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Entomological Society of America names 2008 award winners
Date:9/28/2008

el, Puerto Rico." His specific objectives have been to identify and determine the patterns of ecological succession of pest ant species in Puerto Rican housing developments. To date, Preston has collected over 243,000 ants, from which he identified 19 different species.

Preston has also participated in a wide variety of research projects where he has conducted termite inspections and treatment applications, evaluated cockroach monitoring and baiting programs, and evaluated bait efficacy for control of odorous house ants. He is a member of ESA, Sigma Xi, and Pi Chi Omega. Preston has given 12 professional presentations. He is an award-winning speaker, having received first place (2006) and second place (2008) in the student paper competition at the National Conference on Urban Entomology. He also received the Kosztarab Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Systematics in 2007, and, most recently, the National Conference on Urban Entomology Master of Science Scholarship in 2008. Preston is also an Eagle Scout (2000). After completing his M.S. degree, Preston plans to pursue a Ph.D., continuing to work in the field of ant behavior and ecology.

John Henry Comstock Graduate Student AwardsThese awards promote interest in entomology at the graduate level and stimulate interest in attending the ESA Annual Meeting. The following 2008 winners were selected by each of the five ESA Branches:

Dr. Jessica L. Ware (Eastern Branch) received her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she assisted Dr. Geoff Scudder and Karen Needham at the Spencer Entomological Museum. She worked with Dr. Diane Srivastava on Mecistogaster modesta (Odonata: Zygoptera: Pseudostigmatidae), both in Vancouver and northeastern Costa Rica. She also worked with Dr. Judy Myers on viruses in natural tent caterpillar populations and Bacillus thuringiensis resistance in greenhouse populations of Trichoplusia ni.

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