Dr. Charles Pickett earned a BS degree in Biology (1976) focusing on plant ecology at the University of California (UC) at Irvine and a MS degree in Botany (1978) focusing on plant-insect interactions at Arizona State University at Tempe. He attended Texas A&M University at College Station where he received a PhD degree in Entomology (1985) concentrating on biological control. He is currently a Staff Environmental Research Scientist (Entomologist) at the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), where he has worked the past 25 years. Dr. Pickett's focus at CDFA is manipulating natural enemies to control crop pests, which includes the importation of exotic arthropod predators and parasitoids to control invasive insect pest species. He is also a non-salaried Research Associate affilated with UC Riverside. He has co-authored a book on conservation biological control and is an editor of the journal Biocontrol Science and Technology.