Congratulations to Grzesiek Buczkowski who received the 2010 ESA NCB Recognition Award in Urban Entomology at the branch meeting awards banquet this week in Louisville, Kentucky. Grzesiek was recognized for his many accomplishments in urban entomology, particularly his research on urban ants.
Dr. Buczkowski's career in urban entomology spans over 12 years and begun in 1997 at Rhone-Poulenc Agricultural Company in Research Triangle Park where he performed pioneering work on fipronil bait for fire ant control.
Dr. Buczkowski received his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Entomology from North Carolina State University, followed by a post-doctoral position in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology at the Ohio State University. Dr. Buczkowski joined the Department of Entomology at Purdue University in 2004 where he is currently Research Assistant Professor and Director of the Industrial Affiliates Program.
His main research focus is on the ecology, behavior, and genetics of urban pest species, with emphasis on invasive ants. Dr. Buczkowski is working at the interface of fundamental and applied entomology and excels at providing a dynamic balance between these two approaches.
To accomplish his research goals Dr. Buczkowski uses an integrative approach, addressing questions at the molecular, biochemical, behavioral, and ecological levels. Major research interests include: (1) behavioral and chemical ecology of urban pest ants, (2) population genetics of ants using molecular genetic markers, and (3) biology and integrated management of urban pests, with emphasis on social insects. His work has resulted in over 25 publications in peer-reviewed journals and numerous extension publications.
In addition to developing a nationally-recognized fundamental research program, Dr. Buczkowski is also responsible for developing research and testing programs in collaboration with leading industry partners. Dr. Buczkowski is exceptionally active in teaching and outreach and has given over 20 invited presentations at professional meetings, presented numerous training seminars on pest biology and management at various local workshops, and is a frequent speaker at the annual Purdue Pest Management Conference.
Dr. Buczkowski serves the urban entomology community in various other capacities. He is the Chair of the Midwest Termite Research Group, member of the planning committee for the annual Purdue Pest Management Conference, and a member of the planning committee for the National Conference on Urban Entomology.
In recognition of his excellence, Dr. Buczkowski has won several national awards including scholarships from Phi Chi Omega and the National Pest Management Association. Regarding academic distinctions, Dr. Buczkowski has served as a reviewer for over 25 scientific journals, various granting agencies, and book publishers.