Alton N. Sparks, Jr. (Stormy), P-IE Section Representative

Alton N. Sparks, Jr. (Stormy) is currently an extension entomologist with The University of Georgia. He is based at the UGA Tifton Campus in Tifton, Georgia, and has state-wide responsibilities for extension entomology programs in commercial vegetables.

Stormy has been a member of ESA since 1980 when he completed his undergraduate degree in entomology at The University of Georgia. He continued his education in entomology at Louisiana State University receiving a MS in 1984 and PhD in 1986 under the direction of L.D. Newsom and David Boethel, respectively.

Stormy’s first “real job” was with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service where he served as the extension entomologist for the area of the Lower Rio Grande Valley from 1988 through 2002. In 2002, Stormy returned to Georgia in the position he currently holds. Stormy’s extension program has been recognized most recently with the 2009 ESA Southeastern Branch Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension and the 2010 Donnie H. Morris Award for Excellence in Extension from the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.

Stormy’s service to ESA has included assignments on the ESA Awards Committee, which he chaired in 2002 and 2004, the ESA President’s Special Committee on Awards in 2003, and as the Southeastern Branch representative on the Membership Committee in 2007.Within the Southeastern Branch, Stormy has also served on and chaired the Audit Committee, Resolutions Committee, and Local Arrangements.