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Curriculum Vitae:  Cesar Rodriguez-Saona

Education

Ph.D. in Entomology 1994-1999, University of California, Riverside, U.S. Major Advisor: Dr. John T. Trumble (GPA 3.95)
Dissertation Title: "Defensive role of avocado idioblast cells against herbivorous insects and chemistry of the insecticidal constituents".

M.Sc. in Entomology 1992-1994, Oregon State University, Oregon, U.S. Major Advisor: Dr. J. C. Miller (GPA 3.76)
Thesis title: "Improvement of biological control agents: Laboratory selection for fast larval development in the convergent lady beetle, Hippodamia convergens Guerin-Meneville (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)".

B.S. in Biology 1986-1991, Universidad Nacional Agraria, Lima, Peru. Major Advisor: Dr. I. Redolfi Huiza
Thesis Title: " Bemisia Tabaci (Genn.) (Homoptera: Aleyrodidae) and its parasitoids from cultivated sweetpotato in the central coast of Peru”.

professional experience

  • Professor. 2016 to present. Department of Entomology. Rutgers University.
  • Associate Professor. 2011-2016. Department of Entomology. Rutgers University.
  • Assistant Professor. 2005-2011. Department of Entomology. Rutgers University.
  • Member of the Graduate Faculty in the Ecology and Evolution program. 2006-present. Rutgers University.
  • Research Entomologist. 2004-2005. Department of Entomology. Michigan State University.
  • Research Entomologist. 2001-2004. Department of Botany. University of Toronto.
  • Research Entomologist. 1999-2001. USDA-ARS. Western Cotton Research Lab.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 1994 – 1999. Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside, CA
  • Graduate Research Assistant, 1992 – 1994. Department of Entomology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.

Grants

2014-2016 USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Biology, Ecology, and Management of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in orchard crops, small fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Principal Investigators: G. Hamilton,
C. Rodriguez-Saona, D. Polk, A. Nielsen.
$576,951 (NJ portion)
2014-2015 IR-4 Biopesticide Grants. Efficacy of Phyllom BeetleGONE! for oriental beetle in blueberries. Principal Investigators: C. Rodriguez-Saona (PI) and D. Polk. $20,000
2014-2015 USDA NE-IPM Working Group. Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group to Update and Prioritize Research and Extension Needs. Principal Investigators: G. Loeb (PI), J. Carroll, C. Rodriguez-Saona, A. Nielsen, D. Polk. $10,000
2013-2014 USDA NE-IPM Working Group. Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group to Update and Prioritize Research and Extension Needs. Principal Investigators: G. Loeb (PI), J. Carroll, C. Rodriguez-Saona, D. Polk. $9,993
2013-2014 OJ Noer Research Foundation. Advancing integrated management of annual bluegrass weevil. Principal Investigators: A. Koppenhofer (PI), O. Kostromytska, and C. Rodriguez-Saona. $20,400
2012-2014 USDA NE-IPM. Spotted wing drosophila management. Principal Investigators: R. Cowles (PI), D.W. Li, S. Alm, G. Loeb, C. Rodriguez-Saona, P. Landolt. $161,985 ($24,000 NJ portion).
2013-2015 USDA NE-IPM. A novel attract-and-kill approach for managing the invasive spotted wing  drosophila in multiple small fruit crops. Principal Investigators: C. Rodriguez-Saona (PI), A. Nielsen, T. Leskey, A. Zhang. $175,000
2013-2014 New York Greengrass Association. Towards sustainable management of the annual bluegrass weevil. Principal Investigators: Koppenhöfer A.M., Kostromytska O., Rodriguez-Saona C.  $19,947
2012-2013 USDA NE-IPM Working Group. Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group to Identify and Prioritize Research and Extension Needs. Principal Investigators: G. Loeb (PI), J. Carroll, C. Rodriguez-Saona, D. Polk.  $14,992
2011-2013 USDA NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative. Biology, Ecology, and Management of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in orchard crops, small fruit, vegetables, and ornamentals. Principal Investigators: G. Hamilton, C. Rodriguez-Saona, D. Polk, A. Nielsen, D. Ward.  $750,000 (NJ portion)
2011-2012 IR-4 Biopesticide Grants. Field-wide oriental beetle mating disruption in blueberries: A new, more realistic approach for its control.  Principal Investigators: C. Rodriguez-Saona (PI) and D. Polk.    $18,500
2011-2012 EPA Region 2, Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program. Implementing IPM-based tools to increase adoption of reduced-risk insecticides in cranberries.  Principal Investigators: C. Rodriguez-Saona (PI) and F. Zaman.  $53,000
2010-2012 USDA-CAR.  Integrating Applied Insect Ecology into Blueberry Pest Management. Principal Investigators: R. Isaacs (PI), C. Rodriguez-Saona, and D. Polk. $554,558

Patents

  • UC Patent # 6133313. 2000. "Insecticidal Avocadofurans and Triolein".  Inventors: Drs. Trumble, Rodriguez-Saona, Thompson, Platt, and Millar.

Professional affiliations

  • International Organization of Biological Control (2006-present)
  • The American Entomological Society (2006-present)
  • New Jersey Agribusiness Association (2005-present)
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology (2004-present)
  • Ecological Society of America (1998-present)
  • Entomological Society of America (1992-present)
  • Entomological Society of Peru (1987-present)
  • Entomological Society of Canada (2003-2008)
  • Arizona Biological Control Working Group (1999-2001)
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (1998-1999)
  • Sigma Xi (1996-1999)

Honors and awards

  • Pacific Branch ESA Winner of the John Henry Comstock Award. 83rd Annual Meeting Pacific Branch of the ESA. Eugene, Oregon. 1999.
  • 1988-99 Lesley Award. University of California, Riverside.
  • First Place Oral Presentation. Ph.D. Competition. 82nd Annual Meeting Pacific Branch of the ESA. Honolulu, Hawaii. 1998.
  • President's Prize. Honorable Mention. Section Fa Poster Presentation. 1997 ESA Annual Meeting.  Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant. Department of Entomology. University of California, Riverside. 1996-1997
  • First Place Oral Presentation. Ph.D. Competition. 80th Annual Meeting Pacific Branch of the ESA. Big Sky, Montana. 1996.
  • First Runner-Up Oral Presentation. Ph.D. Competition. 79th Annual Meeting Pacific Branch of the ESA. San Diego, California. 1995.