Short CV of Samantha Cook

Samantha Cook is a senior research scientist at the Plant & Invertebrate Ecology Department, Rothamsted Research, UK ( She is a behavioural ecologist and has been working since 1996 on developing novel integrated pest management tactics for insect pests of oilseed rape. She has particular interest in the pollen beetle (Meligethes aeneus) and the use of trap cropping and push-pull strategies to reduce the need for insecticides in the control of this pest. Her team are also involved in researching improved monitoring and decision support systems in oilseed rape crop management as well as methods to improve conservation biocontrol potential in the crop.

Sam was Associate Editor of the IOBC Journal "BioControl" from 2005-2008. She became the convenor of the entomology subsection of the IOBC-WPRS Working Group "Integrated Control in Oilseed Crops" in 2004. Birger Koopmann (Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany) is the overall convenor and leader of the Pathology sub-section of this WG