Diorhabda elongata on saltcedar flower buds

Early Career Scientist Award

Inaugurated in  2012, the Early Career Outstanding Scientist Award recognizes members no more than 10 years post PhD who have made significant contributions to the field of biological control through research, teaching, and/or extension/outreach. Nominees must have spent most of their career in the Nearctic Region and be a current IOBC member.

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, which provides the nominee’s professional record (i.e., employment affiliations), list of prior awards, description of biological control related activities (in paragraph form), publications list, and extramural grant record, (no page limit) should also be included.  Winner receives award including $500 check at the next IOBC-NRS meeting.  Nomination deadlines are typically in July of each year; check back soon for 2017 deadlines 

Award Winners

2016 - Dave Crowder

2016-CrowderDave Crowder started as a professor at Washington State University in 2012.  In just a few years, Dave has built an incredibly productive program aimed at advancing our understanding of the ecological relationships among natural enemies that influence biocontrol services. His work includes studies of predators, parasitoids, and pathogens and contributes broadly and at depth to our biological control knowledge. 
  The importance of Dave’s biological control research is recognized by 5.3 million awarded from extramural sources. He has published his work in top journals including Ecology, Nature, and Biological Control. I first met Dave when he was formulating his review article “Eating their way to the top? Mechanisms underlying the success of invasive insect generalist predators.” This paper was published in Biological Invasions in 2010 and outlines several hypotheses that have shaped the work of many researchers studying invasive predators. 
   Dave has also devoted his time to teaching, mentoring, and service. His contributions to teaching include courses focused on entomology fundamentals such as Ecological and Integrated Pest Management (ENTOM 351), as well as research methods and professional development, with courses such as Experimental Design and Data Analysis for Agricultural Sciences (ENTOM 590) and Science Writing (ENTOM 590). Dave has served as the advisor to eight graduate students, three postdoctoral researchers, and 21 undergraduates with the majority focused on biological control research. 
 

Past Winners

2015 - None Awarded
2014 - Mary Gardiner
2013 - Ian Kaplan
2012 - Steven Frank