Candidates for the Eastern Branch Election
Elections will be held by eletronic ballot and voting will open January 5, 2018 and close February 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time US. For additional information on voting, please refer to the ESA voting instructions.
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Dr. Brian A. Nault is a professor in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. For the past 20 years, his research and extension program has broadly covered applied insect ecology and vegetable entomology. During this time, Dr. Nault and members of his program have focused on understanding the ecology of pests that transmit viruses to vegetable crops and developing practical and economical IPM strategies. He has helped vegetable growers successfully implement solutions to their pest problems and was recognized for his contributions with the New York State IPM Program’s Excellence in IPM Award (2011). Dr. Nault has held multiple leadership roles at Cornell and currently serves as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Entomology. Dr. Nault has been an active member of ESA for 30 years and has proudly served the Eastern Branch since 1997. Most notably, he served as Governing Board Representative (2001-2003), Co-Chair of the Program Committee (2011), Chair, Organizer and Moderator of the Student Paper and Student Display Competitions (2007-2008), Judge for Student Paper Competitions (2000, 2001 and 2003), Chair of the Auditing Committee (1998-2000; 2004-2006) and Member of Local Arrangements Committees (1998 and 1999). He also has served ESA in other capacities including the Entomological Foundation Awards Committee, Symposium organizer and manuscript reviewer. Dr. Nault received all three of his degrees in Entomology; his B.S. was from The Ohio State University, M.S. from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Erin Hitchner is a Research and Development Scientist for Syngenta serving the Mid-Atlantic region. Her research focuses on developing novel insecticides, herbicides, fungicides as well as traits across agronomic, fruit and vegetable crops. Additionally, she coordinates research trials with University cooperators throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Erin’s fascination with entomology began at an early age while exploring the vegetable farm she grew up on in New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she studied Biology with a concentration in Entomology, receiving her B.A. in 1999. Following graduation she began her career as an IR-4 Field Director with the IR-4 Program, stationed at the Rutgers Agricultural Research and Development Center in Bridgeton, NJ. She eventually headed back to college to pursue her PhD in entomology studying under Dr. Thomas Kuhar at Virginia Tech. Her research focused on investigating the integrated pest management of Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) utilizing host plant preference, development of semiochemical-based strategies as well as a novel insecticide. Erin has been a member of the ESA since 2004 and is also active in the Northeastern Weed Science and American Phytopathological Societies. Erin was the recipient of the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 2009 Outstanding Recent Alumni Award. In addition she has authored/co-authored 10 refereed scientific publications and 20 non-refereed/extension publications. Erin and her husband reside in New Jersey with their three daughters.