Candidates for ESA 2019-2020 Editorial Board Elections
Elections for ESA's 2019-2020 editorial boards are open. Each editorial board will be selected based on votes cast by the editors of that journal. Biographical information on the candidates is available below.
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Click the links below to see 2019-2020 candidates for:
- American Entomologist
- Annals of the ESA
- Arthropod Management Tests
- Environmental Entomology
- Insect Systematics and Diversity
- Journal of Economic Entomology
- Journal of Insect Science
- Journal of Integrated Pest Management
- Journal of Medical Entomology
Ohio State University
Carol M. Anelli, Ph.D., is a professor at the Ohio State University. Anelli's career in entomology spans more than four decades, during which she has become renowned as both a researcher and an educator. Her research achievements include the publication of 36 refereed articles and one book chapter, spanning both insect physiology and science education methods. She has received multiple awards for her teaching, including ESA's Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching in 2009. Prior to joining Ohio State, Anelli served on the faculty for 17 years at Washington State University, first as a professor of entomology and later as Faculty Fellow in the Office of Assessment of Teaching and Learning. She also is deeply versed in the history of entomology, and her early career briefly took her to the same grounds once home to Anna Comstock, the subject of her 2017 Founders' Memorial Award Lecture. Anelli serves as a feature editor for American Entomologist.
Washington State University
Megan Asche is a PhD student in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University. She specializes in Hymenoptera biology and agroecology. Her current research investigates the learning behavior of Polistes wasps and the development of unique trapping mechanisms to control their populations. Her master’s work was also done at Washington State University and focused on the foraging and hygienic behavior of honey bee strains.
Asche was awarded a BA in design from Western Washington University in 2007. She worked as a professional designer for over 6 years before beginning her career in science. Asche is an award-winning macro insect photographer and has contributed to many scientific and outreach publications. She serves as editor of the "Through the Loupe" column in American Entomologist.
Boris A. Castro received his degree in Agronomy from the National School of Agriculture in Honduras, his B.Sc. in Entomology and Fruit Crops from the University of Florida, his master’s degree in Entomology and Experimental Statistics and Ph.D. in Entomology and Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. He also has an MBA from the Craig School of Business. Castro has professional working experience both in academia and industry. He worked in instruction and plant pest diagnoses at the Pan-American School of Agriculture (Zamorano College) in Honduras and as assistant professor and extension specialist at the LSU AgCenter and at Texas A&M University. He also held an adjunct professor role at Fresno State University. He currently works for Corteva Agriscience as a Global Technical Education Leader. Castro has lived and worked in several regions of the U.S. and internationally in Central America, Brazil, Argentina, and New Zealand. His work on insect behavioral ecology, crop protection, and seed traits has been published in more than 20 refereed articles, more than a hundred non-refereed publications, and more than 200 oral and cooperative extension-related materials. He is honored to serve our Society in past and current capacities including Secretary-Treasurer for the Pacific Branch, Chair of the Nominating Committee for the North Central Branch, and subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. Boris enjoys his personal time with family and friends and participating at cause-driven community efforts including Habitat for Humanity, Give2Give Hope, Second Helpings, CABI’s PlantWise Leaflet Project, STEM, FFA, and 4-H. Boris serves as a feature editor for American Entomologist.
Matthew S. Lehnert
Kent State University
Matthew S. Lehnert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Kent State University at Stark, North Canton, Ohio. Lehnert received his BS in Biology from Central Michigan University in 2001, and his MS and Ph.D. in Entomology from University of Florida in 2005 and 2010, respectively. After receiving his Ph.D., Lehnert began working on the functional morphology of insect mouthparts at Clemson University as a postdoc, which introduced him to novel experimental techniques and the benefits of interdisciplinary collaborations. He has published 25 papers and continues interdisciplinary studies of the microfluidics and material properties associated with insect functional morphology. Lehnert serves as a feature editor for American Entomologist.
Phillip G. Mulder, Jr.
Oklahoma State University
Phillip G. Mulder, Jr. is Professor and Head of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Oklahoma State University (OSU). Mulder received his B.S. in Science Education from Ferris State College (1978), and his M.S. and Ph.D. (1981 and 1984) in Entomology from Iowa State University. He joined OSU in 1985 as Area Extension Entomologist, transferred to the OSU campus in 1995, and assumed statewide responsibilities. In 2004, Mulder was recognized by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. In 2007, he became Department Head at OSU. Mulder has been a member of ESA since 1979, serving in many capacities, including President (2004/2005) of the Southwestern Branch (SWB) ESA, Co-Chair of ESA Program Committee (2006), and Chair/Gamesmaster of Linnaean Games for the SWB-ESA (20 years) and ESA (10 years). From 2007-2010 he served as ESA Treasurer, and in 2015 as President of ESA and the Certification Corporation. In 2016, he served as President of the Entomological Foundation. He chaired the 2016 ESA Science Policy Capabilities Committee and helped select the first 10 Science Policy Fellows for ESA. Collectively, Mulder served ESA Governing Board for 10 years. Highlights of his service include establishing the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and initiating special awards for early-career professionals to engage young entomologists in ESA. Due to his initiatives and membership drive, ESA exceeded 7,000 members and experienced one of the largest meetings ever. Mulder serves as a feature editor for American Entomologist.
Marlin E. Rice
Marlin E. Rice is the contributor for the American Entomologist "Legends" column, which is an interview-style column featuring living “legends” in entomology. The column is in its sixth year. Rice is a Fellow and Honorary Member of ESA, and served as President of our Society in 2009. Along with Kevin Steffey, he created the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.
Dr. Ann Fraser is a professor of biology at Kalamazoo College in Michigan and currently serves as chair of the department. Over her 17 years at the college she has taught a variety of courses including introductory biology, entomology, animal behavior, evolution, and chemical ecology. She received her B.S. in biology from Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada and her Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University where her dissertation focused on the evolutionary ecology of lycaenid buttefly-ant mutualisms. Fraser undertook postdoctoral training in insect chemical ecology at the University of Arizona and her current research program engages undergraduates in studies of the chemical ecology of butterfly-ant associations and investigations into wild bee diversity and plant-pollinator interactions in southwest Michigan.
Fraser has been an ESA member since 2001 and has served as a subject editor for the Annals of the Entomological Society of America since 2006. At Kalamazoo College Fraser has been an advocate for diversity and inclusion. She served as a mentor to scholars of the Posse Program at her college for four years and received the Outstanding Advisor Award in 2017 in recognition of her inclusivity efforts. She applies this lens to her role as a subject editor for the Annals and is excited about the prospect of adding her voice to work at the next level of the ESA publications.
Dr. Dana Nayduch is a Research Molecular Biologist with the Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit in Manhattan, Kansas. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers University and Ph.D. in Zoology from Clemson University, where she studied house flies as vectors for bacterial pathogens. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale University School of Public Health, where she worked on molecular-genetic studies of tsetse flies. In 2004 she joined Georgia Southern University as an Assistant Professor of Biology and was promoted and tenured in 2009. Nayduch joined USDA-ARS in August 2011, and her research program is centered on the microbial ecology and molecular biology of dipteran pests (biting midges and house flies), focusing on fly-microbe interactions and vector competence. Current projects involve transcriptomic analysis of Culicoides responses to orbivirus infection and characterizing the microbial communities of house flies collected from confined cattle operations, with particular interest in fly carriage of pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. She also has an adjunct appointment in Entomology at Kansas State University, through which she mentors and supervises student research projects. She has mentored entomology research projects for >30 undergraduate and more than 10 graduate students. She has authored two book chapters, and published over 30 peer-reviewed papers including several invited reviews.
Nayduch is very active in leadership and service to the Entomological Society of America, serving as a Medical, Urban and Veterinary Entomology (MUVE) Section highlights speaker, symposium organizer, student paper and poster judge, session moderator, chair of MUVE awards committee, annual meeting planning committee, Veterinary Entomology initiative leader, Journal of Medical Entomology editorial board member and chair, and subject editor for Annals of the ESA. She currently is the Vice President for the MUVE Section and begins her service as Section President this November.
Gadi V.P. Reddy
Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy is currently a Research Leader for USDA-ARS-Southern Insect Management Research Unit in Stoneville, Mississippi. He formerly worked as full professor and associate professor of Entomology/Ecology and Superintendent at the Montana State University from 2012-2019, and assistant and associate professor of Chemical Ecology at the University of Guam from 2002-2012. He has about 30 years of teaching, research, extension and administrative experiences. Reddy has a high level of research expertise in a variety of pest management programs including biological control, chemical ecology, pest monitoring, and plant-insect interactions. His research achievements, which include 210 publications in international journals and book chapters, are a testimony to his high-caliber research, productivity, and expertise. Reddy has an international reputation for work performed in England, India, Ethiopia/UNDP, Germany, Spain, Finland, Austria, and the U.S.
Reddy has been a member of ESA since 2005. He was a subject editor for Annals of the Entomological Society of America and Environmental Entomology (2008-2017). He has been Special Features Editor for Annals of the ESA since 2017, and two special issues and several review articles have been published under his leadership. Reddy also serves as editor for Nature Scientific Reports, PLoS ONE, and Florida Entomologist. He also completed the Leadership for the 21st Century Program (USDA-NIFA program) at the University of Georgia Fanning Institute.
Don Thomas received his Master’s degree in Biology at California State University Long Beach and his Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Missouri. He also holds an honorary professorship at the University of San Martin in Peru. He held post-doctoral positions at the University of Arizona and the University of Nebraska before starting his career with the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA. His current position is Research Entomologist with the Cattle Fever Tick Research Laboratory where he studies the epidemiology and development of acaricide resistance in the cattle fever tick. His previous assignment was with the Citrus Insects research unit at the Subtropical Agriculture Research Center in Weslaco, Texas. He spent seven years in Chiapas, Mexico, working with the Screwworm Eradication program. He currently holds graduate faculty appointments at Texas A&M and the University of Texas.
In addition to his research on livestock and citrus pests, Thomas is recognized as an expert on the taxonomy and systematics of Pentatomidae and Tenebrionidae. He has authored or co-authored over 170 research articles and three books. Elective offices include terms as President of the Coleopterists Society and President of the Subtropical Agriculture Society. Awards include the outstanding paper in the Coleopterists Bulletin for 1993. He currently serves on the Livestock Insect Workers Conference governing board. He has been a subject editor for the Annals of the ESA since 2006 and a member of the ESA since 1975.
Elizabeth H. Beers
Washington State University
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Beers is a research/extension entomologist with Washington State University, specializing in tree fruit IPM. She is located at the Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center in Wenatchee, Washington, in the heart of the state’s tree fruit industry. Her undergraduate degree was in Plant Protection (Cornell), and Ph.D. in Entomology from Penn State University. Her research and extension programs in tree fruits have covered a wide array of pest problems, using a diverse toolkit of IPM practices. Her research includes investigations of economic injury levels, sampling and monitoring, phenological modeling, biological control and non-target effects of pesticides, pesticide efficacy and resistance testing, behavioral control methods, and most recently, sterile insect release. Her efforts have earned her recognition from the tree fruit industry, WSU, USDA, and ESA awards in Extension Entomology and IPM. She is the senior editor of Orchard Pest Management, a comprehensive book/website on biology and management of tree fruit pests.
Beers is a career-long member of the ESA, having joined as a graduate student in 1983; her current affiliation is the P-IE Section. She has attended and presented at Branch and National meetings regularly, and served in various capacities on the leadership of the Pacific Branch, for which she currently serves as President for the 2020 meeting. She has also participated in a number of international meetings, including several ICE and IOBC meetings.
She has served in various capacities in several journals, including subject editor of the Journal of Entomological Science and the Editorial Board of the Journal of Tree Fruit Production; she has also served as the subject editor of Section A (pome fruits) of Arthropod Management Tests since 1995.
Mississippi State University
Don Cook is research entomologist at the Mississippi State University Delta Research & Extension Center. Prior to this, he was an extension entomologist for Mississippi State University. Cook received his Ph. D. from Louisiana State University while working as a research associate at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station and in the Department of Entomology. He has over 15 years’ experience in management of insect pests of cotton, corn, and soybean. Cook currently works on insect management strategies for corn, soybean, cotton, and rice. Although he has a research appointment, he is active in many extension activities related to insect pest management in Mississippi crops.
Cook has advised five graduate students, and has been on over 30 graduate student committees. Cook also is the chairman for the National Cotton Insect Losses Committee, with the responsibilities of compiling, maintaining, and publishing the cotton insect loss estimates for all cotton producing states in the U.S. He has served as a subject editor for Arthropod Management Tests for five years, and has also served as the interim editor-in-chief since 2018.
John C. Palumbo
University of Arizona
Dr. John C. Palumbo is a professor and extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona. Palumbo is an Arizona native and received his BS in agricultural science (1982), and MS in entomology (1985) from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. in entomology from Oklahoma State University (1989). He joined the department in 1990 as a faculty member at the Yuma Agricultural Center, where he has developed an internationally recognized extension and research program in IPM for desert vegetable crops. Palumbo’s research and outreach program provides the leafy vegetable and melon industries with innovative insect management solutions designed to reduce their reliance on broadly-toxic insecticides without sacrificing yield and quality. Over the past 29 years, he and his colleagues have collaboratively developed IPM alternatives and educational programs for several invasive insect species in the western U.S., including Bemisia tabaci, Nasonovia ribisnigri, Bagrada hilaris, and most recently, Plutella xylostella. These efforts have resulted in numerous refereed publications, book chapters, and extension publications including over 200 reports in ESA's Arthropod Management Tests. He has delivered more than 600 presentations to growers and agricultural consultants on a wide range of topics on vegetable IPM and reduced-risk pesticides.
Palumbo's accomplishments in research and extension have been recognized by stakeholders in Arizona and California, where he has received the Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award (Arizona Farm Bureau), the Distinguished Service Award (Yuma Fresh Vegetables Association), the Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture Award (California Association of Pest Control Advisors, Desert Chapter), and the University of Arizona, CALS Faculty Member of the Year by the Arizona Agriculture 100 Council. In 2014 he was recognized with the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.
John C. Wise
Michigan State University
Dr. John C. Wise is a professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology, and Research and Extension Coordinator of the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, Michigan. Wise is also the North Central Regional Director of the IR-4 project, which serves as the primary avenue that new reduced-risk pesticides are registered with the EPA for specialty crops in the USA. Wise runs the Applied Insecticide Toxicology lab on the MSU campus, conducting research on the performance mechanisms and plant penetration attributes of pesticides, pesticide environmental fate, and arthropod resistance. His primary research interest is studying the performance characteristics of new insecticide chemistries for control of fruit insect pests. He also investigates alternative delivery systems for crop protection materials, and the associated risks of off-target drift on farm workers and agroecosystems. Wise is a member of the Entomological Society of America, and serves as Section Editor for both ESA’s Arthropod Management Tests and for the Canadian Entomologist journal. Dr. Wise received a B.S. in Natural Resources in 1984 from the University of Michigan, M.S. in Entomology in 1990, and a Ph.D. in Resource Development in 1999 from MSU.
Matthew Ginzel is a Professor in the Departments of Entomology and Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue University, where he is also Co-Director of the Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center. He earned an MS and Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and then went on to spend two and a half years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Nevada before joining the faculty at Purdue in 2006. His research improves our understanding of the ecology and behavior of insect pests of forest trees, while simultaneously providing practical information that can be readily made operational. Through collaborative and interdisciplinary studies, current work by his research team focuses on improving forest health by i) understanding the etiology and ecology of Thousand Cankers Disease of black walnut; ii) characterizing the chemical ecology and behavior of bark and ambrosia beetles affecting native hardwoods; and iii) providing tools for the early detection and suppression of emerald ash borer in urban forests.
Ginzel is committed to mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and has an established track record of publishing with them in peer-reviewed journals. He has also published book chapters ranging in topics from the contact sex pheromones of longhorned beetles to the biochemistry and ecology of insect hydrocarbons. Ginzel has been an active member of ESA since he was a graduate student. He also regularly provides ad hoc reviews for several ESA journals, serves as an academic editor for PLOS ONE, and is a subject editor for Environmental Entomology.
Colorado State University
Punya Nachappa received her M.S. in entomology from University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in entomology from Kansas State University. After completing her Ph.D., she was a post-doctoral associate at K-State and Texas A&M University; she then joined the Department of Biology at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Insect Vector Biology at Colorado State University, where her research program is focused on understanding outcomes and mechanisms underlying the interactions between plants, pathogens, and insect vectors as a means of managing plant pests and diseases. Her research team relies on combining field and laboratory experiments with molecular biology tools to study these multi-trophic interactions. In addition, she has collaborative projects related to understanding hemp pest and disease management, wheat stem sawfly ecology and management, and entomophagy/insect husbandry.
Nachappa has been a member of ESA ever since she arrived in the U.S. as a graduate student in 2002. She has been actively involved in ESA activities including the Linnaean Games and student debates and has helped organize a program symposium. She has served as a reviewer for 21 journals and currently serves as a subject editor for Environmental Entomology. Additionally, she has served as ad-hoc reviewer of grants, and on grant panels to national and international funding agencies such as USDA-NIFA and BARD, respectively.
Dr. Christopher Ranger received his B.S. from The Ohio State University, M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He received postdoctoral training at Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey. Since 2006, Ranger has been a Research Entomologist with the USDA-ARS Horticultural Insects Research Lab in Wooster, Ohio. He has developed an internationally recognized program that uses aspects of plant-insect interactions, chemical ecology, and insect behavior to develop sustainable pest management practices for horticultural insect pests, particularly ambrosia beetles. His contributions include characterizing the role of abiotic stress and host tree chemistry on the behavior of ambrosia beetles.
Ranger has published 65 peer-reviewed journal articles. He served two terms as associate editor for the Plant-Insect Interactions section of Environmental Entomology, and is currently serving as subject editor for the Plant-Insect Interactions section of Environmental Entomology. Ranger also serves on the editorial board of Agricultural and Forest Entomology, and Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. He has provided peer reviews for over 50 different journals.
Ranger has been a member of ESA for 23 years, and has served the society during the following assignments: Graduate Student Departmental Representative to the ESA (1997-1998), Local Arrangements Committee for the 63rd Annual Meeting of the ESA-NCB (2008), Member of the ESA Awards Committee (2007-2008), Member (2013-2016) and Chair (2015-2016) of the ESA National Awards Committee-Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section, and Elected Member to the Publications Council of the ESA as the Plant-Insect Ecosystem Section Representative (2017-present) and current Chair of the committee (2018-2019). He has attended and participated in 23 consecutive annual meetings of the ESA.
Oregon State University
Darrell Ross earned a B.S. in Forest Science from The Pennsylvania State University, an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from The University of Georgia. After a short stint as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arkansas, he began his tenure as a professor in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in 1990 where he continues to teach and conduct research on the ecology and management of forest insects. Along with his collaborators, he developed the first effective treatment using a bark beetle anti-aggregation pheromone to protect high-valued trees during outbreaks. This treatment has been used operationally throughout western North America for the past 20 years to protect high-valued trees from the Douglas-fir beetle. He is currently studying chamaemyiid predators, which are just beginning to be released operationally as biological control agents for the hemlock woolly adelgid in the eastern US. He has obtained nearly $2 million in competitive and non-competitive funds to support his research program.
Ross has served as major professor or committee member for 56 graduate students. He has taught courses in forest entomology, integrated forest protection, and ecological restoration, and has given guest lectures in many other courses. He has authored or co-authored 58 peer-refereed papers and book chapters and 21 non-refereed papers. He has delivered 110 presentations at regional, national, and international meetings and co-authored an additional 88 presentations. He has reviewed manuscripts for 28 journals and three books. He has served as a subject editor for Environmental Entomology for four years. He has been a member of ESA for the past 32 years.
Texas A&M University
Greg Sword received his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona, and his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Texas in Austin. After conducting USDA-funded postdoctoral research at the University of Oxford including extensive fieldwork on locusts in West Africa, he worked as a Research Ecologist for USDA-ARS in Montana for five years. He then took a position at the University of Sydney in Australia where he was ultimately promoted to Associate Professor. In 2010, he accepted his current position as Professor and Charles R. Parencia Endowed Chair in Cotton Entomology in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University.
Sword’s internationally-recognized research program spans topics in microbiology, ecology, evolution, genetics, and behavior using approaches ranging from molecular biology and functional genomics to community and landscape ecology. His research highlights include fundamental insights into the evolutionary ecology of phenotypic plasticity in grasshopper and locusts, pioneering use of radiotelemetry for insect tracking, and contributing to a revolution in understanding the mechanisms of locust swarm formation and mass movement. His ongoing research provides innovative leadership in the use of beneficial plant-associated fungi to confer protection to crops against insects and other stressors, including commercial product development. His research has resulted in 100 scientific articles, five book chapters, and four US patents to date. Recent recognition of his contributions include the Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management from the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America in 2018, the Excellence in Innovation Award from Texas A&M System Technology Commercialization in 2018, and as a finalist for the Texas Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in both 2018 and 2019.
His first ESA experience was in 1994 when he presented a talk as a first-year graduate student at the Annual Meeting. Since then, he has either delivered or been a co-author on 49 ESA meeting presentations, co-organized two ESA symposia, and served as a judge for graduate student paper and poster presentations. He has been a regular reviewer for ESA journals, and currently serves as the Population Ecology subject editor for Environmental Entomology.
Michigan State University
Dr. Zsofia Szendrei received her M.S. in Hungary in horticulture (2001), then moved to the U.S and earned her Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University (2005). In 2009, she began her current position in the Entomology Department at Michigan State University, where she is now an associate professor with a 50% extension, 40% research, and 10% teaching appointment. Her lab focuses on the ecology and management of arthropods in vegetable production with research themes in pollination, chemical ecology, biological control, habitat management, and behavioral pest management. Since joining Michigan State University, she has advised over 10 M.S. and Ph.D. students, 5 postdocs and has over 50 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 1,500 times. She also teaches a graduate course on scientific writing annually, has served as a judge for ESA student competitions, and was the organizer for multiple national ESA annual meeting symposia. She has been a subject editor for Environmental Entomology since 2015, editing manuscripts in population ecology and biological control. She is currently an Environmental Entomology editorial board member (P-IE section). Outside of work she is often found running long distances on the roads and trails in and near East Lansing.
Free University of Brussels
Patrick Mardulyn received his PhD in biological sciences from the Free University of Brussels in 1996. After a two-year postdoc in the entomology department at the University of Arkansas, he came back to the Free University of Brussels, first as a postdoctoral researcher and then as Research Associate from the FRS - FNRS (Belgian research funding agency) in 2001. He is currently Associate Professor at the Free University of Brussels, where he teaches Evolutionary Biology and Population Genetics.
His main research interests lie in analyzing genetic/genomic variation within various insect species, to infer the evolutionary history of populations and species at different time scales, and to estimate their capacity to disperse. Among others, he has conducted phylogeographic studies to investigate the impact of past climate changes on the evolution of the species range of several insects in Europe and North America. He currently analyses genome-wide variation data for investigating genetic exchanges between species in a hybrid zone.
Mardulyn has served as subject editor for Insect Systematics and Diversity since May 2017.
University of New Hampshire
István Mikó received his diploma (equivalent to a master’s degree) in biology and his Ph.D. in environmental sciences from Szeged University. He worked as a parasitologist in the Systematic Parasitoid Laboratory in Kőszeg, Hungary, followed by postdoctoral work at North Carolina State University and work as a research associate at Pennsylvania State University. He now serves as collections manager at the University of New Hampshire Department of Biological Sciences.
Mikó has published nearly 50 peer-reviewed papers. He was a member of the organizing committees for the 7th International Congress of Hymenopterists and the Encyclopedia of Life Biosynthesis Meeting on “Integrating ontologies with biodiversity research: an example from Hymenoptera and the EOL.” He serves as a Hymenoptera editor for Zootaxa; lead curator of the Hymenoptera Anatomy Ontology; assistant editor for Hamuli, the newsletter of the International Society of Hymenopterists; and as a subject editor for Insect Systematics and Diversity.
Carol von Dohlen
Utah State University
Carol von Dohlen is Professor, Assistant Department Head, and co-Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Biology at Utah State University. She received her Master’s and Ph.D. in the Department of Zoology at the University of Maryland in the previous century. She completed post-doctoral training at the University of Arizona and was briefly a visiting Assistant Professor at Idaho State University before starting at USU.
Her somewhat eclectic research program has variously focused on phylogenetics and evolution of sternorrhynchans, Libellulidae, Stratiomyidae and Pompilidae, as well as the evolution of bacterial endosymbionts of Sternorrhyncha. She uses a variety of tools, including genetic, genomic, transcriptomic, microscopic, and morphological approaches. Current projects include species delimitation and phylogenetics of hackberry psyllids, and genomics and evolution of endosymbionts of Adelgidae. She has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in evolution, systematics, phylogenetics, behavior, biogeography, etc. She is committed to serving underrepresented groups in STEM education, principally through participation in Utah State University’s Native American STEM Mentorship Program.
She served three years as secretary, treasurer, and chair of ESA’s Section A before its transformation into SysEB under the reorganization of the Society. She is currently a subject editor of Insect Systematics and Diversity.
Jessica L. Ware
Dr. Jessica L. Ware received her B.Sc. from UBC in 2001. She received her Ph.D. in Entomology from Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 2008, where she focused on the evolution of Dictyoptera and Odonata under Dr. Michael L. May. She then had a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship on termite evolution, which she undertook at the American Museum of Natural History with Dr. David Grimaldi from 2008-2010. She began her current position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, in September 2010; she received tenure in 2016. She served as the president of the SysEB Section, and is the current secretary of the World Dragonfly Association. She currently serves on the board for the Society of Systematic Biology and International Journal of Odonatology and is a subject editor for Organisms Diversity and Evolution, Insect Systematics and Diversity, Systematic Entomology, Odonatologica, and Nature Scientific Reports.
Kamal J.K. Gandhi
University of Georgia
Dr. Kamal J.K. Gandhi is a Professor of Forest Entomology at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia (UGA). Gandhi received her Ph.D. in entomology and forestry from the University of Minnesota and M.S. in environmental sciences from the University of Alberta. Gandhi works on the community and population ecology of forest insects under the context of insect-plant interactions, invasion dynamics, and forest disturbances. Her research on native (e.g., southern pine beetle and pine engraver beetles) and exotic (e.g., emerald ash borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, and Eurasian woodwasp) forest insects has a strong applied focus where she assists with integrated pest management and conservation issues. In addition, she has created a dual forest entomology program at UGA with many linkages between pest management and insect biodiversity issues to assist with managing forests for single and multiple use objectives. Her group is multi-disciplinary and multi-national, and she collaborates with many state, federal, and private agencies across the world. She is a co-founder and director of the Southern Pine Health Research Cooperative, funded by private forest companies and the USDA Forest Service to provide innovative solutions to the most pressing forest health issues in pine plantations in the Southeast.
Gandhi has been a member of ESA for over 20 years, and has been very active during that time. She has published in almost all the ESA journals, served as a chair of the Common Names Committee, assisted with judging of the ESA awards, is a ESA Science Policy Fellow, is a subject editor for JEE, and has given many talks and coordinated sessions at the annual meetings.
Lisa G. Neven
Lisa G. Neven, Ph.D., is the Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit in Wapato, Washington. She has been very active in the Entomological Society of America, serving in positions at the national, section, and branch levels since 1992. Neven was the Chair of the former Eb section, first Treasurer of P-IE, a member of the ESA Finance Committee, PB-ESA Member-at-Large, and PB-ESA President (2015), to name a few. She is a past chair and current member of the Society for Regulatory Entomology network. Neven has been a subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology since 2001, and Deputy Editor since 2016.
As a Research Entomologist, Neven conducts research on the development of non-chemical quarantine treatments for control of pests in deciduous tree fruits. She has worked with temperature extremes, controlled atmospheres, irradiation, fungal fumigants, and systems approach. Neven is currently working in the area of Regulatory Entomology in respect of using ecological niche modeling to predict the potential spread of invasive species into deciduous tree fruits. Neven served on the North American Plant Protection Organization Fruit Panel as an expert as well as the vice-chair and chair. Neven has also served as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Association-Food and Agriculture Organization (IAEA-FAO) codling moth sterile insect technique collaborative working group. She is also a member of the International Plant Protection Convention Postharvest Management Research Group, which advises the IPPC in current research on the development of non-chemical postharvest pest control. Neven is also an adjunct Professor at the Washington State University Department of Entomology and Central Washington University Biological Sciences Department.
Neven has published over 108 papers on topics spanning environmental physiology, lipoprotein biochemistry and molecular biology, postharvest quarantine treatments, insect respiratory and thermal physiology, insect transgenesis, and ecological niche modeling. Neven has received over $6 million in grants from various international, national, and commodity group funding agencies. As Research Leader, Neven oversees the research and administration of 12 Ph.D. scientists and another 35 support technical and administrative staff.
Anne L. Nielsen
Dr. Anne L Nielsen is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist of Fruit Entomology at Rutgers University. This position allows her to follow her passion for sustainable agriculture while working closely with farmers. Nielsen completed her BS degree at Virginia Tech where she was first exposed to the study of entomology. She completed her Ph.D. at Rutgers University studying the life history of brown marmorated stink bug during the early stages of the invasion and then moved to UC Davis and Michigan State for postdocs on biological control and organic pest management, respectively. During this time BMSB populations exploded and she was hired into her current position at Rutgers University. The primary focus of her research is connecting basic insect biology and behavioral ecology to pest management strategies by studying abiotic factors that influence seasonality and population dynamics. She also studies the interactions between pests, beneficial insects, and the agroecosystem. Her extension program focuses on capturing the diverse ideas generated from stakeholders and turning them into applied scientific questions. This results in on-farm research directly involving stakeholders and tactics that are broadly adopted throughout the state. Her research has generated 45 peer-reviewed manuscripts, two book chapters, and $7 million in competitive funding. Nielsen has been active in ESA throughout her 15+ year membership, starting off as Student Affairs Committee Chair at both the regional and national levels and then as a faculty member transitioning to two terms as Program Chair/co-Chair, ESA Diversity & Inclusion and Awards committees, interim subject editor of the Journal of Insect Science, subject editor of Journal of Economic Entomology, and current President-Elect for Eastern Branch ESA. She integrates her love of insects, agriculture, and promoting science into service activities within her community, especially those engaging young learners.
Kansas State University
Dr. Tom Phillips has been Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, since 2007, where he holds the Don Wilbur Endowed Professorship for Stored Product Protection. Phillips has a Ph.D. (1984) and MS (1981) in Entomology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, and a B.S. (1978) in Biology from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Prior to KSU, Phillips held positions at the University of Florida (postdoctoral associate), USDA-ARS in both Madison, Wisconsin, and Hilo, Hawaii (Research Entomologist) and Oklahoma State University (Associate and Full Professor). Phillips has taught classes in General Entomology, Insect Chemical Ecology, Forest and Shade Tree Insects, and Stored Product Entomology. Phillips has over 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, which include two articles in the Annual Review of Entomology with a third in press for 2018 and a fourth in preparation for 2019. Phillips mentored 14 MS students and 16 Ph.D.s, and he has hosted 15 postdoctoral scientists and visiting researchers during his career. Phillips’s research funding from both extramural and intramural source totals nearly $10 million for his career.
Phillips has received various honors and contributed important professional service in recent years. In addition to holding the Don Wilbur Professorship, Phillips also served as entomology Department Head at Kansas State University from 2007 to 2011. While at OSU he was chair of the university’s Faculty Council from 2005 to 2007. Among many invitations, Phillips delivered a plenary lecture to the XVth International Plant Protection Congress in Beijing, China (2004); a keynote address at a conference on “Biopesticides: Emerging Trends” in Hisar, India (2010); and a special seminar to the Stored Grain Institute, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou, China (2014). Phillips received the New Product Development Award from Trécé Inc. (1999) and the Inventor Recognition Award from OSU (2006). Phillips has served as the Stored Products subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology since 2001, and he serves on the permanent committees of both the International Conference on Controlled Atmospheres and Fumigation in Stored Products and the International Working Conference for Stored Product Protection.
North Carolina State University
Dr. Dominic Reisig has split extension and research responsibilities at North Carolina State University. His extension program covers over four million acres of field crops grown in the state and focuses on information delivery using both traditional methods, such as face-to-face interaction and printed media, and newer methods, such as social media and distance education. His research program is primarily focused on the ecology and biology of Helicoverpa zea, especially as it relates to Bt crops. Further research is focused on piercing sucking insect pests, especially stink bugs (Pentatomidae).
Reisig has published 79 scientific peer-reviewed articles. He was awarded the Grange Search For Excellence Specialist of the Year Award in 2017, the 2017 North Carolina Association of Cooperative Extension Specialist Outstanding Subject Matter Program developed by an Individual Award, the Outstanding Extension Service Award in 2014, and inducted into the Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension on April 14, 2014. He has served as a subject editor in Field and Forage Crops at the Journal of Economic Entomology since 2017.
Dr. Cesar Rodriguez-Saona is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University. He received his BS in Biology in 1992 from the Universidad Nacional Agraria, Lima, Peru; MS in Entomology from Oregon State University in 1994; and Ph.D. in Entomology in 1999 from the University of California, Riverside. Before joining Rutgers University in 2005, Rodriguez-Saona worked as a research entomologist (post-doc) for the USDA Cotton Research Lab., the University of Toronto, and Michigan State University.
The goal of his research program at Rutgers University is the development and implementation of cost-effective and reduced-risk integrated pest management (IPM) practices for blueberries and cranberries. His areas of research include chemical ecology, insect-plant interactions, tritrophic interactions, and host-plant resistance. His extension program delivers pest management information to growers by conducting on-farm demonstration trials, presentations, and extension publications.
Rodriguez-Saona serves as subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology, Horticultural Entomology, and for the Journal of Insect Science since 2014. He is currently chair of the Awards and Honors Committee and is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Rodriguez-Saona served as President of the ESA Eastern Branch (ESA EB) (2016-2017), and as chair and co-chair of the ESA EB Program Committee in 2013 and 2012, respectively. As a graduate student, he served as a member of the ESA Program Committee, Section F (1998) and of the ESA Pacific Branch Registration Committee (1995). He has organized 11 symposia at the ESA meeting. Rodriguez-Saona was the recipient of the 1999 Pacific Branch ESA John Henry Comstock Award. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, including two Annual Review of Entomology papers (one currently in press) and 10 book chapters. Rodriguez-Saona has been an ESA member since 1992.
University of Thessaly
Christos Athanassiou has been a Professor of Entomology at the University of Thessaly, Greece, since 2010. Also, between 2007 and 2010, he served as a Research Entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Grain and Animal Health Research, in Manhattan, Kansas. He received his Ph.D. from the Agricultural University of Athens, Greece (Entomology), in 1999. Since then, he has worked in different research institutes in the U.S. and Europe. His research is focused on insect biology and detection and implementation strategies of chemical and non-chemical control in pest management programs for field, stored-product, and forest pests.
Athanassiou has published over 300 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and has participated in the development of several products that are now commercially available. He serves as the Editor in Chief (EiC) in Journal of Stored Products Research (Elsevier), subject editor of the Journal of Insect Science (ESA) and Journal of Pest Science (Springer), and Associate Editor/Editorial Board Member for Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Insects, and International Journal of Pest Management. Also, since 2019, he has served as the interim editor-in-chief of the Journal of Insect Science.
Between 2007 and 2013, Athanassiou has served as the Convenor of the Working Group “Integrated Protection of Stored Products” of the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC/WPRS), and has been a panel member for different organizations, such as the USDA, USAID, EU/EC, ECPA etc. He is a coordinator, PI, co-PI, collaborator etc. in funding that exceeds 7.5 million Euros, funded by different sources (Horizon 2020, LIFE, ERANET, NIFA etc.), international organizations (IAEA, USDA-ARS, USDA-APHIS, ECPA, EFSA, US Forest Service International Programs etc.) and the industry (BASF, Syngenta, DOW/DAS, Bayer, DuPont etc.). He has received awards by different organizations, such as the Fulbright Foundation, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Institute for International Education (IIE/OLF).
Dr. Johanne Brunet is a research ecologist with the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. She also served as Professor at UW-Madison between 2003-2019. She obtained a Bachelor's and a Master's from McGill University (Montreal, CA) and a Ph.D. from the department of Ecology and Evolution at SUNY Stony Brook. She did a postdoc at the University of Chicago with Dr. Deborah Charlesworth.
Research in Brunet’s laboratory applies concepts of animal behavior and evolutionary biology to solve agricultural problems. Brunet’s research was recently selected to feature as the “Prime Discovery” in the ARS Scientific Discoveries Brochure (2020). Brunet's research has been published in several prestigious journals including Molecular Ecology, Science, Evolutionary Applications, Ecology, and Evolution, amongst others. Brunet is recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally for expertise in pollination biology, gene flow, and evolutionary biology as evidenced by refereed publications, research collaborations, special invitations, and successful grant proposals. She has participated in an Advisory Panel for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been invited to talk at several universities nationally and internationally, and has presented research results at various growers’ and alfalfa and forage meetings. Brunet has organized symposia and co-edited special issues for journals. She has served as subject editor of JIS for many years. She has reviewed manuscripts and grants for numerous journals and agencies and served on various national and international grant review panels and is the recipient of various competitive grants. Brunet has trained over 40 undergraduate students over the years, as well as graduate students and postdocs. On a more personal note, Brunet is an avid downhill skier and the proud mother of two grown children.
Louis Hesler, Ph.D., is Lead Scientist and Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, South Dakota. Hesler has served in various capacities related to ESA publications including subject editor for the Journal of Insect Science since December 2017 and the Journal of Economic Entomology since March 2019. He has served four years on the Editorial Board of the Annals of the ESA (2015-2019). He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Open Horticulture journal and serves as English technical editor for the North-Western Journal of Zoology.
Hesler has been actively involved with ESA in other capacities, too. He has served many times as a student competition judge at ESA meetings, served as Local Arrangements Co-Chair for the 2013 North Central Branch meeting, and been a co-organizer and co-moderator for various symposia. He also served on ESA’s Common Names of Insects Committee (2007-2009) and is a member of ESA’s Plant-Insect Ecosystems section.
Hesler has published extensively with ESA and other journals. He has 94 peer-reviewed articles, including two review articles, and has several other technical and outreach publications. He realizes that entomologists have many journals to which they may submit their manuscripts. Accordingly, as a subject editor and editorial board member, he believes that maintaining a high quality of articles published within a journal will enhance its reputation, leading to an increased number of citations and volume of submissions.
Nickolas G. Kavallieratos
Agricultural University of Athens
Nickolas G. Kavallieratos is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural Entomology and Acarology at the Agricultural University of Athens (AUA), Greece (2016-today) while he served as a Lecturer at AUA between 2014 and 2016. During 2002-2014 he was a Researcher at Benaki Phytopathological Institute (BPI), serving at all scientific ranks and administration positions (Head of the Laboratory of Agricultural Entomology, Head of the Department of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology, Deputy Director) at BPI. He has also worked at several universities and institutes in Greece, Europe, and Africa. Since 2009 he has been a frequent visiting scientist at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kansas. Since 2001 he has been a frequent visiting scientist at the Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade. He studies morphology, morphometry, systematics, zoogeography, phylogeny, genetics, and behavior of the Aphidiinae (Braconidae) parasitoids of aphids with descriptions of new species in science, redescriptions of species and genera, revisions of genera and reviews around the globe (Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America) since 1994. The overall outcome of this research deals with the generation of tools that enable entomologists to identify Aphidiinae parasitoids with ease in different types of habitats, host plants, and host aphids. He has also been working on the biology, demography, behavior, and management of stored-product pests (insects, mites) with the use of natural (diatomaceous earths and other inert dusts), biological (entomopathogenic fungi, entomopathogenic nematodes, bacteria), chemical insecticides, and novel compounds that exhibit insecticidal properties since 1998. Furthermore, he works with semiochemicals and other related substances which determine the behavior and contribute to the control of stored-products and field insect pests. The overall outcome of this research concerns the exploration of the parameters that determine the population growth, population structure, dispersal potential, competition, and mating success of stored-product insects. Furthermore, he investigated biotic and abiotic conditions that affect the performance of several different diatomaceous earths, other inert dusts and insecticidal active ingredients (both known and novel) against stored-product noxious or beneficial species.
Kavallieratos has published 250 papers in peer reviewed journals. Between 2004 and 2013 he was convenor of the IOBC (International Organization of Biological Control) group Ecology of Aphidophaga (EA) while he currently serves at the steering committee of EA series of conferences. He also served/serves as a member of the Scientific Committee of several former/running international conferences. He is a Subject Editor of Journal of Insect Science (Entomological Society of America) and an Associate Editor of Entomologia Generalis (Schweizerbart Science Publishers). He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Stored Products Research and as a Review Editor in Frontiers of Ecology and Evolution. He also serves a a member of the Editorial Board of seven more international peer reviewed journals. He served/ serves as a Guest Editor of international journal (Insects-MDPI) special issues.
Kavallieratos coordinated/coordinates 28 international/ national projects while he was/is a member of the scientific team of 25 international/national projects. He contributed in the development of several products that became commercially available through the aforementioned projects.
Norman C. Leppla
University of Florida
Norman C. Leppla has dedicated nearly 50 years to advancing the science and practice of entomology by studying insects to protect agriculture, human health, and the environment. His work emphasizes integrated pest management, biological control, and associated insect rearing technology. His major accomplishments include developing new insect mass production systems, establishing the first biological control laboratory specifically to support the commercial natural enemy industry, leading the USDA APHIS Methods Development unit and collaboratively designing and establishing the National Biological Control Institute, directing the design and construction of a new research and education center in Central Florida, and creating and leading the first statewide IPM program at the University of Florida. Leppla works with faculty members, students and cooperators to strengthen IPM research, extension, and education programs. He provides IPM education primarily through the UF Plant Medicine Program that trains students to become plant health professionals, “Plant Doctors.” He has authored more than 200 publications on a wide range of entomological topics and presented a greater number of papers on his research, extension, and administrative activities, many national and international, often by invitation.
Leppla has been an active member of ESA Pacific, Eastern and Southeastern Branches; conducted many symposia at national and branch meetings, served as the Board Certified Entomologist Program examiner and director, chaired the Public Information Committee, and been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Environmental Entomology Editorial Board. He served as Environmental Entomology subject editor for Biological Control and currently is a subject editor for the Journal of Insect Science. He has been the SEB Linnaean Games Master and a member of the Local Arrangements Committee, and served on the Eastern Branch Program Committee. He also has been an active member of the Florida Entomological Society: President, Business Manager, committee chairman (Local Arrangements, Invasive Species, Long-range Planning, Pioneer Lecture, Auditing, and Nominating), Caribbean Conference of Entomology co-founder, and Florida Entomologist Associate Editor. He serves as chairman of the Florida A&M University Center for Biological Control Advisory Committee, a member of the International IPM Symposium Program and Steering Committees, an advisor to the Association of Natural Bio-control Producers, and a member of several UF faculty committees. He completed service as chairman of the Southern Region State IPM Coordinators, chairman of the Southern Region IPM Center Advisory Council, and co-chairman of the International Organization for Biological Control, Arthropod Mass Rearing and Quality Control Working Group. Awards include the ESA-SEB, Award for Excellence in IPM; Florida Entomological Society, Entomologist of the Year Award; IPM Lifetime Achievement Award, Southern IPM Center; Sysco Sustainable IPM Advisory Council Service Award; and award for service as an instructor for the International Insect Rearing Workshop. Leppla is an ESA Fellow.
Xiao-Qiang (Sean) Yu
University of Missouri – Kansas City
Dr. Xiao-Qiang (Sean) Yu received his BS in Chemistry and MS in Organic Chemistry from Sun Yat-Sen (Zhongshan) University in Guangzhou, China, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry as well as postdoctoral training from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He is currently Professor in Cell Biology and Biophysics at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Yu also served as Interim Division Head of the Division of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2013-2017.
Yu’s research focuses on insect innate immunity, including pattern recognition receptors (PRRs), cellular encapsulation and melanization, antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), innate immune signaling pathways, and regulation of gene expression. He has published over 150 scientific papers, served on the NIH Vector Biology Study Section in 2011-2017, and served on the editorial boards of several journals, such as Insect Science.
Junwei (Jerry) Zhu
Dr. Junwei (Jerry) Zhu is a senior research scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Agroecosystem Management Research Unit in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has also been appointed as an ADJ. Professor of Entomology at the University of Nebraska since 2010. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology (Chemical Ecology) at Lund University, Sweden in 1995. Since then, he worked in various industry and research institutes and universities in the US and Europe. His research focuses on semiochemical-based pest management (particularly in discovering and developing practical management tools using novel technologies involving green chemistry/natural products).
Zhu has published over 100 scientific papers and holds eight US patents, some of which have been developed into several commercial products from his inventions. He served as a guest editor of Journal of Chemical Ecology for the special issue titled “Semiochemicals in Pest Management: Development, Regulation Applications” with John Romeo, Tom Baker, and Jocelyn Millar. He is also a subject editor of the Journal of Insect Science and serves on editorial boards of several international journals, such as Frontier, etc.
Currently, Zhu is elected as the president of the International Society of Chemical Ecology. He is also a Past-President of Asia-Pacific Association of Chemical Ecologists and the Over-seas Chinese Entomologists of America (a branch of ESA). He has been awarded about $3 million external research funding from NSF, USDA, NIFA, DOD-DARPA, and various research foundations and industries. He has been invited as a panel member of AAAS, USDA, BARD, NC Research Council, CAS, etc., and as a research consultant/collaborator of Pfizer-Animal Science, BASF, SC Johnson, Cargill and Nitto Denko Inc. (Fortune 500 companies).
Carlos E. Bográn
Carlos Bográn is Technical Manager at OHP Inc. where he leads their insecticide and fungicide R&D efforts and provides technical support to OHP regional sales managers across the U.S. He has been involved in agricultural research and education for more than 20 years. Before joining OHP in 2012 he was assistant and then associate professor and extension specialist at Texas A&M AgriLife-Entomology and Plant Pathology where he led an extension and research program in ornamental-horticulture. Bográn is past President (2016-2017) of the Entomological Society of America Southwestern Branch (ESA) and past President (2007-2008) of the Society of Southwestern Entomologists. He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (ASHS) and the American Phytopathological Society (APS). Bográn has served as subject editor of the Journal of Integrated Pest Management since its inception, has served as subject editor of Arthropod Management Tests since 2010, and has served as consulting editor for plant health for HortTechnology (ASHS) since 2016.
Danesha Seth Carley
North Carolina State University
In order to pursue her love of plants and science, Danesha Seth Carley expanded her roots of life from a small organic farm in West Virginia amongst the Appalachian Mountains pursue an education that would allow her to help her community and work with plants. Consequently, she received her Ph.D. in both Plant Pathology and Crop Science from North Carolina State University, having previously earned a MS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from the University of Tennessee, and a BS in biology from Earlham College. In 2006, she was awarded a postdoctoral Fellowship in Plant Physiology and completed her Postdoctoral work in the Department of Crop Science, also at NC State University.
Carley is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State, where she also serves as both the Director for the Southern IPM Center and the newly formed Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science in Agriculture (CERSA). As an Urban Ecosystem Ecologist, her area of expertise is sustainable managed urban landscapes, with a focus on pollinator health. Recent research programs include pollen quality in commonly planted squash and wildflowers, pollinator ecology along roadsides in North Carolina, and native plant conservation and pollinator habitat establishment at historic Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 Golf Courses.
In addition to grant writing and research, Carley frequently lectures at Bee Keeper Association meetings, Master Gardener meetings, and other events where community members are interested in learning more about pollinator habitat conservation and protection. She has also served as subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management since 2010. She is excited about the opportunity to become more involved in the IPM community and continue her commitment to service in the scientific arena.
Boris A. Castro received his degree in Agronomy from the National School of Agriculture in Honduras, his B.Sc. in Entomology and Fruit Crops from the University of Florida, his master’s degree in Entomology and Experimental Statistics and Ph.D. in Entomology and Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. He also has an MBA from the Craig School of Business. Castro has professional working experience both in academia and industry. He worked in instruction and plant pest diagnoses at the Pan-American School of Agriculture (Zamorano College) in Honduras and as assistant professor and extension specialist at the LSU AgCenter and at Texas A&M University. He also held an adjunct professor role at Fresno State University. He currently works for Corteva Agriscience as a Global Technical Education Leader. Castro has lived and worked in several regions of the U.S. and internationally in Central America, Brazil, Argentina, and New Zealand. His work on insect behavioral ecology, crop protection, and seed traits has been published in more than 20 refereed articles, more than a hundred non-refereed publications and more than 200 oral and cooperative extension-related materials. He is honored to serve our Society in past and current capacities including Secretary-Treasurer for the Pacific Branch, Chair of the Nominating Committee for the North Central Branch, and subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management. Boris enjoys his personal time with family and friends and participating at cause-driven community efforts including Habitat for Humanity, Give2Give Hope, Second Helpings, CABI’s PlantWise Leaflet Project, STEM, FFA and 4-H.
Dr. David Coyle is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation at Clemson University. His Extension Forestry program focuses on forest and tree health and invasive species management in forests and managed landscapes across the Southeast. Coyle has extensive experience with southern forest and tree pests, silviculture/tree care, management, and woody biomass systems. Prior to Clemson, Coyle ran the Southern Regional Extension Forestry – Forest Health and Invasive Species program, which provided hands-on training, electronic resources, and other services pertaining to management of native and invasive forest insects, plants, and diseases to forestry professionals throughout the southeastern U.S.
Coyle grew up on a farm in Harmony, Minnesota, and completed his BA in Biology at Luther College. He then moved to Ames where he finished his MS in Entomology and Forestry at Iowa State University, followed by a move to South Carolina where he worked as a technician for the USDA Forest Service – Southern Research Station Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research. He completed his Ph.D. in Entomology at the University of Wisconsin and a postdoc at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. At UGA, Coyle spent several years working on various forest health issues in the Southeast, covering both hardwood and conifer systems.
Coyle has served various roles in ESA throughout his 22 years in the society, including NCB-ESA Student Affairs Committee (2007-2009), NCB-ESA Executive Committee (2009), NCB Student Rep to the ESA Linnaean Games Committee (2008, 2009), NCB-ESA student representative to the ESA Student Affairs Committee (2007), and is on the SEB-ESA Program Committee for the 2020 meeting in Atlanta. From 2002-2012 Dave co-organized a forest entomology symposium at the National ESA meeting in an effort to bring more forest entomology to the national meeting, and this symposium is still happening today (albeit with different organizers). Coyle is also one of the Communications Chairs and subject editor for the Journal of Integrated Pest Management.
Coyle serves on the Board of Directors and is President-Elect for the North American Invasive Species Management Association, is on the Advisory Committee for South Carolina Exotic Plant Pest Council, and is Co-Director for the ProForest group at the University of Florida. You can find Coyle's forest health outreach work at http://southernforesthealth.net/, or find him on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/southernforesthealth/), Twitter (@drdavecoyle), or Instagram (drdavecoyle) where he regularly posts about invasive pests and all things related to insects, fungi, invasive plants, and trees.
University of California Merced
Dr. Andrea Joyce joined the University of California Merced in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Entomology. She received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, an MS in Entomology at University of California Riverside, and a Ph.D. in Entomology at Texas A&M.
Her research interests are broad and include insect behavior, biological control, integrated pest management, population genetics, speciation, and vector ecology. She has been a member of ESA for over 20 years, and is a member of the P-IE and MUVE sections. She is also a long-time member of the International Organization for Biological Control (IOBC) and the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). She joined the Journal of Integrated Pest Management as a subject editor in 2019.
Current research includes insect behavior and population genetics of hemipteran insect pests in orchards in California, and population genetics of native and invasive mosquitoes in California and in Central America. Previously, she was a Fulbright Scholar in El Salvador where she investigated biodiversity of natural enemies of stemborers on grain crops including corn, sorghum, sugarcane and rice. She enjoys international collaborations and has conducted research or collaborated with scientists in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia and Brazil. She has published in ecological and entomology journals, including PLOS, Ecology and Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Biological Control and Insect Behavior.
Thomas P. Kuhar
Dr. Tom Kuhar received his BS in biology from Towson University in 1992 and his master's (1996) and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in entomology from Virginia Tech. He formerly worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University and was stationed at the Virginia Tech Eastern Shore AREC from 2001-2009. Kuhar is a Professor and IPM Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech. Kuhar's research focuses on the ecology and integrated pest management of insect pests of agricultural crops, particularly vegetables, field crops, and turf grass, of which he has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers and trained over 25 graduate students. Kuhar has served the Entomological Society of America in various capacities including most recently as President of the Eastern Branch (2018-2019). He has been a subject editor of Journal of Integrated Pest Management (since its inception 10 years ago), Associate Editor of Arthropod Pest Management (5 years), and Associate Editor of Plant Health Progress (3 years).
Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
Dr. Theodore Andreadis is the Director of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) in New Haven and Head of the Center for Vector Biology & Zoonotic Diseases where he formerly directed the State of Connecticut’s Mosquito and Arbovirus Research and Surveillance Programs for over 20 years. Andreadis holds a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and MS in Medical Entomology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Insect Pathology from the University of Florida at Gainesville. He additionally holds an appointment as a Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health at Yale University and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at the University of Connecticut. He is currently serving as a Principal Investigator in the Northeast Regional Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications on mosquitoes, ticks and vector-borne diseases, including 177 peer-review articles, 28 review articles and proceedings, and 10 book chapters and bulletins. He has served on the committees of 10 students (MS, MPH, and Ph.D.) through his adjunct appointments at Yale University and the University of Connecticut and seven postdoctoral trainees at CAES. His current research activities focus on the ecology of mosquitoes and the epidemiology of mosquito-borne diseases. He is a 40-year member of the Entomological Society of America and has served as a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology since 2012. He previously served on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology and Journal of Invertebrate Pathology.
Jason H. Byrd
University of Florida College of Medicine
Jason H. Byrd, Ph.D., D-ABFE, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He is a Board Certified Forensic Entomologist and Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Entomology. Byrd is a member of the UF Faculty Senate and is the program administrator for UF’s Veterinary Forensic Sciences, Wildlife Forensic Sciences, Shelter Medicine, and Forensic Medicine educational programs. He has been twice elected President of the American Board of Forensic Entomology, the North American Forensic Entomology Association, and the International Veterinary Forensic Science Association. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Byrd has consulted on forensic science casework for over 25 years, in the area of forensic entomology, forensic botany, and mass fatality management. Outside of academics, Byrd serves as a Medicolegal Death Investigator within the National Disaster Medical System, Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, Region IV, and serves as Commander for the Florida Emergency Mortuary Operations Response System. He is a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology and has published numerous scientific articles and book contributions on the use and application of entomological evidence in legal investigations. Byrd has combined his formal academic training in Entomology and Forensic Science to serve as a consultant and educator in both criminal and civil legal investigations throughout the United States and Internationally. Byrd specializes in the education of law enforcement officials, medical examiners, coroners, attorneys, and other death investigators on the use and applicability of arthropods in legal investigations. His research efforts have focused on the development and behavior of insects that have forensic importance.
Dr. Maria Diuk-Wasser received her B.A. from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her Ph.D. in Biology from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, and was previously Assistant Professor at the School of Public Health, Yale University. Diuk-Wasser is part of the leadership in the CDC-funded Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-borne Diseases and leads a research and teaching program at Columbia focused on vector-borne disease ecology, evolution, and epidemiology (the eco-epidemiology lab). She serves as subject editor for Journal of Medical Entomology and the Ecohealth Journal. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and her research has been supported by grants from CDC, NIH, NSF, and DOD.
Diuk-Wasser's research focuses on elucidating the ecological, epidemiological, and evolutionary drivers for the emergence of vector-borne and zoonotic diseases. She uses multiple methodological approaches to model the transmission and persistence of human vector-borne pathogens at a range of spatio-temporal scales, with strong field and laboratory data input. She has broad training in disease ecology and has been involved in tick and mosquito-borne disease research for the last 20 years. She has strong expertise in vector-borne disease mapping and modeling environmental drivers of human disease risk and has led the first field-based standardized map of human risk of acquiring a tick-borne pathogen at a continental scale. Her lab is currently focusing on the role of urbanization and land use change on the ecology and evolution of tick and mosquito-borne pathogens.
Chris Geden received his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1979 and 1983, respectively. After working as a research associate at NC State University and Cornell, he joined USDA’s Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Florida, where he has been a Research Entomologist since 1992. His research has focused on IPM, behavior, and pathogen relations of muscoid flies affecting livestock, poultry, and humans. Biological control of flies has been a long-standing interest, and he has investigated beetle and mite predators, hymenopteran parasitoids, and fungal and viral pathogens of flies. He also has research interests in pathogens of beneficial insects, house fly attractants, and the potential effects of climate change on fly populations. Geden has published 124 papers in refereed scientific journals, written five book chapters, co-edited a book, and authored 42 popular and extension articles. He has given over 25 international presentations, organized two symposia at national scientific meetings, and has been a co-organizer of two national conferences. He has been an active member of ESA since 1977, attended most national meetings of the society since then, and organized three symposia at national meetings, participated in 14 other symposia, and often has served as moderator and student competition judge. Other ESA service has included the Editorial Boards of the Annals of the ESA (1991-1995) and the Journal of Medical Entomology (2007-2011), MUVE president in 2012, and MUVE representative to the Governing Board (2013-2019). He has been a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology since 2016.
Timothy James Lysyk
Timothy James Lysyk received his bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Alberta, his master’s in entomology from South Dakota State University, and his Ph.D. in entomology from North Carolina State University. He then served as a research scientist with the Canadian Forestry Service before moving to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he worked until his retirement. He continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Lethbridge and in the Department of Ecosystem and Public Health at the University of Calgary.
Lysyk has published 102 refereed journal articles and 14 book chapters, and has given 65 invited presentations, seminars, lectures, and workshops, along with 87 submitted presentations. He has served as a subject editor for veterinary entomology for the Journal of Medical Entomology since 2004, and previously was a subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology, a co-editor of Environmental Entomology, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Medical Entomology. He has received professional recognition including the Livestock Insect Workers’ Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology, four Entomological Society of America service awards, and the Entomological Society of Canada Outstanding Achievement by an Entomologist Under 40 award.
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Douglas Norris received his BS (biology) and MS (entomology) from North Carolina State University, Ph.D. (microbiology) from Colorado State University, and completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Norris is a professor in the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he joined the faculty in 1999. He currently has a joint appointment in the Department of International Health and was a founding faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute. His appointment involves both maintaining an active research program and significant teaching, mentoring, and administrative responsibilities. Norris serves as primary instructor or co-instructor for three courses including Vector Biology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, and is director of the department’s postdoctoral research program. Norris has mentored nearly 50 PhD, masters, and postdoctoral trainees. He has authored or co-authored 117 peer-reviewed publications, three book chapters, and has given 112 invited presentations.
Norris has been heavily involved in the investigation of mosquitoes that vector human malaria and arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya, West Nile virus, and most recently Zika virus, and ticks that vector Lyme disease and rickettsias for over 24 years. His laboratory studies aspects of vector genetics, ecology and behavior. Much of his recent work on malaria has focused on mosquito species in the African Anopheles gambiae and An. funestus complexes and more recently on emerging understudied malaria vector species as we become increasingly interested in residual transmission.
Norris has been a member of ESA since 1991 and has served as a subject editor for ESA’s Journal of Medical Entomology since 2003. He served on the Executive Board and as President-Elect and President of ESA’s MUVE section (2010-2011). He has served on the Executive Board and as President-Elect and President (2005) of the Acarological Society of America (ASA). Norris served on the Executive Board as Vice President, President-Elect, and President of the Society for Vector Ecology (2011-2014), and currently serves on the board as the Northeastern regional representative. He has also served and was recently re-elected as a Councilor of the Executive Committee (2003-2007, 2018-Present) and as Secretary-Treasurer (2006-2007) of the American Committee on Medical Entomology (ACME). Norris has organized, chaired, and co-chaired scientific sessions and judged presentations and papers at the ESA, ASA, and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) national meetings. He also serves on several standing committees at the school and university level, as reviewer for more than 20 journals, as an ad-hoc proposal referee for several international agencies, and as training faculty for several programs and international workshops.
Patricia Y. Scaraffia
Dr. Patricia Y. Scaraffia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. She is also a member of Vector-Borne Infectious Disease Research Center in the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. Since 2016, she has served as a subject editor for Journal of Medical Entomology.
Scaraffia received her Ph.D. at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina, where she worked on energy metabolism in several species of triatomines that are vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease. She conducted her post-doctoral training in Dr. Michael Wells’ laboratory at the University of Arizona, where she focused on amino acid metabolism in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, main vectors of dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. Scaraffia has a strong background and solid foundation in insect metabolism with 18 years of experience working on Ae. aegypti.
Research in her lab is focused on investigating nitrogen and carbon metabolism of Ae. aegypti mosquitoes, using traditional and cutting-edge approaches, including stable-isotope labeled compounds and advanced mass spectrometry, metabolomics, and RNA interference. The studies her laboratory has been performing in mosquitoes using these approaches have led to significant discoveries in the field. Scaraffia´s laboratory is particularly interested in unraveling the physiological, biochemical, and molecular bases underlying the regulation of nitrogen and carbon metabolism in mosquitoes, as well as in discovering new metabolic targets that can be used for the design of better mosquito-control strategies. Since 2014, Scaraffia has been appointed as the Corine Adams Baines Professor in Tropical Medicine.
Richard Wilkerson is a medical entomologist with interest in the systematics of Culicidae and Tabanidae. He received his BS from the University of North Carolina with a major in botany, and MS and PhD from the University of Florida in entomology. While matriculating at UF, he spent two and one-half years as a U.S. Army enlisted Preventive Medicine Specialist (instructor) and two years of predoctoral research time in Cali, Colombia, at the Universidad del Valle. His published dissertation from his time in Cali is "Horse flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) of the Colombian departments of Chocó, Valle and Cauca" (Cespedesia). Starting in 1985. he was employed by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research at the Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit housed with the national mosquito collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He was promoted to manager of the WRBU in 1998 and served in that capacity until retirement in 2011. Since retirement, he has been a Research Associate at the NMNH.
Wilkerson has over 100 authored or co-authored peer-reviewed publications on systematics of Culicidae (mostly) and Tabanidae. With a wide range of collaborators, he has used a variety of techniques for research including basic morphology and species descriptions and keys, and DNA methods. He did extensive field work in the Neotropics and speaks and reads Spanish and Portuguese. Publications of note include: keys to Central American Anopheles; a new interpretation of the homology and naming of mosquito wing spots used mostly in Anopheles systematics; and, a revision and stabilization of the higher classification of tribe Aedini. Very active since retirement, Wilkerson has been a JME subject editor for five years. Two significant contributions are in progress. One (in review), as a contributor and translator from Spanish and Portuguese, is the first comprehensive set of keys to South American Anopheles females, males, and larvae. The second is a two-volume book entitled "Mosquitoes of the World" (Strickman, Wilkerson & Linton; Johns Hopkins Press). He provided a majority contribution to part of this book in the first update since 1977 of a world mosquito taxonomic catalog.