He has served as president of the Association of Neuroscience Departments and Programs, the International Society for Neuroethology, the International Society for Chemical Ecology, and the Association for Chemoreception Science, and he has served as an officer of the Society for Neuroscience and the International Brain Research Organization. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (UK) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Lacey received his master's degree (1975) and Ph.D. (1978) in entomology at the University of California, Riverside. His first work was with the National Institute of Amazon Research in Manaus, Brazil. Subsequently, he has worked for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the World Health Organization, and the Vector Biology and Control Project (USAID) in the U.S., Latin America, West Africa, Europe, and several other regions of the world. His research has included studies on the biology and microbial control of black flies, mosquitoes, Japanese beetle, whiteflies, and several insect pests of tree fruit and potato. He led the Japanese beetle control project on Terceira Island (Azores, Portugal), and he conducted foreign exploration for natural enemies of Bemisia tabaci while based in Montpellier, France. In 1996, he was assigned to the USDA-ARS laboratory in Wapato, WA, where he has implemented a research program in insect pathology.
Lacey has served as an officer in the ESA and in the Society for Invertebrate Patholo
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