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Past Officers


Ingeborg Klingen


Helen Hesketh


Helen Roy


Rosalind James


Fernando Vega



Ann Hajek  


Drauzio Rangel


Ingeborg Klingen


Helen Hesketh


Helen Roy



Chad Keyser


Stefan Jaronski 


Tarryn Goble


Everton K.K. Fernandes


Carrie Hauxwell


Drauzio Rangel


Nicolai Vitt Meyling


Tariq Butt


Kerstin Jung


Ming Guang Feng


Student Representative:

Katharina Saar


Chad Keyser


Joanna Fisher


Berhardt Steinwender


Sastia Prama Putri


Drauzio Rangel




Student Awards

2016 Travel Award Winners

Yordanys Ramos Gonzalez is a PhD student at Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas in Cuba. “Natural occurrence of Beauveria bassiana in soil, as infections in stink bugs and as endophytes in bean plants, from organic and conventional fields in Cuba”.
Sonnica Albertyn is a PhD student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa “The influence of orchard age on entomopathogenic fungi and nematode population dynamics”.

2015 Travel Award Winners

Maya Raad: Lincoln University, New Zealand. “Transcriptomic and physiological responses of Arabidopsis thaliana to endophytic Beauveria bassiana


Brian Lovett: University of Maryland. “GeoChip analysis of the soil microbial community in turf and winter wheat treated with genetically modified Metarhizium"

2014 Travel Award Winners

Chad Keyser, University of Copenhagen, “Interactions between the insect pathogenic fungus Metarhizium, the wheat pathogen Fusarium culmorum and the mycoparasitic fungus Clonostachys rosea”


Sandra Aragon, Göttingen University- Germany, “Plant volatile organic compound manipulation by endophytic entomopathogenic fungi"

2013 Travel Award Winners

Mauro Martignoni Travel Award Winner:

Scott W. Behie, Brock University, Ontario, Canada,  “Ubiquity of insect-derived nitrogen transfer to plants by endophytic insect pathogenic fungi” 

Division Travel Award Winners:

  • Cristian Montalva, Universidad Austral de Chile, “Neozygites osornensis sp. nov., a new fungal species causing mortality to the cypress aphid Cinara cupressi in Chile”
  • Se Jin Lee, Chonbuk National University, South Korea, “Expression of Bombyx mori Cecropin A in Beauveria bassiana ERL1170 to enhance mycotized mealworms for use as animal feed additives”
2012 Travel Award Winners

Alexis M. Barbarin received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana in her native city New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Alexis enrolled in the Entomology doctoral program at The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a master’s degree in Agricultural & Extension Education and a doctorate in Entomology under the guidance of Dr. Edwin Rajotte, focusing on the biology of the common bed bug, Cimex lectularius. Alexis will begin a postdoctoral position at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Levy, investigating spatial dynamics and fungal susceptibility of bed bugs and the kissing bug, Rhodnius prolixus.

Tarryn Goble received her BSc undergraduate degree and honours in Entomology and Microbiology from Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She also received her MSc in Entomology from Rhodes University with distinction. Tarryn is currently a PhD student registered with Rhodes University but working under the supervision of Professor Des Conlong of the South African Sugarcane Research Institute in Durban, South Africa. Her supervisor at Rhodes University is Professor Martin Hill. Tarryn has a passion for entomopathogenic fungi and in particular their use as bio-insecticides for the control of insect pests in agriculture.

Anja Amtoft Wynns received her BSc in Biology from Rutgers University and her MSc jointly from The City University of New York and The New York Botanical Garden. She is currently a PhD student of Insect Pathology under the supervision of Jørgen Eilenberg and Annette Bruun Jensen at the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Agriculture and Ecology and Centre for Social Evolution. Anja is presenting the paper "Evidence for self-medication: host plant choice of an oligolectic bee and pathogenic Ascosphaera spp." coauthored with Jørgen Eilenberg and Annette B. Jensen.


Rob Anderson received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, USA, in 1995. He then taught life, earth and physical science to secondary school students for seven years before returning to graduate school to study insects. In 2007, he earned a Master’s degree in entomology from the University of Delaware, USA investigating the role of stormwater pond design and subsequent nutrient mitigation practices on larva mosquito abundance. In 2008, he joined the Penn State University department of Entomology as a Ph.D. candidate under Dr. Matthew Thomas to study how to immune challenges may affect the vector competence of insect disease vectors. For his doctoral thesis, he is investigating the effects of Beauveria bassiana infection on the themoregulatory behavior of house flies (Musca domestica L.), and how these changes impact fly fitness and vector competence. Rob is presenting the paper “House flies (Musca domestica L.) delay fungal pathogenesis by fevering – at a cost”.

Congratulations to Ms. Vicky Hunt, winner of the 2010 Division of Fungi Student Travel Award. Vicky received her BSc in Biology from the University of Bath, and her MSc in Ecology from the University of Wales, Bangor. She is currently a PhD student in Entomology under the supervision of Professor Keith Charnley at the University of Bath (UK).  She will be presenting two papers at the SIP meeting entitled ‘Cold-seeking behaviour in Drosophila during mycosis: consequences for host and pathogen’ co-authored with Prof. Keith Charnley & Dr Nick Priest, and ‘The inhibitory effect of the fungal toxin, destruxin-A, on behavioural fever in the desert locust, Schistocerca gregaria’ co-authored with Dr Gary Lock and Prof. Keith Charnley.
Congratulations to Ms. Sastia Prama Putri, winner of the 2009 Division of Fungi Student Travel Award. Sastia received her B.Sc. in Biology from Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia and her M.Eng. in Biotechnology from Osaka University. She is currently a Ph.D. student under the supervision of Prof. Takuya Nihira at the International Center for Biotechnology, Osaka University, Japan where she is majoring in Biotechnology. She has received several awards including the P.T. Kondur Petroleum S.A. Indonesia Academic Achievement Award for undergraduate studies and the UNESCO Fellowship from the Japanese Government and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sports and Technology Scholarship for postgraduate studies. She will be presenting a paper entitled “Utilization of entomopathogenic fungi for the control of plant pathogenic fungi”. Her co-authors are Hiroshi Kinoshita, Fumio Ihara, Yasuhiro Igarashi and Takuya Nihira.
Congratulations to Ms. Sopher Ondiaka, winner of the 2008 Division of Fungi Student Travel Award.  Ms. Ondiaka received her B.Sc. in Zoology and Botany from the University of Nairobi, and her M.Sc. in Agricultural Entomology also from the University of Nairobi.  She is currently a Ph.D. student in Medical Entomology at Wageningen University, in the laboratory of Dr. Bart G.J. Knols.  Ms. Ondiaka has received several awards, including a Wageningen University Sandwich PhD Fellowship; a MASHAV Fellowship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Israel; a Rockefeller Foundation M.Sc Coursework and Research Scholarship; an Earth Watch Fellowship; and a Tropical Biology Association Scholarship.  She will be presenting a paper entitled “Effects of fungal infection on the host-seeking behaviour and fecundity of the malaria mosquito Anopheles gambiae.” Her co-authors are Tullu Bukhari, Marit Farenhorst, Willem Takken, and Bart G.J. Knols.
Congratulations to Mr. Vitalis Wafula Wekesa, winner of the 2007 Division of Fungi Travel Award. Mr. Wafula Wekesa obtained his Bachelor and Master’s in Science degrees from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya. He was awarded an International Scholarship from the Third World Academy of Science to study in Brazil and is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of São Paulo, Brazil with Dr. Italo Delalibera Jr. as his advisor. He will be presenting a paper at the SIP meeting entitled “Interactions of two natural enemies of Tetranychus evansi, the fungal pathogen Neozygites floridana (Zygomycetes: Entomophthorales) and the predatory mite, Phytoseiulus longipes (Acari: Phytoseiidae).” His co-authors are G. J. Moraes, M. Knapp, and I. Delalibera Jr.





Fungi Division Symposium: “Endophytic Entomopathogenic Fungi: “Probiotic” Microbial Associates of Plants?”
Organizers: Don Roberts and Ray St. Leger

Microbial Control-Fungi Cross Divisional Symposium:  “The (underestimated) Value of Applied Research: Moving the Theoretical to the Practical”
Organizers: Travis Glare, Michael Brownbridge and Roma Gwynn


Fungi Division Symposium: “Chemical Ecology of Arthropod Fungi interactions”
Organizer: Ingeborg Klingen


Fungi Division Symposium

Title: Fungal associations with mites and ticks

Organizer: Ingeborg Klingen

Presentations: “From basic pathology to microbial control: An overview of fungal acaropathogens” L.P.S van der Geest “Fungal control of ticks in Europe: Methods and first results” G. Walder, H. Strasser, A. P.R. Zelger

“Fungal control of ticks in South America” É.K. K. Fernandes, D.W. Roberts and V.R.E.P. Bittencourt “Research priorities for development of effective biological pesticides for control of cattle ticks” P. Polar “Overwintering of Neozygites floridana and its importance in conservational biological control of spider mites” I. Klingen, G. Wærsted & K. Westrum

“Factors important for survival and epizootic development of Neozygites in spider mite populations” I. Delalibera Jr; V.W. Wekesa, K. Westrum, T.R. Castro, S. S. Nilsen, I. Klingen


Cross-Divisional Symposium with Nematode Division
Honouring Lerry Lacey and Harry Kaya

Organizers: Steven Arthurs & Ed Lewis


“Battling codling moth and tuber worms: Lerry Lacey as a postdoc mentor” Steven Arthurs “The real dirt: Harry Kaya's influence on entomopathogenic nematode ecology” Mary E. Barbercheck

“Lawrence A. Lacey: Colleague, Friend and Born-Again Insect Pathologist” Brian A. Federici

“Good Scientist, Good Mentor and Good Friend: Harry K. Kaya” Selcuk Hazir

“From ecology to application: Integrating entomopathogenic nematodes into turfgrass pest management” Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer

2010 - SIP Annual Meeting 2010

Fungus Division Symposium
Impact of Environmental Change on Entomopathogens

Organizers and Moderators: Helen Hesketh and Helen Roy

Speakers and Presentation Titles:

Matt Thomas, Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and Department of Entomology, Penn State University, USA. Influence of environmental temperature on insect-pathogen and insect-parasite interactions

Steven White, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK. Modelling environmental gradients in host-pathogen systems

Helen Roy, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, UK. Entomopathogenic fungi and invasional meltdown

Jorgen Eilenberg, Department of Agriculture and Ecology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Life cycles of specialist insect pathogenic fungi: can we expect any effects from environmental changes?

Cross Divisional Symposium
Formulation of Entomopathogenic Fungi and Nematodes to Overcome Environmental Limitations

Organizers and Moderators: Lawrence Lacey

Speakers and Presentation Titles:

Roy Bateman, IPARC, Imperial College, Silwood Park, Ascot, Berks, United Kingdom. Formulation and Application of Metarhizium acridum for Control of Locusts: Overcoming the Limitations of Dry Environments

Stefan Jaronski, USDA-ARS, Sidny, MT, USA, and Mark Jackson,USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL, USA. Novel Approaches in Formulation of Entomopathogenic Fungi for Control of Insects in Soil, Foliar and Structural Habitats

Arne Peters. E-nema GmbH, Research and Development, Schwentinental, Germany. Formulation and Application: Key Technologies to Expand the Use of Entomopathogenic Nematodes

Lawrence Lacey, USDA-ARS, Wapato, WA, USA, and David Shapiro-Ilan, USDA-ARS, Byron, GA, USA. Formulation and Environmental Manipulation to Enhance the Larvicidal Activity of Entomopathogenic Nematodes for Control of Insect Pests of Orchards

2009 Symposia – Park City, Utah

Symposium I: Fungi in soil habitats – doing it in the dirt.
Convenor: Stefan Jaronski
Invited Speakers: Nicolai V. Meyling, Stefan Jaronski, Jarrod Leland, Tarryn Anne Goble

Symposium II: Insect defense responses to fungal pathogens
Convenor: Tariq Butt, Rosalind James
Speakers: Drion Boucias, Dominique Ferrandon, Katherine Aronstein, Junhuan Xu

Cross-Divisional Symposium (with Virus Division): Multitrophic interactions: implications for invertebrate pathogens
Convenors: Jenny Cory, Helen Roy
Invited Speakers: Saskya van Nouhuys, Ricardo Ramirez, Jenny Cory, Jason Baverstock, Helen Roy

2008 Symposia – Warwick

Symposium I: Virulence factors in fungal pathogens: a comparative approach.
Convener: Enrique Quesada-Moraga.
Invited speakers: Raymond J. St. Leger, Tariq M. Butt, Michael J. Bidochka, Martin J. Egan, and Alice C. L. Churchill.

Cross-Divisional Symposium (with Virus Division): Role of disease in the regulation of non-pest populations. 
Conveners: Helen E. Roy, Judith Pell and John Burand
Invited speakers: Nicolai V. Meyling, Rosie S. Hails, Leellen F. Solter, Helen Hesketh, and Alison M. Dunn.



Post-Business Meeting workshop: Web-based molecular phylogenetic identification resources for Beauveria and Metarhizium
Conveners: Stephen A. Rehner, Joseph F. Bischoff, and Richard A. Humber.

2007 Symposia – QuÉbÉc City

Symposium I: Are Entomopathogenic Fungi only Entomopathogens?
Conveners: Mark Goettel and Jacques Brodeur
Invited speakers: Rich Humber, Fernando E. Vega, Bonnie H. Ownley, Mark Goettel, and Raymond J. St. Leger.

Symposium II:  Fungal Secondary Metabolites: Knowns and Unknowns.
Conveners: John Vandenberg, Alice Churchill & Donna Gibson. 
Invited speakers: Dirk Hoffmeister, Frances Trail, Alice Churchill, Stuart B. Krasnoff, and Hermann Strasser.

Cross-Divisional Symposium (with Microsporidia): Battling Alien Invaders: Development and use of Entomopathogens to Control Invasive Insect Pests.
Convener: Louela Castrillo.
Invited speakers: James Slavicek, Leellen Solter, Ann Hajek, Leah Bauer, David Oi, and Raymond Akhurst.

2005 Symposia

‘Emerging Genomics of Fungal Entomopathogens’, organized by Nemat O. Keyhani and Paresh Shah

‘Transmission of Invertebrate Pathogens’, organized by Rosalind James

2005 Workshops

‘Systematics and Ecology of the Entomothorales: Results from a European Collaboration’, organized by Siegfried Keller and Jørgen Eilenberg