Eastern Branch Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open December 15, 2021 and close January 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US.
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- Yong-Lak Park, West Virginia University
- Floyd W. Shockley, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Entomology
Bio: Dr. Yong-Lak Park received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Applied Entomology from Seoul National University, South Korea, and Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State University. He worked at the University of California, Riverside as a postdoctoral scholar. He then joined the faculty in the Entomology Program at West Virginia University in 2006 and is currently a full professor. Dr. Park has published about 70 articles and book chapters. His research has focused on the use of technological advances for insect ecology and pest management. Examples include using satellites and drones to detect and manage pests, modeling insect development and distribution, and helping bioinspired engineering with insect systems. He has received six awards for outstanding faculty for research, teaching, and service at West Virginia University and Sigma Gamma Delta West Virginia Chapter.
Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Park has been active in entomology at international, national, and regional levels. Since joining the ESA in 1999, he served as Chair/Co-chair for the Eastern Branch ESA Registration & Hospitality Committee for three years and Chair/Co-chair for the Eastern Branch ESA Student Presentation Competition Committee for four years. He also served on the National ESA Local Arrangement & Technology Committee and the ESA Task Force on Innovation Committee. In 2020, he organized a social event called “EntoFold” at the first Virtual National ESA Meeting by developing and running an online activity involving insect origami. He was the president of the West Virginia Entomological Society and chair of the Young and Woman Entomologist Committee at the 2012 International Congress of Entomology. He has served as an associate editor and member of editorial boards of entomology journals.
Candidate statement: In addition to the rich entomological history of the Eastern Branch ESA, the branch has a diverse membership from 14 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces. The history and diversity in the branch are well-founded, maintained, and enhanced by past leaders and members. Now our era has entered the fourth Industrial Revolution, and the post-pandemic era is on the horizon. The new era of "changes and opportunities" requires leaders with innovative approaches and diverse members. If elected, I will seek innovation in the Eastern Branch ESA by promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity, enthusiastically sharing my expertise with all audiences, embracing leadership, and respecting and representing the diversity of our members.
Bio: Dr. Floyd Shockley is the Collections Manager for the Department of Entomology at the National Museum of Natural History. In that capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of collection management, logistics, shipping, regulatory compliance, purchasing, property management, and IPM for the National Insect Collection. He participates heavily in public outreach efforts for the Department and is the primary contact for media inquiries and the general public. He is Entomology’s liaison with collections and research staff from other departments, executive staff, exhibits, public relations, and non-scientific technical staff (security, building, facilities, and IT). Shockley has overall curatorial responsibility for the collections and conducts original research on the evolution, taxonomy, morphology, and natural history of fungus feeding beetles. He earned his B.A. in Biology from Westminster College (1996) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Missouri (2000) and the University of Georgia (2009), respectively. He joined the staff of NMNH in 2010.
Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: I have been a member of ESA since 1998. During that time, I have been heavily involved with various leadership roles within ESA Section SysEB (most recently as President of the section in 2019), as well as volunteering many times over the years as a moderator or judge at annual meetings, served on central ESA committees, editorial boards, and task-forces and participated in professional development and science policy initiatives. I have also been heavily involved in a number of other organizations like the Entomological Collections Network, the Entomological Society of Washington, the American Association for Zoological Nomenclature, Sigma Xi, etc. I have also served in many leadership roles at the Smithsonian since joining the NMNH staff in 2010.
Candidate statement: I have actively been interested in getting more involved in the Eastern Branch for a number of years, but I was already heavily involved in the leadership of the Entomological Collections Network and the Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution section of ESA. Now that I have completed my obligations to both, I feel that I can devote more time and attention to being more engaged with the Branch. I believe I have the organizational skills to be successful as President-Elect, already know many members of the Branch, and have a good working knowledge already of the central ESA HQ and section governance. I think I could be a very effective leader for the Branch, and I think serving in this role will also provide me additional insights into the unique needs of Branch membership. I would also like to use my time in the Branch Presidential line of succession to create more opportunities and engagement between sections and branches, particularly my primary section (SysEB) which has traditionally been less engaged with Branch meetings in favor of ESA annual meetings and more discipline-specific meetings. I hope that the members of the Eastern Branch will give me this opportunity to serve in a new way.
- Anna Wallingford, University of New Hampshire
Bio: Dr. Wallingford is UNH Extension’s State Specialist in Entomology & IPM, a researcher at NH’s Agricultural Experiment Station, and a faculty member in UNH’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition & Food Systems. A graduate of Virginia Tech’s Entomology Department, Anna has post-doctoral research experience at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY, as well as USDA Agricultural Research Service stations in California and Maryland. In addition to studying practical methods for controlling arthropod pests of horticultural crops, Anna’s research interests include insect behavior and cold weather biology.
Past ESA activity or other volunteer service: Dr. Wallingford has been an active member of the ESA since 2005, the large majority of this time as an Eastern Branch member. Anna has published much of her research in ESA journals, and she has played an active role in annual meetings; having volunteered at the registration table as a student, as a judge for student competition during her early career, and has recently played the role of mentor at several recent networking opportunities. Anna has served as Program Co-Chair or Program Chair of the Eastern Branch Annual Meeting since 2019.
Candidate statement: The Entomological Society of America has played an incredibly valuable role in my career and the Eastern Branch has been particularly important to shaping who I am as an entomologist, a researcher, and an educator. I see serving as Secretary of the Eastern Branch as a vital part of maintaining an organization that I find so valuable. The Eastern Branch and its annual meetings serve a unique role for membership by providing a place for professionals in our region to share information and build collaborations in a smaller scale setting than annual meetings. These branch meetings have also served as a friendlier (i.e. less overwhelming) environment for students and early career entomologists to interact with other professionals and to practice their science communication skills. My hope for the future of the Eastern Branch is that all entomological professionals in the region will be able to find this same value in participation that I have over the years.