Bastiaan "Bart" M. Drees, Southwestern Branch Representative
Bastiaan "Bart" M. Drees presents educational programs to promote the adoption of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in agricultural production systems and urban environments. In addition, he has had state-wide responsibility to conduct and coordinate Texas Cooperative Extension (TCE) programs relating to the management of arthropods of commercially produced ornamental plants, the red imported fire ant, rice and soybeans. In 1998, he co-authored The Field Guide to Common Texas Insects (Gulf Publishers, Houston, Texas. 359 pp.). From 1997-2003, he coordinated and directed the Texas Imported Fire Ant Research and Management Project, to implement a six-year, statewide plan with Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas and the Texas Department of Agriculture cooperating. Currently, he is co-leader of the eXtension Imported Fire Ant Community of Practice (CoP). In addition to conducting applied fire ant research, in 2003 he began to develop educational programs for landscape design and maintenance IPM.
Dr. Drees has been heavily involved in activities of the ESA and the Society for Southwestern Entomologists (SSWE), serving on numerous committees. He served as President of SSWE in 2003 and for the Southwestern Branch of the ESA in 2005. He has served as the Southwestern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board, Certification Corporation Governing Board, and Governing Board liaison to the Certification Board from 2010-2013. He also serves on the Board of Counselors for the Entomological Foundation.
He has received numerous awards. In 1995, he was awarded the Texas A&M University College of Agricultures Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence, and in 1996 he received The Texas A&M University System's Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension and the Award for Superior Service from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. In December 1997, Dr. Drees received the 1997 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension from the Entomological Society of America, and in 1998 he received the Distinguished Achievement in Extension Award from the Southwestern Branch. On September 23, 1999, Dr. Drees received the Regents Fellow Service Award in Extension from the A&M System’s Board of Regents. In 2001, Dr. Drees received the Orkin Award for Research Excellence, and in 2003 was a recipient of the Integrated Pest Management Team Award sponsored by Dow AgroSciences. In 2006, he was awarded the USDA Agricultural Research Service’s Technology Transfer Award for superior efforts by the “Area-Wide Suppression of Fire Ant Populations in Pastures” team.