Frank G. Zalom, ESA Fellow (2008)

Dr. Frank G. Zalom is a professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in zoology and ecology from Arizona State University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from UC Davis. Zalom was an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota before returning to UC Davis in 1980.

He served as director of the UC Statewide IPM Program for 16 years, providing leadership for that program’s heralded group of specialists and staff. He serves as ESCOP Co-Chair of the National IPM Committee, on the ESCOP Science and Technology Committee, and as grants manager for the USDA-CSREES Western Region IPM Competitive Grants Program. He helped organize the 1st, 2nd and 4th National IPM Symposia, and was co-investigator on the USDA grant that originally funded the Western IPM Center. He is recognized for many international IPM activities.

Zalom is a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and has received numerous awards, among them ESA’s Recognition and Distinguished Achievement in Extension Awards, a Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship, the James H. Meyer Award from UC Davis for career recognition in teaching, research, and public service, and a resolution from the California State Legislature in recognition of his career contributions to agriculture.

Zalom’s research and extension activities focus on developing alternatives to conventional pesticides for insect and mite pests of fruit, nut, and vegetable crops, and on mitigating pesticide movement into surface waters. He has authored over 260 journal articles and book chapters, including the book Food, Crop Pests and the Environment.

(updated September, 2008)