects.

Candidate statement: Serving in a leadership role for the ESA P-IE Section will allow me to pursue a career goal of recruiting/training early career professionals. As member and now chair of the ESA Diversity and Inclusion Committee and through my involvement in other ESA committees and leadership roles, I have worked actively toward increasing the diversity of our members as well as helping young professionals become leaders in our discipline; I plan to make this a priority if elected for P-IE vice president-elect. I also plan to continue ongoing P-IE activities such as planning program and networking sessions at the ESA Annual Meeting, maintaining active communication networks via newsletters and social media outlets, ensuring P-IE representation on ESA committees, honoring P-IE members through various awards, and continuing to support and drive technical initiatives like science policy.

P-IE Section Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Melissa Willrich SiebertMelissa Willrich Siebert
Corteva Agriscience

Bio: Melissa leads the insecticide and nematicide discovery and field science organization for Corteva Agriscience. She earned degrees from Texas A&M University (B.S.) and Louisiana State University (M.S. and Ph.D.) in entomology. Melissa has provided leadership for the development of insecticide and trait technologies, including Isoclast, spinosyns, pyraxalt, Widestrike cotton and SmartStax corn. Since 2004, her impacts have ranged from serving as an independent biology research contributor, leading a team of biologists toward launch of new concepts, leading a global team of project managers, and organization design to meet scientific and operational excellence. Melissa received the P-IE Recognition Award in Entomology in 2020.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Melissa is a dedicated volunteer-leader. As the current P-IE Governing Board Representative, she was elected by her Board peers to provide leadership on the Executive Committee. She serves on the Ethics and Rules Committee, chairs the Leadership Development Committee, which produced member webinars designed to increase volunteer leaders. Additionally, she was elected as 2017 P-IE President, where she guided the influential "Science Policy Field Tour on Pollinator Health," which catalyzed three additional tours. She previously served as chair, ESA Publications Council; subject editor, Journal Integrated Pest Management; P-IE secretary; president, Mississippi Entomology Association; and current associate editor, Journal of Cotton Science.

Candidate statement: Through my volunteer leadership I have recognized the power of ESA members in shaping the strategy and overall success our Society enjoys today—core strengths exemplified in meeting execution, publications, science policy. Furthermore, I believe ESA has a key role, as an organizational platform and through its talented membership, for addressing entomological-related issues and grand challenges in science. As such, I am passionate about our Society continually assessing and responding to member needs as our science changes, ensuring that we have a strong culture of inclusiveness where all current and future member talents are welcomed and embraced, and to invigorate a strong opportunity for volunteer leadership.

Early Career Professional Representative to the P-IE Section Governing Council

Nicole F. QuinnNicole F. Quinn
USDA Agricultural Research Service, University of Massachusetts

Bio: Nicole Quinn is a postdoctoral research associate at the USDA-ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Unit and the University of Massachusetts. Nicole graduated from Gettysburg College in 2012 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in English. Her interest in research and insect ecology was reinforced by her experiences within the biology department on campus, a semester abroad in Ecuador, a thesis project in South Africa, and an internship at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center. In 2015, she completed her M.S. at Michigan State University on habitat management for beneficial insects in cucurbit agroecosystems. She completed her Ph.D. in entomology in December 2019 at Virginia Tech, where she studied the behavior and biological control of the brown marmorated stink bug. Currently, she is studying the classical biological control of emerald ash borer.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Nicole has a strong record of service within her department, university, and ESA. In both her master's and Ph.D., she served in leadership positions within graduate student organizations and on departmental curriculum and hiring committees. Furthermore, she has served on the Student Affairs Committees of the ESA North Central and Eastern Branches and organized five symposia for regional and national ESA meetings. She helped organize and run the first P-IE ECP speed networking event at the 2019 national meeting. She has refereed 20 manuscripts since 2017 and volunteered at over 40 outreach events since 2013 to roughly 22,000 in-person contacts. She also volunteers and presents for local extension and master gardener groups, attends seasonal updates, and communicates with growers and stakeholders on a regular basis.

Candidate statement: If I were to serve as the ECP Representative to the P-IE Section Governing Council, I would seek to ensure that the voices of all ECPs were heard and that their needs were met. Support and advocacy for ECPs is essential given the pivotal role they play in ESA in what is one of the most important yet uncertain periods of their careers. I would advocate for the development of career development opportunities, such as networking events and practical skills workshops, for ECPs of all career interests. Additionally, I am a steadfast advocate of diversity and inclusion initiatives within ESA and our society as a whole and would continue to work toward improving ESA in this regard.

P-IE Section Representative to ESA Publications Council

Eric W. RiddickEric W. Riddick
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Bio: Eric received a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1993), and then assumed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Maryland. From 1996 to 1997, he served as a research associate for USDA-ARS in Beltsville, Maryland, and the following two years at the U.S. EPA Office of Pesticide Programs. Since 1999, Eric has served as a research entomologist for USDA-ARS in Starkville, then later in Stoneville, Mississippi. His areas of interest include behavioral, chemical, and nutritional ecology of beneficial arthropods, mass production, and biological control. He has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, including one co-edited book and book chapters. He served as an adjunct assistant professor of entomology at Mississippi State University (1999-2003).

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Eric has current roles within scientific publishing including subject editor, Journal of Economic Entomology (2017–present); associate editor, BioControl, International Organization for Biological Control (2019–present); Editorial Board member, Bulletin of Insectology, Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy (2011–present); and Editorial Board member, topical collection editor and guest editor, Insects (2020–present). Eric's volunteer service to the ESA Southeastern Branch includes chair and member, Education Committee (2017-2019); chair, Resolutions Committee (2016); member, Nominations Committee (2014); and chair, Member Awards Committee (2010–2012). He is a consistent moderator at ESA Branch and Annual Meetings.

Candidate statement: If elected, I bring over 20 years of professionalism, ESA committee experience, and a strong character, exemplary ethics, integrity, and a desire to work hard to strengthen the quality of ESA journals. I would serve as an advocate on behalf of all P-IE members and would provide a federal government perspective on challenges to publishing within ESA journals. Two topics that I am passionate about within scientific publishing include 1) reducing publication and author article processing fees in exchange for peer reviews or serving as guest editors and 2) developing an outreach plan to increase manuscript submissions from scientists in developed and underdeveloped countries throughout the world.

Systematics, Evolution, & Biodiversity (SysEB) Section Elections

SysEB Section Vice President-Elect

Andrea LuckyAndrea Lucky
University of Florida

Bio: Dr. Andrea Lucky is an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Florida specializing in ant systematics. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Brown University and Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Davis, and she was a postdoctoral researcher at North Carolina State University. Her research explores evolution of ants with an eye toward practical applications. The other branch of her research is educational: Dr. Lucky studies different teaching practices in entomology education and how they affect learning outcomes. Her teaching and teaching-focused research has been recognized with national awards from the USDA (2019 New Teacher Award) and locally (2015 UF College-level Undergraduate Teacher of the Year), and most recently a 2020-2021 U.S. Fulbright Scholar award to study entomology education in the Czech Republic.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Lucky has been an ESA member in the SysEB Section for more than 15 years; like many others, she first joined the society as a graduate student. Initially, she volunteered just at Annual Meetings, as a moderator or judge of student talks or posters. After organizing several symposia and regularly attending meetings, she wanted to contribute to shaping the future of the Society. She has taken on service roles in a variety of capacities including SysEB representative to the DEI committee and as a member of the Common Names of Insects Committee. On both committees, she found ways to contribute to making our Society more welcoming and supportive of all current and potential future members. Outside of the society she hass been active in leadership roles related to educational curricula, including as chair of UF's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Curriculum Committee.

Candidate statement: As president-elect of SysEB, my principal goal would be to continue the good work of past leaders and keep our Section active, growing, and relevant. As a Society we have become much more inclusive, and I would like to see our Section embrace the future of SysEB diversity—after all, SysEB is the only section with "diversity" built into its name—by continuing to support and highlight early career members. I also would work toward making successes of our Section more visible to non-specialists. Every SysEB member knows systematics is more important than ever in a changing world. However, it is essential for us to to convey the value of the work we do to the public, including to our policymakers. Mostly, however, my plan for leadership involves learning about the needs of our Section, and working to ensure that I work on the priorities most pressing for the SysEB membership (that's you!).

Early Career Professional Representative to the SysEB Section Governing Council

Emily L. SandallEmily L. Sandall
Yale University

Bio: Dr. Emily Sandall is a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Biodiversity and Global Change at Yale University, where she conducts research on global diversity and conservation of Odonata. In 2020, she earned her Ph.D. in entomology from Penn State, where she used specimen-based approaches to study odonate morphology, evolution, and ecology. While at Penn State, she was a curatorial assistant at the Frost Entomological Museum. She is interested in insect diversity, biodiversity data, public engagement with science, science policy, and natural history collections. She has been a part of six peer-reviewed papers, presented at ESA annually (aside from 2020 when she was moving to her postdoc), taught classes in entomology, and led a wide array of public outreach.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Sandall has been a member of ESA since 2015, and she has attended and presented at every Annual Meeting (aside from 2020). In 2018, with Chris Ernst, she co-organized a symposium at the Joint ESA, ESC, and ESBC Annual Meeting on ethics in entomology. She is presently a part of the social media team for the World Dragonfly Association, and she was the outreach coordinator for the Entomology Department of Penn State from 2017-2019. She was also the vice president of the Community Garden at Penn State from 2016-2017 and the president from 2017-2019. She has refereed manuscripts, mentored undergraduate and graduate students, curated entomological exhibits for a broad audience, and volunteered at other natural history-related events for a range of groups.

Candidate statement: In this position, I would like to help foster connection and communication for early career professionals and other trainees about the future opportunities in entomology and beyond. It can be isolating and challenging for ECPs to network and identify potential jobs and training for future positions. ECP entomologists can fit well in many careers and can have very different concerns from students and those in other more permanent positions. I would aim to help ensure their voices are heard and a part of decision-making in the SysEB Section and ESA. As the first in my family to attend college, I am also passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM since collaboration, connection, and progress can only be made through joining perspectives.

Student Representative to the SysEB Section Governing Council

Amelia L. SmithAmelia L. Smith
Purdue University

Bio: Amelia Smith is an entomology Ph.D. student under Dr. Aaron Smith at Purdue University. Her dissertation focuses on the systematics of the tribe/subtribe Diaperini/Diaperina (Coleoptera:Tenebrionidae:Diaperinae) as well as their gut microbiota and fungal host association. She is interested in beetles and their fungal host associations (particularly in Tenebrionidae) as well as general beetle phylogenetics and taxonomy. She earned her Master of Biology degree from Western Kentucky University with a focus in entomology.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Smith has been a member of ESA, the Coleopterists Society, and the Entomological Collections Network since 2017. She has presented her research both competitively and generally at past ESA meetingss, and she is currently serving as a student tepresentative for the Coleopterists Society. She actively participates in entomological education and volunteer opportunities whenever possible. She has volunteered at the Arizona Insect Festival in Tucson, Arizona, Science and Engineering Day at Northern Arizona University, and Purdue University Bug Bowl and served as a guest speaker for K-12 and college level courses. She is an active member of the Purdue University's Entomological Games team. She enjoys encouraging young people's participation in entomology, especially historically excluded groups, making entomology more diverse, equitable, and inclusive as she can.

Candidate statement: I am interested in becoming the SysEB student representative, and serving as a student representative of a smaller international society has prepared me for this role. If elected I aim to support and promote DEI efforts. I intend to do my best to pass the feelings, needs, and opinions of our students to the board for better representation. Academia, entomology included, is a field enriched by the representation of others and by strengthening our students (academically, emotionally, and professionally) outside of traditional productivity foci. I believe we can only better our society by truly changing how we listen to our students as well as how we listen to our historically excluded colleagues. I will defend historically excluded groups, and I will leave my door open for our growth as a Society as a whole. Insects are diverse, we need to support that diversity in all ways possible.

Eastern Branch Elections

Eastern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Don WeberDon Weber
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Bio: Dr. Don Weber grew up in northern Virginia, received his B.A. at Williams College and M.S. in entomology at the University of California, Berkeley, with research on cole crop pests, and pursued his interest in fruit and vegetable IPM. Don's University of Massachusetts Ph.D. work researched biology and dispersal of Colorado potato beetle. After a stint at ETH Zurich, Don joined Ocean Spray Cranberries, where his research developed environmentally friendly IPM strategies for all growing regions. In 2002, he joined the Invasive Insect Biocontrol & Behavior Laboratory of the USDA-ARS in Beltsville, Maryland, as research entomologist and lead scientist, contributing to sustainable IPM tactics such as natural enemies and pheromones for major vegetable pests. He is author of 75+ refereed publications and eight book chapters, and coauthor of a recent biography of C. V. Riley.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Active with ESA and the Eastern Branch (EB), Don has organized 12+ symposia at ESA meetings, judging 20+ student paper/poster competitions. He was EB president (2017-18); chair of the EB Nominations, Awards, and Graduate Student committees; and twice EB representative and chair of the ESA national Awards Committee and is current EB representative to the ESA Science Policy Committee. He was 2020 recipient of the EB Herb Streu Meritorious Service Award. Don was president of the International Organization for Biological Control's Nearctic Regional Section (2015-16) and is its current vice president. He was also chair of the Northeast SARE Administrative Council (2013-18), and served on grants panels including NIFA, AAFC Canada, and USAID. He was recipient of the USDA-ARS NE Area's Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Supervisory Award (2015).

Candidate statement: I hope to faithfully represent the Eastern Branch on the Governing Board and actively solicit your input on how best to do so. ESA has made tremendous progress in recent years serving members in an efficient, inclusive, and financially stable manner. Tracy Leskey has represented us well, both for ESA and for our Branch. We will have continuing challenges though, which will include:

  • assuring vitality and self-determination of the branches, in balance with sections
  • continuing to welcome and promote diversity and meaningfulness for all members
  • getting the most from our various publications and outlets, for ESA and all its members
  • optimizing our meetings to support member needs and preferences post-pandemic.

This list is never complete. I want to know what are your priorities for your society! I am ready and willing to promote the priorities of all Eastern Branch members.

International Branch Elections

International Branch President-Elect

Joan van BaarenJoan van Baaren
Université de Rennes I

Bio: Dr. Joan van Baaren did her Ph.D. on host-parasitoid interactions at Université de Rennes I (1994), followed by a postdoc with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. She started as an assistant professor at Université de Rennes I in 1996, working on social evolution in cockroaches for 10 years. She then went back to host-parasitoid interactions, with an integrative approach from the evolution of life-history traits to the functioning of agro-ecosystems in an international context. She is currently head of the Ecosystems, Biodversity, and Evolution unit in her faculty (150 members).

She has supervised 42 master students and 12 Ph.D.s and six postdocs, and she managed or was involved in 14 funded projects for a total of 3 million euros. She published 105 peer-reviewed papers, six book chapters, and presented more than 100 communications or posters and 21 invited conferences.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr Joan van Baaren is a member of the ESA International Branch and the French Society of Ecology and Evolution. She has been involved, in different roles, in organizing committees for 12 scientific meetings and conferences, including the ENTOMO2021 conference that will take place in November 2021 in France. She also organized several symposia for international conferences, including ICE 2020 (postponed to 2022) and the Second International Congress of Biological Control (ICBC2) in Switzerland in 2021. She or her students regularly participate and present at ESA, subject to funding. Dr. van Baaren is also associate editor for the journal CABI Agriculture and Bioscience and is a member of the French National Ecophyto Research and Innovation Committee.

Candidate statement: I have a large experience in different volunteering positions since the beginning of my career, both in research and teaching, but also in outreach. If elected, I would like to help develop the interest for international collaborations on insect research among young researchers all over the world, collaborations that could be facilitated through the annual ESA International Branch Virtual Symposium. Indeed, the broad decline of many insect populations around the world, accompanied by the opposite expansion of insect pests or disease vectors, requires the development of interdisciplinary knowledge and collaborations between all sciences related to entomology, and I believe that the International Branch of the ESA is a good forum to promote this kind of research.

International Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Julien SaguezJulien Saguez
Centre de Recherche sur les Grains

Bio: Dr. Julien Saguez completed his Ph.D. in 2007 (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France). His thesis focused on chitinases to manage aphids. From 2008 to 2015, he joined Dr. Charles Vincent's laboratory (Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu). He worked on the biodiversity and feeding behaviour of leafhoppers transmitting phytoplasmas on grapevine. Since 2015, he has worked for CÉROM, Centre de Recherche sur les Grains, (Saint-Mathieu-de-Beloeil, Canada) and conducts projects on field crop pests in a context of climate change and biosurveillance. He is involved in the provincial Pest Monitoring Network. He has authored or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications and six book chapters. Since 2008, Julien has initiated more than 4,500 students to entomology, visiting schools.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Julien is a member of three entomological societies: Société d'entomologie du Québec (SEQ), Entomological Society of Canada (ESC), and ESA (Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section, Eastern and International Branches). From 2014 to 2017, Julien was member of the executive committee of the SEQ (president in 2015-2016). In 2015, he was involved in the organizing committee of the ESC-SEQ Joint Annual Meeting. In 2016, at the International Congress of Entomology, he co-chaired a symposium and, in 2018, he co-organized a symposium for the ESA, ESC, and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting. He has co-chaired several sessions of the International Branch virtual meeting from 2019 to 2021. Since 2018, he has served on the ESA Governing Board, representing the International Branch, and on several committees. He is also reviewer for ESA journals.

Candidate statement: During the three last years, I had the honor and the privilege to serve on the ESA Governing Board, representing the International Branch. I really appreciate my functions that give me the chance to represent all the international community and to meet extraordinary and enthusiastic people. I am involved in the Leadership Development committee and we are working on different tools to encourage volunteering. I am also involved in a focus group regarding ESA Branches. I would greatly appreciate to continue to be involved in these groups to promote the richness, the diversity, and the importance of the international community for and in ESA. I will also continue to support the activities of the International Branch.

International Branch Early Career Professional Member-at-Large

Isobel RonaiIsobel Ronai
University of Sydney

Bio: Dr. Isobel Ronai's research interests are in ticks and tick-borne diseases. She was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University (U.S.) to work on the genetic basis of host-seeking behavior of the blacklegged tick. Her award-winning Ph.D. from the University of Sydney (Australia) advanced mechanistic understanding of worker sterility in social insects.

The impact of her research has been recognized with three ESA awards: 2017 John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award (International Branch), 2017 Lillian and Alex Feir Graduate Student Award, and 2016 Graduate Student Award (International Branch). In addition, she has been awarded the 2018 Jabez King Heydon Memorial Prize for the most meritorious biological sciences Ph.D. thesis by the University of Sydney and the 2016 Phil Carne Prize by the Australian Entomological Society.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Ronai has been actively involved in ESA since 2016, when the Society supported her attendance at the XXV International Congress of Entomology. Over the past four years she has helped organize two program symposia at the ESA Annual Meeting, three International Branch Virtual Symposia and two R workshops for ESA's early career professionals.

Dr. Ronai served as the inaugural International Branch representative on the Early Career Professionals Committee of ESA (2016–2018) and was selected to be on the Presidential Committee on Awards and Honors Canvassing of ESA (2020–2021), which supports the nomination of diverse candidates. Since 2018 Dr. Ronai has served as the elected early career professional representative for the International Branch and is seeking re-election.

Candidate statement: Early career professionals (ECPs) are at a critical juncture in their professional development and often lack support. I will foster the development of ESA activities that allow ECPs to develop their knowledge and advance their skills.

During my service for ESA I have striven for the needs of ECPs to have better representation in the Society. I have pushed for ECPs to have a dedicated seat on ESA's Governing Board since 2018 (being put to a member vote in 2021) and made amendments to the International Branch Bylaws to add an ECP representative to its Governing Board (branch members approved in 2018). In addition, I have ensured ECPs have been invited as a plenary speaker for the three International Branch Virtual Symposium sessions I have organized. As the International Branch ECP representative I will always make sure that ECPs, no matter their location in the world, have a voice.

Southwestern Branch Elections

Southwestern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Jesus EsquivelJesus Esquivel
USDA Agricultural Research Service

Bio: Dr. Jesus F. Esquivel is incumbent Southwestern Branch (SWB) representative to the ESA Governing Board. He obtained his B.S. (agricultural education) and M.S. (general agriculture) from Tarleton State University, and his Ph.D. (entomology) from Texas A&M University. He is a research entomologist with the Insect Control & Cotton Disease Research Unit, USDA-ARS, in College Station, Texas. He has been an ESA member for 28 years, within the current Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section. His interests include hemipteran feeding mechanics and pathogen/plant interactions. Accomplishments include development of a mathematical model to estimate hemipteran stylet penetration potential, improved understanding of feeding mechanics and stylet morphology, and identified pentatomids as vectors of recent invasive bacterial and fungal pathogens of cotton.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Esquivel has extensive ESA leadership service: Governing Board Southwestern Branch (SWB) representative; SWB past-president (2014), president (2013), vice president (2012), and secretary-treasurer (2011); Annual Meeting Program Committee co-chair (program, 2016; poster, 2017; student competition, 2015); P-IE Section representative on the ESA Awards & Honors Committee (2011-14); and chair and member of numerous SWB committees including Awards & Honors, Entomology Games, Membership, Nominations, Program, and Site Selection. He also served on the 2016 International Congress of Entomology Organizing Committee and is a Society of Southwestern Entomologists member (28 years), serving as president-elect (2009), president (2010), and past-president (2011) and Editorial Committee member (2009-2021) for the flagship journal Southwestern Entomologist.

Candidate statement: As the incumbent, my interests include continued engagement of, and voice to, the Governing Board on behalf of the SWB membership and providing governance counsel as liaison to assigned ESA Committees. My vision includes improved transparency on the governance process and enhanced Branch representation and inclusivity at higher leadership offices of the ESA. I feel I have provided sound, practical logic to the Governing Board and will continue to do so on behalf of the SWB and the general membership. Through my leadership experiences at the Branch, Section, and international levels, I feel that I have developed an improved understanding of ESA processes and governance that will enable me to continue representing the Southwestern Branch.