Michael Parrella Elected VP-Elect of ESA

Annapolis, MD; September 10, 2015 – Dr. Michael P. Parrella, chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the Univerity of California, Davis, was recently elected Vice President-Elect by members of the Entomological Society of America (ESA).

Dr. Parrella has an undergraduate degree in animal science from Rutgers University and MS and PhD degrees in entomology from Virginia Tech. He took a position as assistant professor in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside and relocated to the UC Davis campus in 1988.

"The science represented by entomology and ESA has never been stronger," Dr. Parrella said. "As a member of the Governing Board for six years, I supported an aggressive approach that followed the leadership of past presidents that has radically changed the Society. I am honored to be able to continue this forward-looking stance to enhance the science of entomology, and the visibility and impact of the Society at the national and international levels."

He will begin his term as Vice President-Elect in November 2015 at the end of ESA's annual meeting in Minneapolis. The following year he will be ESA's Vice President, then President, and then Past President.

Dr. Parrella develops IPM programs for greenhouse crops with an emphasis on biological control. He has received awards from both ESA and the greenhouse industry, including the Comstock Award from ESA's Eastern Branch, the ESA Recognition Award, the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology, the Alex Laurie Award for Research and Education from the Society of American Florists, the Futura Award for Teaching and Research from the Professional Plant Growers Association, and he was selected as an ESA Fellow and was elected to the California Floriculture Hall of Fame by the Kee Kitayama Research Foundation.

Dr. Parrella served as President of ESA's Pacific Branch and was a member of the ESA Governing Board for six years. He participates in the Council of Entomology Department Administrators, and served as its President in 1999.

The Entomological Society of America is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Members are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, and hobbyists. For more information, visit http://www.entsoc.org.