Michael P. Parrella, Pacific Branch Representative

Michael P. Parrella holds a B.S. degree in animal science from Rutgers University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in entomology from Virginia Tech.  He began his career as an assistant professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside in 1980, and in 1989 he relocated to the Department of Entomology on the UC Davis campus.  

Dr. Parrella served as chair of the Department of Entomology at UC Davis for eight years, and in 1999 he accepted the position of associate dean for agricultural sciences.  As associate dean, he has the responsibility for teaching, research, and extension/outreach for seven departments (Animal Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Entomology, Nematology, Plant Pathology, Plant Sciences, and Viticulture and Enology) containing more than 200 faculty.

Dr. Parrella maintains a statewide program of applied research focused on developing IPM systems for floriculture crops.  He has had 24 graduate students during his career, and many of these have gone on to prominent positions in research and extension.   

Dr. Parrella has received many awards, including the ESA Recognition Award (1987), the Futura Award from the Professional Plant Growers Association (1991), the Alex Laurie Award from the Society of American Florists (1997), the Distinguished Alumni Award from Virginia Tech (2007) and the Emma Lausten Horticulture Award from Rutgers University (2007).  Dr. Parrella serves as the Western Regional Administrator for the IR-4 Program and is on the Board of Trustees for the Sacramento/Yolo County Mosquito Abatement District.  Dr. Parrella has been involved with ESA in many capacities in the past, including serving as President of the Pacific Branch (1998).