Candidates for the Eastern Branch Election

Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open January 11, 2021 and close February 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions

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President-Elect Candidate

Ashley C. Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Delaware, where she studied bird-insect food webs for her doctoral dissertation and delphacid planthopper taxonomy for her MS, and Johns Hopkins University, where she studied animal behavior for her undergraduate thesis. She now serves as the Tick Biologist for the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, Mosquito Control Section. She has also completed internships/fellowships at the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and the U.S. Army Public Health Center Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory.

Ashley has a decade-long history of participation and service within the ESA Eastern Branch. Since joining ESA in 2010, she has attended nearly every Eastern Branch and national meeting, served on various committees (e.g., Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs), co-organized workshops and symposia, and earned several distinctions (e.g., Science Policy Fellow, class of 2017; Eastern Branch John Henry Comstock Award, 2018; Student Certification Award, 2019; Board Certified Entomologist in Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 2020). In the interests of entomology communication and outreach, she has contributed five articles to the “Entomology Today” blog.

Ashley is committed to making the Eastern Branch of ESA a more welcoming, fulfilling, and relevant organization for entomologists of every section and background.

Treasurer Candidate

Dr. Erin Hitchner is a Research and Development Scientist for Syngenta serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Her research focuses on developing novel insecticides, herbicides, fungicides as well as traits across agronomic, fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, she coordinates research trials with University cooperators throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Erin’s fascination with entomology began at an early age while exploring the vegetable farm she grew up on in New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she studied Biology with a concentration in Entomology, receiving her B.A. in 1999. Following graduation she began her career as an IR-4 Field Director with the IR-4 Program, stationed at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Development Center in Bridgeton, NJ. She eventually headed back to college to pursue her PhD in entomology studying under Dr. Thomas Kuhar at Virginia Tech. Her research focused on investigating the integrated pest management of Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) utilizing host plant preference, development of semiochemical-based strategies as well as a novel insecticide.

Erin has been a member of the ESA since 2004 and has served as the Eastern Branch Treasurer for the past 2 years. She is also active in the Northeastern Weed Science and American Phytopathological Societies.

Erin was the recipient of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2009 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. In addition she has authored/co-authored 10 refereed scientific publications and 20 non-refereed/extension publications. Erin and her husband reside in New Jersey with their three daughters.

Early Career Professional to the Eastern Branch Executive Committee Candidates

Karly Regan: I am an applied insect ecologist currently working as a postdoctoral associate for Brian Nault’s vegetable entomology program at Cornell AgriTech. For my Ph.D. at Penn State University, I studied the effects of incorporating cover crops and reducing tillage on pest management and conservation biological control in organic corn production. At Cornell, I’m researching methods to improve IPM programs in commercial onion production across Western and Central NY. I love spending as much of my work day in the field as possible and finding solutions to grower-driven issues in agriculture. In addition to applied research, I am passionate about effective science communication and improving the use of science in policy- and decision-making. As a graduate student, I served in officer positions for the Entomology Graduate Student Association, local chapter of Graduate Women in Science, and the Penn State Science Policy Society. My career aspirations are to work in a position, such as cooperative extension, where I can find solutions to real-world problems in agriculture and help translate and disseminate relevant scientific information to the stakeholders who can benefit from it.

Erasme Uyizeye is an entomology ecologist and conservation biologist. He serves as Adjunct Faculty at Keene State College. He is also a Research Fellow of the Center of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resources Management at the University of Rwanda. Uyizeye earned his doctoral degree in Environmental Studies and master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England in the USA. He holds a master’s degree in Biodiversity Conservation from the University of Rwanda. Uyizeye’s doctoral thesis focused on developing an odonate-based index for monitoring freshwater ecosystems. Uyizeye has also been part of the Carnivore and Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Based at Antioch University New England, he has worked for the Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, serving as Program Manager. Uyizeye received multiple certificates including spatial ecotoxicological risk assessment from the University of Koblenz–Landau in Germany, Tropical Ecology and Conservation from the University of Cambridge in the UK through the Tropical Biology Association. He also received a certificate in Peace Building & Conflict Transformation from World Learning/School for International Training in the United States. Uyizeye currently lives in Claremont, New Hampshire.

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