co-Principal Investigator

Odum School of Ecology
University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-2602
Phone: 706-542-1115; Email:


  • Harvard University, Biology, A.M. 1976; Ph.D. 1980
  • University of Illinois, Honors Biology, B.S. 1973
       with high departmental & university honors
Appointments and Professional Experience:
  • University of Georgia, Athens -- Faculty member
    • Odum School/Institute of Ecology, 1994-present
    • Department of Entomology, 1984-95
  • University of California, Berkeley
    • Postgraduate Research Entomologist, Div. of Biological Control, 1982-84
    • Research Associate, Div. of Entomology & Parasitology, 1981-82
    • Miller Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Entomological Sciences, 1979-81

  • Green Champion, Go Green Alliance, University of Georgia, 2010
       SMART initiative for outstanding efforts related to sustainability
  • Mellon Senior Research Fellowship, 1996-98
       Organization for Tropical Studies, Costa Rica
       Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
  • Outstanding Upper Division Advisor Award, 1996
       University of Georgia
  • Special Sandy Beaver Award for Teaching Excellence, 1994
       University of Georgia
  • Outstanding Conference Paper Presentation, 1991
       GRASS Users Conference, Berkeley
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science, 1979-81
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 1976-77
  • Richmond Fellow, Harvard University, 1974-79
  • Bronze Tablet, University of Illinois, 1973
Five Publications/Databases Relevant to the Proposed Research:
  • Ascher, J. S. and J. Pickering. 2013. Bee species guide (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila).
  • Farnsworth, E. J., M. Chu, J. W. Kress, A. K. Neill, J. H. Best, J. Pickering, R. D. Stevenson, G. W. Courtney, J. K. VanDyk and A. M. Ellison. 2013. Next-generation field guides. BioScience: 891-899.
  • Coyle, D. R., J. Pickering, K. A. Dyer, F. R. Lehman, J. E. Mohan and K. J. K. Gandhi. 2013. Dynamics of an unprecedented outbreak of two naive moth species, Cissusa spadix and Phoberia atomeris (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), on Oak Trees (Quercus spp.) in the Southeastern United States. American Entomologist Summer 2013: 82-94. Feature Article.
  • Pickering, J., K. Smith, G. Cotter, A. Simpson, R. Magill and E. McNierney. 2006. Global Mapper. International Biogeography Society, news report, March, 2006.
  • Hochberg, M. E., J. Pickering and W. M. Getz. 1986. Evaluation of phenology models using field data: case study for the pea aphid, Acyrthosiphon pisum, and the blue alfalfa aphid, Acyrthosiphon kondoi (Homoptera: Aphididae). Environmental Entomology 15: 227-231.
Five Other Significant Research Publications/Databases:
  • Bremermann, H. J. and J. Pickering. 1983. A game-theoretical model of parasite virulence. J. Theoretical Biology 100: 411-426.
  • Hargrove, W. W. and J. Pickering. 1992. Pseudoreplication: a sine qua non for regional ecology. Landscape Ecology 6: 251-258.
  • Holt, R. D., and J. Pickering. 1985. Infectious disease and species coexistence: a model of Lotka-Volterra form. American Naturalist 126:196-211
  • Pickering, J. 1980. Larval competition and brood sex ratios in the gregarious parasitoid Pachysomoides stupidus. Nature 283: 291-292.
  • Wenzel, J. W., and J. Pickering. 1991. Cooperative foraging, productivity, and the central limit theorem. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 88: 36-38.

Synergistic Activities:

  • Discover Life (
    Founder and coordinator of this website and its International Center for Public Health and Environmental Research. Discover Life enables web users to contribute and retrieve information about nature. It has assembled over 450 million database records, 1.2 million valid species names, 640,000 species maps, and 1.5 million images. Since inception in 1998, it has had over 2.9 billion hits from 27 million unique IP addresses. Since 2010 its Mothing project has collected 435,000 research-grade photographs documenting the phenology, size, and relative abundance of 3,000 species from study sites ranging from Canada to Costa Rica.
  • Polistes Foundation (
    Co-founder and president of the Polistes Foundation, the mission of which is to assemble and share knowledge about nature in order to improve education, health, agriculture, economic development, and conservation throughout the world. Polistes works with numerous museums, herbaria, and other organizations. Since 2002 it has been supported to integrate databases and help everyone participate in biodiversity research via the web by the U.S. Geological Survey, National Science Foundation, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Servive, and private sources.

Collaborators and Research Associates: Through Discover Life I work with many partners and contributors: lists organizations; lists over 80 researchers.

Graduate and Post Doctoral Advisors: My graduate advisors at Harvard University: Richard C. Lewontin and Robert L. Trivers. My postdoctoral advisors at Univ. of California, Berkeley: George F. Oster, Wayne M. Getz, and Andy P. Gutierrez.

Thesis Advisor and Postgraduate-Scholar Sponsor: I have no current graduate or postdoctoral students.

Updated: 10 October, 2014