William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Agriculture, North Carolina State University
Research in my program focuses at both the organismal and population level to understand the mechanisms and processes that lead to damaging plant-insect- pathogen interactions affecting agricultural crops. We seek to apply this understanding to development and improve insect management methodologies that improve crop protection and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture. A major portion of my program focuses on vector biology, epidemiology, and management of insect-transmitted plant viruses with current emphasis on thrips-borne Tospoviruses and whitefly-borne Begomoviruses. We seek to integrate knowledge of virus and vector diversity / evolution, vector population biology, and the underlying mechanisms of virus transmission to gain understanding of the epidemiology of these viruses, predict their occurrence, and inform their management. I hold BS and PhD degrees in Entomology from Oregon State University and Cornell University, respectively. I served on the faculty of the University of California-Riverside before moving to NCSU where my research has been continuously funded by USDA, NSF, various agricultural commodity organizations, and corporate sponsors. I have served on numerous advisory panels for the USDA, EPA and NRC, addressing issues relating to pest resistance, pesticides, integrated pest management, and biotechnology. I am a Fellow and Past-President of the Entomological Society of America and recipient of the Entomological Society of America Award for Excellence in Entomology and the Entomological Foundation Medal of Honor.