Brachinus (bombadier beetle)(Carabidae)

Distinguished Scientist Award

The IOBC-NRS solicits nominations for its Distinguished Scientist Award. Nominees must have spent most of their career in the Nearctic Region, and have made significant contributions to biological control, but need not be members of IOBC.  Award carries a $500 payment, awarded at the IOBC-NRS meeting each year.  Deadlines for nominations are typically in July of each year: more information is to come for 2017 nominations. 

Nomination narratives are restricted to one page in length and should contain a thorough but concise summary of the principal contributions of the nominee. The nominator should include the names and current contact information of both nominator and nominee on a separate page. A copy of the nominee’s CV (no page limit) should also be included that provides the nominee’s professional record (employment affiliations), list of prior awards, description of biological control related activities, publications lists, and extramural grant record.

The recognition of those scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the science and implementation of biological control over the course of their careers is an important function of IOBC. Many members have expressed their enjoyment seeing colleagues honored with our Distinguished Scientist Award. Help us honor our deserving colleagues!

Award Winners

2016 - Jay Rosenheim

2016-RosenheimDr. Jay Rosenheim has been a professor at University of California Davis since 1990.  His most significant achievement to date has been to identify, understand, and quantify intraguild predation in 
biological control programs. Until Dr. Rosenheim initiated studies on IGP, there was no predictive theory for the ecological function of generalist predators. This was a considerable problem for biological control practitioners because it made it difficult to know which species should be viewed as attractive candidates for importation programs as well as augmentation programs. 
     Dr. Rosenheim has also contributed to our better understanding of limitations on parasitoid biology. Most biological control scientists believed that the sole factor limiting realized lifetime reproductive success of parasitoids was the time needed for mated females to locate hosts. Dr. Rosenheim’s work led to a theory that the cost of reproduction is comprised of two components: by the time required to handle hosts, and by the cost of depleting a finite store of eggs.
    Dr. Rosenheim has published 140 peer-reviewed journal articles and 9 book chapters, and award more than $4.7 million in research funding. He serves on the editorial boards of journals, including Biological Control and has mentored 18 graduate students and 14 postdocs. 
Past Winners

2015 - Mark Hoddle
2014 - Peter Mason
2013 - Tim Kring
2012 - Marshall Johnson
2011- Ann Hajek
2010- Richard Stouthamer
2009- Ted Center
2008- Jack DeLoach
2007- Roy VanDriesche
2006- Ernest “Del” Delfosse
2005- Bill Murdoch
2004- Marjorie Hoy
2003- Bob Luck
2002- Maurice and Catherine Tauber
2001- Jim McMurtry