Candidates for the Eastern Branch Election

Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open January 29, 2020 and close February 28, 2020 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

Dr. Bill Lamp, Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland, College Park, researches three aspects of insects in the human environment: integrated pest management (IPM) of forage crops, ecology of emerging insect pests, and IPM and land use impact on invertebrates in streams and wetlands.  Bill’s publications include 3 books, 15 book chapters, and 63 refereed articles. He has graduated 7 Masters and 12 PhD students, and taught courses on IPM, insect biodiversity, and aquatic entomology. His signature course, Freshwater Biology, taught 22 times to undergraduates, introduces students to aquatic insects through field/underwater discovery.  A member of ESA since 1977, Bill has been active at the national level on the American Entomologist Editorial Board, the Publications Council, and the Finance Committee.  Eastern Branch activities include the Executive Committee from 2003-09, the Program Committee 2009-11 (Chair, 2010-11), and the Student Awards Committee 2011-13 (Chair, 2011-13).  At both national and regional levels, Bill has judged poster and oral student presentations, organized and presented within numerous symposia, and moderated and presented at contributed sessions.  He regularly engages in extension and outreach, including an annual “Discover a Swamp” event at Maryland Day, and has served as science editor for 8 National Geographic Kids books.  Through his combined activities in research, teaching, and outreach, Bill has fostered the development of students and increased their knowledge, improved the management of insect pests, and contributed overall to the University of Maryland and the science of entomology.

Member-at-Large Candidate

Brenna Traver received her PhD in Entomology from Virginia Tech in 2011. She continued on at Virginia Tech following the receipt of a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the impact of different in-hive pesticides on pathogens and immunity in honey bees. In 2014 she accepted an Assistant Professor of Biology position at Penn State Schuylkill, where her primary appointment is teaching. She continues to focus on how pathogens, specifically Nosema ceranae, are impacting honey bee colonies.

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