University of Idaho entomologist Sanford Eigenbrode serves as project director of the $20 million Regional Approaches to Climate Change in Pacific Northwest Agriculture, a coordinated agriculture project funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
In addition to being project director for REACCH, Dr. Eigenbrode directs a USDA Risk Avoidance and Mitigation Program-funded regional program on management of aphid borne viruses affecting legume crops in the inland Northwest. Educated at Cornell University where he received his doctorate in 1990, Eigenbrode joined the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences faculty in 1995. He serves as professor and chair of the Division of Entomology within the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences. His research focus includes landscape agricultural ecology, insect-plant interactions, and insect vectored viruses affecting crop plants. He also conducts research and education on the effectiveness of science that crosses disciplines. He is one of 5 co-PIs on a National Science Foundation recently funded IGERT project on resilience of ecological and social systems in changing landscapes. The $3.2M project is a renewal of the University of Idaho’s innovative IGERT project initiated in 2001. Eigenbrode coordinates the university of Idaho’s Joint Doctoral Program with the Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica.