Maria Alma Solis

Title:  Research Leader (Retired)

Company:  USDA/ARS Systematic Entomology Laboratory

Location:  Beltsville, MD United States 


  • Inductee, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement (2018)
  • Recognition Award for Outstanding Service: For Ten Years as Research Leader and Commendable Dedication, Vision, And Leadership to The Systematic Entomology Laboratory
  • National ARS Administrator’s Supervisory Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity Award (2012)
  • USDA Recognition of Outstanding Service On The ARS Research Position Evaluation System Advisory Committee (2012)
  • USDA Technology Transfer Group Award – For Providing Extraordinary Assistance to APHIS/PPQ at Ports in The U.S. And Around the World (2006)
  • Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award Group Award: USDA Remote Pest Identification Team, For The Development of a Remote Identification System That Allows Inspectors to Send the Image of the Specimen Electronically to The National Specialist (2000)
  • ARS Mid-Level Leadership Training Year-Long Program (2001)
  • ARS Congressional Briefing Conference (2001)
  • USDA Group Honor Award for Excellence, Urgent Response Group for Emergency Needs, ARS, For Outstanding Research On and Identification of Insects, Mites, Fungi, And Nematodes Provided to Protect U.S. Agriculture from Invasive Pests and in Support of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (1999)
  • For Outstanding Service as President, Systematics, Evolution and Biodiversity Section, Entomological Society of America (ESA) (2016)
  • Thirty-Year Member Award, Entomological Society of America (2013)
  • Fellow, ESA (2018)
  • Selected Participant, “Sustain What? Mission to Explore Earth’s Species and Conserve Biodiversity,” New York Botanical Garden (2010)
  • Distinguished Alumnus, The University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College (2003)
  • Selected Participant, Leadership Texas (2000)
  • Inductee, Sigma Delta Epsilon (1988)
  • Outstanding Cooperative Education Student, University of Maryland (1988)
  • Three-Month Graduate Fellow, Smithsonian Institution (1986)
  • Gahan Entomology Research Fellowship, Department of Entomology University of Maryland (1985)
  • Inductee, Sigma Xi (1985)
  • Graduate and Professional Opportunity Fellowship, University of Maryland (1982)
  • Smithsonian Institution, 10-Week Graduate Fellowship (1981)
  • University of Texas Honor Scholar (1978)
  • Honorary Patronyms: 2008- Macaria Solisata Ferguson (Geometridae) (2008)
  • Saphenista Solisae Razaowki & (Tortricidae) (2007)
  • Almita Landry (Crambidae) (1995)
  • Chocophorus Solisi Gielis & Matthews (Pterophoridae) (1994)


  • PhD, University of Maryland
  • MA, University of Texas
  • BS, University of Texas
  • AA, Texas Southmost College

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