Candidates for the 2015-2016 Elections
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ESA Vice President-Elect Candidates
Dr. Melody A. Keena received a B.S. (1983), M.S. (1985), and Ph.D. (1988) in Entomology at the University of California Davis working on pesticide resistance management. From 1989-1992 she was a post doctorate at the University of Connecticut, and since 1992 has been a research entomologist. She is the leader for the laboratory in Connecticut and has received several ESA awards including an Editor’s Choice Award. Her research focuses on developing the knowledge and tools needed for exclusion, eradication or control of non-native invasive forest pests. She has directed graduate students in their research as an adjunct, has taught biology courses to business majors, and has several international collaborations.
Dr. Keena has been an active member of the ESA and the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology (PBT) Section for 32 years (and for 6 years she was also a member of Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section). She has presented invited or offered presentations at 28 national ESA meetings and organized 5 symposia. She has been active in the Eastern Branch, where she is currently the member at large of the Executive Committee. She has served on national committees: membership (1997-99, Chair 1998-9), finance (2002-7), program (2007, 2013-15, Co-Chair 2014), strategic planning (1999), technology (2005), honors and awards (2009-11), systematic recourses (2001-3), and the ICE 2016 Organizing Committee. She is serving on the Journal of Integrated Pest Management Editorial Board (2001-2015, Chair this year) and on the Publications Council (2015). She was Secretary, Vice-Chair, and Chair of Section B (2005-7), Past President (2008) and governing board representative (2009-2011) for the PBT Section.
Dr. Keena's Vision for ESA:
I am honored to be nominated for the position of ESA Vice President-Elect by the PBT Section. ESA is in excellent financial condition and is an internationally recognized source of entomological expertise, thanks to excellent volunteer leadership over the last decade. Our empowered Sections and active Branches have lead us into a new era where we embrace new technologies and enhance our support of students, starting at the undergraduate level. We have strong journals, and a publication strategy to remain competitive in the face of online-only and open-access strategies of other journals. We need to continue holding meetings that are exciting, cutting edge, and engage the world’s scientific community, as well as the public. However, we face several critical issues over the next few years that could have a major impact on ESA. Many members are retiring, or soon will, which could result in some loss of our scientific heritage and their inability to remain active in the Society. Huge cuts to university and agency budgets have resulted in fewer permanent entomology jobs and the combining of more departments, further reducing the critical mass of entomologists. To combat this we need to find ways to continue to engage emeritus entomologists, pass on our scientific heritage to students through effective mentoring, train new leaders, and continue to improve the public’s understanding of how important entomology is to so many aspects of life. We also need to continue to reach out to and incorporate entomologists from around the world in all aspects of ESA.
Dr. Michael P. Parrella has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Rutgers University and MS and PhD degrees in Entomology from Virginia Tech. He took a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside and relocated to the UC Davis campus in 1988, where he holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Entomology and Nematology and Plant Sciences. He was Associate Dean of Agricultural Sciences at UC Davis for ten years and is now in his 15th year as Chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Dr. Parrella develops IPM programs for greenhouse crops with an emphasis on biological control. He has received awards from both ESA and the greenhouse industry, including: the Comstock Award from the Eastern Branch, the ESA Recognition Award, the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology, Fellow of ESA, the Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education from the Society of American Florists, and the Futura Award for teaching and research from the Professional Plant Growers Association, and was elected to the California Floriculture Hall of Fame by the Kee Kitayama Research Foundation.
Dr. Parrella served as President of the Pacific Branch and was a member of the ESA Governing Board representing the Pacific Branch for six years. He participates in CEDA (Council of Entomology Department Administrators) and served as its President in 1999.
Dr. Parrella's Vision for ESA:
I joined ESA as a graduate student and it has served me well in terms of my professional development and friendships that increase with each national meeting. Over the course of my affiliation with the Society, ESA has transformed to become a force that addresses global issues: emerging infectious diseases and invasive species; safe, healthy and nutritious food; declining biodiversity; environmental change; health of pollinators; etc. Morphing into a discipline with multiple facets has strengthened the Society, improved membership and created a diversity of symposia at the must-attend national meeting, The science represented by Entomology and ESA has never been stronger. As a member of the Governing Board for 6 years, I supported an aggressive approach that followed the leadership of past presidents and has radically changed the Society. The Governing Board revamped the Society into new Sections, embraced the power of social media, focused more on students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, extended the influence of Entomology at the national level through science policy initiatives, reworked how the Society publishes, created an International Branch, aggressively went after the ICE bid for 2016, and put more emphasis on expanding BCE and ACE membership. Many of these initiatives are multi-year efforts and need the support of succeeding Presidents to be effective. As ESA VP, I would be honored to continue this forward-looking stance to enhance the science of Entomology, and the visibility and impact of the Society, at the national and international levels.
ESA Certification Board Director-Elect Candidates
Dr. Mohammed El Damir, BCE, is a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE) in Urban and Industrial Entomology with research, technical and training experiences in pest management-related works. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Vermont (UVM), specializing in Entomology. His research focused on the biological control agents of insects as part of a comprehensive integrated pest management program (IPM).
Dr. El Damir started his entomology career in 1996 working on stored product insect research. Since then, he has been engaged in different areas of research and in the control of insects, including over nine years of work experience in public health, structural and industrial pest control. Currently, he works as the technical and training director for Adam’s Pest Control, Inc. He is also experienced in third-party audits and pest management programs in food processing and handling facilities.
Dr. El Damir has strong skills in public speaking and leadership. He speaks at several conferences, and has been involved in the Minnesota Pest Management Association (MPMA) for several years, and was the president of this association in 2010. He has also been appointed as an active member in the commercial division of the National Pest Management Association since 2007. Dr. El Damir is a current member of the Minnesota Bed Bug Advisory Committee and the planning committee of the Minnesota Structural Pest Management Conference.
Dr. Zia Siddiqi, BCE, received his Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Siddiqi is a Director of Quality Systems at Client Services, Orkin Pest Management Company, Atlanta, GA. He has been a member of the Entomological Society of America for more than 30 years. He is also a Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). He has been involved with the ACE-International Support Committee of the ESA’s Certification Board since 2014 and is now serving as the Chair. Zia has more than 35-years’ experience in Urban and Industrial Pest Management and has worked in various countries.
Dr. Siddiqi has designed several successful IPM programs in various urban and industrial environments. In 1994 he led the first ISO 9000 certification of a pest management program. He has published several research papers and has given numerous presentations. In the late 1980’s Zia also chaired the academic advisory committee for the structural pest management program at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Canada. He has also authored the IPM Recommendations for the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) of the American Hospital Association and H2E (Healthcare without Harm). Zia is a member of the National Environmental Health Association serving as Technical Advisor for the Vector Control/Zoonotic Diseases section. He belongs to several scientific and industrial organizations including Pi Chi Omega – the scientific fraternity of pest control operators. Zia would appreciate the opportunity to diligently serve the ESA’s Certification Board.
Southwestern Branch Representative to the Certification Board Candidate
Ms. Molly E. Keck, BCE, received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University with a double major in Biology and Entomology and her master’s degree from Texas A&M University in Entomology under Dr. Roger Gold, studying invasive interactions of red imported fire ants and little black ants. Molly joined Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in 2005 as an Extension Program Specialist in Integrated Pest Management. With Extension, Molly is responsible for adult and youth educational outreach and research projects related to urban pests. She reaches an average of 4,846 individuals each year and provides an average of 200 educational programs. Her clientele includes youth and 4-H members, Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists, homeowners, wildlife, parks and recreation professionals, pest management professionals and others. Her current research includes fire ants, termites, bed bugs, flies, mosquitoes, and vegetable IPM, and monitoring for invasive pests.
Molly is a Board Certified Entomologist and is an elected member of the Certification Board for ESA running a new three-year term. She served on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2014 ESA Southwestern Branch meeting and currently serves as a Committee member of the Youth Education Committee for ESA-SWB and on the Insect EXPO Committee. Molly has been a member of ESA and the Southwestern Branch for 10 years, attending and presenting at meetings and participating in the aforementioned committees.
Eastern Branch Representative to the Certification Board Candidates
Dr. Nicolas H. Ellis, BCE-Admin, completed his Master of Science (2002) and doctorate (2006) with Dr. Larry Hull at The Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is tree fruit pest management and for both degrees he conducted research on Grapholita molesta biology and control. After working several years in pesticide sales for a national distributor and as an assistant farm manager in the Pennsylvania orchard business, Nic formed his own consulting company, Norden Agricultural LLC. Since 2012, he has been working with vegetable and fruit growers in southern Pennsylvania to manage crop nutrition and pest problems. Nic uses his entomological training every day to scout, recommend control tactics, and implement biocontrol strategies for his clients.
In addition to working with clients professionally, Nic volunteers to speak publicly about entomological topics. Most recently, he gave a presentation about biocontrol to the Penn State Master Gardeners in Adams County, PA, and discussed insect diversity at a local elementary school. Nic also earned his BCE credential in 2012 and, as of 2014, is the Chair of a three-year certification task force to explore the potential for an ACE specialty category for lawn and turf professionals. Nic is also on the Committee tasked with reviewing and re-writing the BCE qualification exam. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the ESA Membership Committee from 2004 to 2005. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, who is also an entomologist specializing in tree fruit insect control.
Dr. Robin G. Todd, BCE, is originally from Totnes, Devon, in the UK. He obtained his BA in biological sciences from the University of Lancaster (UK) in 1971. Robin spent 1971-78 on Grand Cayman working for the Mosquito Research & Control Unit under the formidable Dr. Marco Giglioli, first as a VSO and then as a graduate research assistant. His duties included assisting a network of rain and tide gauges, nightly light-trapping and truck-mounted fogging, assessing experimental aerial sprays and canalizing the mangrove swamps.
Robin obtained a PhD from the University of Reading (UK) in 1979, based on his Cayman field work on the biological control of Ochlerotatus taeniorhynchus (black saltmarsh mosquito) using indigenous minnow species. He joined Baltimore-based Insect Control & Research Inc. (later ICR Inc.) in 1979 to work for Dr. Gene Gerberg in contract efficacy testing and regulatory entomology. When Gene retired in 1990, and sold ICR to McLaughlin Gormley King Company, Robin became the director. In October 2012, i2L Research Ltd. of Cardiff, UK acquired ICR, which now trades as i2LResearch USA, Inc. Robin overseas i2L USA’s marketing efforts and its testing program, using colonies of 28 species of household and public health pests and other wild-caught species. I2L USA conducts GLP and non-GLP studies for chemical, fragrance, pharmaceutical, and personal care companies. Robin and his regulatory team also consult for companies registering their products with EPA, the United States' and Canada’s PMRA, as well as maintaining existing registrations.
Pacific Branch Representative to the Certification Board Candidates
Ms. Gail M. Getty, BCE, earned her B.S. and M.S in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently a lecturer and forensic entomologist at the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Andrew M. Sutherland, BCE, is currently employed by University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and the UC Statewide IPM Program (UC IPM) as the Urban IPM Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area, serving Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties. He provides education, outreach, and applied research services for professional landscape managers, structural pest control operators (PCOs), and other pest management professionals. He holds a Ph.D in Entomology (2009) and M.S. in Horticulture and Agronomy (2005) from UC Davis, and a B.S. in Environmental Horticulture (2001) from the University of Florida. As a professional, a student, and a researcher, he has used the principles of IPM to manage horticultural, agricultural, and urban pests and diseases for the past 15 years. His overarching goals include education about IPM principles, development of IPM programs for clientele, reduction in unnecessary pesticide applications, promotion of IPM adoption by urban pest managers, and increases in demand for IPM services by the general public. His personal specialties include IPM protocols, biological control, decision support, reduced-risk pesticides, vector ecology, sampling programs, environmental horticulture, arboriculture, experimental design, mathematical modeling, and insectary management.
Andrew has been an active member of ESA since January 2005. As a graduate student in the laboratory of Michael Parrella, he was encouraged to participate in ESA meetings and to compete within ESA’s ten-minute paper competition. As a result, he attended six ESA Annual Meetings and two Pacific Branch Meetings, winning awards twice. He also competed as part of the UC Davis Linnaean Games team from 2007 to 2009, and published applied research articles in both The Annals of the Entomological Society of America and The Journal of Economic Entomology.
He attained BCE certification, with specialties in Plant-Related Entomology and Structural / Industrial Entomology, in January 2012 after studying for and passing a rigorous exam administered by his colleague and fellow BCE Naresh Duggal. As an extension agent, he focused on identifing and effectively communicating with urban (structural / industrial) PCOs, a new clientele group for him, which he soon discovered valued and respected BCE professionals more than Ph.D. academics when receiving outreach and education. Andrew believes his BCE Certification has helped his to meaningfully engage this skeptical and proprietary, but also important and impactful, industry. As an educator, he intends to promote the BCE and ACE brands as assurances of practical and applied entomological skills. As a Board member, he will continue to be proud to contribute to the growth and recognition of the brands.
Eastern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board Candidate
Dr. Paula Shrewsbury received her B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Rhode Island, her M.S. in Entomology from the University of California, Riverside, and her Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Maryland. Paula is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in Entomology at the University of Maryland. She has conducted applied research and extension education programs towards furthering the development and adoption of Integrated Pest Management for pests of ornamental plants and turfgrass for over 20 years. Paula’s program has focused on the development of ecologically based measures to reduce and prevent pest insect outbreaks, particularly in the area of biological control, to create sustainable managed ecosystems.
Paula has served in various capacities for both the National and Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America. She is an Associate Editor for Environmental Entomology, is currently an ESA Editorial Board Representative to the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, has served on awards committees, and regularly reviews for the ESA journals. For the Eastern Branch, Paula has served on the Program and Nomination Committees, and as a Judge for student competitions and the Linnaean Games. Paula and her graduate students regularly present at ESA National and Eastern Branch meetings. Paula is the most recent past President of the Eastern Branch ESA.
International Branch President-Elect Candidate
Dr. Megha N. Parajulee, native of Nepal, earned his B.Sc. (1987) from Himachal Pradesh, India, and his M.S. (1991) and his Ph.D. (1994) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Parajulee joined Texas A&M University in 1994 as a postdoctoral researcher and later moved to Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Vernon and served as a research scientist (1996-2000). In 2001, Dr. Parajulee began his current position at the Texas A&M Lubbock Center as Cotton Entomology Project Leader. He is currently a professor, Faculty Fellow, and Texas A&M Regents Fellow.
Dr. Parajulee is a leader in cotton entomology research, teaching, and service, with an exemplary record of scientific research, publication, and delivery of pest management technologies to the producer clientele of Texas and beyond. He has authored/co-authored 90 refereed and over 300 non-refereed publications, organized several international invited symposia, and has presented 125 invited and 235 submitted papers. He is active internationally with plenary/keynote/special speaking roles in Egypt, China, India, Colombia, Nepal, Uzbekistan, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Germany, and Ghana. He received the Texas A&M Vice Chancellor’s Award in Research Excellence (2008), Faculty Fellow Award (2009), and Regents Fellow Award (2010). He is active in ESA and other professional societies for the last 25 years, including ESA Program Committee Co-Chair (2010), International Affairs Committee Chair (2008), President of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists (2009), and International IPM Symposium Program Co-Chair (2012). He also served as a Fulbright Senior Fellow in Nepal and Uzbekistan (2014). He is currently ESA-IB Treasurer.
International Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board Candidate
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, the 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. He is running for a second term as International Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board.
Southwestern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board Candidate
Dr. David Ragsdale earned MS and PhD degrees in Entomology from Louisiana State University. He joined the Entomology Department at the University of Minnesota in July 1981 and rose to the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Ragsdale moved to Texas A&M University as Professor and Head of the Department of Entomology in October 2010. His research focus is vector ecology with an emphasis on aphid-transmitted plant viruses. His most recent work centered on the management of the invasive soybean aphid. His lab worked on developing an economic threshold for soybean aphid, classical biological control, fungal pathogens associated with soybean aphid, and on host plant resistance. In addition, he has collaborated broadly with scientists involved in using insects to control invasive perennial weeds. Dr. Ragsdale and his 26 students who earned advanced degrees in his lab, have published 91 peer-reviewed articles including 17 book chapters. Dr. Ragsdale has held several leadership positions at the ESA National level as well as with the North Central Branch (NCB). From 1998-2001 he was appointed to the ESA Strategic Planning Committee, was elected Secretary for Subsection Cc, Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens, and served as the subsection President in 2000. In March 2000, Dr. Ragsdale was Co-Chair of the NCB Program Committee (with R. D. Moon) and was appointed as a Membership Committee representative of the former Section C which he chaired in 2003. He was elected twice as the NCB Secretary Treasurer where he served from 2007-2011. He is running for a second term as Southwestern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board.
Southwestern Branch Secretary Treasurer-Elect Candidates
Dr. W. Wyatt Hoback has been a member of the Entomological Society of America since 1996, earned his PhD in 1999 and has been active with the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society until 2014 when he accepted a position with the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University. In the North Central Branch, Dr. Hoback served as Linnaean Gamesmaster between 2003 and 2014, chaired the Section F Committee for Education and Youth in 2007, and received the North Central Branch’s Award in Teaching in 2009. He teaches Insects and Society, a non-majors course with annual enrollment of more than 500 students, Insect Biology and Classification, Forensic Entomology, Aquatic Entomology, and Introduction to Research. Dr. Hoback’s research examines community organization and conservation of invertebrates with a focus on the American burying beetle. He has received more than $3 million in grant funding and has published more than 110 peer-reviewed publications in scientific and teaching journals. Dr. Hoback is enthusiastic about the Entomological Society of America and about attending the Branch meetings with students.
Dr. Hoback seeks to serve the Society by becoming the Southwestern Branch Secretary/Treasurer. After 15 years in the North Central Branch, serving the Southwestern Branch in this capacity will increase networking and facilitate the sharing of ideas to increase student numbers and retention with the Branch and the national ESA.
Dr. Eric J. Rebek is an associate professor and extension entomologist at Oklahoma State University, Dept. of Entomology and Plant Pathology in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Eric earned his B.S. (1996) and M.S. (1999) in Entomology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ph.D. (2004) in Entomology from Purdue University. Before arriving at OSU in 2007, he worked at Michigan State University as a post-doctoral research associate and had responsibilities in research, teaching, and extension. Eric currently holds a 100% extension appointment in horticultural entomology, specializing in insect pests of turfgrass, ornamentals, vegetables, and grapes. His research efforts support his extension program and include insecticide efficacy testing and integrated pest management strategies for horticultural crops. He supervised a Ph.D. student who won the J.H. Comstock Award in 2013, and he currently advises one Ph.D. and one M.S. student working on biological control in greenhouses and vineyards, respectively. Eric has a strong history of service to ESA, including the ESA Common Names Committee (chair), the Resolutions Committee, judging and moderating for student competitions, and subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. For ESA-SWB, he has served on the Linnaean Games Committee (former coach and current Gamesmaster), Awards Committee, and Student Competition Committee. Eric is a member of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists and he served as Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the ESA-SWB Annual Meetings held in Amarillo, TX (2011) and San Antonio, TX (2014).
MUVE Vice President-Elect Candidates
Colonel (Ret) Dr. Mustapha Debboun is a medical and veterinary entomologist who is currently the Director of Mosquito Control Division in Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services. He earned his B.A. in cellular and molecular biology from Skidmore College, his M.S. in medical entomology from the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph.D. in medical and veterinary entomology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His work in military public health entomology, vector-borne diseases, integrated pest management, and research and development of arthropod repellents has taken him to over 35 countries. His main goal is the integration of medical entomology with other operational public health fields to provide efficient and sustainable management of disease vectors and personal protection from the vector-borne disease threat.
He has served as a proctor for ESA BCE examinations, as a member of the BCE Examining Committee, and as an ad hoc ESA BCE military liaison to promote and recruit new members for ESA’s Certification Program within the Armed Forces. He has authored or co-authored over 85 peer-reviewed publications and three books: Insect Repellents: Principles, Methods and Uses; Prevention of Bug Bites, Stings, and Disease; and Insect Repellents Handbook. He also organizes ESA symposia, serves on eight journal editorial review boards, is a reviewer for six peer-reviewed journals, was the 2010 Chair of ESA’s International Affairs Committee, was the 2012 Director of the ESA Certification Board Program, and is currently the Chair of the Journal of Medical Entomology Editorial Board. His professional Awards include the Distinguished Service Award to the ESA Certification Program.
PBT Vice President-Elect Candidate
Dr. Blair Siegfried received a B.S. in Biology (1981) from Lock Haven University, M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Florida and Penn State University, respectively. From 1989-1990 he was a post-doctoral associate at Cornell University and, since 1990, has been a faculty member in the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska. He has authored over 150 refereed publications with much of his work focused on understanding the evolution and management of insecticide resistance. He also developed research to evaluate the effects of pesticides on non-target organisms. He has served as a mentor and/or major advisor to more than 40 graduate students, postdoctoral associates and visiting scientists. In 2008, he was awarded the Charles Bessey Professorship for scholarship and creative activity from the University of Nebraska. Dr. Siegfried has been a member of ESA since 1985 and is currently associated with the Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology (PBT) Section. He has been invited to present or contributed presentations at most national meetings and has co-organized symposia at both Branch and ESA Annual Meetings. He has served the North Central Branch as a member of the Linnaean Games Committee (2008-2012), the Student Awards Committee (1996-1998), and the Award of Merit Committee (2005-2007, Chair 2007). He has also served as a member of the Insect Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology Student Recognition Award Committee (2010-2012) and a member of the Section B Awards Committee (1995-1997).
P-IE Vice President-Elect Candidates
Dr. Thomas L. Clark received his B.S. in Biology from California State University, Stanislaus (1994) and an M.S (1997) and Ph.D. (2000) in entomology from the University of Nebraska. Tom is currently the Global Corn Insect Trait Platform Lead at Monsanto Company recently transitioning from a similar position in Cotton Technology. Previously, he also led Monsanto’s Entomology Platform in their Biotechnology Division. Prior to joining Monsanto, Tom was an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Missouri (2001-2005) with a research and teaching appointment focused on field crop entomology. Clark currently leads Monsanto’s global cotton insect strategy and manages the insect trait pipeline from proof of concept through commercial launch. His current research interests lie with development of insect trait management strategy across multiple cropping systems with emphasis on insect resistance management and integrated pest management. He has authored or co-authored 38 peer-reviewed publications and given more than 120 conference and invited presentations. Tom was nominated as a Fellow (2012) to the Monsanto Science Fellows Program and recently received the Distinguished Alumnus Award (2013) from the Department of Entomology at the University of Nebraska. Clark has been a member of ESA since 1992 serving as ESA Subsection Fa Secretary (2002), Vice-Chair (2003), and Chair (2004); Member (2012) and Chair (2013) of the Starks Plant Resistance to Insects Graduate Student Award Selection Committee; Member (2005-2008) of the Student Awards Committee for NCB-ESA; Honorary Awards Committee for NCB-ESA (2014-present); Section F Rep. (2004-07) Thomas Say Publications Editorial Board; Selection Committee for Monsanto Academic Freedom and Graduate Student Travel Awards for ESA (2012-present); and organized several ESA symposia and served as moderator and judge for several ESA graduate student competitions. Tom has also served as a representative (2007-2012) to ABSTC (Agricultural Biotech Stewardship Committee), and coached national runner-up (2004) and champion (2005) Linnaean games teams for the University of Missouri.
Dr. Charles P.-C. Suh is a Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, College Station, TX, and has been employed by ARS for 16 years. Suh graduated from the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. Biology, 1990); North Carolina State Univ. (M.S. Entomology, 1993); and North Carolina State Univ. (Ph.D. Entomology, 1999). He has published more than 70 scientific papers and delivered over 30 invited presentations to universities, professional societies, industry, producer associations, and governmental agencies. Suh is nationally and internationally recognized by eradication programs, the pheromone lure industry, state and federal agencies, and his peers as an authority on the boll weevil, and is highly respected for his numerous and influential contributions in the areas of cotton fleahopper management and Trichogramma augmentation for heliothine suppression. He has been awarded more than $400,000 in extramural funds from Bayer CropScience, Monsanto, Scentry Biologicals, USDA-APHIS, Cotton Inc., Texas State Support Committee, and the Cotton Foundation to support high-priority pest management research. He serves on the International Technical Advisory Committee to the National Cotton Council and on the Technical Advisory Committee to the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation. As an active member of ESA since 1997, Suh has attended 14 meetings and made 14 presentations. He is currently the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Representative on the ESA Membership Committee (2013-present), and has served on the Student Paper and Poster Presentation Award Committee (2002), Plant Bug Symposium (co-chair 2006), and Membership Committee (2009-present) within the Southwestern Branch ESA.
Dr. Mark G. Wright is an entomologist at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Mark was awarded a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. from Stellenbosch University in South Africa, and his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Natal (1997). He worked on insects associated with indigenous crops and vegetables in South Africa (Department of Agricultural Development and Agricultural Research Council), prior to moving to Cornell University for a post-doctoral fellowship, where he worked on augmentative releases of Trichogramma for biological control of European corn borer. Mark then moved to the University of Hawaii to take up a position as an extension/research entomologist in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, and currently serves as department chair. He concentrates on integrated pest management research and extension in tropical fruit and nut crops, with strong research interests in sustainable pest management, risk-assessment for non-target impacts in biological control and post-release evolution in biological control agents. Mark has authored and co-authored numerous papers on insect-plant interactions, insect diversity, augmentative biological control, invasive insects, and integrated pest management. He has current research projects addressing key pests of coffee, papaya and macadamia nuts, agro-ecosystem diversification and pest suppression, and control of invasive pests attacking indigenous plant species in Hawaii. Mark is editor of the Proceedings of the Hawaiian Entomological Society, and served on the Editorial Board of Environmental Entomology, 2012-2014 (Chair of Editorial Board 2014).
P-IE Representative to the ESA Governing Board Candidates
Dr. Paul W. Borth, BCE, will use the experience he’s gained as a 36-year ESA member and former P-IE President to represent the Section’s interests on the ESA Governing Board, if given the privilege. He served in P-IE’s Presidential line during its formative years (2010 President) and used his organizational start-up savvy to establish transparent governance and decisive operating protocol while making regular Section communication a high priority. He led initiatives to increase ESA’s external leadership agenda, e.g., establishing the “ESA Liaison to EPA” position, increase Branch x P-IE interaction and encourage more high quality Student-Section engagement opportunities through P-IE merit awards, Task Force and Governing Council memberships.
In 2013, Borth was appointed to the new ESA Science Policy Presidential Committee and helped establish an ESA science policy agenda to guide and focus outreach efforts with governments, NGOs, and other organizations. He has led/served on various national committees, including ESA Student Affairs, ESA Ethics, and a BCE Symposium.
His organizational insight, non-profit commitment and leadership was recognized by The Entomological Foundation’s Board of Directors (2001-2006) as their peer-elected President for two consecutive terms. He led the Foundation in reformulating its strategic plan to focus on youth initiatives.
Borth earned graduate degrees in Entomology from the University of Maryland (M.S. 1981) and the University of Arizona (Ph.D. 1987).
Borth recently retired from Dow AgroSciences after 27+ years (1987-2015). He’s proud to have directed entomological research in every major agronomic/urban ecosystem and progressed through numerous project, people, team, and Technology Center leader roles.
Dr. Nicolas H. Ellis, BCE-Administrative, completed his Master of Science (2002) and doctorate (2006) with Dr. Larry Hull at Pennsylvania State University. His specialty is tree fruit pest management and for both degrees he conducted research on Grapholita molesta biology and control. After working several years in pesticide sales for a national distributor, and as an assistant farm manager in the Pennsylvania orchard business, Nic formed his own consulting company, Norden Agricultural LLC. Since 2012, he has been working with vegetable and fruit growers in southern Pennsylvania to manage crop nutrition and pest problems. Nic uses his entomological training every day to scout, recommend control tactics, and implement biocontrol strategies for his clients. In addition to working with clients professionally, Nic volunteers to speak publicly about entomological topics. Most recently, he gave a presentation about biocontrol to the Penn State Master Gardeners in Adams County, PA, and discussed insect diversity at a local elementary school. Nic earned his BCE in 2012, and, as of 2014, is the Chair of a three-year certification task force to explore the potential for an ACE specialty category for lawn and turf professionals. Nic is also on the Committee tasked with reviewing and re-writing the BCE qualification exam. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the ESA Membership Committee from 2004 to 2005. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, who is also an entomologist specializing in tree fruit insect control.
Dr. Bonnie B. Pendleton is Professor of Integrated Pest Management-Entomology at West Texas A&M University, Canyon, where she teaches Economic Entomology, Field Crop Entomology, and Weeds and Weed Control and researches ways to manage insect pests of field crops, especially sorghum in the United States and African countries. Her Ph.D. was in Entomology from Texas A&M University, and her M.A. and B.A. degrees were from California State University, Chico. Her research has received $2.64 million in funding, been presented 333 times, and has been published in 219 articles. Bonnie serves many local to national committees and organizations. She has been an ESA member 30 years and served as ESA National Program and Local Arrangements co-chairs; PIE Section President, Governing Council member, Awards Committee Chair, and judge of student presentations and awards; and Southwestern Branch ESA President, Secretary/Treasurer, Chair of Student Research Paper and Poster Awards, Program, Local Arrangements, and Nominating Committees, and member of SWB-ESA Insect Expo, Linnaean, Membership, Public Information, and Youth Science Committees. She was Entomology Chair for Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America, President of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists, and is Editor of Southwestern Entomologist and helping plan the 2016 International Congress of Entomology. She serves various Committees and is an officer of Faculty Senate at West Texas A&M University, and is Director of several Canyon and District Rotary activities. Dr. Pendleton has been actively involved in ESA and P-IE activities and wants to ensure the P-IE Section continues to be well represented in the governance of ESA functions.
Dr. Sujaya Rao received a doctoral degree in Entomology from the University of Minnesota. Subsequently, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware and at UC Berkeley. She then worked as an Extension Advisor at UC Davis before moving to Oregon State University where she is now a Professor engaged in research, teaching and extension. She is also the leader for the Entomology Program and Associate Department Head for Crop and Soil Science. Over the years, Sujaya’s research has focused on the behavioral and chemical ecology of plant-insect interactions in native habitats and in diverse cropping systems; and she has led successful research programs on both insect pests and on native bee pollinators. Her ‘outside-the-box’ educational programs have impacted graduate and undergraduate students, colleagues on campus, K-12 students and teachers, and the public, and earned her the Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from ESA and the Hodson Alumnus Award from the University of Minnesota. She has also received local, regional and national team awards for her collaborative research and educational programs. Sujaya has been active in ESA since her graduate student days. She has organized research and education-related symposia, served on numerous committees and as Chair for ESA’s Education and Youth Committee was also an Entomological Foundation counselor. For the Pacific Branch, Sujaya chaired the Linnaean Games, Student Competition and Program Committees. As President for the Pacific Branch, she encouraged women to take on leadership positions, and her innovative additions included a symposium on social media, and an exciting entomological texting competition for increasing student attendance. As the current President of the Plant-Insect Ecosystem Section of ESA, she is a member of the Planning Committee for ESA's 2015 Annual Meeting and has organized, for the P-IE Networking Section, a symposium on ‘Effective Communication: How to Avoid Pie in Your Face!’
SysEB Vice President-Elect Candidates
Dr. Andrew Short is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Curator in the Division of Entomology of the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2002 and his Ph.D. in entomology from Cornell University in 2007. He is the world expert on the systematics and evolution of the beetle superfamily Hydrophiloidea and has published more than 60 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Short has established a very successful and extramurally funded research program at the University of Kansas and was recently awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2015. He has been an active member of ESA and was a recipient of the John Henry Comstock Award in 2007.
Dr. Gavin Svenson is Curator and Head of Invertebrate Zoology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Case Western Reserve University. He received his B.S. in entomology from Cornell University in 2001 and his Ph.D. in zoology from Brigham Young University in 2007. Dr. Svenson's research program primarily focuses on the systematics and evolution of the praying mantises (Mantodea) and he is considered the leading expert in mantodean phylogenetics. He has extensive field experiences collecting mantids from all over the world. Dr. Svenson has been an active member of ESA and has previously organized and moderated symposia and served as a judge for student competitions.
SysEB Representative to the ESA Publications Council Candidate
Dr. John Heraty earned his B.S. in biology (1976) and M.S. in entomology (1984) at the University of Guelph, and his Ph.D. in entomology from Texas A&M University (1990). Heraty worked for 10 years as a research technician in biocontrol at the University of Guelph. He conducted postgraduate work at Carleton University, the Canadian National Insect Collection, and the Smithsonian Institution and Systematic Entomology Laboratory in Washington, DC. He is currently a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside.
Heraty’s research involves morphological and molecular systematics of chalcidoid wasps, with emphasis on Aphelinidae and the ant-parasitic Eucharitidae. Since joining Riverside in 1995, he has supervised many M.S. and Ph.D. students in the systematics or behavior of various Chalcidoidea, Cynipoidea and Gracillariidae.
Heraty has been a member of ESA since 1979. He won the Southwestern Branch Comstock Award in 1990. He served Section A as Secretary, Vice Chair, and Chair (2001-03), and for various years as a judge for the Student Competition for the President’s Prize. He has served as the SysEB Representative to the ESA Publications Council since 2012 and is currently serving as the Chair. He has also served on the ESA Governing Board, the Arthropod Management Tests Editorial Board, and the Common Names of Insects Committee. In addition, he served on the Entomology Collections Network Steering Committee in 1997 (Nashville) and 2001 (San Diego). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the American Entomological Institute and also belongs to the International Hymenopterist’s Society, the Entomological Society of Washington, the Hennig Society and the Society of Systematic Biologists.
Honorary Member Nominees
Dr. Wayne A. Gardner has been a member of the University of Georgia’s Entomology faculty since 1979. He attained the rank of Professor, and has served as Unit Administrative Coordinator on the UGA Griffin Campus for 24 years. Dr. Gardner has actively served ESA in various committee and leadership capacities during his 41 years of continuous service as a member of the Society. He served as Secretary, Chair-elect, and Chair of Subsection Ce (Microbial Control) and as Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Society’s 1999 meeting in Atlanta. Dr. Gardner continued to serve on the Local Arrangements Committee for the next 10 years as coordinator of Student Volunteers for the Society’s Annual Meetings. He personally invested hundreds of hours in ensuring that student members have a positive networking experience. Dr. Gardner was elected to and served on the ESA Governing Board from 2001 through 2004, including an additional year of service beyond the usual 3-year term following the passing of the Board representative he replaced. During his time on the Board, the Society regained and solidified its financial standing and effectively realigned its organization to address the changing needs of the membership and those the Society serves. Dr. Gardner also contributed extensively to Southeastern Branch governance on committees, as Program Committee Chair on two occasions, and as its President (2004-2005). He also has served the Georgia Entomological Society in various leadership roles including Business Manager (1988-1993) and Editor (1993 to present) of the Journal of Entomological Science.
Dr. Michael E. Gray is a professor and assistant dean at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (UIUC). Gray graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a B.A. (1977) degree in biology and M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in entomology from Iowa State University. He is internationally recognized for his research and extension programs on management of the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte. Gray has published numerous journal articles on western corn rootworms including a 2009 Annual Review of Entomology paper and also served as co-editor for the ESA Handbook of Corn Insects, published in 1999. He has been a member of ESA since 1979 and has served the Society in several leadership roles, including: Program Chair, North Central Branch (NCB) Meeting, 1994; Editorial Board, American Entomologist, 1990-95; Executive Committee, NCB, 1994–1997; Editor, Journal of Economic Entomology, 1995–1997; Program Co-Chair, ESA National Meeting, 2001; President, NCB, 2002–2003; Governing Board, Section E, 2004–2005; Chair, ESA Nominations Committee, 2004–2006; and Governing Board Executive Committee, 2004–2009. Gray served as President of ESA during the first full year of ESA’s Renewal and transition to the four new Sections. In 2002, he received the ESA-NCB Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. In 2011, he received the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. In 2013, the ESA-NCB honored Gray with the C.V. Riley Achievement Award. He received the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award (2007) for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems, UIUC. In 2013, Gray was elected as an ESA Fellow.
Dr. Jacqueline Y. Miller has been a member of ESA since 1992. She received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida (1986) and has been associated with the Florida Museum of Natural History since 1981. Dr. Miller served as a research Scholar and taught entomology at New College of Florida (1995-2004), and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in both the Departments of Entomology and Nematology and Biology at the University of Florida. She has served on numerous graduate committees at UF as well nationally and internationally. She currently serves as a Curator of Lepidoptera, McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (FLMNH). Research interests: Systematics, biogeography and biodiversity of Lepidoptera worldwide, especially Caribbean basin. Entomological Society of America, Section A, Systematics: Represented Section A on Systematics Resources Committee, 1994–1997; Secretary 1997–98; Vice-Chair, 1998–99; Chair, 1999–2000, aided in the organization of several section symposia; Annual Meeting Program Committee, 2000; Local Arrangements Committee, 2001; Co- Chair, Local Arrangements Committee Annual Meeting, 2001-2002; Member, Ethics Committee, 2001–2003; Representative to the Governing Board, 2003–2005; Liaison Systematics Resources Committee to the Governing Board; Executive Committee 2005; Organized Art Exhibit 2005, Section Symposium; Elected Fellow, 2008; Fellows Committee, 2009, 2012–present; moderator, Annual Meeting student oral presentations 1999, 2001, 2006; judge, 2007, 2009, 2011; ICE, Local arrangements Committee, working with Hojun Song along with Paul Skelly (Florida Dept. of Agriculture, Dept. of Plant Industry) and Norm Leppla (Dept. of Entomology and Nematology UF).
Dr. Marlin E. Rice is a senior research manager with DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, Iowa, and a collaborating Professor at Iowa State University. He has served the Entomological Society of America for 26 consecutive years, which includes service on numerous committees, boards and publications. For nine years, Rice served on the Governing Board and was elected by the membership as Representative (Section E), Secretary-Treasurer, and President. During his tenure as President, he appointed the first student representative to the Governing Board, which the membership later voted to make a permanent elected position. The same year (2009), the membership overwhelmingly supported creation of the International Branch and a new Society logo. He served on two Executive Director Search Committees, and he has worked in various capacities on ESA publications including Journal of Economic Entomology (Editorial Board and Chair), Handbook of Corn Insects (Co-Editor), and along with Kevin Steffey, he was a co-founder and is currently Co-Editor-in-Chief for Journal of Integrated Pest Management. He labored on the Annual Meeting Program as Poster Chair, Student Competition Chair, and during 2000, Program Chair for the Montreal meeting. Currently, he participates on Committees for the World of Insects Calendar and YouTube Your Entomology, and he writes the column Legends for American Entomologist. In the North Central Branch, Rice was elected to the Executive Committee, he was Linnaean Games Master for five years, and he was Program Chair during the Great Sioux Falls Blizzard of 1998. In 2011, Rice was elected Fellow, primarily for his contributions to extension entomology.
Dr. John T. Trumble joined ESA in 1975 and has since served on the ESA Governing Board, been involved in buying computers and a building for the Society, selecting Executive Directors, promoting electronic publishing, and served as President of the Pacific Branch. He has helped advance ESA by serving on over 40 committees that handled finances, award selections, nominations, long term planning, and managing the nuts and bolts of Society operations. Since 2001 his primary role has been to serve as the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology. When he accepted this position in 2001, he was immediately challenged to set up an entirely new publication system mandated by the Governing Board. The old approach with three or four co-editors was replaced with a new system consisting of an Editor-In-Chief and 20-30 Subject Editors. John found qualified scientists willing to take on the editorial jobs and converted the old 'submit three copies by mail' approach to an email-based system. This greatly reduced the response time on manuscripts. A short time later the ESA began working with the Rapid Review System, and now has converted to Manuscript Central. Since 2001 he has continually added new editors as others retired or moved on. He also maintains an active mentorship program. In just the last four years he has published six papers with undergraduate students as co-authors. This type of mentorship also serves ESA by creating an enthusiasm for our science that motivates the next generation of scientists to become entomologists.