Dr. Fred Gould is a Distinguished University Professor of Entomology and is Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center of North Carolina State University. He studies the ecology and genetics of pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. Dr. Gould conducts research on the application of evolutionary biology and population genetics to enable sustainable use of insect resistant crops and genetically engineered agricultural pests. He also does research aimed at development of strategies for using engineered insect vectors of pathogens to decrease human disease. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Dr. Gould has served on several NASEM-National Research Council (NRC) committees studying the environmental and health effects of the commercialization of genetically engineered crops. He chaired the NASEM-NRC committee on -Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects. He served on the NRC’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources until 2020. He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Gould received his BS in biology from Queens College and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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Application of principles of ecology and evolutionary biology to the solution of agricultural problems and alleviation of insect-borne human diseases. Basic research on the ecology and evolution of insect diversity.

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Section 61: Animal, Nutritional, and Applied Microbial Sciences

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Section 27: Evolutionary Biology