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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Tom Shanower - Center Director
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Tom Shanower - Center Director Dr. Tom Shanower
Center Director

Center for Grain and Animal Health Research
1515 College Avenue
Manhattan, KS   66502

Tel:  785-776-2702
Fax:  785-776-2789


Dr. Shanower was raised in Naperville, Illinois. He received a B.S. degree in Biology from Marietta College in Ohio, and went on to the University of Illinois, where he received a M.S. degree in Entomology in 1982. He then joined the Peace Corp where he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests in the Kingdom of Tonga (South Pacific) for 2½ years. 
After returning to the US, he attended the University of California at Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in Entomology in 1989. Tom worked 8 years at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India and 2 years at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Cotonou, Bénin, West Africa.  In 1998, he accepted a Research Entomologist position at the Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney, Montana. He has been Research Leader for the Pest Management Research Unit at NPARL since 2000 where his personal research focused on biological control of the wheat stem sawfly, a key pest of wheat in the northern Great Plains. He has authored more than 85 scientific publications and numerous popular articles and abstracts, and has frequently been invited to present seminars and lectures. Dr. Shanower is a member of the Entomological Society of America, the Kansas Entomological Society, and the South Carolina Entomological Society. He is the Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Urban Entomology. He was the recipient of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Exchange Fellowship in 1999, Rockefeller Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship for 1987-1990, Noyes Research Grant in 1985, and the von Alexander Memorial Prize in Biology in 1978.

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