2010.10.07: October 7, 2010: Ivory Coast Dr. Patrick Tobin, a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Morgantown, West Virginia, wins Early Career Innovation Award from Entomological Society of America

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Ivory Coast Dr. Patrick Tobin, a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Morgantown, West Virginia, wins Early Career Innovation Award from Entomological Society of America

Ivory Coast Dr. Patrick Tobin, a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Morgantown, West Virginia, wins Early Career Innovation Award from Entomological Society of America

He has published more than 85 scientific papers, technical reports, conference proceedings, and book chapters in his career. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia (1991), and M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to attending graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in C˘te d'Ivoire, West Africa, where he worked on urban environmental management, malaria prevention, and Guinea worm eradication. He lives in Morgantown with his wife, Ahnya, and their two sons, Elliott and Milo.

Ivory Coast Dr. Patrick Tobin, a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Morgantown, West Virginia, wins Early Career Innovation Award from Entomological Society of America

Entomological Society of America names 2010 Insect Science Award winners

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By EurekAlert Thursday, October 7, 2010

ESA is pleased to announce the winners of its 2010 awards. Professional awards will be presented at the Opening Plenary Session of the ESA Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, Sunday, December 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The student awards will be presented on Tuesday, December 14, 8:00-9:00 p.m. The awardees are listed below.

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Early Career Innovation Award-Sponsored by BASF, this award honors young professionals working within the field of entomology who have demonstrated innovation through contributions within any area of specialization (research, teaching, extension, product development, public service, etc.). Dr. Patrick Tobin works as a research entomologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, in Morgantown, West Virginia.

His research focuses on the population ecology of biological invasions in forest ecosystems, the spatial and temporal dynamics of natural enemy-victim interactions, and the role of climate change on insect seasonality. He is particularly interested in the role of Allee effects on the establishment and spread of non-native species. Patrick is also active in regional-scale IPM programs against the gypsy moth, serving on the executive committee for the National Gypsy Moth Management Board and chairing a science advisory committee in support of the gypsy moth Slow-the-Spread program. He has been an active member of the Entomological Society of America since 1997, and has served as a subject editor for Environmental Entomology since 2005.

He has published more than 85 scientific papers, technical reports, conference proceedings, and book chapters in his career. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Georgia (1991), and M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to attending graduate school, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in C˘te d'Ivoire, West Africa, where he worked on urban environmental management, malaria prevention, and Guinea worm eradication. He lives in Morgantown with his wife, Ahnya, and their two sons, Elliott and Milo.




Patrick C. Tobin

Research Ecologist

Forest Service

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Northern Research Station

180 Canfield Street

Morgantown, WV 26505-3180 USA

Voice: (304) 285-1514

FAX: (304) 285-1505

Email: ptobin[at]fed.us

Photo: me next to Eastern white pine, Pinus strobus, near Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Download my Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

I am a population biologist with specific training and experience in quantitative biology, theoretical ecology, and the analysis of spatial data. My primary research interest is the study of ecological, biological, and meteorological factors that influence the abundance of insect populations over spatial and temporal scales, with particular attention to the gypsy moth and other nonindigenous species in forest ecosystems.

EDUCATION

Ph.D. (2002) Entomology with minors in Statistics and Operations Research, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

M.S. (1997) Entomology, Penn State University, University Park, PA.

B.S. (1991) Environmental Health Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2003-Present, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Morgantown, WV

2004-Present, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

2002-2003, Research Associate (Post-Doctoral), USDA ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Research, Newark, DE

1999-2002, EPA S.T.A.R. Fellow, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University, University Park, PA

1995-1999, Research Assistant, Dept. of Entomology, Penn State University, University Park, PA

1992-1994, U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer - Urban Environmental Management, Ivory Coast, West Africa

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Chair, Gypsy Moth Slow the Spread Program Technical Advisory Committee (2003 - )

Research Representative, Executive Committee of the National Gypsy Moth Management Board (2004 - ).

Editor, Environmental Entomology (2005 - )

SELECTED RECENT REFEREED PUBLICATIONS (For full list see CV)

Tobin, P. C., S. L. Whitmire, D. M. Johnson, O. N. Bj°rnstad, and A. M. Liebhold. 2007. Invasion speed is affected by geographic variation in the strength of Allee effects. Ecology Letters 10: 36-43.

Tobin, P. C., A. M. Liebhold, and E. A. Roberts. 2007. Comparison of methods for estimating the spread of a nonindigenous species. Journal of Biogeography 34: 305-312.

Johnson, D. M., A. M. Liebhold, P. C. Tobin, and O. N. Bj°rnstad. 2006. Allee effects and pulsed invasion by the gypsy moth. Nature 444: 361-363.

Liebhold, A. M. and P. C. Tobin. 2006. Growth of newly established alien populations: comparison of North American gypsy moth colonies with invasion theory. Population Ecology 48: 253-262.

Huebner, C. D. and P. C. Tobin. 2006. Invasibility of mature and 15-year-old deciduous forests by exotic plants. Plant Ecology 186: 57-68

Whitmire, S. L. and P. C. Tobin. 2006. Persistence of invading gypsy moth populations in the United States. Oecologia 147: 230-237.

Tobin, P. C. and O. N. Bj°rnstad. 2005. Roles of dispersal, stochasticity, and nonlinear dynamics in the spatial structuring of seasonal natural enemy-victim populations. Population Ecology 47: 221-227.

Tobin, P. C. and S. L. Whitmire. 2005. The spread of gypsy moth (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) and its relationship to defoliation. Environmental Entomology 34: 1448-1455.

Tobin, P. C., A. A. Sharov, A. M. Liebhold, D. S. Leonard, E. A. Roberts, and M. R. Learn. 2004. Management of the gypsy moth through a decision algorithm under the Slow-the-Spread Project. The American Entomologist 50: 200-209..

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Tobin, P. C. 2004. Estimation of the spatial autocorrelation function: consequences of sampling dynamic populations in space and time. Ecography 27: 767-775.

Smith, M. T., P. C. Tobin, G. Li, J. S. Bancroft, and R. Gao. 2004. Dispersal and spatiotemporal dynamics of Asian longhorned beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in China. Environmental Entomology 33: 435-442.

Tobin, P. C. and O. N. Bj°rnstad. 2003. Spatial structuring and cross-correlation in a transient predator-prey system. Journal of Animal Ecology 73: 460-467.

Tobin, P. C., S. Nagarkatti, and M. C. Saunders. 2003. Phenology of grape berry moth (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), in cultivated grape at selected geographic locations. Environmental Entomology 32: 340-346.




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