Richard Lindroth, a professor in the Department of Entomology, was one of 10 figures in the field of entomology to be named a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Election as a Fellow of ESA acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in research, teaching, extension and outreach, administration or the military.
Lindroth is considered an international leader in the disciplines of chemical ecology, plant-insect interactions and global change ecology. Lindroth’s research program has been very broad, addressing the roles of mechanisms that underlie ecological interactions at levels spanning the range from biochemistry to ecosystems. His group has investigated how plant chemistry influences interactions between plants and insect herbivores and consequences thereof for community organization and ecosystem function. A major emphasis of their work has been the effects of global environmental change on plant-insect interactions in forest ecosystems. Lindroth has published more than 200 journal articles and book chapters and mentored 24 graduate students and 20 postdoctoral scientists. His research program has been supported by numerous grants from the NSF, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Lindroth has served on the editorial boards of four journals and on grant review panels for the NSF and USDA. He is recipient of a Fulbright Senior Scholar award, the Silverstein-Simeone Award in Chemical Ecology, and numerous UW-Madison awards for research excellence. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Ecological Society of America.