Peter Goodell has taken over the reins of the University of California (UC) Statewide Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program as Interim Director.

Goodell replaces Richard Roush, who served as director from 2003 to 2006. In November 2006, Roush left for Australia to serve as Dean of the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Land and Food Resources.

Goodell, an entomologist and nematologist, has been with UC IPM almost from its inception. Since 1981, he has worked with UC Cooperative Extension advisors, pest control advisors, and campus-based specialists. Until 1991, he was based in Kern County, and since then he has worked at UC’s Kearney Agricultural Center in Parlier.

As an IPM advisor, he develops IPM tactics and strategies for insects and nematodes on field crops including cotton, alfalfa seed, dry beans, and forage in the San Joaquin Valley.

He is well known for his work with the cotton industry, cotton growers, and cotton commodity groups to develop solutions for pest problems such as whiteflies and aphids.

Since 1988, Goodell has served as the IPM Extension Coordinator for the UC IPM program and is responsible for coordinating and reviewing the activities of eight UC IPM advisors throughout California.

UC IPM develops and promotes the use of integrated, ecologically sound pest management programs in California. The program encompasses research, publications, electronic delivery of information, and field implementation through its grants program, Web site (www.ipm.ucdavis.edu), IPM manuals, and IPM advisors.