Dr. Charles Burks received his B.S. and M.S. from Iowa State University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. He held research and teaching positions at the University of Notre Dame and Miami University of Ohio before to joining the USDA Agricultural Research Service. His areas of research have included horticultural entomology, stored products entomology, physiological ecology and cold hardiness. Dr. Burks lives with his wife and daughter in Reedley, California.