David Allan Dame, PhD

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Title: (Retired) Consultant, Entomologist
Company: Entomological Services
Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States

David Dame, Retired Consultant and Entomologist at Entomological Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of entomology.

Dr. Dame studied at Dartmouth College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1954. He served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, when he was honorably discharged, and continued his education at the University of Massachusetts. In 1961, he earned a PhD, and took a position as a research entomologist with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. He rose to the rank of investigations leader (in Rhodesia) in 1964, and in 1970 he became an ARS project leader in Gainesville. Continuing this work, Dr. Dame took on the role of research leader in 1977, where he worked for more than a decade, until 1988 when he retired from ARS. He then became principal and consultant at Entomological Services, continuing his research on the biology and control of public health insects and providing professional services to industry, government, academia and United Nations Organization agencies until his retirement in 2016. His endeavors contributed significantly to the development of safe and environmentally friendly methods and products for control of major public health pests and vectors of disease.

Dr. Dame participated as a leader in pioneering research on the use of the sterile insect technique (SIT), conducting and directing laboratory and field studies for control of mosquitoes in the United States and Central America and tsetse flies in Africa. This research and series of field assessments confirmed the feasibility of using the technology operationally for control of vectors of malaria and African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). He was a major contributor of new product laboratory screenings and field research for industry and the World Health Organization (WHO), leading to industry’s successful applications for EPA registrations for formulations of the first insect growth regulator, two bacterial larvicides, a chitin synthesis inhibitor and a fungus. These unique products have significantly reduced reliance on the harsh organic pesticides used for control of public health pests following World War II and have enhanced protection from arthropod-borne diseases. To achieve these major scientific contributions Dr. Dame and his staff conducted extensive research on the biology of arthropod-borne vectors and the use of biological control for mosquitoes.

For his excellence, among numerous awards for SIT progress, Dr. Dame has been recognized by an Entomological Society of America Award for Distinction in Science, an American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Medal of Honor Award for Contributions to Science, a Florida Entomological Society Award for Distinction in Research, a Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) Award for Distinguished Service to Public Health. He served as president of AMCA, FMCA, and the Society for Vector Ecology, organizations in which he fostered training and education. He has contributed various articles to professional journals, including 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications, nine scientific book chapters and, for EPA, a National Training Manual for Public Health Pesticide Applicators. Dr. Dame has been an adjunct professor for the department of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida since 1978, He was a charter member of the Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control, member of the WHO Committee on Development of Public Health Pesticides, expert member on the WHO panel for Parasitic Diseases, expert member on the Food and Agriculture Organization panel for African Trypanosomiasis, and technical advisor for SIT at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. As a testament to his stature, success, and experience as an entomologist, he was featured in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and listed since 1986 in American Men and Women of Science.

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