Dr. Richard C. McDonald
- B.S. Agriculture/IPM Univ. of Mo.-Columbia 1982
- Worked for 1 year as a technician at the USDA Biological Control
Laboratory in Columbia, MO; then pursued an M.S.: M.S. Entomology
Univ. of Mo.-Columbia 1986 "The Status of the Musk Thistle Flowerhead
Weevil, Rhinocyllus conicus (Froelich) as a Biological Control Agent
of Musk Thistle in Missouri"
- Awards: Phillip C. Stone Award for Outstanding Achievement in Entomology
- 1986; C.V. Riley Award of Merit
- Ph.D. Entomology Va. Polytechnic Inst. & State Univ. 1990 "The
Impact of the Microbial Pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies
kurstaki on Hymenopterous Parasites of the Imported Cabbageworm, Pieris
rapae (L.) in Broccoli."
Awards: David R. Spence Fellowship Award for Outstanding research
in sustainable agriculture.
- From 1990 to 1997, Dr. McDonald was Biological Control Administrator
and State Apiarist for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture
in Raleigh, NC.
- In November of 1996, he and his wife of 14 years, Kate Cahow, moved
to Sugar Grove, NC, to realize their shared dream of living and working
in the mountains. He started a company called Symbiont Biological