Entomological Society of America
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The Entomological Society of America (ESA) was founded in 1889 and today has more than 6,000 members, including educators, extension personnel, consultants, students, researchers, and scientists from agricultural departments, health agencies, private industries, colleges and universities, and state and federal governments. It serves the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. To facilitate communication among members, the ESA is divided into four sections based on entomological interests, and six branches, based on geographic proximity. The national office is located in Lanham, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C.
ESA Membership is open to anyone, including non-U.S. residents. All members receive online access to all four of ESA's journals, including back issues and new ones; the monthly ESA Newsletter; the quarterly American Entomologist magazine; discounts on books, printed journals and meeting registrations; access to the searchable membership database; and the ability to vote in ESA elections and contribute to other governing issues.
Vision Statement: The Entomological Society of America will be recognized by peer associations, the scientific community, and the public as the best forum for scientific exchange of entomological knowledge, leading to a record of positive influence within public and private institutions where this information is essential.
Mission Statement: The Entomological Society of America exists to promote the science of entomology. The Society accomplishes this through:
- Disseminating original research and perspectives leading to a continuous stream of discoveries and applications relevant to the science;
- Creating productive opportunities to stimulate new ideas and capitalize on the diversity and varied perspectives of the membership; and
- Expanding the basic level of understanding about insects and related organisms through outreach to stakeholders of all types.
- Annals of the Entomological Society of America – Articles report on basic aspects of the biology of arthropods, divided into categories by subject matter: systematics; ecology and population biology; arthropod biology; arthropods in relation to plant diseases; conservation biology and biodiversity; physiology, biochemistry, and toxicology; morphology, histology, and fine structure; genetics; and behavior.
- Environmental Entolomology – This journal publishes reports on the interaction of insects with the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of their environment and is divided into the following sections: physiological ecology; chemical ecology; population ecology; quantitative ecology; community and ecosystem ecology; biological control-parasitoids and predators; biological control—microbials; biological control—weeds; behavior; pest management; sampling; plant-insect interactions; molecular ecology and evolution; transgenic plants and insects.
- Journal of Economic Entomology – This journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture and social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance.
- Journal of Medical Entomology – This journal publishes reports on all phases of medical entomology and medical acarology, including the systematics and biology of insects, acarines, and other arthropods of public health and veterinary significance. The journal is divided into the following sections: Morphology, Systematics, Evolution; Sampling, Distribution, Dispersal; Development, Life History; Population and Community Ecology; Behavior, Chemical Ecology; Population Biology/Genetics; Molecular Biology/Genomics; Neurobiology, Physiology, Biochemistry; Vector Control, Pest Management, Resistance, Repellents; Arthropod/Host Interaction, immunity; Vector/Pathogen/Host Interaction, Transmission; Vector Borne Diseases, Surveillance, Prevention; Direct Injury, Myiasis, Forensics; Modeling/GIS, Risk Assessment, Economic Impact.
- American Entomologist – American Entomologist is a quarterly magazine that publishes articles and information of general entomological interest. The magazine publishes letters to the editor, columns, features, research, book reviews, and obituaries.
- Arthropod Management Tests – Arthropod Management Tests (AMT) publishes short reports on preliminary and routine screening tests for management of arthropods that may be beneficial (e.g., parasitoids, predators and diseases of pests, honey bees, silkworm) or harmful (e.g., pests and disease vectors of plants, animals, and humans). Pest management methods reported in this publication may be those using chemical pesticides as well as other materials such as insect growth regulators, semiochemicals (e.g., pheromones, kairomones), traps, bio-control agents, pest-resistant plants and animals.
- Common Names of Insects – This resource is an essential reference for anyone who works with insects. It includes more than 2,000 common names and is searchable by common name, scientific name, author, order, family, genus, and species. Interested individuals may propose new common names by submitting the Common Names Proposal Form that is reviewed by the Committee on the Common Names of Insects and voted on by the ESA Governing Board.
- Insect Pest Handbooks – This series of books is directed toward commodities, groups of pests associated with a specific habitat, or a specific taxa of pests. The problems covered by the handbooks are principally those that occur in North America. The audience for the handbooks is other entomologists and agricultural research scientists, agricultural teachers and their students, area and county agents, veterinarians, foresters, master gardeners and homeowners.
- Thomas Say Publications in Entomology – These titles include book-length manuscripts on all aspects of entomology and offer some of the most comprehensive information and research on the topics they cover.
The Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America is its premier event each year. For a four-day period, thousands of entomologists and professionals from related disciplines gather from around the world to exchange scientific information and ideas, enhance professional knowledge and skills, network with colleagues and re-acquaint with old friends, and conduct the business of the Society.
ESA offers two certification programs, the Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) and the Board Certified Entomologist (BCE). BCE is geared toward those who are formally educated in entomology and ACE more toward those with hands-on training and professional development in the field of structural pest management
The six ESA branches include five North American branches: Eastern, North Central, Pacific, Southeastern, and Southwestern. Their members are states/provinces of the USA, Canada, and Mexico, with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Southeastern Branch and the US territories of the Pacific Ocean in the Pacific Branch. All other nations and territories comprise the sixth, International Branch.
ESA and the Entomological Foundation provide annual honors and awards to recognize scientists, educators, and students, who have distinguished themselves through their contributions to entomology, and offer limited financial assistance for academic study.
Each of the six branches of the ESA give out the John Henry Comstock Graduate Student Award annually for achievement by a graduate student.
Jobs in entomology
ESA offers an opportunity for employers to publicize job openings in entomology and related fields through its monthly newsletter and web site.
The Linnaean Games are a lively question and answer, college bowl-style competition on entomological facts played between university-sponsored student teams at the ESA Annual Meeting. The winning team earns a plaque for the team's department.