Our new Extension entomologist, Dr. Zachary Devries, began work on December 16 in the Entomology Department at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Zach replaces Dr. Mike Potter when he is scheduled to retire at the end of 2020. Zach’s responsibilities will include Extension programs and applied research on indoor and structural arthropods, including a focus on bed bugs and cockroaches. He will also coordinate the annual UK Pest Control short course in November, which attracts over 500 pest control operators from Kentucky and surrounding states.
Dr. Devries has earned a bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Auburn University, a M.S. in Entomology from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. He has extensive experience working with and developing IPM strategies combating key residential pests. Zach is interested in arthropod-induced allergies, efficient and safe use of pesticides, and enjoys working in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams. We are excited to have his extensive expertise here at the University of Kentucky.
Please join us in welcoming Zach Devries and his family to Kentucky.
By Ric Bessin, Jonathon Larson, Mike Potter, and Raul Villanueva, Extension Entomologists