Samuel Ramsey

USDA Bee Research Lab

Samuel Ramsey (or Dr. Sammy) is the founder and director of the Ramsey Research Foundation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology from Cornell University in 2011, and focused his research on Predatory & Parasitic Insect Behavior. He cultivated an interest and expertise in the close relationships between unrelated organisms (symbioses), and dedicated his doctoral research at the University of Maryland to understanding a parasite killing honey bees globally (Varroa destructor). Read More

Peter Soroye

University of Ottawa

Peter Soroye is a conservation biologist and PhD student at the University of Ottawa. Peter investigates how climate change and global land use change interact to cause extinction in bumblebees and butterflies, with the goal of developing better solutions and tools to help mitigate or reverse biodiversity loss in these species and more broadly. He focuses especially on butterflies and bumblebees because they are critical wild pollinators and, more importantly, because they are the GOAT invertebrates.

Sarah Kent

Great Parks of Hamilton County

Sarah Kent is a community outreach manager for Great Parks of Hamilton County. She opened the nature center in summer 2019 with the goal to expose the community to the great outdoors in an urban setting. She presented at the National Association for Interpretation this past year on interpreting entomophagy to the public. Her past research and passion is in entomology, but it has expanded over the years to provide an overall STEM experience for the community she works with.

Swanne Gordon

Washington University

I am an evolutionary biologist and behavioural ecologist whose research is built around the underlying question: why is there diversity in nature, and how is it maintained? I am currently an Assistant Professor at Washington University in St Louis Department of Biology. Specifically, my research tackles two main points: the mechanisms behind the rapid evolution of life histories and sexually selected traits, and the maintenance of diversity in warning signals and anti-predator behavior. I combine a variety of field, lab, and complex statistical techniques to examine links between genotype and phenotype in natural populations and develop conceptual frameworks for eco-evolutionary dynamics under climate change.

Tonya Fisher

University of Kentucky

Jocelyn R. Holt

Texas A&M

Jocelyn R. Holt is a USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University and a 2019 Comstock Award winner. Jocelyn is an evolutionary ecologist whose research focuses on the role that mutualisms and genetics play in pestiferous traits of invasive species.

Jessica Webb

University of California, Riverside

Vikram Iyengar

Villanova University

Vik Iyengar is a Professor and Assistant Chair of Biology at Villanova University, and he also served as the Director of the REU program at Friday Harbor Laboratories from 2013-2017. He is a behavioral ecologist who studies reproductive and social behavior in a variety of insects including earwigs, moths and damselflies.

Shavonn Whiten

Alabama State University

Michelle Samuel-Foo

Alabama State University

Michelle Samuel-Foo is a Director of Research at Alabama State Univeristy in Montgomery AL. She leads the university's specialty crop research program that focuses on industrial hemp entomology. She is the 2021 President of The South Eastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), a two term former president of the International Association of Black Entomologists and the 2020 receipient of the ESA founder's memorial award. She is a specialty crops entomologist with over 15 years experience in integrated pest mamagement.

Olufemi Ajayi

Alabama State University

Olufemi Ajayi is currently a postdoc in the department of Biological Sciences at Alabama State University. His research interests are integrated pest management (with focus on insect pests of agricultural importance), chemical ecology of insect-plant interactions, and insect physiology.

Shakara Maggitt

I obtained my undergraduate degrees at the University of Georgia in Entomology and Animal Science. I set out to pursue a master's degree at UGA under Dr. Marianne Shockley focusing of Black Soldier Flies as an alternative to traditional livestock feed, due to her untimely passing I will be continuing my research as a graduate research assistant at Texas State University in the summer of 2021. My master's research will focus on the ruminal microbiome of cattle fed an insect-based diet however, I want to pursue a Ph.D further researching how an insect-based diet affects meat and milk quality.

Megan Wilkerson

Department of Energy and Environment

Dr. Megan Wilkerson received two Doctorates from Penn State University, in Entomology, and International Agriculture & Development. Megan also holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Currently, Megan teaches Climate Change and Carbon Reduction at the University of District of Columbia and serves as Chief, Pesticides Branch at the Department of Energy and Environment in Washington, DC. She inspires and interacts with fellow agricultural stewards through her knowledge transfer experience, the Savvy Botanist (

Jessica Ware

American Natural History Museum

Jessica Ware is a curator of invertebrate zoology at the AMNH, and currently serves as president of the World Dragonfly Association, and Vice President of the Entomological Society of America. She is an evolutionary biologist who studies dragonflies, damselflies, & termites/cockroaches.

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