Westminster welcomes John Greenplate, Senior Science Fellow at Monsanto, to the STEM seminar, Monday, November 14, at 7 p.m. in the Freshman and Sophomore Commons.
For 28 years, John has been a Research Entomologist for Monsanto where he has worked on the development, characterization, and stewardship of insect-resistant transgenic plants. He is a Monsanto Senior Science Fellow with numerous peer-reviewed publications and seven patents in the area of insect control in agriculture. For a significant portion of his career, he has been involved in improving developing nation agriculture through the introduction and stewardship of insect-protected biotech crops. He currently leads a large portion of Monsanto’s insect efficacy field testing program in the US and South America. John has served as a Medical Entomologist in the US Army in southern Afghanistan, coordinating surveillance and control of arthropod vectors of human disease. Many years ago he received an M.S. in Entomology from Cornell University (mosquito physiology), and a B.S. in Agriculture/Entomology from the University of Delaware. He’s been married for 42 years to Susan, and together they’ve raised three daughters, all Westminster grads and married with kids.