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Entomologists

Dr. Andy Cline, Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor (Andy's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1996, University of Alabama, Huntsville; M.S., 2000, University of Missouri, Columbia; Ph.D., 2005, Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2005-2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-2015; Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2015-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Coleoptera (Cucujoidea).

Dr. Marc E. Epstein, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Marc's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1977, Colorado State University, Fort Collins; M.S., 1982, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; Ph.D., 1988, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

Experience: Museum Specialist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1992-2003; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2003-2006; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Lepidoptera.

Dr. Stephen D. Gaimari, Environmental Program Manager I (Steve's webpage)

Education: B.A., 1990, Clark University, Worcester, Massachussetts; M.S., 1993, Washington State University, Pullman; Ph.D., 1998, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1998-2000; Research Entomologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2000-2001; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2001-2004; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2006; Program Supervisor III (Entomology), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2009; Program Supervisor IV (Botany & Entomology), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2009-2015; Environmental Program Manager I (Entomology & Botany), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2015-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Diptera (Lauxanioidea, Opomyzoidea, Tephritoidea, Asiloidea), Mecoptera, Phthiraptera, Siphonaptera.

Dr. Rosser W. Garrison, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Rosser's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1971, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff; M.S., 1974, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., 1979, University of California, Berkeley.

Experience: Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecologist, University of Puerto Rico, 1981-1982; Senior Biologist/Entomologist, Los Angeles County Agriculture Commissioner's Office, 1984-2004; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Miscellaneous small orders of insects (Orthoptera, Dermaptera, Hemiptera, etc.); miscellaneous arthropods other than Arachnida; Mollusca; miscellaneous vertebrates and invertebrates.

Dr. Martin Hauser, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Martin's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1993, Technical University of Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany; M.S., 2002, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Ph.D., 2005, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Experience: CDFA/UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-2007; Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2007-2008; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2008-2010; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2010-present.

Area of Specialty: Diptera (Stratiomyidae, Tephritidae, Therevidae), molecular systematics.

Dr. Peter H. Kerr, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Peter's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1993, University of California, Santa Cruz; Ph.D., 2004, University of Maryland.

Experience: CDFA/UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, 2003-2004; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Arachnida (especially Acari), Diptera (Mycetophilidae, Rhagionidae, Tephritidae), molecular diagnostics.

Dr. Alessandra Rung, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Alessandra's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1990, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro; M.S., 1993, Universidade Estadual de São Paulo; Ph.D., 2003, University of Maryland, College Park.

Experience: Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park, 2003-2007; Adjunct Faculty, Prince George's County Community College, Largo, Maryland, 2006; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-2010; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2010-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Auchenorrhyncha, Sternorrhyncha, Diptera (Opomyzoidea, Tephritoidea).

Dr. Natalia von Ellenrieder, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Natalia's webpage)

Education: B.S. & M.S., 1996, National University of La Plata, Argentina; Ph.D., 1999, National University of La Plata, Argentina.

Experience: DAAD Postdoctoral fellow at the Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart, Germany, 2000; Fundación Antorchas Postdoctoral Fellow at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 2001-2002; Associate Research Biologist, Chico Research Foundation, 2004-2005; Associate Researcher for CONICET, Argentina, 2005-2007; Adjunct Researcher for CONICET, Argentina, 2007-2009; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2010-2012; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2012-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Sternorrhyncha (exclusive of Aphidoidea), Thysanoptera, Mollusca.

Dr. Kevin Williams, Associate Insect Biosystematist (Kevin's webpage)

Education: A.S., 2003, Yuba Community College, Marysville, California; B.S., 2005, University of California, Davis; Ph.D., 2012, Utah State University, Logan.

Experience: Postdoctoral Researcher, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, 2013; Biological Scientist IV, Division of Plant Industry, Gainesville, Florida, 2014-2016; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2008-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility:Hymenoptera; miscellaneous small orders of insects (Orthoptera, Dermaptera, Hemiptera, etc.); miscellaneous arthropods other than Arachnida; Mollusca.

Dr. Shaun L. Winterton, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Shaun's webpage)

Education: B.A.S., 1992, University of Southern Queensland; Post-grad Diploma, 1997, University of Queensland; Advanced Diploma, 1999, Central Queensland University; Ph.D., 2000, University of Queensland

Experience: Research Associate, Department of Entomology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2002-2003; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2003-2006; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2007; Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Brisbane, Australia, 2007-2010; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2010-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Lepidoptera, Neuroptera, Diptera (Therevidae, Scenopinidae, Acroceridae).

Supervisors

Dr. Andy Cline, Senior Environmental Scientist, Supervisor (Andy's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1996, University of Alabama, Huntsville; M.S., 2000, University of Missouri, Columbia; Ph.D., 2005, Lousiana State University, Baton Rouge.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2005-2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-2015; Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2015-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Coleoptera (Cucujoidea).

Dr. Stephen D. Gaimari, Environmental Program Manager I (Steve's webpage)

Education: B.A., 1990, Clark University, Worcester, Massachussetts; M.S., 1993, Washington State University, Pullman; Ph.D., 1998, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1998-2000; Research Entomologist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2000-2001; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2001-2004; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004; Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2006; Program Supervisor III (Entomology), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2009; Program Supervisor IV (Botany & Entomology), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2009-2015; Environmental Program Manager I (Entomology & Botany), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2015-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Diptera (Lauxanioidea, Odiniidae, Tephritoidea, Asiloidea), Mecoptera, Phthiraptera, Siphonaptera.

Environmental Scientists

Jacqueline Airoso, Environmental Scientist & Collection Manager (CSCA)

916-262-1160 office, Jacqueline.airoso@cdfa.ca.gov
Education: B.S., 2007, Entomology, University of California, Davis.

Grishma Parikh, Environmental Scientist

Obie Sage, Environmental Scientist

Postdoctoral Scientists

Dr. Chris Borkent, Postdoctoral Scientist (Chris' webpage)

Education: B.S. (with Honours), 2000, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; M.S., 2003, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Ph.D., 2012, McGill University, Québec, Canada.

Experience: Postdoctoral Scientist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 2012-present.

Area of Specialty: Diptera (Acroceridae, Sciaroidea, Tephritoidea).

Dr. Ivonne Garzón-Orduña, Postdoctoral Researcher (Ivonne's webpage)

Education: B.S, 2004, Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia; Ph.D. 2012, University of New Orleans, New Orleans.

Experience: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 2013-2014; Postdoctoral Scientist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 2015-present. 

Area of Specialty: Lepidoptera (Nymphalidae), Neuroptera.

Dr. Meng-qing Wang, Postdoctoral Researcher (Meng-qing's webpage)

Education: B.Sc., 2000, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China; Ph.D., 2006, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China.

Experience: Associate Researcher, Laboratory of Natural Enemies, Institute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Beijing, P.R. China, 2006-present; Postdoctoral Scientist, Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, 2015-present.

Area of Specialty: Diptera (Empidoidea, and other predaceous groups).

Technical Staff

Scott Kinnee, Senior Agricultural Biological Technician

Former Entomologists

Dr. Fred Andrews, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired

Education: Ph.D., 1970, University of California, Riverside.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1969-2003.

Area of Specialty: Coleoptera (Lathridiidae, Chrysomelidae, Tenebrionidae).

Dr. Charles L. "Chuck" Bellamy, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired (Deceased 2013) (Chuck's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1979, M.A., 1983, California State University, Long Beach; D.Sc., 1987, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Experience: Assistant Vector Ecologist, Orange County Vector Control District, 1980-1981; Museum Technician, U.S. National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 1989-1991; Associate Curator, Coleoptera Department, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa, 1994-1998; Senior Curator, Coleoptera Department, Transvaal Museum, 1998-2000; Collection Manager, Entomology, Natural History Museum, Los Angeles, 2000-2001; Associate Insect Biosystematist California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2001-2004; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2006, 2007-2013 Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2006-2007.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Coleoptera (Buprestoidea).

Dr. Matthew Buffington, Former Postdoctoral Scientist (Matt's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1996, University of California, Riverside; M.S., 2000, Texas A&M University, College Station; Ph.D., 2005, University of California, Riverside.

Experience: Postdoctoral Scientist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2005-2006; Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS-Systematic Entomology Lab, Washington, DC, 2006-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Hymenoptera (parasitoids).

Dr. Thomas Eichlin, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired (Deceased 2013, see Obituary here)

Education: Ph.D., Auburn University.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1973-2003; Retired Annuitent, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2003-2004.

Area of Specialty: Lepidoptera (Sesiidae).

Dr. Eric Fisher, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired (Eric's webpage)

Education: B.S., M.A., California State University Long Beach; Ph.D., 1986, University of California, Riverside.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1982-2008.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Diptera (Asilidae, Tephritoidea).

Raymond J. Gill, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired

Education: B.S., 1964, University of California, Davis; M.S., 1970, University of California, Riverside.

Experience: General Taxonomic and Economic Entomologist, Riverside County California Agricultural Commissioner's Office, 1964-1971; Associate Insect Biosystematist,  Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), Laboratory Program Supervisor, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1971-2004.

Area of Specialty: Sternorrhyncha (Coccoidea), Auchenorrhyncha, Thysanoptera.

Dr. Alan Hardy, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired

Education: B.S., 1964, M.A., 1966, Long Beach State College; Ph.D., 1971, University of.California, Riverside.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1972-2004.

Area of Specialty: Miscellaneous small orders of insects (Orthoptera, Dermaptera, Hemiptera, etc.); Coleoptera; miscellaneous arthropods other than mites; Mollusca; miscellaneous vertebrates and invertebrates.

Dr. Lynn S. Kimsey, Former Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical) (Lynn's webpage)

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Davis.

Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University; Professor of Entomology, Director of the Bohart Museum, Director of the Center for Biosystematics, University of California, Davis; Visiting Scientist (Sabbatical), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-2008; Head, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, 2008-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Hymenoptera.

Dr. Owen Lonsdale, former Postdoctoral Scientist (Owen's webpage)

Education: B.S./B.A., 1999/2000, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; M.S., 2004, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; Ph.D., 2007, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Experience: Postdoctoral Fellow, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 2007-2009; CDFA/UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009; Collections Manager, Canadian National Collection, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2009-present.

Area of Specialty: Diptera (Agromyzidae, Clusiidae).

Terry N. Seeno, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired

Education: B.S., California State University, San Jose

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Supervisor), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1967-2004.

Area of Specialty: Coleoptera.

Dr. Li Shi, former Postdoctoral Scientist (Li's webpage)

Education: Bachelor of Agronomy, 1998, Inner Mongolia Agricultural University, Hohhot, China; M.S., 2003, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, China; Ph.D., 2010, China Agricultural University, Beijing.

Experience: Instructor, College of Agronomy, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot, China, 1998-present; CDFA/UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010-2012.

Area of Specialty: Diptera (Agromyzidae, Lauxaniidae).

Dr. Jeffrey Skevington, former Associate Insect Biosystematist (Jeff's webpage)

Education: M.S., University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Ph.D., University of Queensland.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2002-2004; Canadian National Collection of Insects, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2004-present.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Auchenorrhyncha (including GWSS), Diptera (Therevidae, Pipunculidae, Syrphidae).

Dr. Ronald E. Somerby, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired

Education: M.S., 1966, California State University, Long Beach; Ph.D., 1972, University of California, Riverside.

Experience: General Taxonomic and Economic Entomologist, Riverside County California Agricultural Commissioner's Office, 1971-1972; Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1972-2004.

Area of Specialty: Coleoptera (Tenebrionidae, tribe Eleodini).

Dr. John Sorensen, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired (John's webpage)

Education: B.S., 1970, University of Minnesota, St. Paul; M.S., 1972, University of Northern Iowa; Ph.D., 1983, University of California, Berkeley.

Experience: Associate Insect Biosystematist, Senior Insect Biosystematist (Specialist), California Department of Food and Agriculture, 1982-2013.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Sternorrhyncha (Aphidoidea), Hymenoptera (Formicidae).

Dr. Gillian W. Watson, Senior Insect Biosystematist, Retired (Gillian's webpage)

Education: B.Sc., 1976, University of Reading; Post-grad Diploma, 1982, Imperial College; Ph.D., 1982, University of London.

Experience: Taxonomic Researcher and Pest Identifier, CAB International Institute of Entomology, The Natural History Museum, London, 1986-2000; Research Entomologist, The Natural History Museum, London, 2001-2003; Associate Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2004-2007; Senior Insect Biosystematist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, 2007-2015.

Area of Specialty/Responsibility: Sternorrhyncha (exclusive of Aphidoidea and Psylloidea), Thysanoptera