Biology and Management of Cucurbit Insect Pests
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Rick Foster Extension Entomologist and Professor
Rick Foster is Extension Entomologist and Professor in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University. He received his B.A. degree in Biology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, his M.S. degree in Entomology from the University of Illinois, and his PhD degree in Entomology from Iowa State University in 1983. Dr. Foster served as Vegetable IPM Coordinator at Cornell University and as an Assistant Professor of Entomology at the Everglades Research and Education Center (University of Florida) at Belle Glade, FL before joining Purdue University in 1988. Dr. Foster has responsibilities for extension and applied research related to arthropod pests of fruits and vegetables. He is the author of numerous research and extension publications related to managing pests of fruits and vegetables and is co-editor of the book, Vegetable Insect Management. He also serves as Indiana’s Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator, Purdue University IPM Coordinator, and Assistant Extension Program Leader for Agriculture and Natural Resources. Dr. Foster has received the Eric G. Sharvelle Distinguished Extension Specialist Award and the Entomological Society of America Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.