2024 Southwestern Branch Elections Results

Congratulations to the incoming officer of Entomological Society of America's Southwestern Branch recently elected to a volunteer position beginning in April 2024. The electronic ballot period for members began on January 8 and was completed on February 7.


Southwestern Branch Secretary-Elect 

Robert T. Puckett
Texas A&M University, Department of Entomology, AgriLife Extension

Bio: Dr. Puckett is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University. He completed PhD in the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University, and received the John Henry Comstock Award in 2008. Puckett then joined Dr. Roger Gold at the Rollins Urban & Structural Entomology Facility. His research has primarily involves investigations of the biology, behavior, and management of invasive social insect species including red imported fire ants, tawny crazy ants, and Formosan subterranean termites. Additionally, he is engaged in research involving a wide variety of urban insect pests including bed bugs, cockroaches, flies, and ornamental pests. Dr. Puckett has published 25 scientific articles and three book chapters, and has given more than 400 presentations at professional meetings and scientific conferences.

Past ESA activity or other volunteer service

  •  Branch Level: Student Volunteer 
  • National Level: Member- ESA Ethics and Rules Committee 

Candidate statement: I have reached a point in my career that now allows me time to serve outside of my department at Texas A&M University, and it is my desire to give back to the society that opened so many professional doors for me ant others. I believe my record of successful collaborative research and Extension efforts have given me insight that will allow me to effectively contribute to the SWB-ESA leadership team.  

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