Chemical ecologist Baker receives high honor

Posted: May 11, 2011

The International Society of Chemical Ecology has named Distinguished Professor of Entomology Thomas Baker as the winner of its Silver Medal Award for 2012.
Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker

The society awards the Silver Medal to scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the discipline of chemical ecology. The award typically recognizes career achievement, rather than any one single accomplishment.

Gary Felton, professor and head of entomology, noted that Baker's contributions to the field of chemical ecology are extensive. "With more than 180 journal articles that have been cited more than 4500 times, his credentials for this award are difficult to match," he said. "Throughout his career he has made pioneering advances in the field of behavioral responses to pheromones that have earned him a reputation as an international leader in chemical ecology."

Baker's research interests have focused on insect pheromones and odor-mediated behavior, neuroethological studies of olfaction, identification and development of insect attractants for IPM systems, and development of olfaction-based biosensors.

Previously, the society honored Baker with its Silverstein-Simeone Award. He also is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

With more than 600 member scientists from 35 countries, the International Society of Chemical Ecology promotes the understanding of interactions between organisms and their environment that are mediated by naturally occurring chemicals. Research areas include the chemistry, biochemistry and function of natural products, their importance at all levels of ecological organization, their evolutionary origin and their practical application.