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David Pimentel

5126 Comstock Hall
Phone: 607-255-2212
Fax: 607-255-0939

Program Overview & Objectives Professional Experience Professional Activities Publications


Ph.D. - Cornell University, 1951
B.S. - U. of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1948

Division of Effort

Research: 70%

30%, Environmental Policy (BioSci 661, BioSci 461, ALS 661)

Program Overview And Objectives For Next 5 Years

The research spans the field of basic population ecology, genetics, ecological and economic aspects of pest control, biological control, energy use and conservation, genetic engineering, sustainable agriculture, soil and water conservation, and natural resource management and environmental policy. During the next 5 years this multidisciplinary effort will continue.

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Professional Experience

Pre- or Post-doctoral experience

  • 1961- O.E.E.C. Fellow, Oxford University, England 1961 - NSF Computer Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts (during summer)
  • 1954-55 Post-doctorate, University of Chicago, Illinois (winters)


  • 1976-present Professor of Insect Ecology & Agricultural Sciences, Dept. of Entomology and Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University
  • 1969-76 Professor of Insect Ecology, Dept. of Entomology and Section of Ecology and Systematics, Cornell University
  • 1973-74 Professor, Core Faculty, Center for Environmental Quality Management, Cornell University
  • 1963-69 Professor and Head of Dept. of Entomology and Limnology, Cornell University
  • 1960-63 Associate Professor of Insect Ecology, Cornell University
  • 1955-60 Assistant Professor of Insect Ecology, Dept. of Entomology and Limnology, Cornell University

Administrative responsibilities

  • 1963-69 Professor and Head of Dept. of Entomology and Limnology, Cornell University
  • 1954-55 Project Leader, Technical Development Laboratory, U.S. Public Health Service, Savannah, GA
  • 1951-54 Chief, Tropical Research Laboratory, U.S. Public Health Service, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Professional Activities(1990 to present)

A. Professional Societies

  • Ecological Society of America
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Entomological Society of Canada
  • American Society of Naturalists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences

B. Sabbatical Leaves

  • Consulting Ecologist on White House Staff, 1969-1970
  • Oxford University, 1956

C. Professional Assignments, Honors, Awards

  • Organization for European Economic Cooperation Fellowship at Oxford University, NSF Computer Scholar. Invitational lectures at the following international congresses: Keynote Address Agroecology and Conservation Issues, Padova, Italy (1990); Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar (1990-1991); Keynote Address Energy Strategies for Sustainable Food Production, Berlin, Germany (1991); Keynote Address Reducing the Nonrenewables in Agriculture, Nova Scotia (1991); Keynote Address Council of Biotechnology Centers, Washington, D.C. (1991); 1992 Award for Distinguished Service to Rural Life, Rural Sociological Society Council; Honorary Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology Shenyang, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1995).
D. Department Committees
  • Library
  • Positions
  • Job opportunities for Entomology

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Pimentel, D. (ed.) 1991. Handbook of Pest Management in Agriculture. Vols. I-III. 2nd ed. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. 765 pp., 757 pp., 749 pp.

Pimentel, D. & H. Lehman, eds. 1993. The Pesticide Question: Environment, Economics, and Ethics. Chapman & Hall, NY. 441 pp.

Pimentel, D., C. Harvey, P. Resosudarmo, K. Sinclair, D. Kurtz, M. McNair, S. Crist, L. Spritz, L. Fitton, R. Saffouri & R. Blair. 1995. Environmental and Economic Costs of Soil Erosion and Conservation Benefits. Science 267: 1117-1123.

Pimentel, D., G. Rodrigues, T. Wang, R. Abrams, K. Goldberg, H. Staecker, E. Ma, L. Brueckner, L. Trovato, C. Chow, U. Govindarajulu & S. Boerke. 1994. Renewable energy: Economic and Environmental Issues. BioScience 44 (8): 536-547.

Pimentel, D., R. Harman, M. Pacenza, J. Pecarsky, and M. Pimentel. 1994. Natural resources and an optimum human population. Population and Environment 15 (5): 347-369.

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