Department Names 2019 Perry Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award

Dr. Andrew Suarez, right, with Dr. Pete Teel, Regents Professor, Interim Department Head

Dr. Andrew Suarez, right, with Dr. Pete Teel, Regents Professor, Interim Department Head

Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Suarez from the University of Illinois on receiving the annual Dr. Perry Adkisson Distinguished Seminar Speaker Award.

Dr. Suarez received the award during a special seminar on November 7 in Room 103 of the Heep Center.

Dr. Suarez is professor and head of the Department of Animal Biology and Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

One of the world’s leading ant ecologists, Dr. Suarez uses ants as a model system to answer broad ecological questions that span questions in invasion biology and evolutionary biology. According to Google Scholar, Suarez’ works have been cited more than 14,000 times and has been published in journals such as Nature, Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and Ecology.

Dr. Suarez also has been an instructor for the world renowned “Ant Course,” which is an intensive course for myrmecologists from across the world.

His research and teaching efforts have received numerous awards, including the Department Executive Officer Fellow in 2014, CISRO Distinguished Visiting Scientist in 2015, the University of Illinois Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the LAS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2017.

The recognition of Distinguished Speakers is supported through a generous gift provided by Dr. Perry and Frances Adkisson.  Dr. Adkisson, former Entomology Department Head and member of the National Academy of Science, became Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System.  He served as President of the Entomological Society of America and was honored as a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.  His career research discoveries and applications of Integrated Pest Management were of global impact.  He became the first recipient of all three of the world’s major prizes in agriculture, the Alexander von Humboldt Award, the Wolf Prize, and the World Food Prize.

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