2020 Hildegard H. Crowley Award
Joseph D. Mowery
US Department of Agriculture
Joe is a Biologist at the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Unit at the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD. He received a B.S. from the University of Texas at Arlington and served as a paratrooper and parachute rigger in the US Army. Prior to joining USDA, he was involved in plant ecology research in the Arctic Circle with Dr. Laura Gough, and along the Missouri River in partnership with Colorado State University and the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. After joining USDA in 2011, he worked with Dr. Zafar Handoo on the taxonomy and systematics of nematodes, focusing on the identification and morphology of plant-parasitic nematodes. Since 2014, while working with Dr. Gary Bauchan, Joe has specialized in biological ultrastructure and the utilization of TEM for researching agricultural plants, pests and pathogens, and has developed novel TEM and LT-SEM methods for imaging and studying predator/prey relationships in situ. His collaborative research, includes a recent major finding reported in PNAS, revealing the fat body tissue as the food source of Varroa mites feeding on adult honeybees. Joe has been actively involved with the Chesapeake Microscopy and Microanalysis Society for the past several years and currently serves on the CMMS Board of Directors where he is concentrating on creating opportunities to help bring together his local microscopy community.