Joe DiTomaso Receives Outstanding Research Award, Weed Science Society of America

Joe DiTomaso, professor and Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis, received the Outstanding Research Award from the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA). The award is for researchers who have demonstrated originality and creativity and whose work has had an impact in the field of weed science. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to both applied and basic weed science research.

Joe DiTomaso, UC Davis.

His research and extension programs focus on understanding the biology and ecology of invasive plants in natural areas and using this information to develop more effective, scientifically based, and cost-effective methods for their management. In 2008, DiTomaso received the Outstanding Extension Award by WSSA. He is the first in the society’s history to win both the Extension and Research awards.

DiTomaso has published 146 peer-review manuscripts, authored 39 book chapters, and published four books, including Weeds of the Northeast, Aquatic and Riparian Weeds of the West, Weeds of California and Other Western States, and Weed Control in Natural Areas in the Western United States. He has authored more than 250 other outreach and extension publications and has developed online programs for the identification of weeds in the western United States.

He teaches two courses at UC Davis and has been the major advisor to 22 graduate students (10 Ph.D. and 12 M.S.). Within his extension program, DiTomaso has given over 880 presentations since 1995 and has served as president of three professional societies — the Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS), California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC), and the Weed Science Society of America.

He was the first editor of the WSSA journal Invasive Plant Science and Management, and served eight years as editor. He was the director of the Weed Research and Information Center at UC Davis for 19 years, and served for eight years on the National Invasive Species Advisory Committee and five years on the California Invasive Species Advisory Committee.

Among his awards, he received the James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award by the Academic Federation at UC Davis, the Lifetime Achievement Award by Cal-IPC, and the Outstanding Weed Scientist Award by WSWS. He is also a fellow of both the Weed Science Society of America and the Western Society of Weed Science. Joe DiTomaso is currently the interim chair of the Department of Plant Sciences at UC Davis.

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(Article by Ann Filmer, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis)

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