Entomological Society of America Announces 2013 Fellows
Posted: September 12, 2013
DR. CONSUELO DE MORAES, a professor at Penn State University, is an internationally known entomologist and ecologist who studies the complex role of chemistry in interactions among plants, insects, and other organisms. Her research addresses phenomena at scales ranging from the molecular and biochemical bases of plant responses to insect herbivory to the community-level effects of chemical signaling. She is particularly interested in the ecological functions of plant-derived olfactory cues, and many of her most significant research accomplishments have addressed the remarkably complex information conveyed by plant volatile emissions and the sophisticated ways in which insects and other organisms interpret and respond to these chemical cues.
A native Brazilian, Dr. De Moraes, earned her B.S. from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in 1992. She completed her doctorate in entomology at the University of Georgia in 1998. Since 2001, she has been a faculty member in the Department of Entomology at Penn State University. Recently she accepted a professorship at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland, where she will be heading the Laboratory of Biocommunication and Entomology starting in the fall of 2013.
Over the course of her career, Dr. De Moraes has amassed an impressive record of innovative research and has produced a number of truly ground-breaking studies, some of which have revealed completely novel and unexpected aspects of chemical signaling and opened new lines of research into the chemical mediation of interactions among plants and other organisms. This work has been broadly influential both within and beyond the field of chemical ecology. De Moraes’s findings have been published in leading scientific journals including Nature, Science, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and frequently receive coverage from popular press outlets around the world. Her research is discussed in textbooks from a variety of life-science disciplines and has also been the subject of several documentary films and of articles in major media outlets and popular science magazines that reach a broad audience.
Dr. De Moraes’s accomplishments have been recognized through numerous awards and honors, including a prestigious Packard Foundation Fellowship; the Beckman Foundation Young Investigator award; the DuPont Young Professor award; the ESA Early Career Innovation Award; the International Chemical Ecology Society’s Silverstein-Simeone Award, and the NSF CAREER Award. She was recently named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She has received steady funding from a range of governmental and foundation sources, including the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also played an active role in promoting the field of chemical ecology and entomology through public outreach and education. Her research program is engaged in a variety of innovative educational programs centered on the science of chemical ecology, including the development of learning activities for school children and workshops for promising high-school students.
Complete list of 2013 winners