Entomological Society of America Elects 2006 Fellows

August 3, 2006, Lanham, Md. — The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected seven new Fellows of the Society. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions in research, teaching, extension, or administration; many Fellows have contributions in more than one area.  The following Fellows will be recognized during the ESA Annual Meeting which will be held from December 10 to 13, 2006, in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

Dr. Michael D. Breed has served the entomological community since 1977 when he joined the faculty of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado where he remains a Professor.  He is also a Faculty Fellow at the University’s Institute of Behavioral Genetics and has a three-year appointment as an Adjunct Professor for the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Breed is known internationally for his research on social insects, particularly on kin and nestmate recognition, which is central to hypotheses related to the evolution of sociality in insects.  He has published on the food recruitment strategies and ecology of tropical ants, mating frequency in yellow jackets, defensive behavior and alarm pheromones of honey bees, and mating systems and communication cockroaches.  He has published over 100 research articles, has co-edited four books, and is currently co-authoring a textbook and lab manual on animal behavior.  He currently serves as the Executive Editor of the journal Animal Behaviour.

Breed has a career of service to many different academic communities and scientific organizations, serving as Secretary-General of the International Union for the Study of Social Insects between 1994 and 2002 and as Section C Chair of the Entomological Society of America.  He has received numerous awards and honors, among them election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Breed received his B.A. from Grinnell College (1973) and his M.A. (1975) and Ph.D. (1977) from the University of Kansas.

Dr. Marshall W. Johnson has earned national and international recognition for his outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension, and the successful development and implementation of successful integrated pest management programs in field crops, vegetables, tropical crops, vines, and tree crops systems.  His efforts have resulted in a reduction in pesticide use and maximization of natural enemies in a number of crop systems.  Science Citation Index lists more than 1,400 citations of Johnson’s refereed journal articles in more than 160 publications.

Johnson holds a B.S. and M.S. in Entomology from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California-Riverside.  He is currently IPM Extension Specialist and Entomologist and Lecturer at the University of California-Riverside.    He previously was the Chair of the Department of Entomology and the Vice Chair of the Department of Plant and environmental Protection Services at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

He has awards from the University of Hawaii, the Hawaiian Entomological Society, and the Entomological Society of America.  He is currently President-Elect of the International Organization for Biological Control and a Past President of the Hawaiian Entomological Society.  He was also a member of the ESA Governing Board and chair of several of its committees, the editor or the Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Hawaii for several years and editor of Biological Control from 1997-2004.

Dr. Timothy D. Paine is internationally recognized for his expertise in ornamentals/urban landscape entomology and forest entomology.  His studies of herbivore behavior and population ecology, mechanisms of host plant susceptibility and suitability, and interactions of herbivores and natural enemies have led to better management guidelines for urban forest trees. These actions have reportedly saved over $250 million over a five-year period for his program to control the ash whitefly in California. 

He has a long list of publications, including 106 peer-reviewed journal articles with research that encompasses biology, physiology, tri-trophic interactions, behavior, biological control, and ecological relationships.  In addition, he currently serves an Associate Editor of California Agriculture and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Insect Behavior

Paine has been with the University of California-Riverside since 1986, currently serving as Program Leader of Agricultural Policy and Pest Management in the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as Department Chair (1997-2003) and Director of its Center for Invasive Species Research (2003-2005).  A 1973 graduate of the University of California-Davis with a B.A. in History (Honors) and B.S. in Entomology (High Honors), he went on to his Ph.D. there in 1981.  He has numerous honors including election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005) and multiple teaching awards from UCR.

Dr. Carl W. Schaefer is recognized as a world leader in the study of Hemiptera-Heteroptera and as a prolific research and writer, with over 200 journal articles authored and seven books edited or co-edited.  In 1973, he began the Heteropterists’ Newsletter which he edited and produced for about twenty years.  Beginning that same year and for the next quarter century, he served as an Editor of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.

Schaefer has served the Entomological Society of America in leadership positions including the President of the Eastern Branch.  He was elected an Honorary Member of the Society in 1996.  His research has been published in 217 journal articles, with seven books edited or co-edited.  In recognition of his scientific achievements, he was invited to give the Plenary address at the 1998 Brazilian Entomological Congress in Rio de Janeiro.

Earning his B.A. in Zoology from Oberlin College, he went on to earn his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Connecticut in 1964.  He began his teaching career at Brooklyn College in 1963 and has been with the University of Connecticut since 1966, achieving the rank of Professor in 1976.  He has advised dozens of masters and doctoral students at the University of Connecticut, and in Asia and South Asia.

Dr. Coby Schal is internationally recognized for his innovative contributions in both applied and basic biology.  With discoveries in the areas of behavior, chemical ecology, physiology, toxicology, biochemistry and molecular biology of cockroaches and moths that have resulted in patents and tools for pest management professionals, he has become the world’s leading authority on cockroach reproductive physiology, including the production and utilization of pheromones.  In recent years, he has expanded his research to include moths and mosquitoes. 

He has published over 160 peer-reviewed articles and has served as a subject editor and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Entomology as well as on the editorial boards of five other professional journals.  He has actively participated as an organizer and participant in over 200 symposia, workshops, and lectures, and has been an active volunteer with the Entomological Society of America and the Entomological Foundation.  His honors include the Lifetime Honorary Membership in the North Carolina Pest Control Association. 

Schal received his B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York at Albany (1976) and his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kansas (1983), and went on to his first teaching position with Rutgers University.  Since 1993, he has been the Blanton J. Whitemire Distinguished Professor of Structural Pest Management at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Charles Michael Smith received his B.S. in Biology from Southwestern Oklahoma University (1971) and his M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) in Entomology (with an Agronomy minor) from Mississippi State University.  He was a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at North Carolina State University, a Professor at Louisiana State University, and the Chair of the Division of Entomology at the University of Idaho.  He has been a Professor of Entomology at Kansas State University since 1990 and was Head of the department from 1990 to 1996.

For the past thirty years, Smith has been an international leader in plant resistance to arthropod research.  His research has involved several crops, including clover, soybean, rice and wheat.  He has authored over 70 refereed scientific papers and two books, including Plant Resistance to Insects – A Fundamental Approach.  He co-edited Techniques for Evaluating Insect Resistance in Crop Plants, the basic “how to” reference for students as well as established scientists in the area of host plant resistance.  He has been invited to give presentations around the world – over 50 invited lectures in 16 different countries. 

He has been an active participant in ESA, having served at the societal and branch levels, and as a subject editor of the Journal of Economic Entomology.  Among his awards was selection as a Fulbright Research and Teaching Scholar in the Czech Republic in 2002.

Dr. Victoria Y. Yokoyama is recognized for her outstanding and sustained research contributions in the development of quarantine treatments to control pests of regulatory concern in exported commodities.  She is internationally known for her work that minimizes the use of chemical treatments, promotes handling techniques, and incorporates host biology to reduce the risk of accidental pest introductions through commodities shipped from the western states.  Her work has helped sustain current trade, and develop new markets for stone fruits and hay in Pacific Rim countries.

Dr. Yokoyama received her B.S. in Entomology from the University of California at Davis, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Entomology with a minor in food science and nutrition in 1974 from the University of California at Berkeley.  After receiving her doctorate, she briefly served as a researcher at the Institute for Cancer Research at Columbia University, then joined the Department of Biology faculty at California State University at Long Beach. 

She has served the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service in Fresno, CA since 1984 as a Research Entomologist, and is currently located at the San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Science Center in Parlier, CA.  She has published over 100 technical reports and papers.  She has served at the branch, section, and societal levels of ESA, most recently as President of the Pacific Branch in 2005. 

Founded in 1889, ESA is a non-profit organization committed to serving the scientific and professional needs of more than 5,800 entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. ESA's membership includes representatives from educational institutions, the government, health agencies, and private industry.

Contact: Paula Lettice, Executive Director, phone 301-731-4535, awards@entsoc.org.