Wilmington, Delaware | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 2003
Albert Lund will tell you first-hand: It’s a bug-eat-bug world out there.
He learned the lesson early in life from a first-generation naturalist, his late father Horace Lund, former head of entomology at the University of Georgia. The pair spent many weekends hiking and camping in favorite spots such as North Carolina’s Pisgah National Forest. They’d head in different directions, collect insects for hours, and then reunite at “base camp” for microscopic looks at their finds and discussions of each insect’s adaptations.
“Dad taught me the power of observation and the ability to train my eye to see what others don’t see,” Lund says. “It’s a real jungle out there, and a fascinating, natural drama is always unfolding.” Through his father’s eyes, Lund learned to appreciate not only nature’s panoramic beauty—mountain meadows and deciduous forests—but also intricate snapshots of the natural world—a beetle’s tenacious fight against an anthill or a shrew’s rapid respiration rate, a stress reaction to its low level on the food chain.
“In many ways, Dad’s interest in nature started me in biology and led me to entomology,” he says.
Avid campers, Lund and his wife Rea, also an entomologist and Purdue graduate, have passed on the powers of natural observation to their sons, Timothy and Wesley. And, as was true decades ago, father and sons have recorded memorable adventures.
“There was a hurricane off the East Coast the same weekend Timothy and I were camping in West Virginia,” Lund recalls. “The storm was predicted to move out to sea, but instead it changed direction, backed up, and dumped torrential rain on West Virginia. We spent the whole time bushwhacking over steep terrain to avoid the rising rivers.
“In general, I prefer a much less athletic approach to the outdoors!”
1972 B.S., Entomology, University of Georgia
1974 M.S., Entomology (Physiology), Purdue University
1974 Pi Kappa Phi, Purdue University
1975-1977 David Ross Research Fellow, Purdue University
1978 Ph.D., Entomology (Physiology-Toxicology), Purdue University
1978 Grass Research Fellow, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole
1978-1980 Post-doctorate, Neuropharmacology, Northwestern University Medical School
1978-1980 NIH National Research Service Award, Northwestern University Medical School
1980-1983 Research Biologist, DuPont
1983-1984 Group Leader, DuPont
1984-1987 Research Supervisor, DuPont
1987-1989 Supervisor, Insect Control Group of Discovery, DuPont
1989-1991 Network Plans Manager, DuPont
1991-1993 Research Manager, DuPont
1993-1999 Insecticide Technology Manager, DuPont
1999-present Manager, Research and Development Asia- Pacific, DuPont
2002 Agriculture & Nutrition Research Accomplishment Award, E.I. DuPont de Nemours
“Professors and mentors at Purdue demonstrated the power of a disciplined scientific thought process. From these masters, I learned to frame and approach research problems and to thoroughly enjoy hunting for the truth behind the problem.”