Dr. John J. Adamczyk, Jr. is currently the Supervisory Research Entomologist/Research Leader.
John obtained his B.S. in Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsis/Madison (1992), his M.S. in Entomology at Clemson University (1994), and his Ph.D. in Entomology at Louisiana State University (1998). His work experience includes employment as an Associate Research Scientist at Zeneca Ag Products, Richmond, CA (1998-1999) and as a Research Entomologist at USDA ARS Stoneville, MS (1998-2005), Supervisory Research Entomologist/Research Leader at USDA ARS Weslaco, TX (2005-2011) until he moved into his current position in October 2011.
John has almost 20 years of research experience in insect physiology, toxicology, molecular biology, systematics, and plant resistance. He has authored over 100 publications, over half of which were published in refereed journals. He routinely receives invitations to present the research findings at major scientific forums both nationally and internationally. His basic discoveries on how different Bt proteins are expressed both temporally and spatially in the cotton plant have significantly impacted the exploitation of these traits in enhancing cotton productivity and profitability both in the U.S. and abroad. His well-funded research also focuses on issues related to modern and environmentally-sustainable control of major agricultural pests of subtropical crops.
John has exemplified his leadership qualities having served dual roles as permanent/acting Research Leader of both the ARS Beneficial Insects and the Honey Bee Research units in Weslaco where his efforts helped increase overall unit funding and improved relationships with customers and stakeholders. His leadership roles within the Entomological Society of America (ESA) includes serving on the Southeastern Branch Nominating Committee (2000), serving on (2003-04) and chairing (2005) the Southeastern Branch Student Awards Committee, serving on the Southwestern Branch Program Planning committee (2006), and Vice-President of the Plant-Insect Ecosystems Section of ESA. John is also a Subject Editor for the ESA's Journal of Integrated Pest Management (2009-present), and recently joined the International Editorial Board for ISRN Agronomy. For the Mississippi Entomological Association, John has served on the Membership and Rules Committee (2001), the Executive Committee (2001-02), and Nominations Committee (2005), has chaired the Awards Committee (2001 & 03), and was Vice-president and President (2003-05) of the association. Furthermore, for the past decade John has co-organized and co-chaired the biennial Armyworm Symposium at the Southeastern Branch, working on all phases of symposium organization and execution. He is also very active in the meetings of the Beltwide Cotton conferences and has served as Co-chair of the Insect Research and Control Conference (2004-present), where he serves as co-editor for 70 or more manuscripts presented at the Conference each year.