Dr. Jeffrey J. Jenkins received a B.S. in biochemistry from California State Polytechnic University – San Luis Obispo in 1972 and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1981. From 1982 to 1985, as a Senior Research Chemist at Merck Sharp & Dohme Agricultural Research and Development, he was part of the team that developed a new class of insecticides – the avermectins. In 1985 he joined the Entomology Department at the University of Massachusetts as an Experiment Station researcher, Extension Specialist, and Associate Director of the Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory. He joined the Agricultural Chemistry Department – now the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology – at Oregon State University in 1990.
Dr. Jenkin’s current research activities include laboratory and field studies to examine the impact of pesticide use on air and water quality, studies designed to investigate human and wildlife exposure as a result of pesticide use in both agricultural and urban settings, studies to discern the effect of sub-lethal exposures on fitness and survival, and studies that may assist in the development of technologies that mitigate adverse human and environmental impacts. His collaborative research is to examine the impacts of chemical use on individuals, populations, and ecosystems.
As an stalwart AGRO member of 32 years, Dr. Jenkins has served the Division in the three year Vice Chair, Program Chair, Chair rotation (1999 – 2001), prior to that for nine years as an Executive Committee Member, for the last twelve years as a member on the Hospitality and Public Relations (now Communications) Committees, and he has and continues to organize symposia regularly.
As AGRO Chair, and recognizing that the Division of Fertilizer Chemistry was struggling for survival and that AGRO membership was weakening, Dr. Jenkins initiated and implemented the merger of FERT into the Division of Agrochemicals. His vision of considering not only pesticides but fertilizers as agrochemicals, served as a catalyst to what AGRO is today, “Chemistry for and from Agriculture.” Today, AGRO regularly hosts symposium concerning nutrient fate at the National ACS meetings.
Dr. Jenkins is also an educator, not just of undergraduate and graduate students, but of the general public, stakeholders, and policy-makers, both nationally and internationally. These outreach activities include the development of pesticide risk assessment methodology, tools, and materials to communicate risks. He regularly conducts and speaks at workshops for lay and professional audiences and is involved in adult continuing education. A primary goal is to translate scientific methods and findings to a broad and diverse audience. This outcome-driven approach strives to promote transparency and dialogue about risks associated with exposure to pesticides and other environmental agents and to improve use of risk information in individual decision-making and public policy. Dr. Jenkins also serves as Principle Investigator for the National Pesticide Information Center (npic.orst.edu) and Extension Toxicology Network cooperator.