Candidates for the Southwestern Branch Election
Elections will be held by electronic ballot and voting will open February 13, 2019 and close March 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions.
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Scott Ludwig has been an ESA member for 24 years and a member of the Southwestern Branch for the last 18 years. He has served the Branch by participating on various committees, was the joint Local Arrangements Committee Co-Chair of the 2012 Joint meeting of the Southeastern and Southwestern Branches in Little Rock, AR and Program Committee Co-Chair for the 2013 meeting in Las Cruces, NM. He started his career in the Branch as an Extension Program Specialist – IPM with the Texas IPM Program focusing on greenhouse and nursery pest management. During his time in the position he received numerous awards including the 2005 “Excellence in Integrated Pest Management Programming Award” from the Texas Pest Management Association and the 2009 Southern Region IPM Center’s ”IPM Educator Award.”
In 2011, Scott made a career shift when he accepted a position with Nichino America as Product Development Representative. In 2018, he accepted a position as Product Development Manager, Southern Region with AMVAC Chemical Company. In these industry roles he has worked with University faculty, crop consultants, and farmers to develop new pest management tools. If elected Secretary, Scott plans on working to grow the Branch’s membership by increasing outreach to entomologists that currently do not see the Branch serving their professional needs. He would also like to increase the outreach efforts to educators to assist them in teaching their students about the amazing arthropods that are around us every day. Scott enjoys camping, kayaking, and recently started SCUBA diving with his daughter.
Dr. Laura Weiser Erlandson earned her B.S. in Biology at Daemen College, M.A. in Biology at SUNY Binghamton, and Ph.D. in Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Iowa State University. She is currently the Chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics, Lead faculty of BS Biology program, and founding biologist at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Over the last 15 years, she has worked at SUNYPoly (2003 – 2014) and Texas A&M University – Central Texas (2014 – present) teaching, conducting research, providing educational outreach, and developing a BS Biology program for both Universities. Laura’s research interests include biological control of agricultural pests using predators and parasitoids and the control of invasive weed species using herbivores. She has been a member of ESA for 21 years and has been a member of the Central, Eastern, and Southwestern Branches. ESA service includes being a session moderator and student competition judge at numerous branch and national meetings, Chair of the Southwestern Branch 2017-2018 Program committee, Vice-chair of the Southwestern Branch 2016-2017 Program committee, member of the Southwestern Branch 2018-2019 Awards Committee, and Chair of the Jeffery LaFage Graduate Student Award Judging Panel (Eastern Branch). Laura is detail oriented and enjoys giving back to the community and professional organizations.