Jeffrey Scott, ESA Fellow (2013)

Dr. Jeffrey G. Scott, a professor at the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, was elected as Fellow in 2013.  He is internationally recognized for his research on insecticide resistance, toxicology, and evolutionary biology.

A native of Grand Rapids, MI, he received his A.A. (honors) from Grand Rapids Junior College, B.S. in biochemistry (honors, Michigan State), M.S. in entomology (Michigan State), Ph.D. in entomology and toxicology (University of California, Riverside), and was a post-doctoral associate with John Casida at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the faculty at Cornell in 1986. 

A pioneer in the field of insecticide resistance, his outstanding work has led to a greater understanding of the mechanisms, evolution, and population genetics involved.  He is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scientists.  He was the leader of a global effort that resulted in sequencing of the house fly genome.  His recent work has expanded into novel methods of insect control and the evolution of sex determination in house fly.  He has received many awards and honors including the University of California-Riverside Outstanding Young Alumnus (1992), the Prominent Achievement Award from the Pesticide Science Society of Japan (1996), the Orkin Award for Research Excellence (1997), the Paul A. Dahm Memorial Lecturer (1999), the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology (2002), and the ESA Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology (2012). 

Scott has made many contributions beyond his research.  He has provided leadership to ESA, including serving as the President of the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section of ESA, symposia organizer, and judge for student competitions.  He currently serves on the editorial boards for Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology (since 1997) and Insect Molecular Biology (since 2008).  He served as department chair from 2007–2013 and oversaw the merger of the separate Ithaca and Geneva departments into a single department in 2010.  He was the director of graduate studies for entomology at Cornell from 1995–1998 and 2005–2007.  He has served on numerous grant panels including being panel manager for USDA and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health.

Scott also is a dedicated teacher.  He teaches “Pesticides, the Environment, and Human Health” where students learn about the complex aspects of pesticide use, including both conventional and genetically modified organisms.  He also teaches “Insecticide Toxicology” about the metabolism and mechanisms of action of insecticides. 

Scott is married to his college sweetheart and they have two children and one dog.  His hobbies include gardening and fishing.

(updated March 2014)