With sadness, I pass along news of the death of Dr. Michael McManus
yesterday. Mike was a research scientist with the US Forest Service in
Hamden, Connecticut for his entire career, beginning in 1966 and including
his status as an active emeritus scientist up to the present. During his
career with the US Forest Service, most of Mike’s research focused on
Lymantria dispar, its dispersal behavior, ecology, host-pathogen
interactions, and management. He played a crucial role both as a research
manager and in conceiving several large integrated management programs that
targeted this insect. During the last 35 years he was the main organizer
of the USDA Interagency Forum on Invasive Species which is held every year
in Annapolis, Maryland. Right up until the time of his death, Mike was
actively involved in planning the program for the upcoming meeting in
Mike was also very active in IUFRO and other international activities. He
founded working party 7.03.06 “Integrated Management of Forest Defoliating
Insects” and led this group for over 10 years. During that period, he was a
crucial player in the organization of several conferences in North America
and Europe. In 2010 Mike was presented the George Varley Award for
Achievement in Forest Entomology recognizing him for his many career
I know that many of you were acquaintances or friends with Mike. As in my
case, Mike was very helpful in the careers of many individuals and building
connections among scientists, especially those in different countries.
Currently we don’t have any information about a memorial gathering but if
you wish information on contacting his wife Kathy to express your
condolences, please contact me and I can pass along that information.
Northern Research Station 304-285-1512
USDA Forest Service 304-285-1505 FAX
180 Canfield St. 724-317-8668 mobile
Morgantown, WV 26505 USA
All interested in forests and insects
August 21-23, 2024 Joint meeting 7.03.06, 7.03.12 and 7.03.13
Theory and Practice to address Defoliating Insects, Invasive Pests and
Biological Control of Insects and Pathogens in Forests
will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
Early Registration for the Joint Meeting will be over by the end of
November and regular fees will apply for registration from December.
This meeting will be completed two days before the start of ICE2024 in
Kyoto, so it is very convenient for you to attend both of them.
If you are coming to Japan, may I suggest that you visit Tokyo as well
For more information, please see the link below.
Etsuko Shoda-Kagaya , Ph.D.
Chief of Insect Ecology Laboratory
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute
Forest Research and Management Organization
Matsunosato 1, Tsukuba, 305-8687 Japan
Fax : +81-29-873-1543