The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has announced the appointment of Alan Graham to State Entomologist. Graham has served on staff at the Agency since 2001, most recently as Vector Management Coordinator.
Graham steps into his new role with a wealth of experience in entomology, specializing in mosquito management. His interest in insects began at an early age. Over the past decade at the Agency, his work has focused on Arborvirus surveillance and mosquito suppression activities. A venerable mosquito expert, he has assembled an impressive collection of 45 species for the state. He is a member of the Northeastern Mosquito Control Association, The American Entomological Society, The Entomological Society of America, and The American Mosquito Control Association, among other organizations.
Graham is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Master of Science degree in Entomology and Applied Ecology. He has an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University in Zoology, with a focus on invertebrates. He has taught school in Costa Rica and traveled extensively. For 7 years he worked at Stroud Water Research Center in London Grove, PA doing ecological stream research, studying river systems along the east coast and as far west as Idaho.
During his tenure at the Agency, Graham has also worked with various issues involving exotic pest surveillance, household pest issues, home owner questions and agricultural pests. For the past several years, he has been a member of the state Invertebrate Species Advisory Group.
“Alan’s hands-on experience and professionalism will be invaluable as we continue to address the mosquito population in our state,” said Tim Schmaltz, director of Plant Industry, who will oversee Alan in his new role. “Alan understands the complicated nuances of integrated vector management, and will be key to our success managing this pest, as well as other insect issues in our state.”
“Vector management is a top priority for our Agency,” said Secretary Chuck Ross. “The issue becomes more critical with every season, as we continue to experience a shift in weather patterns. Alan has the experience and expertise to lead the state forward in addressing these needs. I am pleased to appoint him to State Entomologist.”
Graham’s appointment is effective immediately. He will be based at the state lab in Berlin.