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Olabimpe Okosun



Contact Information

Pollinator Health in Southern Crop Ecosystem Research Unit
141 Experiment Station Road
P.O. Box 346
Stoneville, MS 38776
Ph: (662) 686-3121
Fax: (662) 686-5421

Work Experience

  • Sept. 2017-Nov 2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Department of Zoology & Entomology, University of Pretoria, South Africa                                                                   
  • Sept. 2016-Sept. 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow: Centre for Sustainable Livelihood, Vaal University of Technology, South Africa                                                      
  • June 2013-June 2016 Sensory evaluation panelist: Department of Food Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa                                                        
  • Aug. 2008-Mar. 2012 Research Assistant: Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa                     
  • Jan. 2006-May 2008 Teaching Assistant: Department of Biology, University of Technology Akure, Nigeria

Participation in Scientific Meetings

  • Entomological Society of Southern Africa (ESSA) 2009-2019: attended 5 biennial meetings and made 4 presentations
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects (IUSSI) 2018: 1 attendance and made 1 presentation
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology (ISCE) 2018: 1 attendance and made 1 presentation
  • Chromatography South Africa and South Africa Association of Mass spectrometry (ChromSAAMS 2016): 1 attendance and made 1 presentation
  • Entomological Society of America (ESA) ICE 2016: 1 attendane and made 1 presentation
  • African Association of Insect Scientists (AAIS) 2015 attended 1 and made 1 presentation

Prize, Awards, and Grants


  • First prize: best poster ChromSAAMS 2016 South Africa


  • National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa Innovation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2020) (declined)
  • TWAS-DFG Cooperation Visits Programme to Universität Würzburg, Germany (2019)
  • National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa Scarce Skill Postdoctoral Fellowship (2017-2019)
  • Vaal University of Technology, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2016-2017)
  • University of Pretoria, Postgraduate Research Support Bursary (2012 - 2014)
  • University of Pretoria, Postgraduate Merit Bursary (2012 - 2014)
  • Deciduous Fruit Producers Trust Bursary (2009 - 2011)

Travel grants

  • USDA-AFRI, IUUSI-NAS Early Career Scientist Travel Award to attend IUSSI 2018
  • ESSA Young Entomologists' Travel Grant to attend IUSSI 2018
  • NRF Travel grants to attend ISCE 2018
  • ISCE Early Career Scientist/Student Travel Award to attend ISCE 2018
  • NRF- Knowledge Interchange and Collaboration (KIC) 2017: Travel Grant for individuals for International Conferences
  • University of Pretoria conference travel grants to attend ICE 2016
  • Shimadzu conference travel grants to attend ChromSAAMS 2016
  • DAAD travel grant to attend AAIS 2015

Membership (Professional Societies)

  • Entomological Society of Southern African
  • International Society of Chemical Ecology
  • Entomological Society of America
  • International Union for the Study of Social Insects - North America Section
  • African Association of Insect Scientist
  • International Society for Horticultural Science

Research Interests

Chemical and behavioral ecology, eco-physiology, integrated pest management, host-parasites interactions, plant- insect’s interaction, ecosystem services and biodiversity, agricultural entomology, pollinators health and management, crop protection, pre-harvest and post-harvest control, food storage entomology, plant pathology and food security.