In Managing Invasive Species, Entomologists Are “The Front Line of Defense”

Helen Spafford, Ph.D.

Today kicks off National Invasive Species Awareness Week, organized by the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition. A great number of invasive species of concern in the United States are insects, and in 2016 the Entomological Society of America developed and issued a formal position statement on invasive species, titled “The Not-So-Hidden Dangers of Invasive […]

Why Science Communication Ought to Be Part of the Job for Entomologists

Rayda Krell

For plenty of scientists, a day in the field or in the lab—i.e., getting knee-deep in science—is their favorite part of the job. Interacting with the public, with media, or with lawmakers seems outside their job description. However, in an age of fractured media and faltering trust in public institutions, scientists may need to broaden […]

A Post-Election Washington D.C.: The ESA Science Policy Fellows’ Perspective

By Johanna Elsensohn on behalf of the 2014 and 2015 Science Policy Fellows (Marianne Alleyne, Thomas Anderson, Jamin Dreyer, Kamal Gandhi, Anders Huseth, Rayda Krell, Clare Rittschof, Ariel Rivers, and Helen Spafford) The 2014 and 2015 ESA Science Policy (SP) Fellows visited Washington, D.C., the week after the November election, and one thing was clear: […]

Entomologists Meet Policymakers in Washington, DC

In October 2014, the Entomological Society of America formed a Science Policy Fellows program to support and develop scientists as visible and effective advocates for entomology and entomological research. The plan was to select five entomologist and teach them about how science policy and science funding decisions are made at the federal level, and to […]