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Ann Sorensen

Associate Vice President for Research
/ Phone: 815.753.9349

Ann Sorensen is Associate Vice President for Research for American Farmland Trust and an Adjunct Senior Research Scholar at Northern Illinois University. She also directs AFT's Center for Agriculture in the Environment. The Center, operated jointly with Northern Illinois University's Social Science Research Institute in DeKalb, Illinois, serves as the focal point for AFT's public policy research efforts.

Before joining AFT in November, 1992, Sorensen spent six years as assistant director of the Natural and Environmental Resources Division for the American Farm Bureau Federation in Park Ridge, Illinois. From 1984 to 1986, she was an integrated pest management specialist for the Texas Department of Agriculture. She was also a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Georgia and Texas A & M University. Sorensen has a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her areas of research include applied insect pathology, integrated pest management, social insect behavior and recombinant DNA work with insect viruses.

Sorensen has published 70 refereed research articles, three book chapters and one book, served on over 30 national, state and university advisory committees, is a past Chair of the National Foundation for IPM Education, and has spoken frequently on agricultural and environmental issues. She is a board certified entomologist.

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