Rob Wiedenmann, Past President

Rob Wiedenmann has been head of the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas since 2005. From 1994-2005, he was assistant/associate/professional scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey, and was the director (2001-2005) of the Center for Ecological Entomology.  Rob received a B.S. (with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) in ecology and evolutionary biology at Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from Purdue, where he was an NSF Pre-Doctoral Fellow. He spent four years as a postdoctoral researcher at Texas A&M.   

Rob taught Biological Control at Illinois, including co-teaching a distance course with Purdue and Iowa State. At Arkansas, he led graduate seminars on Invasive Species, Professional Development, and Research Ethics – the latter led to a nationwide survey of graduate students about education in research ethics.  At Illinois, his research included invasive species, biological control of weeds, parasitoids of lepidopteran stemborers, and the biology of predaceous Heteroptera. At Arkansas, he maintains research interests in invasive species, biological control, and pest management and invasiveness of biofuel crops.

ESA service includes President of the P-IE Section (2007-2008); Vice-Chair of Section C (2006-2007); NCB President (2003-2004) and Program Chair (2003); SEB Nominations Committee Chair (2009-2010); and subject editor (Biological Control of Weeds) for Environmental Entomology (since 2009). Other service has included chair of CEDA (2007); CEDA’s representative to the CAST Board of Directors (since 2008); and President of IOBC’s Nearctic Regional Section (2004-06).