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|Founder||Charles V. Riley|
|American Association of Economic Entomologists|
The Entomological Society of America (ESA) was founded in 1889 and today has more than 7,000 members, including educators, extension personnel, consultants, students, researchers, and scientists from agricultural departments, health agencies, private industries, colleges and universities, and state and federal governments. It serves the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. To facilitate communication among members, the ESA is divided into four sections based on entomological interests, and six branches, based on geographic proximity. The national office is located in Annapolis, Maryland.
In 1889, the American Association of Economic Entomologists was founded by Charles V. Riley, primarily focusing on economic entomology. In 1906, the Entomological Society of America was organized to address the needs of the broader dimensions of biology, taxonomy, morphology, and faunistic studies of insects.
Presidents serve for one yearwith the assistance of the Governing Board.
Executive Secretaries/Executive Directors serve for longer and have included:
ESA publishes nine journals in partnership with Oxford University Press.
The six ESA branches include five North American branches: Eastern, North Central, Pacific, Southeastern, and Southwestern. Their members are states/provinces of the US, Canada, and Mexico, with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Southeastern Branch and the US territories of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Branch. All other nations and territories comprise the sixth, International Branch.
John Obadiah Westwood was an English entomologist and archaeologist also noted for his artistic talents. He published several illustrated works on insects and antiquities. He was among the first entomologists with an academic position at Oxford University. He was a natural theologian, staunchly anti-Darwinian, and sometimes adopted a quinarian viewpoint. Although he never travelled widely, he described species from around the world on the basis of specimens, especially of the larger, curious, and colourful species, obtained by naturalists and collectors in England.
Charles William Woodworth was an American entomologist. He published extensively in entomology and founded the Entomology Department at the University of California, Berkeley. He was the first person to breed the model organism Drosophila melanogaster in captivity and to suggest to early genetic researchers at Harvard its use for scientific research. He spent four years at the University of Nanking, China, where he effected the practical control of the city's mosquitoes. He drafted and lobbied for California's first insecticide law and administered the law for 12 years. The Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America named its annual career achievement award the C. W. Woodworth Award.
Leland Ossian Howard, Ph.D., M.D., was a pioneer American entomologist who worked in the US Department of Agriculture. Serving as the chief of the bureau of entomology, a successor to C.V. Riley, he helped establish economic entomology as a profession in the United States and strengthened research activities, helping establish laws to prevent the introduction of agricultural pests. He was a specialist on the Hymenopteran family Chalcididae, which are parasitic and contributed to the introduction of biological control agents for pest management. Howard also took an interest in medical entomology.
May Roberta Berenbaum is an American entomologist whose research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants, and the implications of these interactions on the organization of natural communities and the evolution of species. She is particularly interested in nectar, plant phytochemicals, honey and bees, and her research has important implications for beekeeping.
The Annual Review of Entomology is a peer-reviewed academic journal that publishes review articles about entomology, the study of insects. First published in 1956 from a collaboration between the Entomological Society of America and Annual Reviews, its longest-serving editors are Thomas E. Mittler (1967–1997) and May Berenbaum (1998–2018). As of 2021, it has a 2020 impact factor of 19.686.
Melville Harrison Hatch (1898–1988) was an American entomologist who specialized in the study of beetles. His long career at the University of Washington was highlighted by the publication of the seminal, five-volume work Beetles of the Pacific Northwest. Hatch is responsible for the identification and naming of 13 species.
Louise M. Russell was a US Department of Agriculture entomologist renowned for her expertise in insect identification and research on using parasites for biocontrol.
Robert Leslie Usinger was an American entomologist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Davis. A fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, he served as president of the Entomological Society of America in 1965-1966. Prior to his appointment as their president, he was their fellow, starting from 1951. He produced over 250 publications, including several popular books, and was known as an expert on the Hemiptera, the "true bugs".
Frederic Leonard Washburn was an American zoologist. Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, he earned a B.A. (1882) and M.A. (1895) from Harvard University. Between 1888 and 1902 he was professor at Oregon State Agricultural College and biologist for the State of Oregon. He was Minnesota State Entomologist, professor, and chief of the Division of Entomology at University of Minnesota from 1902 to 1918. He was the 1911 president of the American Association of Economic Entomologists was made a fellow of the Entomological Society of America in 1924. His books include Injurious Insects and Useful Birds, and Insects of Minnesota.
Jessica Lee Ware is a Canadian-American evolutionary biologist and entomologist. She is the associate curator of Odonata & non-holometabolous insect orders at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. In addition, she is a principal investigator at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics and an associate professor for the Richard Gilder Graduate School. She studies the evolution of insect physiology and behavior, particularly dragonflies and dictyoptera, as well as their biogeography. Ware was a contributor to a major study of the phylogenomics of insect evolution, and developed molecular phylogeny of hexapoda.
Ampelomyia viticola, the grape tube gallmaker, is a species of gall midge found in the eastern United States and Canada. It produces green or bright red galls on new world grape vines.
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Maria Alma Solis is a entomologist at the Systematic Entomology Laboratory (SEL) of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
John Bernhardt Smith was an American professor of entomology who specialized in systematics and economic entomology while also serving as the State Entomologist of New Jersey. Smith is remembered in insect taxonomy for the conflict that he had with Harrison Dyar.
Michelle Susan Samuel-Foo is an American biologist and Assistant Professor of Biology at Alabama State University. She serves as President of the Southeastern Entomological Society of America. In 2020 Samuel-Foo became the first African-American person to win a major award for entomology when she was awarded the Entomological Society of America Founders' Memorial Recognition.
Thomas W. Scott is an American entomologist. In December 2020, Scott was one of the 11 UC Davis researchers listed on the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers list by the Web of Science Group. At the time of the announcement, he had published 288 papers and recorded more than 33,500 citations.
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