by Walter Bowen
The 2021 CTAHR Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research recognizes the outstanding scientific contributions of Michael Melzer, Associate Researcher in the Department of Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (PEPS) and Principal Investigator for the UHM/CTAHR Agrosecurity Laboratory.
After completing both his MS and PhD degrees at UHM, Mike joined the PEPS faculty and quickly established a notable research and education program specializing in agrosecurity, with a focus on pest detection, survey, management, and eradication.
A highly productive researcher who is also recognized for his excellent teaching, extension, and interpersonal skills, Mike was awarded tenure in PEPS in 2019.
In just three years (2018-2020), Mike authored or co-authored 27 refereed journal articles and, as Principal Investigator, garnered 27 contract and grant awards worth $7.3 million.
Mike’s dedication to safeguarding agriculture in Hawaiʻi is evident in his exceptional program on agrosecurity, which is providing the scientific understanding needed to more effectively detect and control emerging and invasive pathogens in our Islands. His research is also proving beneficial to scientists, farmers, regulators, and other stakeholders around the world.