Candidates for the Southeastern Branch Election

Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open January 11, 2021 and close February 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions

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President-Elect Candidate

Dr. Amanda Hodges has focused on invasive species diagnostic extension and academic education as an extension entomologist for the University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Department since 2003. She received her PhD in Entomology from the University of Georgia in 2002, and current research activities primarily focus on invasive arthropod establishment and heteropteran pest management. Dr. Amanda Hodges has authored numerous refereed publications and over 100 extension publications related to arthropod diagnostics and invasive species. Since 2012, she has also served as the Director of the interdisciplinary Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) Program). As the Director, Dr. Hodges is the primary faculty point‐of‐contact for prospective students, coordinates the DPM faculty advisory committee, provides annual programmatic level counseling for 20-27 students, manages public relations components, interfaces with external stakeholders, coordinates the Certificate in Plant Pest Risk Assessment and Management, routinely provides instruction for 4-7 courses, reviews all program of study documents, prepares annual reports, supervises and edits the DPM Newsletter (DPM News), manages various daily programmatic activities, and supervises the DPM Academic Advisor for programmatic-level activities. Dr. Hodges has been very active in ESA and currently serves as SEB-ESA Secretary-Treasurer, elected in 2017. In addition, she served on the SEB-ESA Member Awards Committee from 2004-2005, Chaired the Member Awards Committee in 2005, and Chaired the SEB-ESA Local Arrangements Committee in 2009 (Jacksonville meeting). She has also organized numerous symposia at the SEB-ESA level and two at the national ESA level. In 2012, she was awarded the SEB-ESA Excellence Award in Extension.

Member-at-Large Candidate

Clark (Chuck) Klein is the Global Development Manager for Urban Pest Control in Professional & Specialty Solutions which is part of the Agricultural Solutions business within BASF. He received a B.S. in entomology from Texas A&M University in 1988, an M.S. in entomology from the University of Arkansas in 1989, and a Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Arkansas in 1993. The focus of his graduate research was horn fly biology. After graduation, he joined the University of Arkansas Extension Service where he conducted research on cotton and wheat arthropod pests. He then joined American Cyanamid Company as a Field Research Agriculturist based in Louisiana. In this role, he conducted research on insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides in rice, sugarcane, cotton, wheat, soybeans, corn, and citrus and insecticides for control of termites, ants, cockroaches, and other urban pests. Upon the acquisition of American Cyanamid by BASF, he moved to North Carolina where he has worked in a number of different roles within the US and global research, development, and regulatory groups. He has been a member of ESA and the Southeastern Branch for over 30 years. He has served on the SEB Student Affairs Committee and the Audit Committee and while a graduate student participated in the Linnaean Games. He has also made a number of presentations and judged student competitions at SEB and national ESA meetings.

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