Dr. Anthony Shelton
Dr. Anthony (Tony) Shelton is an international professor of entomology and associate director of International Programs for Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).
In 2015, he became director of the $4.8 million USAID-funded project on using insect-resistant eggplant (Bt brinjal) in Bangladesh and the Philippines. Dr. Shelton’s research program is responsible for developing sound integrated pest management (IPM) strategies for vegetables with spin-offs for other crops. Components of his program stress insect population ecology, biological control, plant resistance, agricultural biotechnology, insecticide resistance, insect movement, trap cropping, and plant productivity and marketability as a function of insect infestations.
In the last 20 years, a considerable amount of his effort has been devoted to risk assessment of insect management strategies, especially insect-resistant genetically engineered crops. The program has a strong commitment to outreach education for the agricultural community and the general public.
Dr. Shelton has received many awards, including the Entomology Society of America’s (ESA) National Award for IPM (1995), the NYS Award for Excellence in IPM (2007), the ESA National Recognition Award for Research (2005), Cornell (CALS) Award for Applied Research (2007), the ESA L.O. Howard Award (2011) and the ESA National IPM Team Award (2013). In 2010, he was elected an ESA Fellow.