Ric Bessin, Treasurer

Dr. Ric Bessin received a B.S. in pest management from the University of California in 1981, a M.Ap.Stat in experimental statistics from Louisiana State University in 1989, and his Ph.D. in entomology from Louisiana State University in 1990. Bessin serves as a professor and extension entomologist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky, where he joined the faculty in 1991. From 1989-1991, he worked as a statistical consultant at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Bessin conducts extension educational programs and applied research addressing integrated pest management of field crops, fruits, and vegetables in support of state-wide IPM programs. His field-crop educational programs address economic, pest management, and sustainability issues surrounding the deployment of biotech crops in Kentucky, and those with fruit and vegetable crops address adoption of reduced-risk and sustainable tactics, and promotion of IPM practices. He has authored or co-authored 23 journal articles and book chapters and over 100 peer-reviewed extension publications.  He has served on several regional IPM grant panels.

For the Entomological Society of America he was Program Co-Chair for the 2008 Annual Meeting in Reno, NV. He has also served on the Programs Committees for the 2001, 2008, and 2010 meetings. He has served on the ESA Finance Committee since 2006 and as ESA Treasurer since 2010. Within the North Central Branch, Bessin served two terms as Secretary-Treasurer (2001-2007). He has served as a contributing editor for Postmarked: Extension U.S.A. in the American Entomologist since 2006. For the National Agricultural Biotechnology Council, Bessin served as program chair for the 2005 meeting in Nashville, TN. Dr. Bessin serves as state liaison for the IR-4 Project and serves as the IPM coordinator for Kentucky.