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Sutherland Hired as Extension Entomologist

LAS CRUCES -- Carol Sutherland began work in June as a part- time entomologist for New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service.

Sutherland will organize training on the identification and control of crop insects for the state's farmers. She also will update Extension entomology publications and coordinate pesticide applicator training.

"Seasonally, our biggest concern now is cotton insects, including boll weevil and pink bollworm," Sutherland said. "We're providing training sessions for producers in various counties to help them identify damage from these insects and discuss proper treatments."

Sutherland also works part-time for the New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA), where she serves as state entomologist in the Entomology and Nursery Industries Bureau. She focuses on nursery, turf and ornamental pests, as well as farm crop insects. She also coordinates documentation for interstate and international transport of vegetable and nursery crops from New Mexico, ensuring that product requirements are met.

In 1980, she began working at NMSU as an Agricultural Experiment Station researcher of range caterpillars. In 1982, she became the state pest survey coordinator. She transferred to NMDA as bureau chief of Entomology and Nursery Industries in 1987, and was appointed state entomologist in 1995. Before coming to New Mexico, Sutherland studied pest management of celery and tomatoes at the University of Florida.

Sutherland received her bachelor's degree in biology from Boise State University and a doctorate in entomology from Oregon State University. Sutherland is president of the Southwest Branch of the Entomological Society of America. In February, she will be coordinating the group's annual meeting in Las Cruces.

"We're planning a great conference," she said. "We'll be having the usual meetings and sessions, but we're also putting together an 'Insect Expo' educational fair for young children."