Webinar - Opportunities for Entomologists at the EPA

This webinar looked at the types of jobs for entomologists available at the EPA and presented perspectives from different experience levels and different divisions. Panelists also talked about the types of experience and qualifications looked for in these roles. 



photo of Dr. Holly Summers Dr. Holly Summers is a Biologist in the Environmental Fate and Effects Division (EFED) of the Office of Pesticide Programs. She joined EFED following a stint in the AAAS Science and Technology Fellowship, where she worked in the USDA-APHIS office of Biotechnology Regulatory Services. In each federal office, she has found opportunities to leverage her academic background in plant-pollinator interactions. Her work in EFED includes conducting risk assessments to meet Endangered Species Act requirements and leading projects to improve pollinator risk assessment processes.
photo of Luisa Samoalot Luisa Samalot is a microbiologist in the Antimicrobials Division (AD). She has been with EPA for over 20 years. Luisa has a BS in Industrial Microbiology form the University of Puerto Rico and a Masters Degree in Biotechnology and Biodefense from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Luisa has worked in Puerto Rico’s rainforest on mycology research as part of her coursework for her graduate studies, however life took her to Maryland to work for the EPAs Microbiology Laboratory Branch within the Biological Analysis Branch of the Biological and Economic Analysis Division (BEAD), where she served as a microbiologist for 19 years. As a research scientist for BEAD, Luisa worked mostly as a microbiologist/analyst doing research regarding antimicrobials efficacy testing methods. Currently at the Antimicrobials Division, Luisa works for the Efficacy Branch working on PRIA related actions that are associated with efficacy evaluations for pesticidal products such as antimicrobials.
photo of Shannon Borges Shannon Borges is Chief of the Risk Assessment Branch (RAB) in the Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) and has been with the EPA since 2004. Prior to her move into management, she held the position of Senior Scientist for ecological risk assessments in the RAB, where she led efforts to strengthen the consistency and quality of ecological risk assessments for microbial and biotech pesticides. Shannon has been EPA’s delegate to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Expert Group on Biopesticides (EGBP) since 2013 and currently co-chairs the EGBP as well as the International Commission on Plant-Pollinator Relationships Workgroup on Microbial Pesticides and Bees. Prior to these roles, she was employed as a risk assessor in both the BPPD and the Environmental Fate and Effects Division. Before joining the EPA, Shannon worked as a Project Coordinator for the American Bird Conservancy.
photo of Dr. Rebeccah Waterworth Dr. Rebeccah Waterworth is an entomologist in the Biological Analysis Branch of the Biological and Economic Analysis Division (BEAD). She is relatively new to EPA, having joined BEAD about two years ago. Rebeccah’s background is in integrated pest management of insects in ornamental and agricultural landscapes in both Maryland and California, where her undergraduate and graduate coursework and research were completed. As part of her work in BEAD, she assesses use, usage, and benefits of active ingredients as part of registration review of chemicals.

Gloria (Ashley) Gaines hails from Bennett, North Carolina. She studied Health Policy and Management at the Gilling’s School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill, where she served as a patient navigator and interpreter for Hispanic/Latinx patients, recruited patients for a national pragmatic study to determine the most effective dose of aspirin, and supported a variety of health organizations that provide social services to medically vulnerable populations. She later completed two years of Peace Corps service in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, where she had the opportunity to collaborate with local leaders on the national Healthy Schools strategy and learn Kaqchikel, one of the 20+ indigenous languages spoken in Guatemala. In her new role as a Human Resources Staffing Specialist and Special Emphasis Program Manager for the Hispanic Employment Program, Ashley hopes to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts across the Agency.


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