Dr. M. Eric Benbow
|Name||M. Eric Benbow|
|Title||Associate Professor (PI)|
Dr. Benbow received his BA (1994) and PhD (1999) in Biology from the University of Dayton, where his dissertation focus was on aquatic entomology. In 2008, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton, conducting research and teaching on aquatic, disease and carrion ecology. In 2014, he moved to Michigan State University where he is currently an Assistant Professor with research and teaching responsibilities in microbe-insect interactions in ecology and disease, within the Departments of Entomology and Osteopathic Medical Specialties. His research focuses on the role of microbial-insect community interactions in ecological networks important to aquatic ecosystems, disease and carrion ecology. He is the author or coauthor of over 95 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and published proceedings and nine technical reports, book reviews and manuals. He has been an invited keynote speaker to international conferences on entomology and collaborates with national and international scientists.
Dr. Benbow's research program on microbial-insect community interactions has been growing and expanding over the last several years. The impact is indicated by a rapidly increasing citation rate of 50 out of his 66 peer-reviewed publications from about 10 in 2003 to 104 in 2013, and 15 already in 2014 (ISI Web of Science, 28 February 2014) giving an average citations per year of 23.7, and an h-index of 12 as an assistant professor. His multidisciplinary collaborative work has resulted in two invited papers published in the Annual Review of Entomology (ISI IF = 11.5) and Trends in Ecology and Evolution (ISI IF = 15.7) and a NSF topic idea selected in 2011. These activities served as a foundation for a National Institute of Justice grant from 2010-2013, a NSF award in 2014 and a 2014 one-year appointment to a National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council committee.
In 2014/2015, Dr. Benbow will publish two edited books that are the products of organizing symposia and workshops at international conferences where highly respected scientists have participated and program officers have attended. He is regularly invited to give domestic and international seminars, and has hosted several international scholars in his lab. In 2013, he was the president of the North American Forensic Entomology Association and hosted their annual conference. Dr. Benbow serves on editorial boards of entomology journals and provided over 10 ad hoc reviews for journals in 2013. Dr. Benbow has served as the major research advisor for over 25 undergraduate independent projects for credit, seven graduate students, and a postdoctoral associate over the last five years; has regularly served as a scientific mentor for K-12 science fair projects; and given public presentations and media interviews.
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