Timothy Schowalter Elected as Next Vice President-Elect of Entomological Society of America

Five others earn positions on ESA Governing Board

Annapolis, MD; September 10, 2018—Dr. Timothy Schowalter, professor of insect ecology and forest entomology and former head of the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University, has been elected by members of the Entomological Society of America as the organization's next Vice President-Elect.

He will begin his term as VP-Elect at the conclusion of the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, November 11-14, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He will then serve as ESA Vice President beginning in November 2019, President beginning in November 2020, and Past President beginning in November 2021.

ESA members have also elected five other members to begin or continue positions on the ESA Governing Board:

  • Dr. Tracy Leskey, USDA Agricultural Research Service: Eastern Branch Representative (newly elected)
  • Dr. Julien Saguez, Centre de Recherche sur les grains, Inc.: International Branch Representative (newly elected)
  • Melissa Willrich Siebert, Corteva Agriscience, Agricultural Division of DowDuPont: Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section Representative (newly elected)
  • Dr. Jesus Esquivel, USDA Agricultural Research Service: Southwestern Branch Representative (newly elected)
  • Lina Bernaola, Louisiana State University: Student Representative (re-elected)

ESA members also voted on several other volunteer positions within the Society, the ESA Certification Corporation, and ESA Sections and Branches, as well as Honorary Members and proposed amendments to the ESA Bylaws:

For more info on the entomologists elected to the ESA Governing Board, see below:

ESA Vice President-Elect

Timothy D. SchowalterTimothy D. Schowalter
Louisiana State University

Dr. Timothy Schowalter is Professor and former Department Head of Entomology at Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and was a postdoc at Texas A&M University before moving to Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor in 1981. He was promoted to Professor in 1993 and served as Interim Head before moving to LSU in 2003.

His research on insect responses to disturbances and the effects of these responses on ecosystem structure and function has been published in four books, including Insect Ecology: An Ecosystem Approach and Insects and Sustainability of Ecosystem Services, three invited review papers, 80 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 50 book chapters and other publications. He has served ESA as SEB representative on the Governing Board and as associate editor. He also has served as Program Director for Ecosystem Studies at the National Science Foundation and Vice President for Public Affairs, Ecological Society of America. He is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

Schowalter says, "I am committed to the goals of the ESA. I support broadening of member diversity, promoting professional opportunities for all members, communicating entomological science to policy-makers, and coordinating entomological science globally. My service as SEB Representative on the ESA Governing Board has provided experience with ESA governance and opportunities available to ESA members. I will work to encourage membership among students and early career professionals and to ensure that all members benefit from the networking, publication, educational and professional development opportunities provided by ESA."

Eastern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Tracy C. Leskey  Tracy C. Leskey
USDA-ARS, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, Kearneysville, West Virginia

Dr. Tracy Leskey holds a Ph.D. degree in entomology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts; a M.S. degree in ecology from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania; and a B.S .degree from Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. She has been employed by the USDA-ARS, AFRS, in Kearneysville as a Research Entomologist and as Laboratory Director. Her research has focused on development of behaviorally based management tools for invasive and native pests of fruit crops.

She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, two patents, and over 40 other publications including book chapters and proceeding articles. She served as a liaison to the House Agricultural Appropriations Committee, providing numerous updates on the pest status of and research progress on the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. She has supervised numerous postdocs and graduate students.

Dr. Leskey has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR and appeared live on Fox News and C-SPAN and has done several stories with National Geographic. As the lead Project Director, she has secured over $14 million in extramural funding. She is a Subject Editor for Environmental Entomology, a member of the Entomological Society of America Special Committee on Governance, and past president of the ESA Eastern Branch.

International Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Julien SaguezJulien Saguez
CÉROM, Centre de Recherche sur les grains, Inc., Québec, Canada

Dr. Julien Saguez completed his Ph.D. in France in 2007. From 2008-2015, he joined Dr. Charles Vincent's laboratory (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) as a two-year postdoc and then as a research assistant. He studied the tritrophic interactions between leafhoppers, grapevines, and phytoplasmas. In 2015, Julien joined the CÉROM (Centre de Recherche sur les grains). He develops projects on different field crop pests and conducts projects on invasive pests associated with corn and soybean in a context of climate change. He is also involved into the provincial Pest Monitoring Network.

Julien introduced and advanced the use of electropenetrography (EPG) technique in Canada to conduct studies on the feeding behaviour of leafhoppers and aphids.

Julien has produced several scientific communications—two patents, 21 peer-reviewed scientific papers, five book chapters, five technical bulletins and guides, 10 non-peer-reviewed papers, 10 conferences proceedings, 38 oral presentations, and 47 posters—and has presented in provincial, national, and international meetings.

Since 2008, Julien has promoted entomology to the community, visiting schools and giving courses. More than 4,000 young students have been initiated to entomology.

Julien is member of three entomological societies: SEQ (Québec), ESC (Canada), and ESA (America, Plant-Insect Ecosystems and International Branch member). From 2014 to 2017, Julien was member of the executive committee of the SEQ (president in 2015-2016). In 2015, he was involved in the organizing committee of the ESC-SEQ Joint Annual Meeting. In 2016, at the ICE, he co-chaired a symposium and, in 2018, he will co-organize a symposium for the ESA, ESC, and ESBC Joint Annual Meeting.

P-IE Section Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Melissa Willrich SiebertMelissa Willrich Siebert
Corteva Agriscience, Agricultural Division of DowDuPont

Melissa is the Global Entomology Program Leader for Corteva Agriscience, Agricultural Division of DowDuPont. She has held several roles within Dow AgroSciences following her graduate studies at Louisiana State University in 2004 and was awarded the inaugural "FlashPoint" award by Dow AgroSciences for outstanding contributions as an early career professional.

Melissa has demonstrated consistent leadership within entomology and ESA. She served as 2017 President for the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section where, with her guidance, the Section developed a strategy and agenda to include the design and execution of a highly influential "Science Policy Field Tour on Pollinator Health," attended by scientists, agriculture producers, beekeepers, NGO professionals, and policy makers. In addition, she served as Chair of the ESA Publications Council, subject editor for the Journal Integrated Pest Management, P-IE Section Secretary, and President of the Mississippi Entomological Association. Melissa is currently an assistant editor for the Journal of Cotton Science.

Melissa's demonstrated broad influence and ability to accelerate action will be critical to expand the impact of the Section as a Governing Board representative. She is passionate about the role ESA and P-IE will play as an organizational platform for addressing entomology-related issues and grand challenges. As Governing Board representative, she will proactively seek member inputs and constructively address opportunities to expand the impact of P-IE and ESA in all relevant circles. The ESA exists to serve members, and Melissa has a solid track record in service to P-IE and ESA that has prepared her well to serve on the Governing Board.

Southwestern Branch Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Jesus F. EsquivelJesus F. Esquivel
USDA-ARS Insect Control and Cotton Disease Research Unit

Dr. Jesus Esquivel is a Research Entomologist with the Insect Control and Cotton Disease Research Unit (USDA-ARS) in College Station, Texas. He has been a member of the Southwestern Branch (SWB) of the ESA for 25 years. Dr. Esquivel actively serves the branch, section, and national levels of the ESA. He has served on SWB's governance as Past President (2014-15), President (2013-14), Vice President (2012-2013), and Secretary/Treasurer (2011-12).

Additionally, he has served as chair and member of multiple SWB Committees, including Awards & Honors, Linnaean Games, Membership, Nominating, Program, and Site Selection Committees. At the national level, Dr. Esquivel has served as chair or member on numerous ESA committees, including Annual Meeting Program Committee (Program Co-Chair, 2015-16; Poster Co-Chair, 2016-17; Student Competition Co-Chair, 2014-15). He further served on the Organizing Committee for the 2016 International Congress of Entomology, which was by far the largest gathering of entomologists in history.

Moreover, Dr. Esquivel has been active within the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section of ESA; he served as Representative for P-IE on the Awards & Honors Committee (2011-14). Similarly, he served as the SWB Representative to Awards & Honors Committee and Membership Committee at the national level. Dr. Esquivel is a current member of the Board of Counselors for the Entomological Foundation. Through his leadership experience at the branch, section, and national levels, Dr. Esquivel has developed an improved understanding of ESA processes and governance that will enable him to effectively represent the Southwestern Branch.

Student Representative to the ESA Governing Board

Lina BernaolaLina Bernaola
Louisiana State University

Lina Bernaola was born in Lima, Perú. She is an entomology doctoral candidate at Louisiana State University (LSU). Her research involves investigations of the effects of mycorrhizal fungi, a symbiotic soil-borne organism, on rice resistance to insect herbivores and pathogens. Lina earned her B.S. in biological sciences from San Marcos National University and later completed her M.S. in agronomy at LSU.

Lina has been actively involved in ESA since 2013. She has presented her research at several national and Southeastern Branch meetings; she has also participated in LSU's Linnaean Games and Student Debate teams. Lina is a member of the Plant-Insect Ecosystems (P-IE) Section and has served on the P-IE Governing Council as the Student Representative as well as on the Student Affairs Committee. In all of these leadership positions, she worked on students' needs and assisted in organizing different symposia, student debates, workshops, and lunch and learn sessions at branch and national levels.

Lina currently serves as the Student Representative to the Governing Board. She has learned a lot about the Society, especially regarding the structure of ESA. By running for a second term, she would be honored to continue working hard at the core of ESA, to promote a community that is inclusive of diversity and to entice more active members for the growth of the Society. She enjoys serving ESA because it is the largest insect-science society in the world. As such, it is uniquely positioned to engage and network with organizations worldwide to take on entomological challenges we face in the coming years.

CONTACT: Joe Rominiecki, jrominiecki@entsoc.org, 301-731-4535 x3009

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