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February 23-25, 2009 Panel Member List

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel
Open Meeting, February 23-25, 2009
Panel List for the FIFRA SAP
to consider and review
An Evaluation of the Resistance Risks from Using a Seed Mix Refuge with Pioneer’s Optimum® AcreMax™ 1 Corn Rootworm-Protected Corn


Environmental Protection Agency Conference Center
Lobby Level, One Potomac Yard (South Bldg.),
2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA 22202

FIFRA SAP Website: http://www.epa.gov/scipoly/sap/
Docket Number EPA-HQ-OPP-2008-0836
OPP Docket Telephone: 703-305-5805

FIFRA SAP Session Chair

Steven G. Heeringa, Ph.D.
Research Scientist & Director for Statistical Design
University of Michigan Institute for Social Research
Ann Arbor, MI

Designated Federal Official

Joseph E. Bailey
US Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Science Coordination & Policy
FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel
EPA East Building, MC 7201M
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
Tel: 202-564-8450, Fax: 202-564-8382, bailey.joseph@epa.gov

FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel Members

Kirby C. Donnelly, Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health
School of Rural Public Health
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center
College Station, TX

Carey N. Pope, Ph.D.
Professor, Head & Sitlington Chair of Toxicology
Department of Physiological Sciences
Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Stillwater, OK

Daniel Schlenk, Ph.D.
Professor of Aquatic Ecotoxicology & Environmental Toxicology
Department of Environmental Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA

FQPA Science Review Board Members

Fred L. Gould, Ph.D.
William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture
Department of Entomology &
Adjunct Professor
Department of Genetics
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina 

Dr. Gould graduated from Queens College in New York City with a BA in Biology. He received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Gould’s research has examined evolutionary approaches for dealing with agricultural problems. Since 1986 he has conducted theoretical and empirical research aimed at increasing the evolutionary sustainability of transgenic insecticidal crops. He has also conducted more basic research aimed at understanding the ecological and genetic factors that shape herbivore host range, and that enable the evolution of complex traits such as sexual communication systems. Recently, Dr. Gould has begun using evolutionary theory in designing strategies for effective use of transgenic insects for control of insect-vectored human diseases.

Anthony R. Ives, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Zoology
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin 

Dr. Ives has degrees and biology and mathematics from the University of Rochester (1983), and a M.A. degree in biology (1985) and a Ph.D. in biology (1988) from Princeton University. Prior to his appointment at the University of Wisconsin, he was with the Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellowship at the University of Washington. Dr. Ives' research interests combine both theoretical and empirical approaches to investigate a variety of ecological and evolutionary problems. His main research projects include the impact of species interactions and environmental disturbances on the dynamics of ecological communities, population control of agricultural aphid pests by natural enemies, phylogenetically-based statistical methods for analyzing comparative data and the structure of communities and evolution of resistance by agricultural pests to insecticidal genetically modified crops. Current research projects involve developing statistical models to understand the structure of ecological communities using information about the phylogenetic history of constituent species for the National Science Foundation and exploring the interactions within the pea aphid food web to explore the regulation of pea ahid densities and the suppression of densities below economic thresholds for the United States Department of Agriculture.

Susan T. Ratcliffe, Ph.D.
Director, USDA North Central Region Integrated Pest Management Center
Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, Illinois 

Dr. Ratcliffe earned a M.S. degree (1995) and a Ph.D. (1999) in entomology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since 2000, she has served as Assistant Professional Scientists with the Illinois Natural History Survey, Department of Natural Resources, State of Illinois. Dr. Ratcliffe has published many articles related to pest management and crop production, with emphasis on Western Corn Rootworm, and has lectured widely on her research efforts.  

Richard T. Roush, Ph.D.
Professor & Dean
Melbourne School of Land & Environment
University of Melbourne
Victoria, Australia 

Dr. Roush earned his BS and Ph.D. in entomology from UC Davis in 1976 and UC Berkeley in 1979, respectively. A particular emphasis of Rick’s efforts for the last 30 years has been to develop integrated solutions for slowing or preventing the evolution of pesticide resistance, but he has also published extensively biological control and the ecology of insects, mites and weeds.  Roush has also been involved in pest management efforts in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, South Africa and India.  In the 1990’s, Roush was a principal architect of the resistance management strategies for insect tolerant transgenic crops, including cotton, potatoes and corn, directly in Australia and the US, and indirectly in Canada and Mexico.  From 1998 through 2002, Roush served as Director of the national Australian Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Weed Management based at the University of Adelaide, and coordinated weed management research and extension on crops and natural ecosystems at 19 state, federal, industry, and university organizations across Australia.  He is currently Dean of Land and Environment at the University of Melbourne.

Douglas V. Sumerford, Ph.D.
Research Entomologist
Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research Unit
USDA/ARS
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 

Dr. Sumerford received his PhD in Entomology from N. C. State University in 1997.  He has been employed with the USDA, Agricultural Research Service since May 1997, first at Stoneville, MS (Bt cotton) and currently at Ames, IA (corn, 2002-present).  His research interests are currently focused on the resistance management to Bt corn for the European corn borer, especially in the area of genetic basis of resistance evolution.

John C. Schneider, Ph.D.
Professor & Research Entomologist
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State, Mississippi 

Dr. Schneider has a Ph.D. in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology and Evolution from Princeton University and is a specialist in host plant resistance, modeling insect movement, overwintering biology of arthropods, and the physiological ecology of insects as it relates to insect rearing.  He currently teaches graduate level courses entitled "Population Ecology of Insects" and "Empirical Research in Theory & Practice."  He is also an instructor for the international workshop "Principles and Procedures for Rearing High Quality Insects" held annually at Mississippi State University and is editor of a forthcoming book of the same title.  Since 2004, John has served as an ad hoc reviewer on three FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panels concerned with Bt-transgenic cotton and corn.

Jon J. Tollefson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Entomology
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 

Dr. Tollefson joined Iowa State University in 1975 to lead the Corn Insect Research Project (CIRP). The objective of the project has been to develop and evaluate efficient and environmentally sensitive insect management strategies for insects attacking corn. Jon led the project until January of 2008 and now has teaching and extension responsibilities. Jon's PhD is from Iowa State University, where he specialized in applied ecology and sampling. During the 32 years as CIRP project leader Dr. Tollefson evaluated the effectiveness of pest management programs, developed sampling protocols and economic decision thresholds for pest insects, and evaluated control tools and strategies, including insecticides and genetically-engineered corn varieties.


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