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Kenneth F. Raffa – short CV


Kenneth Raffa is a Hilldale and Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. He researches mechanisms that influence population dynamics of forest insects, particularly tree defenses, chemical signaling, and symbioses. He received his MS from the University of Delaware and his Ph.D. from Washington State University. He was formerly a Section Research Biologist at DuPont, investigating insect behavior-modifying and plant defense-eliciting compounds.

Dr. Raffa’s investigations include multiple subcortical, folivorous, and root-colonizing insects, about which he has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers.  His recognitions include the Silverstein-Simeone Lecture Award from the International Society of Chemical Ecology, the Founders Award from the Entomological Society of America, the Beers-Bascom Professorship in Conservation from UW, and numerous distinguished lectureships. He has served as Subject Editor for Ecology, Environmental Entomology, and Forest Science, and served on a number of national and state panels addressing invasive species, pesticides, and transgenic trees.