Candidates for the Eastern Branch Election
Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open January 2, 2019 and close February 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions.
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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. Anne completed her BS degree at Virginia Tech where she was exposed to the study of entomology. She completed her PhD at Rutgers University studying the life history of brown marmorated stink bug 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 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. 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 44 peer-reviewed manuscripts and $6 million in competitive funding. Anne has been active in ESA throughout her 15 year membership, including Chair of Student Affairs Committee and Faculty Advisor for the Student Debates. More recently, she has served two terms as Eastern Branch program chair and as a member of the ESA Diversity & Inclusion and Awards committees. She integrates her love of insects, agriculture, and promoting science into most of her service activities within her community, especially those engaging young learners.
Daniel Frank is an entomology extension specialist and associate professor at West Virginia University. Daniel received his B.S. in biology from Utah State University (2001), M.S. in entomology from the University of Florida (2004), and Ph.D in entomology from Virginia Tech (2009). In his current position, he conducts applied research and provides leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide educational/informational programs in entomology that include pest identification, integrated pest management, pesticide safety and education, and arthropod management and control programs. In addition, he teaches several classes within WVU’s Division of Plant and Soil Sciences. He has been an ESA member for 15 years, and currently serves as secretary for the Eastern Branch.