Title: EVELYN M. DANZIG: A POWERFUL FORCE IN SCALE INSECT SYSTEMATICS
Pellizari, Giuseppina - UNIV. OF PADOVA, ITALY
Submitted to: Bollettino Di Entomologia Agraria
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: December 1, 2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Scale insects cause billions of dollars in damage annually, primarily of invasive species. A high percentage of the destructive species in the United States are from Russia andsurrounding countries. The thrust of this paper is to honor a Russian scientist who has developed some of the most comprehensive research produced on scale insects of the area. At the ninth international Symposium on Scale Insect Studies, in Padua, Italy September 1 to 8, 2001, Dr. Evelyn M. Danzig will be recognized for her outstanding accomplishments during her career as a Scientific Researcher in the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg. This paper documents her many accomplishments. The species that she has described and the research that she has produced will be critical for understanding the next species of invasive scale insect that is inadvertently introduced in the United States from northern Europe and Asia. Thus, this paper is of importance to systematists and quarantine specialists world wide.
The coccidologist community recognizes the very significant contributions made by Dr. Evelyn M. Danzig during her 42 year career as a research scientist with the Zoological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences (and her career continues). She has authored more than 120 scientific papers and books on the systematics of scale insects and whiteflies and has studied the faunas of Central Asia, Caucasus, Siberia, the Far-Eastern Russia, northern Russia, Mongolia, Afghanistan, and Vietnam, to name a few. She has been a mentor for many students of scale-insect systematics, and has written articles on faunistics, life history, polymorphism, phylogeny, identification, classification, and nomenclature. She is a avid collector and has spent many summers observing scale insects in the field as well as mounted on imcroscope slides. Within the pit scales, solft scales, margarodids, armoured scales, and mealybugs, she has characterized 10 new genera and 129 new species. It is a privilege to honor such a productive and knowledgeable colleague.