Entomologist Marshall Johnson named distinguished scientist of the year
University of California Riverside
Dr. Marshall Johnson, University of California Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, has received the Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award from the International Organization for Biological Control — Nearctic Regional Section (encompassing the United States and Canada).
Johnson is based at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier. Known internationally, much of his work has focused on the integration of natural enemies into systems where heavy pesticide use is common, such as vegetable crops.
Johnson studies the relationships between economically important pests and their natural enemies, and uses the information to enhance biological control, thereby improving pest control and reducing reliance on insecticides.
His current emphasis is on pest problems in perennial tree crops and vineyards in California’s Central Valley, including the glassy-winged sharpshooter, the oriental fruit moth, and the tenlined June beetle.
He has published more than 240 journal articles and book chapters. He has served as an editor of the journal Biological Control – Theory and Application in Pest Management and is on the journal’s editorial board.
The Department of Entomology at UC Riverside is a world leader in the area of biological control. Several of its faculty members have won this award, including Richard Stouthamer (2010), Robert F. Luck (2003), and James A. McMurtry (2001).
The International Organization for Biological Control is a global organization, divided into six regions, and focuses on the use of natural enemies to control undesirable insects, noxious weeds, and other pests.