New ESA Liaison to EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs

Lanham, MD; July 15, 2010 – Dr. Thomas E. “Gene” Reagan, Austin C. Thompson Distinguished Professor of Entomology at Louisiana State University and the LSU Agricultural Center, has been selected as the first ESA Subject Matter Expert and Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide Programs. Summaries of the SME experiences are recorded in trip reports and can be found in the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section of the ESA web site.

Gene received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Louisiana State University, and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State studying ecology and pest management under Dr. Robert L. Rabb. After working two years as Extension Assistant Professor on tobacco at NCSU, he returned to Baton Rouge, where he conducts research on sugarcane insects and teaches Fundamentals of Applied Entomology. Gene’s research spans the fundamental and applied spectrum, often emphasizing multicrop landscape perspectives, integration across disciplines, and extensive collaboration with scientists and practitioners on the development and use of IPM systems.

Dr. Reagan has more than 230 scientific publications, including 75 in peer-reviewed high-profile journals, and 76 in Arthropod Management Tests about pesticide efficacy, non-target impact and run-off studies, and numerous other technology transfer papers. During the past 9 years, he has acquired more than $1.5 million in national competitive grant support. He has served as major professor for more than 20 graduate students (11 doctoral) employed in diverse areas of agriculture including (faculty) research, teaching, and extension, federal (USDA–ARS and APHIS), private consulting, industry, and county agent extension.

Gene’s ESA-related activities include serving more than 10 years as faculty adviser to the Student Affairs Committee debate program, currently chairing the Editorial Board for Environmental Entomology and previously serving on the Thomas Say Editorial Board. He has been on several review panels for the USDA and EPA and is on the Entomological Foundation Board of Counselors.

In addition to the Austin C. Thompson professorship at LSU, Dr. Reagan’s previous awards include the College of Agriculture Graduate Teacher Award, the Experiment Station Career Research Award and the Team Research Award, and the University Distinguished Faculty Award for research, teaching and service. Dr. Reagan also received an outstanding service award in research and education from the Louisiana sugar industry. Last year, he was the ESA Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award nominee from the Southeastern Branch.

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