Dr. Tom Shanower was raised in Naperville, Illinois, and received a B.S. in Biology from Marietta College in Ohio, followed by a M.S. in Entomology from the University of Illinois. He then joined the Peace Corps 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, 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, where his personal research focused on biological control of the wheat stem sawfly. He was Research Leader for the Pest Management Research Unit at NPARL from 2000 to 2007. In 2007, he was selected as the Center Director for the Center for Grain and Animal Health Research (formerly the Grain Marketing and Production Research Center) in Manhattan, Kansas.