Dr. Livy Williams, III, a 30-year ESA member, is a Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS European Biological Control Laboratory (EBCL) in Montpellier, France. He earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona (B.S. 1982), and graduate degrees in Entomology from the University of Arkansas (M.S. 1985) and the University of Idaho (Ph.D. 1993).
Since 1987, Williams has served on various ESA committees, including Student Affairs, Student Awards, IPM Team Award, and International Affairs (2006-2012, Committee Chair in 2011). He has participated in and organized symposia at numerous scientific conferences, including ESA Annual and Branch Meetings, and has judged student paper, Linnaean Games, and science fair competitions.
He has conducted research on arthropod-plant interactions, biological control of insects and weeds, chemical ecology, and insecticide resistance management at Cornell University, University of Arizona, and with the USDA-ARS.
In addition to North America, his work has taken him to South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Williams currently leads the weeds research program at EBCL, which is focused on the discovery and evaluation of biological control agents for Eurasian weeds in the U.S.