I work on economically important pests, with the aim to provide environmentally sustainable and minimal impact pest management strategies for agriculturalists. Multiple techniques are used in a whole-system approach to obtain sustainable means of production.
In order to obtain this goal, new knowledge obtained from detailed insect physiological, biological, behavioral, ecological and environmental studies are needed. This knowledge is then used to apply treatments timed to occur during periods when pests are at their most vulnerable. These control strategies have historically focused on biological control, mating disruption and conventional synthetic pesticides.
Pests, Plagues, and Politics
2017-Present. Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University
2012-2017. Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University
2006-2012. Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon
2003-2005. Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley, California
2003-2005. Research Associate,Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University.
1999-2003. Research and Extension Entomologist, Agricultural Research Council (South Africa USDA equivalent)
·Ranked in the top 1% worldwide, Web of Science for 2019, 2020, and 2021. He was named among the world's most influential and Highly Cited Researchers during this period.
Briskey Award For Faculty Excellence 2021
Erasmus Mundus Plus Teaching Award, International MS in Plant Health, University of Padova, Italy, 2019.
· Educational Institution and Federal Laboratory Partnership Award” 2011-2016 on the StopBMSB project funded by the SCRI program, 2017.
· International IPM award of Recognition, 8thInternational IPM Symposium, 2015.
· Oldfield/Jackman Team Award, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University for D. suzukii 2013.
· Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Entomology Team Award, 2012.
Entomological Society of America Pacific Branch Entomology Excellence in IPM Award, 2012.
· Savery Award for Outstanding Young Faculty, College of Agricultural Sciences, Oregon State University, 2008.
· South African Deciduous Fruit Producers Trust travel award, for Outstanding Scientists, 2003.
· South African Society of Enology and Viticulture Scientist Award for most outstanding scientific contribution published in our journal or the most outstanding innovation in our industry, 1999.