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About the Orthopterists' Society

The Orthopterists' Society (formerly the Pan American Acridological Society) is an international scientific organization devoted to facilitating communication among those interested in Orthoptera and related organisms (collectively, the "orthopteroids"), and to encourage collaborative research and control programs in Orthopterology among countries of the World. The Society currently has over 500 members from 60 countries across six continents. We foster research and publication in all aspects of Orthopterology. The Society publishes the bi-annual peer-reviewed Journal of Orthoptera Research and the tri-annual Newsletter, Metaleptea.. Graduate students and young researchers can apply for the The Ted Cohn Research Fund. The Society also cooperates with the taxonomic database of the world's Orthoptera, Orthoptera Species File online.

The Society was founded in 1976 by 35 orthopterists who met at San Martín de los Andes, Argentina. Its Constitution and Bylaws were adopted in 1977 and it was accorded tax-exempt status by the United States government in 1978. The meetings held since San Martin de los Andes are referred to as International Congresses and occur every three/four years. Previous congresses were held in 2) Bozeman, Montana (U.S.A.), 3) Maracay (Venezuela), 4) Saskatoon (Canada), 5) Valsaín (Spain), 6) Hilo, Hawaii (U.S.A.), 7) Cairns (Australia), 8) Montpellier (France), 9) Canmore (Canada), 10) Antalya (Turkey), and 11) Kunming (China). A complete list of congresses and past Presidents of the Society can be seen here.

The most recent meeting (12th) was held in Bahia, Brazil in October/November, 2016. In addition to the International Congresses, the Society has often hosted an annual symposium at the annual Entomological Society of America conferences since 1987, and also has sponsored or supported several international (e.g., FAO workshop on “The future of biopesticides in Desert Locust management” in Senegal, 2007) and national (e.g., Brazilian Symposia on Orthoptera, Brazil, 2006 & 2008) meetings on Orthopterology.

The complete Constitution and By-Laws of the Orthopterists' Society (as revised November 20, 2005) can be downloaded here (in PDF format.)

Society's Officers (updated May, 2018)

President: Alexandre Latchininsky, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, U.S.A.

President-elect: David Hunter, Locust and Grasshopper Control, 125 William Webb Drive, McKellar ACT 2617 Australia

Executive Director: David Hunter, Locust and Grasshopper Control, 125 William Webb Drive, McKellar ACT 2617 Australia

Executive Director Designate: Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Babah EBBE, DG Institut du Sahel (INSAH/CILSS), BP 1530 ACI 2000, Bamako Mali

Treasurer: Pamm Mihm, 2417 Fields South Drive, Champaign, IL 61822, U.S.A.

Managing Editor, JOR: Corinna S. Bazelet, Department of Conservation Ecology & Entomology, Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa

Editorial Assistant, JOR: Nancy Morris, Department of Biology, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Manager, Orthopterists' Society Website: Derek A. Woller (with advice from Piotr Naskrecki), USDA: APHIS-PPQ-S&T-CPHST Phoenix Lab, AZ, U.S.A.

Associate Manager, OS Website: David C.F. Rentz, 19 Butler Dr. Kuranda, Queensland, Australia

Editor, Metaleptea: Hojun Song, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, U.S.A.

Associate Editor, Metaleptea: Derek A. Woller,USDA: APHIS-PPQ-S&T-CPHST Phoenix Lab, AZ, U.S.A.

Officer, Orthoptera Species File: Maria-Marta Cigliano, División Entomología, Museo de La Plata, Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Paseo del Bosque S/N, 1900 La Plata, Argentina

Manager, The Ted Cohn Research Fund: Michel Lecoq, 151 Rue de l'Oppidum, 34170 Castelnau Le Lez, France

Regional Representatives (updated May, 2018)

China, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan: Zhang Long

Japan: Haruki Tatsuta

South Asia: Rohini Balakrishnan

North and Central Asia & East Europe: Michael Sergeev

West Europe: Gerlind Lehmann

Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands: David Hunter


South and Central America: Marcos Lhano

North and Sahelian Africa: Mohamed Abdellahi Ould Babah EBBE

Sub-Saharan Africa: Corinna Bazelet

Middle East - Caucasus: Battal Çiplak

Download a PDF brochure about the Orthopterists' Society

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