Name: Frank Byrne
Job: Associate researcher, Department of Entomology
Employment: I came to UCR in January 1998 as a post doc. Iíve been here ever since.
My work: Most of my work has been on management of insect pests of citrus, avocado, grapes and ornamentals. Currently, I am working with other researchers on the Asian citrus psyllid, an important new pest of citrus in California. Those who havenít heard of Asian citrus psyllid are likely to hear of it very soon, especially if they have citrus in their gardens.
Things you should know: I was born, reared and educated in Ireland. After I graduated from Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, I spent 10 years working in the U.K. at Rothamsted Experimental Station, during which I completed my Ph.D. I then went to Australia for a short time and then to the U.S. I like it here a lot because I get to play tennis year round Ė that wasnít possible in Ireland because of the rain! Despite the weather, I love Ireland and I go back to see my family and friends twice a year. In my leisure time, I play a lot of tennis and I participate in local leagues and tournaments. I also like to walk my dogs, Apple and Chocolate, two high-maintenance chihuahuas. And on Friday evenings, I like to have a pitcher of beer or two with members of the entomology department.
Why I decided to research bugs: I grew up on a farm in Ireland, and so grew up around bugs and animals. As a child, I remember seeing bugs crawling over the different crops and grains. My undergraduate degree is actually in zoology, and I wanted to work in zoos with lions and other animals. But I feel that my work now is a blend of my interests in zoology and agriculture.