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IOBC-NRS Governing Board


James Nechols
Department of Entomology
Kansas State Entomology
Manhattan, Kansas

Expertise:  My research specializations are biological control, ecology and behavior of enemy-pest interactions, and alternative pest management.  I have worked on several biological control projects involving arthropod pests and led two projects on biological control of weeds.  The majority of my research is focused on interactions of natural enemies with their biological and physical environment.


Cesar Rodriguez-Saona
Marucci Center for Cranberry and Blueberry Research and Extension
Rutgers University
Chatsworth, New Jersey

Expertise:  The goal of my research program is the development and implementation of cost-effective and reduced-risk IPM practices for blueberries and cranberries that are compatible with biological control agents. I am pursuing this goal by integrating chemical, behavioral, and biological methods in insect control and by gaining a better understanding of the ecology of pests and their natural enemies. My extension program delivers current and critical IPM information to growers. 

Past President

Don Weber
Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Beltsville, Maryland

Expertise:  I have worked on environmentally friendly pest management in a variety of fruit and vegetable systems such as apple, cranberry, cole crops, sweet corn, and cucurbits.  My research at Beltsville focuses on biological and pheromonal control of stink bugs, chrysomelid beetles and other vegetable pests.  This includes cultural controls to enhance conservation biological control, semiochemical manipulation both of natural enemies and of pests, and diel patterns of predation. 

Vice President

Mary Gardiner
Department of Entomology
Ohio State University
Wooster, Ohio

Expertise: I am interested in understanding how the site history, design, management, and landscape context of urban greenspaces influences their value for arthropod conservation and the provision of ecosystem services. My lab is also actively engaged in outreach related to enhancing home landscapes, greenspaces and small-scale farms as habitats for beneficial arthropods.


Stefan Jaronski
Pest Management Research Unit
Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory
USDA Agricultural Research Service
Sidney, Montana

Expertise: My USDA research at Sidney centers on microbial control of grasshoppers on U. S. rangeland and the wheat stem sawfly, but has also included development of mycoinsecticides for sugarbeet root maggot. In addition, I am interested in insects as food, and have spent time in Uganda helping with mass production of a katydid for human consumption


Paul Abram

Corresponding Secretary

Paul Abram
Agassiz Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Agassiz, British Columbia

Expertise: My research program explores the use of indigenous and exotic natural enemies (insect parasitoids and predators) to address invasive arthropod pest problems in field and greenhouse horticultural production systems. I am particularly interested in contributing to understanding the behavioural and ecological processes necessary to develop safe and effective biological control programs.



Hoddle-with-AxeMark Hoddle
Department of Entomology
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, California

Expertise: I work on the biological control of invasive pests of agricultural, wilderness, and urban importance. Current projects are investigating classical biological control options for the Asian citrus psyllid, brown marmorated stink bug, and avocado pests. I have had recent projects in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia on citrus and palm pests.


Tara Gariepy

Tara Gariepy
London Research and Development Centre
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
London, Ontario

Expertise: My research focuses on biological control of invasive insect pests in agroecosystems, and the use of molecular diagnostic tools to evaluate trophic interactions. In particular, I am interested in evaluating host-parasitoid associations, and the impact of competitive interactions and hyperparasitism on biological control. 


Charlie PickettCharlie Pickett
Biological Control Program
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Sacramento, California

Expertise: I have a deep commitment to all facets of biological control, but especially classical. I have seen first-hand the power of this tactic, and am committed to keeping it a centerpiece in pest management. My current projects include biological control of brown marmorated stink bug, bagrada bug, olive fruit fly, cereal leaf beetle, and olive psyllid. 


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