Neven Named Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Economic Entomology

Deputy editor since 2015 steps up as co-leader of premier journal in applied entomology

Lisa G. Neven, Ph.D. portrait photo

Lisa G. Neven, Ph.D.

Annapolis, MD; October 18, 2022—Lisa G. Neven, Ph.D., research entomologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), has been selected as a new co-editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Economic Entomology.

The ESA Governing Board approved Neven's selection in October after an open search. Neven will replace Frank Zalom, Ph.D., distinguished professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis, who will step down as a co-editor-in-chief after a four-year term that concludes at the end of 2022.

Neven has served as deputy editor-in-chief of the journal since 2015 and will join Mike Brewer, Ph.D., field crops entomologist and associate professor at Texas A&M University, and Nan-Yao Su, Ph.D., distinguished professor of entomology at the University of Florida, in the co-editor-in-chief role.

"The Journal of Economic Entomology is a vital source for the latest knowledge and research across a wide spectrum of subjects in our field," says ESA President Jessica Ware, Ph.D. "Dr. Neven has played a key role in growing and improving the journal over the years, and my colleagues and I on the ESA Governing Board are excited to welcome her into this leadership role."  

Journal of Economic Entomology cover, featuring honey bee on a flowerThe Journal of Economic Entomology is ESA's largest journal by publishing volume and the most-cited journal in entomology. Its impact factor has grown from 1.779 to 2.447 in just the past four years.

Marianne Alleyne, Ph.D., ESA vice president and chair of the search committee, commended Neven's dedication to the journal and her vision for continued innovation. "Dr. Neven is a recognized leader in the entomology community and has marshalled countless articles and authors into publication with the journal," she says. "As publishing continues to evolve, her ideas for embracing new formats, emerging fields, and a diverse community of contributors will help the journal continue to thrive in the future."

Neven's term as co-editor-in-chief will last four years and begins January 1, 2023.

"I am deeply honored to be selected as co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Entomology," Neven says. "I had the opportunity to work and learn from both previous editors, Dr. John Trumble and Dr. Frank Zalom, and I am looking forward to working with Dr. Su and Dr. Brewer. My plan as co-editor-in-chief is to continue to promote editorial diversity, inclusion, and scientific innovation in the journal."

Neven brings 35 years of professional experience in entomology to her role with the journal. Since 1992 she has specialized in postharvest and molecular entomology at the USDA-ARS Temperate Tree Fruit and Vegetable Research Unit in Wapato, Washington. She has authored or co-authored more than 110 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters since 1985. Neven has served as a subject editor for the Journal of Economic Entomology since 2001, and she was named an ESA Honorary Member in 2020. Other past volunteer roles with ESA include Pacific Branch president (2014-15) and co-chair of Section Ea (Extension) in 2005 and Section E (Extension and Regulatory Entomology) in 2007. Neven earned a bachelor's degree in zoology at the University of Florida in 1981 and a Ph.D. in environmental physiology and biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame in 1987.


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