Poll close May 21. There is voting for Vice President of SON. Treasurer of SON, Vice Chair and Chair of the Cobb Foundation are by acclamation. You can vote only once in a poll.
Candidates for Vice-President of SON
Kathy Lawrence, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathy S. Lawrence received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Agronomy from New Mexico State University followed by her M.S. and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University. Kathy began her work with plant-parasitic nematodes as a Ph. D. student working on Heterodera glycines and the Sudden Death Syndrome of soybean. Since 1999, she has served as the Soil Born and Foliar Disease Plant Pathologists focusing on nematode and fungal interaction in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University, in Auburn, AL. Her current research focuses on developing holistic management systems for plant parasitic nematode management of field crops and vegetables systems. In her tenure at Auburn University, she has graduated 22 Ph.D. and M.S. students who are now employed as faculty or research positions at land grant universities or within agricultural companies including Bayer, Syngenta, Valent, AGRI-AFC and others. Kathy has authored or co-authored 90 refereed journal articles and contributed to eight book chapters. She have made 326 research presentations with published abstracts and published 300 peer-reviewed research articles. Kathy has been a member of SON since 1990 and has served on many of the societies committees. She has served as the Treasurer of SON since 2016. Currently she serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cotton Science, and is past Editor–in-Chief for Nematropica. This is her second time to run for Vice President, and hopes to enhance our society by increasing our membership and SON’s visibility in our scientific and agricultural communities.
Andrea Skantar, Ph.D.
Dr. Andrea M. Skantar earned a Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Pennsylvania State University in 1984 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Duke University in 1993. After postdoctoral research at North Carolina State University, she joined the USDA-ARS Nematology Laboratory (now known as the Mycology and Nematology Genetic Diversity and Biology Laboratory) in Beltsville, MD) as a Research Molecular Biologist. Her laboratory focuses on molecular identifications and phylogenetics, and on developing molecular diagnostics for plant-parasitic nematodes of regulatory or agronomic concern. Andrea has published 53 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored 6 book chapters. She has chaired international meeting symposia or paper sessions on nematode molecular biology, development, and molecular diagnostics. She’s made 55 research presentations and authored 37 published abstracts. Andrea has been a member of SON since 1997. After several years as Editor for Journal of Nematology, she was appointed Editor-in-Chief from 2015-2017. She served as an Executive Member from 2006-2008 and as Secretary from 2012-2015. She’s also served on the education, regulatory, membership, and finance advisory committees, and as an ex-officio member of the Cobb Foundation board. Currently, she manages the social media presence of the Society, and in 2018 rejoined the EB as Public Relations Director. In 2008, she received the Syngenta Award for Research Excellence in the Field of Nematology. If chosen as Vice President, Andrea will use social media to enhance student and postdoc engagement with mentors and colleagues, to expand membership and STEM outreach, and to promote the Journal and the accomplishments of our members.
Candidate for Treasurer of SON
Dr. Nathan Schroeder completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Earlham College. Following stints as a research technician and teaching English in China, he completed his PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the direction of Dr. Ann MacGuidwin. His graduate research focused on the behavior and survival of the soybean cyst nematode Heterodera glycines. Following his graduate studies, Nate began a postdoctoral fellowship at Rutgers University, where he examined neuronal changes during dauer formation in Caenorhabditis elegans. In 2013, he was hired as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research at Illinois includes studying basic aspects of nematode development as well as applied research on plant-parasitic nematode control. He has been a member of the Society of Nematologists since 2003 and is a former member of the executive board. He is currently finishing his term as vice-chair of the Nathan A. Cobb Foundation.
Candidate for Vice-Chair of the Cobb Foundation
Dr. Benjamin Mimee received a Ph.D. in Phytopathology from the Université Laval in 2008. In 2011, he was hired as a Research Scientist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada where he has lead a nematology research program. Additionally, Dr. Mimee is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Montréal and Université Laval where he teaches agronomy students the basics of plant-parasitic nematode management. Since 2011, he has supervised three post-doctoral scholars, three Ph.D., 11 M.S. students, and has involved several undergraduate students in his research. He has also trained six international visiting scholars on a range of molecular methods that are now being used beyond the borders of Canada. This collaborative work has resulted in the publication of 34 peer-reviewed papers and a book chapter. In 2018, Dr. Mimee received the Syngenta Crop Protection Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the science of nematology. Dr. Mimee has been an active member of SON since 2011. In 2016, he co-organized the joint SON/ONTA meeting in Montreal, Canada. In addition to his service to SON, he is a member of the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (ONTA), the Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS), and the Quebec Society for the Protection of Plants (QSPP). He was until recently the President of QSPP and previously the chair of the student scholarship and awards committee for four years. During this mandate, he initiated a 3-min thesis contest entitled “My Plant Protection Project in 180 seconds” and transformed the QSPP foundation to ensure its sustainability.
Candidate for Chair of the Cobb Foundation
Dr. Byron Adams has been a member of the SON since he was grad student in Tom Powers’ lab in the 1990’s. Since then he’s chaired several of the standing committees: Ecology, Education, Entomophilic Nematolgy, Finance Advisory, Long-Range Planning, and Systematic Resources (some of them multiple times!). He served two terms as editor of the Nematology Newsletter, two terms as SON web editor, and has been our vice president, president elect, president, and past president. He’s totally stoked about hosting the 2023 SON meeting in Utah. He’s proud of all the good SON stuff he’s been able to be a part of and happy to continue by helping out with the Cobb Foundation.