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Bonnie Pendleton Bio
Dr. Bonnie Pendleton

Bonnie B. Pendleton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Integrated Pest Management - Entomology

Office: Agriculture and Natural Sciences Building, Room 204
Email: bpendleton@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2554

Professional Profile

Dr. Pendleton came to West Texas A&M University in 2000 to research and teach integrated pest management for the plant, soil and environmental science curriculum in the Department of Agricultural Sciences. She has a Ph.D. degree in entomology from Texas A&M University and a bachelor of arts degree in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry and a master of arts degree in anthropology from California State University, Chico.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Pendleton has taught various university courses and several thousand students since she started teaching 30 years ago. She currently teaches economic entomology, weeds and weed control, and field crop entomology at West Texas A&M University. She was adviser for the degree programs of 15 graduate students at West Texas A&M University and assisted 25 students who earned graduate degrees at Texas A&M University. Dr. Pendleton founded and coaches the winning WTAMU Linnaean (entomology quiz) Team. She co-advises the WT Ag Ambassadors, Farm and Ranch Club, and Rotaract Club.  She also presents educational programs on insects for school children and teachers.

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Pendleton researches ways to manage insect pests of field crops, especially sorghum, in the U.S. and with scientists in 10 African countries. Since 1997, her research proposals have been funded for $1,560,000 in individual entomology projects and $16.5 million for federal and state sorghum programs. She has published 140 articles in books, journals and proceedings. She has given 218 research presentations at regional, national and international meetings. She serves more than 50 organizations or committees including as Sorghum, Millet and Other Grains West Africa Regional Co-Coordinator; president, Graduate Research Chair; member of eight committees of the Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America; and editor of the Southwestern Entomologist journal and the Newsletter for the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development.

Personal Sketch

Dr. Pendleton was born and grew up in Tehama County, a rich farming area in far northern California, where her ancestors lived for more than 150 years. She has been married for 28 years to Dr. Michael Pendleton, scanning electron microscopist at the Microscopy and Imaging Center at Texas A&M University in College Station. She is mom to three feral cats. Her hobbies include entomophagy; malacology; collecting ancestors; playing piano, organ and accordion; all kinds of needlework; and being involved in numerous community activities including Rotary. She has visited 40 countries, including New Guinea and 20 African countries, and all U.S. territories and states except far New England.
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