Sanford Eigenbrode 2011

Sanford EigenbrodeSanford Eigenbrode, Professor of Chemical Ecology and Division Chair of Entomology, joined the University of Idaho in 1995. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1990 and has completed postdoctoral work at Cornell University, University of California, Riverside, and the University of Arizona, Tucson.

During his 16 years at the University of Idaho, Dr. Eigenbrode has built an internationally known program that is rich in cross-disciplinary research involving landscape agricultural ecology, insect-plant interactions, and insect-vectored viruses affecting crop plants, as well as research and education on the effectiveness of science that crosses disciplines.

When discussing Dr. Eigenbrode’s collaborative research, Dr. Michael O’Rourke, Professor of Philosophy states, “Professor Eigenbrode has established an exemplary research record that brings distinction to the UI, and has also significantly enhanced the quality and quantity of internationally prominent research at the UI through his ability to participate in the lead research teams and his ability to serve as a research mentor.”
Dr. Eigenbrode has distinguished himself as an exemplary researcher, scholar, and mentor. He has mentored and served as a graduate committee member for numerous graduate students. Additionally, he has published thirteen book chapters, eighty-eight refereed publications, twenty-six proceeding articles, and has been cited over 780 times. In addition to his faculty and student mentoring duties, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Chemical Ecology and is an Associate Editor for Environmental Entomology. Dr. Eigenbrode’ s exceptional mentoring is described by Dr. Chris Looney, a former Ph.D. student, “ His excellence as a mentor and a researcher are absolutely worthy of recognition, and his incredible work ethic, sincerity and integrity will be qualities I hope to emulate for my entire professional career.”

In February, Dr. Eigenbrode was awarded a $20 million grant and serves as Project Director for the Regional Approaches to Climate Change (REACCH) in Pacific Northwest Agriculture, a coordinated agriculture project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. He also directs a USDA Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program which is a funded regional program on management of aphid borne viruses impacting legume crops in the inland Northwest.

The University of Idaho aims to become a national leader in sponsoring interdisciplinary research, and Dr. Eigenbrode stands out as the kind of researcher necessary to achieve that goal. An outstanding disciplinary scholar, he uses his disciplinary expertise as a foundation for contributing to interdisciplinary projects that have attained national profiles, including REACCH, the Idaho IGERT, and the Toolbox Project. His research career is marked by excellence both in disciplinary depth and interdisciplinary breadth.