ARS SAA Early Career Research Scientist of the Year for 2006
On September 18, Dr. Eric A. Schmelz was recognized as the South Atlantic Area Early Career Research Scientist of
the Year for his outstanding fundamental contributions in the understanding of perception and regulation of
insect-induced plant defense responses. The ARS Scientist of the Year Program annually recognizes the
creative efforts, scientific leadership and the major research accomplishments of ARS research scientists.
Contributions of these scientists help position ARS in the forefront of agricultural research.
- New Research Leader - Dr. Peter Teal (April, 2004)
Dr. Teal is a Research Chemist at the Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, Fl,
where he has developed a comprehensive research program on insect chemical ecology which focuses on biosynthesis
and endocrine control of semiochemical communication, its coordination with reproductive maturity, and on the
identification of naturally produced chemicals that affect insect communication and reproduction. He received
his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, while conducting research on insect chemical
communication at the Biosystematics Research Institute, Agriculture Canada. He has been associated with the
Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology since 1978 when he conducted his Doctoral studies under
the supervision of Dr. J. H. Tumlinson. Drs. Teal and Tumlinson were awarded the Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences Awards of Excellence for Graduate Research (PhD.) in1981.
After receiving his Ph.D. he conducted postdoctoral research with the Insect Chemistry Research Unit of what was
then the Insect Attractants, Behavior, and Basic Biology Research Laboratory which later became part of the Center
for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology. During this time he was a member of a team that received a USDA
Superior Service Award "For outstanding public service in the isolation, identification and synthesis of pheromones
of a number of major pest insects, providing science and industry with chemicals for insect research and
control." Dr. Teal spent three years as Assistant Professor of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology at the
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada prior to returning to the Insect Chemistry Research Unit in Gainesville
in 1986. In 1991, Dr. Teal was awarded the USDA-ARS Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award for his research
on pheromone mediated communication among Heliothis moth species.
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