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Curriculum Vitae:  June 4, 2015

Howard Ferris

 

Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology

University of California

Davis, CA  95616

Phone: (530) 752-8432

Lab phone: (530) 752-2124

FAX: (530) 752-5674

E-mail:  hferris@ucdavis.edu

Website: http://plpnemweb.ucdavis.edu/nemaplex

 

EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT AND PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

 

Ph.D. 1972.  North Carolina State University.

            Major Professor:  Dr C.J. Nusbaum

                        Major:  Plant Pathology                      Minor:  Ecology

M.S. 1968.   University of London.

            Major Professor:  Dr N.G.M. Hague

                        Major:  Zoology

Diploma 1965.  State Agricultural University, Wageningen.

            Professor:  Dr M. Oostenbrink

                        Major:  Nematology

B.S. 1964.  University of London.

                        Majors:  Botany and Zoology

 

RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT AND POSITIONS

 

            September 3, 2014 – present:

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of California, Davis

  June 2013-present:

              Honorary Research Fellow, Bioversity International

  May 2012 – present:

    Distinguished Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology,

    University of California, Davis, and Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station

            June 2011 – present:

                        Affiliate Professor, Escuela de Posgraduados, CATIE, Costa Rica.

  May 1985 – April 2012

    Professor of Nematology and Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Nematology, University of California, Davis

            July 1983 - April 1985:

                        Professor of Nematology and Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside

            July 1982 - July 1983:

                        Associate Professor of Nematology and Associate Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside

            July 1978 - July 1982

                        Associate Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station and Lecturer, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside

            September 1973 - July 1978

                        Assistant Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station and Lecturer, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside

            July 1972 - August 1973

                        Acting Assistant Nematologist in the Agricultural Experiment Station and Lecturer, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside

            August 1968 - June 1972

                        Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

            January 1964-July 1968

                        Research Scientist, Department of Nematology, Tobacco research Board, Harare, Zimbabwe

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

            Ciba-Geigy Recognition Award for Excellence, 1984.  First International Congress of Nematology, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

            Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society for Agriculture, 1972.

            Sigma Xi, 1972.

            Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, 1979 (with M.V. McKenry).  American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.

            Dimock Lecturer, 1983.  Cornell University.

            Fellow, Society of Nematologists, 1995

            Affiliate Professor, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE), Costa Rica.

Invited Keynote Speaker:

                2007 International Symposium on Nematodes as Bioindicators, Edinburgh, Scotland

      2008 Fifth International Nematology Congress, Brisbane, Australia.

                2009 Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America, Maceio, Brazil

                2009 Bongers and Loof Symposium on Nematode Ecology and Systematics, Wageningen, Netherlands

                2011 Nematological Society of Southern Africa, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Some Other Recent Invited Presentations and Seminars;

2009 Contribution of nematodes to the structure and function of the soil food web, Society of Nematologists/ Soil Ecology Society. Burlington, Vermont.

2009 Nematode Ecology: Escuela de Posgraduados, CATIE, Costa Rica.

2009 Ecosystem services of nematodes in sustainable soil management.  The Ohio State University.

2009 Ecosystem services of nematodes in sustainable soil management. Rothamsted Research, UK.

2009 Interactions, Functions and Services:  Nematodes in the Soil Food Web. Soil Fungus Conference. Salinas, California.

2011 Management and Stewardship: Nematodes in the Soil Ecosystem. University of Pretoria, South Africa.

2011 Current and Future Directions in Nematode Faunal Analysis. Society of Nematologists 50th Anniversary, Corvallis. Oregon.

2012  Approaches in Faunal Analysis.  EUMAINE, Ghent, Belgium.

2012  Development of grape rootstocks with broad and durable nematode resistance.  EUMAINE, Ghent, Belgium.

2012  Ecosystem Services: Nematodes and the Soil Foodweb. CATIE, Costa Rica.

2013 Some ecosystem services of free living soil nematodes in banana plantations. International Banana Congress. Earth University, Costa Rica.

2013  Invasions and Introductions of Plant-parasitic nematodes. CDFA Pest management Conference, Davis, California.

2014  Nematodes on Grapeviines. SmartFruit International IPM Congress, Barcelona, Spain.

2014  Nematodes and Soil Health. Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria. Madrid, Spain.

2014  Nematodes and Soil Health. Colegio de Postgraduados. Texcoco, Mexico

2014 Los Nematodos, Servicios al Ecosistema y Salud del Suelo.  Universidad Nacional Autónoma, Heredia, Costa Rica.

 

INTERNATIONAL SHORT COURSES

 Nematode Identification and Soil Ecology:

            Nicaragua: June 18-24, 2011

            Mexico: August 20-31, 2012

            Costa Rica: March 26-29, 2014

  Costa Rica: July  13-17, 2015

 PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

 

  European Society of Nematologists

            Society of Nematologists

            Organization of Tropical American Nematologists

 

RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS

 

Nematode energetics and contributions to nutrient cycling.  Soil food webs.

Nematode and pest population biology and population assessment;  crop damage and loss assessment;  integrated pest and crop management. 

 

 ADMINISTRATIVE & PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

2006-2007:  Deputy Director, UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute

2005-2006:  Ecology, Evolution, Environmenmt, Organismal Biology Panel, Science Foundation of Ireland.

2004-2009:  Chair, Graduate Group in Integrated Pest Management

1997-1998:  UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  Organization Transition Team.

1994-1997:  Chair, Agricultural Resources Program Planning Advisory Committee, UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

1985-1994:  Chair, Department of Nematology, UC Davis.

1992-Present:  Associate Editor, Nematologica/Nematology

1990-1992:  Chair, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Division Planning Group in Pest Management.

1982-1984:  Associate Director, UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project.

1980s:  Associate Editor, Journal of Nematology.

  

PUBLICATIONS