Ten Entomologists Named Fellows of the Entomological Society of America
Annapolis, MD; July 30, 2018—The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2018. Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration, or the military. See more details on criteria for Fellow selection, as well as a full list of ESA Fellows.
The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2018, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, November 11-14, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
John M. Clark, Ph.D.
Dr. John M. Clark, a professor in the Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (VASCI) and Director of the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory (MPAL) at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. He is internationally known for his research on the mode of action and resistance mechanisms of insecticides, most notably pyrethroids.
Clark was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1949. He received both his B.S. (1972) and M.S. (1977) degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in zoology and entomology, respectively, and his Ph.D. (1981) in entomology from Michigan State University. Clark accepted an assistant professor position in the Department of Entomology at UMass in 1981, was promoted to associate professor in 1987 and to professor in 1994, and then joined the VASCI Department in 2003.
Clark has maintained a well-funded (more than $18 million) and productive research program (214 peer-reviewed publications, h factor 34) since 1981 in the areas of insect/invertebrate toxicology (146), vertebrate/mammalian toxicology (34), and environmental chemistry (34), and he has had productive collaborations with more than 200 established scientists worldwide. Clark has made 161 scientific presentations, 115 of which were invited; 108 dealt with insect-related topics, and 40 were international. His insect-related work is concentrated on the biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology of resistance mechanisms and the monitoring and management of resistance with an emphasis on the Colorado potato beetle (34) and human head and body lice (64).
Clark received the International Award for Research in Agrochemicals in 2004 from the American Chemical Society (ACS), was named an Outstanding Research Faculty by UMass in 2005, and was elected as a Fellow of the AGRO Division, ACS, in 2007. Clark has served on numerous international, national, university, college, and departmental committees and professional societies, including the Entomological Society of America and the International Congress of Entomology. As Vice-, Program- and Division-Chair for AGRO/ACS (2010-13), he brought a strong presence of entomology-based science to the Division and has edited or co-edited eight ACS Symposium Series Books dealing with the control of insect pests and vectors. Clark has served for 17 years on the AGRO Executive Committee and has been a member of three Strategic Planning Panels, where he championed the inclusion of insect science, particularly that dealing with resistance and the control of vectors.
Clark is currently the editor-in-chief of Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology (2010-present), was a subject editor for the Journal of Medical Entomology from 2005-10 and associate editor for Pest Management Science from 2004-10, and has served on the editorial boards of another five journals. Clark has been a panel member on seven national granting agencies (NIH, USDA, EPA), many of which have dealt with the control of insect vectors and other insect pests. He has served on 15 national or international symposia organizing or programming committees and organized or co-organized 23 symposia, 15 of which were entomologically focused.
Clark's daughter Tristin is raising his granddaughter, Livvy, and his son Zakary is a systems administrator for Data Evolution LLC in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Christina M. Grozinger, Ph.D.
Dr. Christina M. Grozinger, distinguished professor of entomology and director for the Center of Pollinator Research at Pennsylvania State University, was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. Grozinger is internationally recognized for her integrative studies on the proximate and ultimate mechanisms underpinning social behavior and health in bees and for her advocacy for research, education, and conservation of pollinators.
Grozinger was born in Montreal, Canada, in 1975 and emigrated with her family to the United States in 1978. Grozinger obtained her B.Sc. from McGill University in 1997, with a dual degree in chemistry and biology and certificate of proficiency in German. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship for her studies on histone deacetylases in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University with Stuart Schreiber, obtaining her M.A. (1999) and Ph.D. (2001). Subsequently, Grozinger was awarded a Beckman Institute Fellowship to join Gene Robinson's group at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, to examine the neurogenomic basis of pheromone-mediated behavior. In 2004, she joined the faculty at North Carolina State University as an assistant professor of insect genomics. In 2008, she joined the Department of Entomology at Penn State as an associate professor, became the Director for the Center for Pollinator Research in 2009, and was named a Distinguished Professor of Entomology in 2015.
Grozinger uses a trans-disciplinary approach encompassing genomics, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, chemical ecology, and ecological modeling. Her studies examining the mechanisms mediating cooperation and conflict in insect societies reveal a nuanced communication system that interfaces with epigenetic and transcriptional networks to shape individual and group behavior. Her studies on pollinator health evaluate the impacts of biotic and abiotic stressors at the molecular, physiological, and behavioral level to design strategies to mitigate and improve resilience to these stressors. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles with more than 10,000 citations and served as the principal or co-principal investigator on grants totaling $16.5 million, with $7.5 million directly supporting her program. Grozinger is dedicated to supporting the next generation of scientists, mentoring 45 undergraduates, 15 Ph.D. and six M.Sc. graduate students, and 13 postdoctoral scholars, many of whom received prestigious awards from NSF, USDA-NIFA-AFRI, US-Israel BARD, Sigma Xi, and the Barry Goldwater Foundation.
Grozinger actively promotes entomology to the public, stakeholders, policymakers, and international scientific community. She has organized multiple workshops, symposia, and conferences; obtained funding for undergraduate and graduate training programs; facilitated collaborative networks; and disseminated her research broadly, with 95 invited scientific presentations and more than 80 outreach and extension presentations. She has taken leadership roles in the Entomological Society of America and the International Union for the Study of Social Insects. Grozinger's achievements are recognized though multiple awards, including the NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award, Harbaugh Faculty Scholars Award for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, James Hambleton Memorial Award for excellence in apiculture, Black Award for Excellence in Research, and Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor Award.
Grozinger is married to a fellow entomologist, Harland Patch. They are the proud parents of an aspiring entomologist, Evelyn Patch.
Ann E. Hajek, Ph.D.
Dr. Ann E. Hajek, a professor of the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. She is nationally and internationally known for her research in invertebrate pathology, biological control, disease ecology, and invasive species.
Hajek was born in San Francisco, California, in 1952. She attended the University of California, Davis, for two years and graduated in 1974 from the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), where she first learned about entomology. She then spent three years as a practicing entomologist and a science writer before beginning graduate studies at UCB. Studying at the Division of Biological Control, she earned her M.S. in 1980 and her Ph.D. in 1984. Moving to Ithaca, New York, Hajek worked in insect pathology at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) for 10 years. In 1994, the Cornell Department of Entomology conducted an international search for a professor of insect pathology, and Hajek accepted this position. She attained the ranks of associate in 2000 and full professor of entomology in 2005. Beginning with her time at BTI and continuing through her time at Cornell, Hajek has run an active research program including laboratory and field studies involving nearly 200 people in different capacities. She has also taught courses at Cornell on invertebrate pathology, symbiosis, biological control, and invasion ecology.
Hajek has worked with numerous natural enemies of well-established and novel invasive species, but her work has emphasized fungal entomopathogens and nematodes. Her research has focused on utilizing knowledge about disease ecology to help facilitate successful and environmentally safe biological control with entomopathogens. Hajek has published almost 250 research publications, literature reviews, and book chapters. She is most proud of the books for which she has taken a leadership role, including one single-authored introductory book on biological control (Natural Enemies) that has now (2018) been revised with a co-author. She has edited three books, including the recently published Ecology of Invertebrate Diseases (2018), and has also co-authored two versions of a catalogue of classical biological control introductions of pathogens and nematodes. Hajek has graduated two M.S. students and 10 Ph.D.s and has mentored 14 postdocs and eight visiting scientists. Hajek has been involved in the planning, design, and management of the quarantine facility at Cornell, enabling research on invasive species and biological control.
Hajek received the L. O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award, Eastern Branch, ESA (2015) and the Distinguished Scientist Award, Nearctic Regional Section, International Organization of Biological Control (2011). Hajek served as visiting and honorary professor in zoology, University of Copenhagen (2011-2016) and adjunct professor, Anhui Agricultural University, China (2008-2011). She has presented invited talks in many U.S. states and in 14 countries on six continents. She has been very active in leadership roles within the Society for Invertebrate Pathology.
Hajek married James K. Liebherr, professor of systematic entomology, in 1984. Hajek's daughter Lisa is a practicing lawyer in Seattle, Washington, and her son Jonathan works in spatial analysis in Rochester, New York.
Kenneth F. Haynes, Ph.D.
Dr. Kenneth F. Haynes is a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Kentucky. He is internationally known for his research on insect behavior and chemical ecology.
Ken was born in Lexington, Kentucky, in 1954. Before returning to Kentucky he lived in England, India, Massachusetts, Upstate New York, and California. He received a B.S. in biological science from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1976. He studied with Professor Martin Birch (deceased), earning his Ph.D. in 1982 at the University of California, Davis. He continued to study pheromones of Lepidoptera with Professor Thomas C. Baker at the University of California, Riverside, as a postdoctoral scholar. Martin and Tom taught him the love and practice of good science. Ken accepted a position as an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky in 1986, and rose through the ranks to professor in 1995.
Ken's research interests have included the evolution of insect pheromones, chemical mimicry of moth pheromones by bolas spiders, behavior and management of bed bugs, and communication in many additional insects. His publications have dealt with basic studies of chemical communication and their applications for pest management. He and Professor Jocelyn Millar edited two books on Methods in Chemical Ecology. He also co-authored a book on Insect Pheromones with Professor Martin Birch. He has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and more than 30 other publications (including book chapters, trade journal articles, and general science articles). He takes pride in the diverse collaborative projects that he has undertaken with his colleagues and students. He is particularly proud of the accomplishments of the graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have studied with him. He enjoys teaching, particularly a course that he teaches on insect behavior to both undergraduate and graduate students.
He has served his profession in numerous ways and has been recognized by his university and professional societies including ESA. He has served ESA on the editorial board of the Annals of the Entomological Society and as a subject editor for insect behavior for Environmental Entomology. He is currently on the editorial board for the Journal of Insect Behavior. He edited a special edition of Current Opinion in Insect Science on pheromones. He has been a counselor, treasurer, and president for the International Society of Chemical Ecology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2011). He was selected as the Bobby C. Pass Research Professor (2012-2016). He received the Thomas Poe Cooper Award for Research and the High Impact Research/Extension Program Award from his college. He received the C.V. Riley Award from the North Central Branch of ESA in 2012.
Ken is married to Joy Gall Haynes since 2000 and before then was married to Elizabeth Weber Haynes (deceased) for 18 years. He has two children and two stepchildren who have all scattered across the country.
Daniel A. Herms, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel A. Herms, vice president for research and development at The Davey Tree Expert Company, was elected as Fellow in 2018. He is internationally known for research on theory and ecology of plant defense and its application to management of insect pests of trees and shrubs.
Herms was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1959 and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he worked for the Herms Floral Company and Greenhouses. He received his B.S. in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University (OSU), where his interest in entomology was sparked by the animated teaching of Dave Horn. He earned an M.S. in 1984 from OSU with dual majors in entomology and horticulture, conducting his research in the lab of Dave Nielsen. From 1984 to 1996, Herms worked at Dow Gardens, a public display garden in Midland, Michigan, directing the IPM and research programs. While working at Dow Gardens, he received his Ph.D. in 1991 from Michigan State University (MSU) in entomology and the ecology and evolutionary biology graduate program, where he was mentored by Bill Mattson and appointed as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. Herms joined the Department of Entomology at OSU in Wooster in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. In 2018, he was hired by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the world's largest full-service tree care firm, as vice president of research and development.
Herms has published 256 papers, including 96 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 31 book and proceeding chapters, and 129 outreach and extension publications and has garnered more than $10 million to support his work. He has been major advisor to 18 graduate students, served on the advisory committee of 39 graduate students, and supervised nine post-docs. His research with students and collaborators explores the ecophysiology of tree defense, including chemical ecology and response to abiotic factors as well as ecological impacts of invasive forest insects. His applied research and extension programs address IPM in urban forests, ornamental landscapes, and nurseries.
Herms has presented or coauthored 167 invited and 317 contributed research presentations and 448 extension talks. He taught or co-taught The Nature and Practice of Science and Insect Ecology and Evolution at MSU and OSU, Forest and Shade Tree Entomology at OSU, and served the OSU Department of Entomology as graduate studies chair (2004-2006), associate chair (2006-2011), interim chair (2012), and chair (2013-2016). He has served as subject editor for Environmental Entomology, associate editor for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) working group on tree resistance to insects, and on USDA APHIS science advisory panels for emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Major recognitions include the Richard W. Harris Authorship Award from the International Society of Arboriculture (2013), the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology (2014), and election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014).
His wife Cathy received her M.S. in forest entomology from MSU, and they enjoy birding, hiking, boating, paddling, scuba diving, and butterfly gardening.
Mark S. Hoddle, Ph.D.
Dr. Mark S. Hoddle, an extension specialist in biological control in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. Hoddle is internationally known for his work on the classical biological control of invasive arthropods that adversely affect agricultural, urban, and wilderness areas.
Hoddle was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1967. He attended the University of Auckland, receiving his B.Sc. in zoology in 1989 and M.Sc. in zoology in 1991. Hoddle's M.Sc. research investigated basic biological attributes of the gorse seed weevil, Exapion (formerly Apion) ulicis, a natural enemy of gorse, a highly invasive weed. In Fall 1992, Hoddle started his Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, under the supervision of Dr. Roy Van Driesche. This work assessed the impacts of inundative releases of two parasitoid species for control of silverleaf whitefly, Bemisia tabaci, infesting greenhouse-grown poinsettias. In spring 1997, after graduating from UMass, Hoddle started at UCR. In May 2018, Hoddle received his D.Sc. from the University of Auckland, the culmination of more than 20 years of work on the biological control of invasive pests.
Major research accomplishments have included the biology and biological control of avocado pests in California; the highly effective classical biological control program targeting the glassy-winged sharpshooter, Homalodisca vitripennis, in the South Pacific; proactive biocontrol and elucidation and field evaluation of the sex pheromone of the avocado seed moth, Stenoma catenifer, in Guatemala and Perú; classical biological control of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), Diaphorina citri, in California with parasitoids found from foreign exploration in Punjab Pakistan; biological control of invasive insect pests of conservation importance such as the cottony cushion scale in the Galapagos Islands; biology and management of invasive palm weevils, Rhynchophorus spp., in California and Saudi Arabia; and the taxonomy, biology, behavior, and control of invasive thrips (Thysanoptera).
Honors and awards received include: California Department of Pesticide Regulations Integrated Pest Management Award for ACP biocontrol (2017); University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Staff Appreciation and Recognition Award for ACP extension (2016); International Organization of Biological Control Nearctic Regional Section Distinguished Scientist of the Year (2015); California Avocado Society's Oliver Atkins Award for outstanding research excellence and service to the California avocado industry (2014); ESA Pacific Branch Award for Excellence in Extension (2013); ESA Pacific Branch Plant-Insect Ecosystems Award (2012); ESA National Recognition Award in Entomology (2007); University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Rosenfield Award for Applied Pest Management (1996), and the ESA's President's Prize for best oral student presentation in biological control (1994 and 1995).
The majority of what Hoddle has accomplished would not have been possible without his wife and fellow entomologist, Christina Hoddle, who has been an integral part of organizing and executing field and lab work targeting Stenoma, cottony cushion scale, ACP, and palm weevils. Their two boys, Nicholas and Luke, enjoy looking for palm weevils and monarch caterpillars!
Bruce A. McPheron, Ph.D.
Dr. Bruce A. McPheron, professor of entomology and executive vice president and provost of Ohio State University (OSU), was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. He is internationally known for the development of molecular diagnostic tools to understand and manage the spread of invasive fruit fly species and work on the process of speciation, using native fruit fly species as model systems.
Even in his early childhood in Ohio, insects—and their role in the ecosystem—intrigued him. Later, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors in entomology from OSU and a master's degree in biology and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Illinois. His academic career at land-grant institutions began as an Ohio State county extension educator, followed by a position as a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University. In 1988, he joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University's College of Agricultural Sciences and later served as associate dean and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station and as the college's dean. He returned to Ohio State in 2012 as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. In 2015, he served as interim executive vice president and provost during a national search and, in 2016, was appointed to the permanent position. In this role, he oversees of 15 colleges, five campuses, and more than 7,000 tenure-, clinical-, research-track and associated faculty. In addition, he has oversight of academic programs for 66,046 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; more than 200 majors; and almost 13,000 courses.
He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Africa, Australia, and Latin America, focusing on the spread of invasive fruit fly species, in addition to international agriculture and agricultural biosecurity. His research is published in 60 refereed journals, two edited books, 16 articles in books, 22 non-refereed publications and 68 domestic and international invited presentations. In addition, he has taught at all levels and provided research supervision of five M.S. degrees, 10 Ph.D. degrees, and seven postdoctoral scholars; sponsored 17 undergraduate research projects; and hosted eight graduate students for significant components of their thesis research.
A longtime national leader in higher education administration, he has focused on the vital contributions of land-grant institutions to society. He served in national leadership within the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), chairing the agricultural research leadership organization, then the dean and administrative heads of agriculture and, finally, the Policy Board of Directors of the Board on Agriculture Assembly. As provost, he is active in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and APLU in advancing the land-grant mission in higher education.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has testified on the Farm Bill before the U. S. House of Representatives. In addition, as a food-security advocate, he serves on Feeding America's board of directors.
He and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren.
Paul Opler, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Opler, a special appointment professor at Colorado State University (CSU), was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. He his best known for his research on insect host relationships of Lepidoptera and tropical ecology and his service as first editor of American Entomologist.
Opler was born in 1938 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Michigan and northern California. He received his B.A. in entomology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1960. Paul continued his education in 1963 at San Jose State University with an M.A. in biological sciences in 1965. He returned to Berkeley and received his Ph.D. in entomology in 1970. After graduation he was a research associate with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica until 1974, after which he was hired by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the first entomologist in the Endangered Species Program. He retired from the government in 1997 after which he was hired as a special appointment professor in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences at CSU in 1998.
Opler's major career accomplishments have centered on his intense interest in Lepidoptera and have resulted in major publications on the species-area effects on leaf-miner species richness of host oak geographic distributions in California as evidenced by highly significant log species versus log host regressions. This should have major effects on the way that economically important crops and their herbivore and parasitoid communities are managed. His books include field guides to both eastern and western butterflies, his contribution to Moths of Western North America, and his role as scientific editor of "Status and Trends of our Nation's Biological Resources." At CSU, Opler has been major advisor or co-advisor to four students who have completed their advanced degrees. He has given many lectures on Lepidoptera systematics to undergraduate and graduate classes, has helped build the C.P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity, and is currently active in helping build a library of genomic DNA for North American butterflies.
Opler's major service to the ESA has been his role in serving as first editor of American Entomologist and in helping with the enduring format for its contents with significant input from past ESA President W. Donald Duckworth. Paul also served as chair of ESA's Section A.
Opler has been married twice, first to Sandra Sue Segler (1940-1992) and Evi Maria Lang (1950-). His three children are Tim C., David C., and Laura Maria. His hobbies include birding, traveling, genealogy, and paleoanthropology.
M. Alma Solis, Ph.D.
Dr. M. Alma Solis, research scientist and former research leader at the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL), Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, was elected as an ES Fellow in 2018. She is internationally recognized as a world authority on the economically important Pyraloidea, or snout moths, and is a curator at the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Solis was born in Texas and grew up in Brownsville. She attended Texas Southmost College and transferred to the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in science education before continuing on to a Master's program in biological sciences with Larry Gilbert. She then went to the University of Maryland at College Park (UMCP) for a Ph.D. program in insect systematics at the Department of Entomology with Charles Mitter. She was hired as a research scientist by SEL in 1989. On a year-long detail in 1999 to the University of Texas at Brownsville, she was associate dean of the College of Math, Science, and Technology. She was appointed acting research leader of SEL in 2003 and as permanent research leader two years later. She briefly served as the ARS acting associate director for the Beltsville Agricultural Research Area in 2011. She was research leader for 10 years, returning to full-time research in 2014.
She has published more than 100 research papers and book chapters on the higher-level classification and taxonomic identity of ecologically and economically important Pyraloidea. She has conducted fieldwork worldwide, but her primary research focus has been the Neotropics, specifically in Costa Rica. She has been invited to teach workshops on Pyraloidea worldwide. She has provided research services supporting state, federal and international regulatory programs and has provided more than 28,000 identifications during her USDA career.
As SEL research leader, she was the "face" of arthropod systematics research in the federal government and supported university undergraduate and graduate student programs in the U.S and abroad. She has received various awards including the National ARS Administrator's Supervisory Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity Award; USDA Recognition for Outstanding Service on the ARS Research Position Evaluation System Advisory Committee; and the USDA Technology Transfer Group Award for providing extraordinary assistance to APHIS/PPQ at ports in the U.S. and around the world. She is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and a Leadership Texas alumnus. She is on various scientific and editorial boards and has been president of the ESA Systematics, Evolution, and Biodiversity Section, the Entomological Society of Washington, and the Washington Biologists' Field Club, where, as noted by The Washington Post, she was the first woman president in its more than 100-year history.
She and her husband, Jason P. W. Hall, a butterfly systematist, created a butterfly garden in Silver Spring, Maryland, that was featured by NPR in an interview titled "Rare Specimens: An Unusual Match-Up in Entomology." At home she is in the garden or reading science fiction and enjoys hiking and scuba diving with her husband.
Richard Stouthamer, Ph.D.
Dr. Richard Stouthamer, a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), was elected as an ESA Fellow in 2018. He is internationally known for his research on Wolbachia, invasive species, and insect-transmitted plant pathogens.
Professor Stouthamer was born in The Netherlands in 1954. He attended the Delft University of Technology for one year studying chemistry, then changed to the Wageningen University where he studied environmental sciences and biology, receiving his M.Sc. in biology in 1983. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1989 in entomology from UCR, studying parthenogenetic reproduction in parasitoid wasps with Robert F. Luck. After graduation in 1989, he did a post-doc with Jack Werren at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, New York, working on sex ratio distorters initially in Nasonia and later in Trichogramma wasps. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Laboratory of Entomology at the Wageningen University, continuing his work on host symbiont relationships in parasitoid wasps and biological control. In 2001, he took his current position at UCR.
Stouthamer's research has been motivated by trying to improve biological control of pests. His Ph.D. research focused on using the all-female reproduction in several parasitoid species to improve biological control. During these studies, he discovered the involvement of microorganisms in causing parthenogenesis in many different parasitoid wasp species. Follow-up studies on these bacteria identified them as Wolbachia. Fieldwork into this relationship in the desert wasp Trichogramma kaykai led to the discovery of an additional sex-ratio distorter that causes all-male offspring. His work on invasive species has centered on determining the identity and native range of invading populations, using mainly molecular methods. Such methods were also used to study the variety of pathovars of the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa, which causes various scorching diseases in different tree species globally.
Stouthamer has published more than 160 scientific papers and 15 book chapters. He has guided about 50 M.Sc. projects for students at the Wageningen University and has graduated one M.Sc. at UCR and 12 Ph.D. students, with two Ph.D. students currently in his group. He has also mentored 13 postdoctoral scientists and 16 visiting scientists. He has presented or coauthored numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007), received the Recognition Award of the ESA Pacific Branch in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry and Toxicology (2008), the International Organisation of Biological Control–Nearctic Region Section's Distinguished Scientist Award (2010), and the ESA Recognition Award (2013).
Married to his wife, Carol, they have two daughters who are both biologists; their older daughter Claire is a fresh water ecologist in California, while their younger daughter Corinne is an entomologist in Arizona.
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