J. Christopher Bergh honored with emeritus status
J. Christopher Bergh, professor of entomology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech and based at the Alson H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Winchester, has been conferred the title of professor emeritus by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
The emeritus title may be conferred on retired professors, associate professors, and administrative officers who are specially recommended to the board by Virginia Tech President Tim Sands in recognition of exemplary service to the university. Nominated individuals who are approved by the board receive a copy of the resolution and a certificate of appreciation.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 2000, Bergh made significant contributions to tree fruit and grape entomology and supported tree fruit and grape producers in Virginia by providing timely, accurate information and guidance in effective integrated pest management. He was the principal or co-principal investigator on several grants that supported the science of entomology as well as agricultural producers in the state.
In addition, he advised and supported many graduate students in entomology, several of whom went on to assume faculty positions at universities across the United States.
In his career, Bergh received many professional honors and awards, including the Entomological Society Award for Excellence in Integrated Pest Management and the Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award and the Extension Excellence Award.
A member of the Entomological Society of America and the Virginia Horticultural Society, Bergh received his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of New Brunswick.