UC Davis Entomologists Honored in PBESA Award Competitions

Breaking news: UC Davis entomologists won three of the 12 student and professional awards given by the Pacific Branch, Entomological Society of America.

The award-winning trio: 

And another UC Davis connection: community ecologist Erin Wilson Rankin, associate professor at UC Riverside and a former postdoctoral researcher in the Louie Yang lab in 2010, received the Distinguished Teaching Award and will now represent PBESA in the national competition. Professor Yang is also known for his outstanding mentoring and teaching; in 2018, he received an international award for his outstanding academic advising activities.

Rankin says her research "focuses on investigating species interactions and their effects on trophic dynamics and ecosystem services within the contexts of invasion biology, community ecology and evolutionary ecology." She received her bachelor's degree in biology in 2002 from Georgetown University, Washington, DC, and obtained her doctorate in biological sciences from UC San Diego in 2009. Then it was off to UC Davis for a year in the Yang lab before accepting a position as postdoctoral researcher with the University of Maryland's Department of Entomology.  Rankin joined the UC Riverside faculty in 2013 as an assistant professor and advanced to associate professor in 2019.

In 2021 Rankin was named the recipient of two major awards: the Outstanding Faculty Mentor and the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. See her research and publications on her website.

Rankin's award was one of five awarded to UC Riverside entomologists: 

Results showed UC entomologists (from the two campuses) winning a total of eight awards, and USDA, four. (See the chart below) Congratulations, all!

Pacific Branch. The Pacific branch encompasses 11 Western states, parts of Canada and Mexico and several U.S. territories.

In the United States: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

U.S. Territories: American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Johnston Atoll, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Midway Islands, Wake Island

In Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Yukon

In Mexico: Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora

ESA, founded in 1889, is the world's largest organization serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals in related disciplines. Its 7,000 members are affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. They are researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students, pest management professionals, and hobbyists.