ESA Liaison to the EPA Office of Pesticide Programs

The ESA supports a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Liaison to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US-EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP). The SME represents the breadth of ESA’s membership to EPA-OPP and provides critical input on topics such as the clarity of labels, guidelines for efficacy testing of pesticides on various arthropods, utility of label mitigations, spray drift, invasive arthropod species, insecticide resistance, and the role of insecticides in integrated pest management. He/she also maintains a network of entomological peers to consult on subject areas beyond those of the his expertise to provide a breadth of experience. Additionally, the SME sits on the ESA Science Policy Committee. To read more about the duties of the SME, please refer to the archived position description.

Dr. Silvana Paula-Moraes, Tenured Associate Professor and Crop Pest Management Specialist at UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center is the current SME. She was appointed to her first term by the ESA Governing Board in 2022 and will continue to serve through the November 2025 ESA Annual Meeting. Prior to her service, the SME position was held by Dr. Allan Felsot (Washington State University) from January 2016 through November 2022; Dr. Mark Whalon (Michigan State University) from January 2013 through December 2015; and Dr. Gene Reagan (Louisiana State University) from July 2010 through June 2012.

The submitted ESA EPA-OPP SME reports are below:

For reports prior to 2021, contact Erin Cadwalader ( at ESA.  

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