IPM Hall of Fame: Will Hudson

Will Hudson in the field, looking down at a piece of wood in his hands

Dr. Will Hudson was recently selected to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Hall of Fame by the Southern IPM Center. Hudson, a professor in the department of entomology at UGA, was honored for his outstanding and varied contributions to IPM during his many years of service in the field.

The review panel who selected Hudson said they were “impressed with Hudson’s extremely varied career working on turfgrass, ornamentals and pecan, which each have their own pest challenges.” From working on the IPM of mole crickets, ambrosia beetles and Bermuda grass stem maggots to being the “media darling” for joro spiders, Hudson has made significant contributions to insect management in diverse settings.

The panel also pointed out Hudson’s history of mentoring and teaching many students throughout his career. He has had a prolific publications and presentation record and has been consistently committed to service to the Southern region and had an impressive impact on IPM these past few decades.

The Southern IPM Center serves at the hub of a 13-state partnership and communications network linking researchers, growers, extension educators, commodity organizations, environmental groups, pest control professionals, government agencies and many others. Their mission is to foster development and adoption of IPM, a science-based system to managing pests in ways that generate economic, environmental and human health benefits.