Professor John A. Pickett is a world authority on semiochemicals in insect behavior and plant defense, and plays a leading role in the move away from the traditional use of wide-spectrum pesticides to more precise control through compounds targeted against specific pests at crucial stages in their life cycles. His work centers on the chemical ecology of interactions between insects, between insects and their plant or animal hosts, and between plants. John Pickett’s contributions to the field of chemical ecology have been acknowledged with numerous awards including the Rank Prize for Nutrition and Crop Husbandry, election to Fellowship of the Royal Society, International Society of Chemical Ecology Medal, the prestigious Wolf Foundation Prize in Agriculture and the Millennium Award among many other international measures of esteem. He is also a Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Sciences and he has over 450 publications and patents.


Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!