Robert James Lavigne, PhD

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Title: (Retired) Entomologist, Professor Emeritus, Researcher
Company: University of Wyoming
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Robert Lavigne, Retired Entomologist, Researcher, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Wyoming, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of entomology and higher education.

Dr. Lavigne served in the United States Army from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1955. He studied at American International College, where he served as vice president of his graduating class, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 1952. While working towards a Master of Science in entomology, Dr. Lavigne started as a teaching fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1955. He rose to the rank of instructor in 1956, and earned his degree in 1958. In 1959, he started as an assistant professor at the University of Wyoming (UW), still finishing his studies, and in 1961, he earned a PhD in entomology. In 1965, he rose to the rank of full professor at UW, where he taught for more than 20 years, until he retired and took on the title of professor emeritus in 1994.

Since his retirement, Dr. Lavigne has served as an honorary research associate for the South Australian Museum. He co-authored “Ants of Yellowstone National Park” in 2004, “Rangeland Entomology” in 1989, and edited “Crop Carp in Wyoming” for six years. He has contributed more than 120 articles to professional journals, and has received a variety of awards and recognitions. Dr. Lavigne has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Power and Light Co., the United States Bureau of Reclamation, and the National Park Service. He is also a member of multiple organizations, including the Kansas Entomological Society, the Animal Behavior Society, the Entomological Society of America, and serves as president of the Laramie chapter of the Society for International Development.

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