Entomology Today Publishes Edith Patch Article

Entomology Today published a University of Maine news release on Edith Marion Patch, UMaine’s first female entomologist, and a newly published biography by Cassie Gibbs, UMaine’s second female entomologist. The biography, “Without Benefits from Insects: The Story of Edith M. Patch of the University of Maine,” is a publication of the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station. Its publication coincided with UMaine’s 150th anniversary. “Edith Patch is recognized as the first truly successful professional woman entomologist in the United States,” Gibbs said. “She was among the early scientists to write and speak of the threats to the environment from the widespread applications of chemical insecticides and to bring this to the public’s attention.”