I joined the Geneva Entomology department at Cornell in 1985 as an assistant professor, was promoted to associate professor in 1992, and full professor in 1999. I received a B.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Maine in 1977, earned two master`s degrees from Michigan State University (entomology, 1979 and systems engineering, 1982). I earned my Ph.D. in entomology, also from Michigan State, in 1982. My research has three programmatic themes; biological control, pest control decision making, and quantitative population ecology. I have a strong commitment to teaching, extension and outreach. Recently, I have been co-teaching a course entitled Invasions: Trading Species in a Shrinking World, in collaboration with Ann Hajek on the Ithaca campus. My extension efforts focus on biological control and developing pest management guidelines that promote sustainability. I served as chair of the Ithaca entomology department for two and half years and am now a Senior Associate Dean in CALS.