ESA Announces 2013 Fellows
Annapolis, MD; July 31, 2013 -- The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America has elected ten new Fellows of the Society for 2013. The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2013 -- ESA's 61st Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 10-13, 2013 in Austin, Texas:
DR. CHARLES VINCENT is a research scientist at the Horticultural Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. He is recognized as an international leader in agricultural entomology, and has demonstrated innovation in research and development of alternative insect management methods to conventional insecticides.
Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1953, he received a B.S. in agriculture from Université Laval (Quebec City) in 1978, and an M.S. (1980) and a Ph.D. (1983) in entomology from McGill University. In 1983 he joined the Horticultural Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. He was appointed adjunct professor at McGill University in 1984; professeur adjoint at the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1991; and professeur invité in 2000 at the l’Université Picardie Jules Verne (Amiens, France), where he taught a one-month workshop on scientific writing every year.
Vincent’s research involved finding alternatives to insecticides in horticultural crops. His research was instrumental in the development and commercialization of Virosoft CP4® (in collaboration with Biotepp Inc.), the first insecticidal virus registered for agricultural use in Canada, and Requiem®, a Chenopodium-based botanical (in collaboration with Codena Inc.). He has achieved an international reputation for important contributions to classical biological control and physical control methods for management of insect pests in diverse agricultural systems. He supervised the work of 14 Ph.D. students, 22 M.S. students, six postdocs, and more than 100 student interns, mostly from Europe. He has authored 165 scientific papers, and edited 24 books and 8 technical bulletins. He has given more than 500 presentations before diverse audiences worldwide.
Vincent served ESA as Co-Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the ESA-ESC-SEQ meeting in Montreal (2000); member of the Committee on Common Names of Insects (2001-2003); member of the Committee on International Affairs (2004-2010); Governing Board member, representing the International Branch (2012); and as organizer of five symposia at ESA meetings. He has assumed leadership positions in scientific societies, notably as President of the Société d’entomologie du Québec (1988), President of the Entomological Society of Canada (2004), and President of ESA’s International Branch (2011). He has co-organized 26 symposia worldwide, and assumed ca. 50 positions or functions in various scientific societies. He has received numerous awards, including two Exceptional Service Awards from ESA (2000, 2007); Commandor, Order of Agronomical Merit from the Ordre des Agronomes du Québec (2009); a Gold Medal from the Entomological Society of Canada (2010); the Entomological Distinction Award from the Entomological Society of Quebec (2012); Foreign Member from the Académie d'Agriculture de France (2012); and the L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award from ESA’s Eastern Branch (2013).
He has lived happily with France Labrèche (a medical epidemiologist) for 40 years. They have two sons, Philippe (a chemist) and Louis (a physicist). His hobbies include reading (history, biographies, thrillers), listening to music, acoustic guitar, singing (occasionally in public), tennis, volleyball, and traveling.
DR. JEFFREY G. SCOTT, a professor at the Department of Entomology at Cornell University, is internationally recognized for his research on insecticide resistance, toxicology and evolutionary biology. A native of Grand Rapids, MI, he received his A.A. (honors) from Grand Rapids Junior College, his B.S. in biochemistry (Honors, Michigan State), his M.S. in entomology (Michigan State), and his Ph.D. in entomology and toxicology (University of California, Riverside), and he was a postdoctoral associate with John Casida at the University of California, Berkeley before joining the faculty at Cornell in 1986.
A pioneer in the field of insecticide resistance, his outstanding work has led to a greater understanding of the mechanisms, evolution, and population genetics involved. He is the author of more than 170 peer-reviewed publications and has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scientists. He was the leader of a global effort that resulted in sequencing the house fly genome. His recent work has expanded into novel methods of insect control and the evolution of sex determination in house flies. He has received many awards and honors, including the UC Riverside Outstanding Young Alumnus Award (1992), the Prominent Achievement Award from the Pesticide Science Society of Japan (1996), the Orkin Award for Research Excellence (1997), the Paul A. Dahm Memorial Lecturer (1999), the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology (2002), and the ESA Recognition Award in Insect Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology (2012).
Scott has made many contributions beyond his research. He has provided leadership to ESA by serving as President of the Physiology, Biochemistry, and Toxicology Section, symposia organizer, and judge for student competitions. He currently serves on the editorial boards for Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology (since 1997) and Insect Molecular Biology (since 2008). He served as department chair from 2007-2013 and oversaw the merger of the separate Ithaca and Geneva departments into a single department in 2010. He was the director of graduate studies for the field of entomology at Cornell from 1995-1998 and 2005-2007. He has served on numerous grant panels, including being panel manager for USDA and FNIH.
Scott is also a dedicated teacher. He teaches “Pesticides, the Environment and Human Health,” where students are exposed to the complex aspects of pesticide use, including both conventional and genetically modified organisms. He also teaches “Insecticide Toxicology,” where students learn about the metabolism and mechanisms of action of insecticides.
Scott is married to his college sweetheart, and they have two children and one dog. His hobbies include gardening and fishing.
DR. MICHAEL E. GRAY, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is internationally recognized for his research and extension programs on the management of the western corn rootworm, Diabrotica virgifera virgifera LeConte.
Gray was born in Villisca, Iowa on 27 March 1955. He traveled extensively as a youth and lived in several states and other countries, including Germany, Japan, and the Philippines. Following many years overseas, he returned to Iowa and received his B.A. in biology from the University of Northern Iowa in 1977. After his graduation, Gray taught high school science for a brief period and then entered graduate school at Iowa State University, where he earned his M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1986) degrees in entomology. He then served as postdoctoral research associate at South Dakota State University from 1987 to 1988. In March of 1988, he accepted a position as an extension entomologist at the University of Illinois. In 1999, he attained the rank of full professor. Gray currently serves as a professor in the Department of Crop Sciences and as an assistant dean for extension programs in agriculture and natural resources.
Gray’s research and extension programs have been interwoven throughout his career at the University of Illinois. His primary research emphasis has been to increase our understanding of the biology, ecology, and management of the western corn rootworm. Gray has published numerous journal articles on western corn rootworms, including a 2009 Annual Review of Entomology paper, and he also served as co-editor for the ESA Handbook of Corn Insects, published in 1999. In 2008, Gray began serving as a program leader with the Energy BioSciences Institute at the University of Illinois, the goal of his program being to evaluate the influence of insects, diseases, and nematodes on the biomass production of biofuel crops. He has served in several leadership roles within the IPM arena, including IPM coordinator at the University of Illinois, co-director of the USDA-CSREES North Central Region IPM Center, and panel manager for the USDA North Central Region IPM Grants Program.
Gray has been a member of ESA since 1979 and has served this professional society in a number of leadership roles, including: Program Chair, North Central Branch Meeting, 1994; editorial board member, American Entomologist, 1990-1995; executive committee member, North Central Branch, 1994-1997; editor, Journal of Economic Entomology, 1995-1997; Program Co-Chair, ESA National Meeting, San Diego, California, 2001; President, North Central Branch,2002-2003; Governing Board member, Section E, 2004-2005; Chair, ESA Nominations Committee, 2004-2006; and Governing Board Executive Committee member, 2004-2009. Gray served as President of ESA during the first full year of ESA’s Renewal and transition to the four new Sections.
Gray is the recipient of the Young (1994) and Senior (2002) Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension, University of Illinois. In 2002, he received the ESA NCB Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management. In 2007, Gray received the Paul A. Funk Recognition Award for outstanding achievement and major contributions to the betterment of agriculture, natural resources, and human systems, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois. In 2011, he received the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. In 2013, the ESA North Central Branch honored Gray with the C.V. Riley Achievement Award.
DR. JOCELYN MILLAR is a professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He is internationally known for his research on insect chemical ecology, and the development of applications for insect semiochemicals and related compounds.
Professor Millar was born in Harlow, England in 1954, and his family immigrated to Canada in 1957. He attended the University of British Columbia for two years, studying engineering, then worked and traveled in Europe, Africa, and Asia for two years. After returning to Canada, he enrolled at Simon Fraser University, graduating with a B.S. in chemistry in 1979. He then obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry at Simon Fraser with A. C. (Cam) Oehlschlager, identifying and synthesizing grain beetle aggregation pheromones. After graduation in 1983, he worked on host plant-based attractants for elm bark beetles with R.M. Silverstein (State University of New York, Syracuse) for a year, before joining the National Research Council of Canada’s laboratory in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for two years, studying pheromones of geometrid and arctiid moths with E.W. Underhill. He then ran a large toxicology laboratory in Vancouver for two years, before taking his current position at UC Riverside in 1988. He was invited to become a Cooperating Faculty Member in the Department of Chemistry at UC Riverside in 1999.
Millar’s research is primarily focused on insect chemical ecology. His program is vertically integrated to encompass basic behavioral studies demonstrating that chemical communication is occurring through the isolation, identification, and synthesis of the chemical signals, to the verification of the biological activity of the various components or blends. Where appropriate, these studies extend to the development of practical applications for insect pheromones and related chemicals that can be exploited for detection, sampling, and management of insects. His group has worked with the semiochemistry of hundreds of species in several insect orders. In addition to chemical ecology, Millar’s group has worked on biological control of invasive weevils and cerambycid beetles, and on substrate-borne vibrational communication in true bugs. Much of his work has been done with collaborators, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of his research program. Millar has published more than 250 scientific papers, 24 book chapters and review articles, and four edited books. He has graduated four M.S. and three Ph.D. students, with five Ph.D. students currently in his group. He has also mentored 17 postdoctoral scientists and 25 visiting scientists.
Millar has been the presenter or a coauthor on more than 200 invited and more than 300 submitted presentations at statewide, national, and international conferences. His work has been recognized by several national ESA awards, including the Recognition Award in Entomology (2001), the Entomological Foundation’s Team IPM Award (2006), the Entomological Foundation’s Award for Excellence in IPM (2008), and the ESA Pacific Branch’s C. W. Woodworth Award. He was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003, and has been selected as the 2014 Silver Medal winner by the International Society of Chemical Ecology, in recognition of career achievement in chemical ecology.
DR. RANDALL T. SCHUH, George Willett Curator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City is recognized for his research on the taxonomy of Hemiptera-Heteroptera, especially Miridae, the higher-level classification of the Heteroptera, and cladistic methodology.
Randall Schuh, known as Toby, was born in Corvallis, Oregon on 11 May 1943. He grew up in Klamath Falls, Oregon, where his interest in entomology was strongly influenced by his father, Joe Schuh, a consulting agricultural entomologist, and participation in the local 4-H program. He received his B.S. degree from Oregon State University in 1965 and decided to pursue an academic career in entomology while serving as a summer NSF Undergraduate Research Intern under John D. Lattin. Schuh received his M.S. in entomology from Michigan State University in 1967, and his Ph.D. in entomology from the University of Connecticut in 1971, working under the late James A. Slater, with whom he spent eight months in the field in South Africa. Schuh was appointed as AMNH assistant curator in September, 1974 and promoted to full curator in 1984.
Schuh’s publications can be divided as follows: First, the taxonomy and classification of the Miridae, a group of more than 11,000 species, >630 of which he described. These papers rely heavily on his own field work which has amassed >100,000 specimens with detailed host data from four continents. He published print and online versions of a World Catalog of Miridae. Second, Schuh has published extensively on phylogenetic relationships within Heteroptera, including his 1995 book True Bugs of the World, with co-author James Slater. Third, Schuh has taught courses in systematic methods and published the widely used textbook Biological Systematics: Principles and Applications. In addition, Schuh served as chair of the AMNH Department of Entomology from 1980-1987 and of the Division of Invertebrate Zoology from 1999-2007. Schuh has mentored several Ph.D. students in the CUNY and Cornell programs as well as five postdocs.
Schuh served as the ESA Section A Program Chair in 1987. He served as editor of Systematic Zoology (1977-1979), Cladistics (1990-1992), and the Journal of the New York Entomological Society (1980-1987). He has received NSF awards that have transformed systematic entomological methods, including a five-year Planetary Biodiversity Inventories award for the study of Miridae, under which he developed one of the first web-based collection data-capture software applications known as Arthropod Easy Capture. He received a four-year award for Advancing Digitization of Biological Collections, which funded a consortium of 32 entomological and botanical institutions dedicated to the capture of specimen data documenting herbivore and parasitoid relationships with the North American flora.
Randall Schuh is married to Brenda Massie. They have a daughter named Ella. He is a skilled woodworker, and in recent years he has fulfilled the lifelong ambition to harvest, mill, and dry his own lumber. He has published in the field of woodworking as well as entomology.
DR. RENÉ FEYEREISEN, director of research at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique in France, is recognized internationally for his research on insect biochemistry, physiology, and toxicology, and especially the functions of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Feyereisen received his Ph.D. from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg, France in 1979. After postdoctoral fellowships at the Agricultural Research Council, University of Sussex, and in the Department of Zoology, University of Toronto, he served on the faculty of the Department of Entomology at Oregon State University (1981-1991). He moved to the University of Arizona as professor of entomology (1991-2000) and then joined INRA at the Sophia Antipolis Research Center.
Feyereisen’s early studies described the roles of P450 enzymes in the biosynthesis of ecdysteroids and juvenile hormones (JH). His laboratory has also made major contributions to the biochemistry of the corpora allata and to the discovery of allatostatins as “brain-gut” neuropeptides that are powerful inhibitors of JH synthesis. More recently, in collaboration with Gary Blomquist's group, Feyereisen showed that highly conserved P450 enzymes, the CYP4Gs specific to insects, are responsible for the last step in cuticular hydrocarbon biosynthesis. The evolution of the CYP4G enzymes is a key innovation that contributed to the colonization of land by insects. Beyond the essential physiological functions of P450 enzymes, Feyereisen's laboratory also showed the role of P450 enzymes in insecticide detoxification and resistance, and in host plant adaptation. From the first sequence of an insect P450 gene and functional expression of recombinant protein, to the annotation of the hundreds of CYP genes in the genomes of insects and mites, his laboratory has continued to make important contributions to our understanding of the diversity of P450 genes. Feyereisen currently focuses on the evolution of this very large family of versatile enzymes in arthropods.
In addition to his research, Feyereisen has served on the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Entomology and on the editorial boards of Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology and of Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology. Since 2002 he has been co-editor of the top-ranked journal Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He has published over 170 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has written influential reviews on JH biosynthesis, insecticide resistance, and on P450 enzymes. He has served as mentor to numerous undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows from around the world. Past honors include a Faculty Excellence Award from the Oregon State Board of Higher Education, the 2011 Distinguished Scientist Award from the International Branch of ESA, and the 2013 International Award for Research in Agrochemicals from the American Chemical Society’s Agrochemicals Division.
DR. RALF NAUEN, a Bayer CropScience research fellow working at Bayer CropScience (BCS) in Monheim, Germany, is internationally recognized for his research in insect toxicology and resistance, which has focused on insecticide mode of action and insecticide and acaricide resistance mechanisms and management. Nauen was born in Leverkusen, Germany, 31 December 1964, and in 1981 he joined Bayer where he completed an educational program as certified laboratory assistant in biology in 1984. While working as a research assistant in the Plant Protection Division, he became interested in insect toxicology and started to study chemistry at the Polytechnical College in Cologne, where he received a national diploma in chemistry in 1992. Afterwards he studied biology at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth, UK and received a Ph.D. for his work on insecticide pharmacokinetics. He then became a research scientist at BCS, working on insect toxicology and all aspects of insecticide resistance and its spread, mechanisms, and management. In 2009 Dr. Nauen was elected as a BCS Research Fellow. He is also a lecturer (equivalent to an adjunct professor) at the University of Hannover and has been the major supervisor for more than 30 Ph.D. and M.S. students in his laboratory.
His early research centered on neonicotinoid insecticides, investigating the antifeedant properties of imidacloprid and, more importantly, reporting on the first issues of neonicotinoid resistance in whiteflies and the molecular mechanisms of resistance. Dr. Nauen’s work on neonicotinoids and nicotinic acetylcholine receptors resulted in several highly cited book chapters and reviews. In addition to his extensive publication record (140 peer-reviewed papers, including 14 book chapters cited more than 3,350 times), Dr. Nauen also has 26 patents/patent applications that cover a wide range of novel insect control agents, genetic methods for insecticide discovery, and new chemistries. At BCS he contributed to the discovery, characterization, and development of novel insect control products such as neonicotinoids, cyclic ketoenols (e.g. spirotetramat), flubendiamide, and most recently the new butenolide insecticide, flupyradifurone.
His research on insecticide and acaricide resistance at BCS covered more than a dozen invertebrate pests and many classes of insecticides. He and his co-authors published many papers on insecticide resistance and its mechanisms and management, including the first case of complete maternal inheritance of resistance to an acaricide as well as the very first paper on a ryanodine receptor target-site mutation in diamondback moth resistant to the newly introduced class of diamide insecticides. Dr. Nauen has been a long-time and very active member of the Insecticide Resistance Action Committee (IRAC), serving in a variety of capacities, including chair from 2008-2013. As IRAC chair, he has expanded company membership and its global influence. He also serves as secretary of the German Expert Committee on Pesticide Resistance and is a member of the EPPO Resistance Panel.
Dr. Nauen has been one of the preeminent scientists in the world on the subject of insecticide resistance, and he organized and chaired several symposia at international conferences and gave numerous invited and keynote presentations in all sorts of meetings, conferences, and symposia. He is a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, serves on several editorial boards, and is an executive editor of the well-known international journal Pest Management Science.
DR. BRYONY C. BONNING is a professor of entomology at Iowa State University (ISU) where she is director of the Plant Sciences Institute Virus-Insect Interactions Initiative, and is founding director of the Center for Arthropod Management Technologies (CAMTech), a research center supported by the National Science Foundation, industry, and universities. CAMTech engages scientists at ISU and its sister institution, the University of Kentucky, in collaborative efforts with the world’s largest agricultural and insect pest control companies to better align research conducted within academe with the need of industry for practical pest management solutions.
Bonning, a native of Derbyshire, UK, received her B.S. in zoology from the University of Durham, UK with specialization in entomology and neurobiology in 1985. She was then funded by Sumitomo Corporation to work on insecticide resistance in mosquitoes with Janet Hemingway at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London for her Ph.D. (1989), which included fieldwork conducted in Italy and work with the Anti-Malaria Campaign in Sri Lanka. She then moved to Oxford to work as a Higher Scientific Officer at the Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Virology with Robert Possee (1989 to 1990), followed by a postdoctoral position with Bruce Hammock, University of California, Davis (1990 to 1994), with a research focus for both positions on recombinant baculovirus insecticides.
She joined the faculty of ISU in 1994. She oversees fundamental and applied research on insect physiology and insect pathology with the goal of developing novel, environmentally benign alternatives to chemical insecticides for insect pest management. Her research has included the study of insect hormones and enzymes and insecticidal toxins derived from Bacillus thuringiensis, insect small RNA, the genetic optimization of insect viruses for pest management, insect virus discovery, and the use of viral proteins for development of insect resistant transgenic plants. Recent research has included modification of Bt toxins to target hemipteran pests which typically have low susceptibility to native Bt toxins, and the use of the coat protein of an aphid-vectored plant virus for delivery of insect specific neurotoxins to their target site within the aphid hemocoel.
She has served as mentor for more than 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and teaches insect pathology and molecular entomology at the graduate level. Over the course of her career she has authored or co-authored more than 110 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters, and holds five patents. Her work has been funded by diverse research agencies, including NSF and USDA. She has served as associate editor for the Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, as council trustee and chair of the Virus Division and program chair for the Society for Invertebrate Pathology, and on the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, Baculovirus Study Group and Dicistrovirus and Iflavirus Study Group. Her accomplishments were recognized by the Iowa Technology Association through the Iowa Women of Innovation Award for Research Innovation and Leadership, and she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
DR. CHRISTIAN OSETO was born in Japan and immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister to Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.S. in biology at Roosevelt University (Chicago). His interest in insects was nurtured by Hank Dybas, who hired Chris as a laboratory technician to work on featherwing beetles in the Field Museum of Natural History’s (FMNH) Division of Insects. After his tenure at the FMNH, Chris attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Entomology and subsequently worked as a postdoc under the direction of Dr. Z B Mayo. His first academic position was in the Department of Entomology at North Dakota State University (NDSU) where he conducted research on sunflower IPM and taught the introductory entomology course, external insect morphology, internal insect morphology, and acarology. He reached beyond entomology and taught a course with faculty from the College of Liberal Arts that explored the human condition, and he taught Shotokan karate. At North Dakota State University, Chris developed entomology outreach programs for primary and secondary school students in North Dakota. As director of the North Dakota Science Olympiad, Chris oversaw the administration and conduct of the state competition. For his teaching efforts, NDSU awarded him its highest teaching recognition, the Robert Odney Outstanding Teaching Award.
After serving for 17 years at NDSU, Chris was appointed head of the entomology department at Purdue University in 1990 and served as head for nine years. From 1994 to 1997, Chris directed the National Science Foundation’s Young Scholars Program that provided an educational experience for 25 rising high school sophomores and juniors in a seven-week residential program in Purdue’s College of Agriculture. From 2005 to 2013, Chris served as director of the newly established University Honors Program (UHP) and with the help of staff and faculty established an innovative program for the top one percent of entering students. Based on the success of the UHP, the UHP was given college status with the first cohort entering in the fall of 2013.
Chris continues to teach several courses on campus and has taught an insect taxonomy course to entomologists in Afghanistan, several courses on biodiversity and sustainable agriculture in Costa Rica, and courses that explored Canada-US issues in Quebec City as part of the honors curriculum. Chris’ teaching has earned him a place in Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers, membership in the Teaching Academy, and receipt of the Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award, along with the USDA CSREES Excellence in College Teaching in Food and Agricultural Sciences award. Chris has served ESA as President, member of the Governing Board, President and Secretary-Treasurer of the North Central Branch, and through numerous ESA committee assignments.
DR. CONSUELO DE MORAES, a professor at Penn State University, is an internationally known entomologist and ecologist who studies the complex role of chemistry in interactions among plants, insects, and other organisms. Her research addresses phenomena at scales ranging from the molecular and biochemical bases of plant responses to insect herbivory to the community-level effects of chemical signaling. She is particularly interested in the ecological functions of plant-derived olfactory cues, and many of her most significant research accomplishments have addressed the remarkably complex information conveyed by plant volatile emissions and the sophisticated ways in which insects and other organisms interpret and respond to these chemical cues.
A native Brazilian, Dr. De Moraes, earned her B.S. from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1992. She completed her doctorate in entomology at the University of Georgia in 1998. Since 2001, she has been a faculty member in the Department of Entomology at Penn State University. Recently she accepted a professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, where she will be heading the Laboratory of Biocommunication and Entomology starting in the fall of 2013.
Over the course of her career, Dr. De Moraes has amassed an impressive record of innovative research and has produced a number of truly ground-breaking studies, some of which have revealed completely novel and unexpected aspects of chemical signaling and opened new lines of research into the chemical mediation of interactions among plants and other organisms. This work has been broadly influential both within and beyond the field of chemical ecology. De Moraes’s findings have been published in leading scientific journals including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and frequently receive coverage from popular press outlets around the world. Her research is discussed in textbooks from a variety of life-science disciplines and has also been the subject of several documentary films and of articles in major media outlets and popular science magazines that reach a broad audience.
Dr. De Moraes’s accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards and honors, including a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship; the Beckman Foundation Young Investigator award; the DuPont Young Professor award; the ESA Early Career Innovation Award; the International Chemical Ecology Society’s Silverstein-Simeone Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. She was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received steady funding from a range of governmental and foundation sources, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also played an active role in promoting the field of chemical ecology and entomology through public outreach and education. Her research program is engaged in a variety of innovative educational programs centered on the science of chemical ecology, including the development of learning activities for school children and workshops for promising high-school students.
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