Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

ARS 50th Anniversary Celebration

Logo Image for "A R S : The Future Grows Here"Agricultural Research Service
50th Anniversary

National Scientific Leadership Meeting and
Annual Recognition Program

Proud Past and Promising Future
January 21-23, 2004
New Orleans, Louisiana

Conference home | Agenda | Speakers | Webcast schedule | Webcast help

Thomas J. Henneberry



  • Thomas Henneberry Director, Western Cotton Research Laboratory
    Phoenix, Arizona


Educational Background

1947-51 University of Massachusetts - Major, entomology; Minor, bacteriology; B.S. 1951.

1955-56 University of Maryland - Major, entomology; Minor, plant pathology; M.S. 1956.

1957-60 University of Maryland - Major, entomology; Minor, plant pathology, statistics; Ph.D. 1960.

Research and Job Experience

1951-53 Entomologist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, Orlando, FL. Mosquito, mite and tick control research.

1953-55 Corporal, Biological Research Assistant, U.S. Army Chemical Corps, Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Microbiology research.

1955-63 Research Entomologist, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD. Ornamental insect research.

1963-66 Research Entomologist, Investigations Leader, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Riverside, CA. Vegetable insect research.

1966-68 Assistant Branch Chief, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD. Agricultural Administrator. Fruit and vegetable insect research.

1968-72 Branch Chief, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville, MD. Agricultural Administrator. Ornamental, vegetable and specialty crops research.

1972-74 Area Research Director, Northern Arizona Area, Phoenix, AZ. Agricultural Administrator. Multidiscipline research on cotton, soil and water, and rangelands.

1974 - present Laboratory Director and Research Leader, Western Cotton Research Laboratory, Phoenix, Arizona. Cotton research.

Current Position

Director and Research Entomologist, Western Cotton Research Laboratory. The laboratory is the focal point in the Western United States for basic and applied research on cotton pest management, as well as the physiological relationships of the cotton plant affecting cotton production.

He serves as a nationally-recognized consultant to scientists and agricultural administrators within the Agency, to other State and Federal agencies, to private corporations and national foundations, and to scientific representatives of foreign countries on technical problems within his field. In this connection, he serves as spokesman for ARS and USDA in the broad areas of cotton insect research evaluating foreign proposals for research, serving on national advisory panels, and assuming responsibility for national leadership in the field.

Professional Status

He has authored more than 500 publications in scientific journals and other media, including 15 book chapters. He serves on numerous state, federal and industry committees to establish multidiscipline research, priorities and approaches. He is the ARS representative for the National Consortium of Integrated Pest Management, Chairman of the National Cotton Council's Pink Bollworm Action Committee Research Subgroup, a member of the Western Regional Project "Establish, Improve, and Evaluate Biological Control in Pest Management Systems," ARS-APHIS team to establish research priorities, University of Arizona's Policy Coordinating Committee for boll weevil research, the National Joint Cotton Breeding Policy Committee, and numerous other committees that influence the direction of a national research program.

Has been a member of the Entomological Society of America for 45 years, during which time he has served on Program Committees, the Auditing Committee, Secretary-Elect of Section F, and the Executive Committee of the Pacific Branch. Elected as "Fellow" of the Entomological Society of America in 1991, and recipient of Agricultural Research Service "Outstanding Scientist of the Year" award in 1990, Miles Cotton Research Recognition Award, and the USDA Department Award for Superior Service in 1997, installed in the ARS Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the President's Senior Executive Service Meritorious Award in 1999.


Last Modified: 3/13/2015
Footer Content Back to Top of Page