The President’s Page is where the President of the American Entomological Society posts an annual message. This includes updates about meeting topics, speakers, the Calvert Award, plans for the current year, and more. More details about upcoming events can be found at the AES events calendar.

President's Annual Message

December 2019

Dear Members,
Greetings from the Executive Council of the American Entomological Society.

 Here are some highlights of our activities in 2019:

Meeting Topics and Speakers

February 27th: They Want to Know! So Be the Bridge: Communicating Entomology in the 21st Century

Speaker: Isabelle Betancourt, Dept of Entomology, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

March 27th: Caring for the Academy's Invertebrate Collection & The Role of Invertebrates in Educational Outreach

Speaker: Karen Verderame, Dept of Education (and Invertebrates Keeper, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University).

April 24th: Prey Preferences in Birds

Speaker: Ashley Kennedy, Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, University of Delaware.

October 23rd: DNA Barcoding of Tropical Insects

Speaker: Tanya Dapkey, Lab Manager, Macro Invertebrate Lab, Patrick Center for Environmental Research, Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

December 4th: Flowers, Insects, and the Frontier of Landscape Anthecology

Speaker: Douglas Sponsler, Ph.D., USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow, Pennsylvania State University, Research Associate, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Calvert Award and Field Day

In April 2019, the Calvert Award was presented to:

  • Carolyn Almonte “The Effect of Chronic Exposure to Artificial Light at Night on the Development and Fecundity of Manduca sexta;”
  • Rachel Bergey, Second Place, “Spotted Lanternflies: Stick‘em or Trick’em;”
  • Jacquelyn Fekula, Third Place, “How Does the Incubation of Spotted Lantern Fly Eggs Affect their Hatching?”

We held our annual Field Day in conjunction with Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences August 10th & 11th and a second field day at Mount Cuba Center on August 28th.


Entomological News is now on the same website as Transactions, and we are working to get the editorial process running efficiently. The editor for Entomological News, David Horn is recruiting for an assistant editor, so please let us know if you or a fellow entomologist might be interested in helping out the society. The Editor of Transactions, JoVonn Hill, is putting out an increased number of articles in print and on the web. We are pursuing putting both EN and TAES online with uniform page charges to authors and limited print-on-demand for archiving and library exchanges. JoVonn is also editing Memoirs of the AES and has a new number in preparation.

Plans for 2020

  • Improving service to members. We still need your feedback on the reasons you belong to AES. The Council is working on a redesigned website, which should begin working early in 2020, and we need to hear from you what features, links, capabilities it should include. What are your ideas? Email us.
  • Holding BugFest and additional outings in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you have ideas, email us, and watch for announcements.
  • Five membership meetings with outstanding speakers.
  • Honoring a young entomologist with the AES Calvert Award.

We have an exciting year ahead! I hope you will join us. The enclosed Membership Form lists several donor opportunities: please consider making a donation to the American Entomological Society. The Volunteer Form available on the “About Us” page of our website has opportunities for you to become involved with your society.

William J. Cromartie, President, AES