Richard E. Lee, ESA Fellow (2007)

Dr. Richard E. Lee, Jr. is internationally recognized for his research on physiological and ecological mechanisms of cold tolerance, dormancy, and the winter ecology of temperate and polar insects and other ectotherms. His field research includes work on Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic and five field seasons on the Antarctic Peninsula.

Lee has published more than 195 refereed journal articles, reviews and book chapters. He is senior editor of two books and received a patent for the use of ice nucleating microorganisms for biological control. He has served on the editorial boards of American Entomologist, Environmental Entomology, Cryobiology, and CryoLetters.

Lee is also active in providing professional development opportunities for teachers, receiving more than $2.7 million in grants to support these activities. For the past 15 years, he has co-directed an environmental science program for Ohio elementary teachers (>1,000 alumni) taught at a field station in Wyoming.

After receiving his B.A. in biology from the College of Wooster (1973), he earned an M.S. (1976) and Ph.D. (1979) in zoology from the University of Minnesota. In 1982 he joined the faculty of Miami University in Ohio, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Zoology. His honors include several teaching awards, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion from Miami University, and election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

(updated October, 2007)