Frank Zalom Selected as New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology

Distinguished professor at University of California, Davis, to helm ESA's largest scholarly journal

Annapolis, MD; June 21, 2018—The next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology, the largest of the Entomological Society of America's family of scientific journals, will be Frank G. Zalom, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of California, Davis.

Frank G. Zalom, Ph.D.

Frank G. Zalom, Ph.D.

The ESA Governing Board has approved Zalom's appointment to succeed John Trumble, Ph.D., who will step down as editor-in-chief after a remarkable 20 years of leadership. Trumble, distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Riverside, informed ESA in late 2017 of his intent to leave the role in 2018. The Journal of Economic Entomology Editorial Board then launched an open search for Trumble's successor in January 2018.

"Dr. Frank Zalom's career can be viewed as a model of applied entomology derived from an understanding of basic biology, and he is an ideal choice to be the new editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology," says ESA President Michael Parrella, Ph.D. "His unparalleled and broad expertise will serve to continue the journal's growth as the publication of choice for applied entomological research and to build upon the legacy of Dr. John Trumble."

Zalom brings the experience of a 40-year career at the intersection of entomological research, teaching, and application. He served for 16 years as director of the University of California Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program and is the only entomologist in the UC system to ever receive a simultaneous appointment in teaching, research, and extension. His primary research focus has been on integrated pest management of agricultural crops.

Journal of Economic Entomology"My colleagues and I on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Economic Entomology are delighted to welcome Dr. Frank Zalom as the journal's next editor-in-chief. We could not have asked for a better candidate in terms of vision, dedication, reputation, experience, and integrity," says Xuguo Zhou, Ph.D., associate professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky and chair of the Journal of Economic Entomology Editorial Board.

"And we also express our deep gratitude to Dr. John Trumble, whose tireless work ethic and unerring leadership have driven JEE to such great success for so long," says Zhou.

Zalom will take on a five-year term as Journal of Economic Entomology editor-in-chief.

"I couldn't be more pleased to be selected the next editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology," says Zalom. "I have spent the last 40 years of my career trying to solve economically important problems caused by arthropods using an IPM approach, and this journal, as well as ESA's other journals, have always served as a primary foundation and outlet for research conducted in my lab. As I approach the end of my career, I hope to be able to dedicate my efforts to enhancing our Society's influence on science and its application to addressing some of the most important entomological challenges that affect communities worldwide. JEE is uniquely positioned to do exactly that."

Zalom has served in the UC system since 1980, in roles ranging from extension IPM coordinator to professor in the UC Davis International Agricultural Development Graduate Group. He has authored more than 300 journal articles and book chapters and is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Entomological Society, and the Entomological Society of America (ESA). He is a 43-year member of ESA, having served in myriad volunteer roles for the Society, including ESA President in 2014. Zalom holds two degrees in zoology and ecology from Arizona State University (B.S., 1973, and M.S., 1974) and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of California, Davis (1978).

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