Sanford Eigenbrode BIO
Dr. Sanford D. Eigenbrode is Professor and Chair of Entomology at the University of Idaho. He received a BS in biology, an MS in Natural Resources and a PhD in Entomology from Cornell University. Sanford conducts research on chemical ecology of insect-plant and multi-trophic interactions. He has expertise in host plant resistance, natural products chemistry, scanning electron microscopy, and integration of host plant resistance into insect pest management. Recently, he has focused on the chemical ecology, landscape ecology and management of insect-vectored viruses of wheat, potatoes and legumes. He is director of an AFRI RAMP project on legume virus risk mitigation. His landscape ecology research has included study of insect pests affecting coffee agroforestry systems in Costa Rica. He is co-PI on a renewed NSF-IGERT project on Resilience of Ecological and Social Systems in Changing Landscapes and coordinator of the Joint Doctoral Program between the University of Idaho and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Turrialba, Costa Rica . He is project director for a recently funded $20M NIFA Coordinated Agricultural Project on Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture. As an outgrowth of his several interdisciplinary, collaborative projects, Sanford is engaged in research and education focused on improving the process of collaborative science. He is a co-PI on an NSF-funded project on Improving Communication in Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration. Dr. Eigenbrode has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2011 University of Idaho’s Research Excellence Award.