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IN MEMORIAM: Steven J. Seybold, Entomologist

By Dateline Staff on November 21, 2019 in University

Steven Jon Seybold, a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Entomology and Nematology, and a researcher with the U.S. Forest Service, died Nov. 15 at Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, of a heart condition. He was 60.

Steven Jon Seybold mugshot

He was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He attended UC Berkeley for graduate school, earning a Ph.D. in forest entomology, specializing in pine bark beetles.

He did postdoctoral work at Berkeley and the University of Nevada, Reno, then served as a research assistant professor at UNR and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota before returning to California in 2002.

His Forest Service assignment was in Davis, at the Pacific Southwest Research Station. He had a research emphasis on chemical ecology of forest insects.

This obituary from UC Agriculture and Natural Resources includes tributes from colleagues and students.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday (Nov. 22) at Smith Funeral Home, Davis. A service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 23) at St. James Catholic Church, with interment at a later date at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison.

Memorials in his name may be made to the American Heart Association, National Parks Conservation Association or the UC Davis Entomology and Nematology Student Support fund.

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