James R. Carey

James CareyJames R. Carey, distinguished professor of entomology, University of California, Davis, holds a bachelor of science degree in fisheries and wildlife biology and a master's degree in entomology from Iowa State University. He received his doctorate in entomology from UC Berkeley in 1980, the year he joined the UC Davis faculty.

Carey is nationally and internationally recognized for his innovative teaching program that centers on the strategic use of digital technology. He received the 2015 Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award from the Entomological Society of America (ESA); the 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award from the Pacific Branch of ESA; and the UC Davis Academic Senate's 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, an honor given to internationally recognized professors who excel at teaching.

Over the last seven years, he has developed a technological-savvy teaching program, a groundbreaking model for 21st Century instruction using short, concise videos. He teaches administrators, faculty, staff and students how to create the succinct videos, and how to record seminars. All are geared toward ease of learning and increased knowledge retention. He delivers presentations throughout the world.

Carey's deep interest in the use of digital technology in academia started when he chaired the UC Academic Senate University Committee on Research Policy. He described a framework or “road map” for using video capture of seminars to increase research synergy across the 10 UC campuses. The UC TV station then used this publication as a roadmap for creating the video platform, UCTV Seminars. To date, the website has tallied more than 10 million seminar downloads.

Carey is internationally known for his research in insect demography, mortality dynamics, and insect invasion biology and is considered the preeminent global authority on arthropod demography. From 2003 to 2013, he directed the multidisciplinary, 11-institution, 20-scientist program, “Biodemographic Determinants of Lifespan,” which received more than $10 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging.  He discovered the mathematical identity referred to by demographers as "Carey's Equality" that equates the death distribution in a life table population with its age structure.

Carey is a Fellow of ESA, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Gerontological Society of America, and the California Academy of Science. He has authored 250 scientific publications and three books, including the highly cited “Demography for Biologists” (Oxford, 1993). He was selected a plenary speaker for the 2016 International Congress of Entomology in Orlando, Fla.

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