Two CFAES Entomologists Named Fellows of the Entomological Society of America

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The Governing Board of the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has elected 10 new Fellows of the Society for 2018, including Bruce McPheron, The Ohio State University provost, and Dan Herms, formerly with CFAES and now with The Davey Tree Expert Company. Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration, or the military. See more details on criteria for Fellow selection, as well as a full list of ESA Fellows.

Fellows McPheron and Herms will be recognized during Entomology 2018, the Joint Annual Meeting of the Entomological Societies of America, Canada, and British Columbia, November 11-14, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

According to the ESA website:

Bruce A. McPheron, professor of entomology and executive vice president and provost of Ohio State is internationally known for the development of molecular diagnostic tools to understand and manage the spread of invasive fruit fly species and work on the process of speciation, using native fruit fly species as model systems.

Even in his early childhood in Ohio, insects—and their role in the ecosystem—intrigued him. Later, he earned a bachelor's degree with honors in entomology from Ohio State and a master's degree in biology and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Illinois. His academic career at land-grant institutions began as an Ohio State University Extension educator, followed by a position as a postdoctoral researcher at Louisiana State University. In 1988, he joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University's College of Agricultural Sciences and later served as associate dean and director of the Pennsylvania Agricultural Experiment Station and as the college's dean. He returned to Ohio State in 2012 as vice president for agricultural administration and dean of CFAES. In 2015, he served as interim executive vice president and provost during a national search and, in 2016, was appointed to the permanent position. In this role, he oversees 15 colleges, five campuses, and more than 7,000 tenure-, clinical-, research-track and associated faculty. In addition, he has oversight of academic programs for 66,046 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; more than 200 majors; and almost 13,000 courses.

He has conducted extensive fieldwork in Africa, Australia, and Latin America, focusing on the spread of invasive fruit fly species, in addition to international agriculture and agricultural biosecurity. His research is published in 60 refereed journals, two edited books, 16 articles in books, 22 non-refereed publications, and 68 domestic and international invited presentations. In addition, he has taught at all levels and provided research supervision of five MS degrees, 10 PhD degrees, and seven postdoctoral scholars; sponsored 17 undergraduate research projects; and hosted eight graduate students for significant components of their thesis research.

A longtime national leader in higher education administration, he has focused on the vital contributions of land-grant institutions to society. He served in national leadership within the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), chairing the agricultural research leadership organization, then the dean and administrative heads of agriculture and, finally, the Policy Board of Directors of the Board on Agriculture Assembly. As provost, he is active in the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of American Universities, and APLU in advancing the land-grant mission in higher education.

He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has testified on the Farm Bill before the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition, as a food-security advocate, he serves on Feeding America's board of directors.

Daniel A. Herms, vice president for research and development at The Davey Tree Expert Company, is internationally known for research on theory and ecology of plant defense and its application to management of insect pests of trees and shrubs.

Herms was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1959 and raised in Portsmouth, Ohio, where he worked for the Herms Floral Company and Greenhouses. He received his Bachelor of Science in landscape horticulture from The Ohio State University, where his interest in entomology was sparked by the animated teaching of Dave Horn. He earned a Master of Science in 1984 from Ohio State with dual majors in entomology and horticulture, conducting his research in the lab of Dave Nielsen. From 1984 to 1996, Herms worked at Dow Gardens, a public display garden in Midland, Michigan, directing the IPM and research programs. While working at Dow Gardens, he received his PhD in 1991 from Michigan State University (MSU) in entomology and the ecology and evolutionary biology graduate program, where he was mentored by Bill Mattson and appointed as an adjunct faculty member in 1992. Herms joined the Department of Entomology at Ohio State in Wooster in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2008. In 2018, he was hired by The Davey Tree Expert Company, the world's largest full-service tree care firm, as vice president of research and development.

Herms has published 256 papers, including 96 articles in peer-reviewed journals, 31 book and proceeding chapters, and 129 outreach and Extension publications and has garnered more than $10 million to support his work. He has been major advisor to 18 graduate students, served on the advisory committee of 39 graduate students, and supervised nine post-docs. His research with students and collaborators explores the ecophysiology of tree defense, including chemical ecology and response to abiotic factors as well as ecological impacts of invasive forest insects. His applied research and Extension programs address IPM in urban forests, ornamental landscapes, and nurseries.

Herms has presented or coauthored 167 invited and 317 contributed research presentations and 448 Extension talks. He taught or co-taught The Nature and Practice of Science and Insect Ecology and Evolution at MSU and Ohio State, Forest and Shade Tree Entomology at Ohio State, and served the CFAES Department of Entomology as graduate studies chair (2004-2006), associate chair (2006-2011), interim chair (2012), and chair (2013-2016). He has served as subject editor for Environmental Entomology, associate editor for Arboriculture and Urban Forestry, coordinator of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) working group on tree resistance to insects, and on USDA APHIS science advisory panels for emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. Major recognitions include the Richard W. Harris Authorship Award from the International Society of Arboriculture (2013), the ESA Distinguished Achievement Award in Horticultural Entomology (2014), and election as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014).