Lysyk Selected as New Co-Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Medical Entomology

Research scientist specialized in population ecology, sampling, and modeling during career with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Timothy J. Lysyk, Ph.D.

Timothy J. Lysyk, Ph.D.

Annapolis, MD; August 9, 2023—Timothy J. Lysyk, Ph.D., entomologist and retired research scientist from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, has been selected as a new co-editor-in-chief of the Entomological Society of America's Journal of Medical Entomology.

The ESA Governing Board approved Lysyk's selection in July after an open search. He will join current editor-in-chief David B. Taylor, Ph.D., in sharing leadership of the journal. Taylor has served as editor-in-chief since January 2022.

"Research on insects and arthropods that can transmit disease is vital to public health," says ESA President Marianne Alleyne, Ph.D. "Dr. Lysyk's experience and qualifications will strengthen the Journal of Medical Entomology in its mission to advance scientific understanding in this field."    

The Journal of Medical Entomology reports on all phases of medical and veterinary entomology and acarology, especially the biology, ecology, and systematics of arthropods of public and veterinary health significance, such as mosquitoes and ticks. Launched by the Bishop Museum in 1964 and transferred to ESA in 1987, the journal now publishes nearly 250 papers per year.

Journal of Medical EntomologyJennifer Henke, ESA vice president and chair of the search committee, praised Lysyk for his experience as both a researcher and editor. "Throughout his time with various journals at ESA and beyond, Dr. Lysyk has shown a unique dedication in helping authors through the publication process and in identifying good science," she says. "His experience in medical and veterinary entomology will be an excellent complement to Dr. Taylor's as they lead the journal into the future."

Lysyk will begin in the co-editor-in-chief role this fall, with a term ending December 31, 2027.

"I am really looking forward to working with Dr. Taylor, the subject editors, and the editorial team of the Journal of Medical Entomology," Lysyk says. "This journal has been the premiere journal in the field, so it is quite an honor to have the opportunity to continue and build on that tradition."

Across more than 40 years studying and working in entomology, Lysyk has specialized in population ecology, sampling, modeling, and management of arthropods of medical and veterinary importance. He is also a 42-year member of ESA and has served in multiple roles with ESA journals, including as co-editor of Environmental Entomology as well as subject editor and editorial board member for the Journal of Medical Entomology and Journal of Economic Entomology.

Lysyk retired from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in 2014 after serving 25 years there as a research scientist in Lethbridge, Alberta. Previously, he worked for four years as a research scientist with the Canadian Forestry Service. He is currently an adjunct professor in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary, a role in which he has served since 2010. That year, he was honored with the Livestock Insect Workers' Conference Lifetime Achievement Award in Veterinary Entomology, and he has also earned three Outstanding Service Awards and an Exceptional Service Award from ESA. Lysyk earned a B.S. in zoology at the University of Alberta in 1980, an M.S. in entomology at South Dakota State University in 1982, and a Ph.D. in entomology at North Carolina State University in 1985.


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