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E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture

The E. Paul Catts guest speaker will be Dr. Heather Proctor

This year the E. Paul Catts Lectures will be:

Public LectureApril 30th, CUE 418 at 5:30pm

Scientific LectureApril 29th, FSHN 354 at 12:00pm






EPCatts-lect-smallHonoring E. Paul Catts

As a previous Department Chair in the Department of Entomology here at Washington State University, E. Paul Catts was an excellent teacher, public speaker, and artist.




Professor E. Paul Catts joined the Entomology Department at Washington State University in August 1980 to serve as the Department Chair. Paul mentored faculty, guided graduate students’ research, and taught both graduate and undergraduate classes. His classes included Insect Ecology and Insect Morphology; and he created a popular course still taught today called, ‘Insects and People.’

Paul was a trained parasitologist and taught Medical Entomology at WSU for 16 years. He illustrated and co-authored, “Manual for Medical Entomology.” His research interests were the behavior of biting flies, especially those of medical and veterinary importance.

We extend our gratitude to all of that have generously supported the E. P. Catts Lectureship Fund; additional contributions will increase the Endowment and support future lectures.Fly cycle


Catts wrote several books, including a laboratory manual for medical and veterinary entomology, and a guide for forensic entomology.






Paul Catts fieldwork


The E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture was initiated in 1997, one year to the week after his untimely death on April 5, 1996. A fund drive was initiated and the lectureship was endowed in 2001. Major contributors included Ann B. Catts, Elizabeth Beers and Frank Peryea, and John and Ruth Brown. The lecture is intended to honor excellence in communicative skills. Paul was an excellent teacher, public speaker, and artist.


Memorial Lecture Speakers, Topics, & Galleries

  • 2018 – Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University
  • 2017 – Mark Brown, University of Georgia, Mosquitos have hormones too: why bother?
  • 2017 Annual E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture Photo Gallery
  • 2016 – Dr. Ruth Hufbauer, Colorado State University, The Paradox of Biological Invasions
  • 2015 – Dr. Claire Kremen, University of California Berkeley, A Bee’s Eye Perspective on Sustainable Agriculture
  • 2014 – Professor H. Frederik Nijhout, The Biology of Butterfly Color Patterns
  • 2014 Annual E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture Photo Gallery
  • 2013 – Steve Wratten, Lincoln University, Bio-Protection Research Centre, New Zealand, Bees, Birds, Butterflies, Biological Control and the Future of Agriculture
  • 2013 Annual E. Paul Catts Memorial Lecture Photo Gallery                                         
  • 2011 – Kenneth Haynes, U.Kentucky, Bed Bugs
  • 2010 – Richard Scheurman, Seattle U. and Alex McGregor, McGregor Co., Human Use of the Palouse
  • 2009 – Mark Hoddle, U.C. Riverside, Classical Biological Control
  • 2008 – Dale Clayton, U. Utah, Evolution of Bird Lice
  • 2007 – Tom Rinderer, USDA, Africanized Bees
  • 2006 – Rosemary Gillespie, U.C. Berkeley, Spider Speciation
  • 2005 – Robert Denno, U. Maryland, Salt Marsh Ecology
  • 2004 – Ken Raffa, U. Wisconsin, Bark Beetles
  • 2003 – Pedro Barbosa, U. Maryland, Host Parasite Relationship
  • 2002 – Richard Merritt, Michigan St. U., Aquatic Entomology
  • 2001 – Richard George, Umatilla Tribes, Return of the Salmon
  • 2000 – Robert Pyle, Xerces Soc., Monarch Butterfly
  • 1999 – May Berenbaum, U. Illinois, Insects in Movies
  • 1998 – Janice Moore, Colorado State U., Parasitoid Thropic Levels
  • 1997 – Neal Haskell, Purdue U., The Body Farm