Dr. Murray Isman is among the leading figures worldwide in the field of chemical ecology. His research represents a combination of insect behaviour and physiology with plant chemistry and toxicology. His impact on chemical ecology, manifested in the more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific papers he has written, has been enormous. He is one of a handful of investigators experienced in working at both basic and applied levels and is one of the most renowned investigators of the insecticidal potential of neem, among the most promising natural pesticides in North America in a half-century. He came to The University of British Columbia (UBC) as Assistant Professor in 1983.
Dr. Isman has edited two widely-cited collections in the area of chemical ecology, serves on the editorial boards of five journals and has been president of three scientific societies: the Entomological Society of British Columbia, the International Society of Chemical Ecology and the Phyotochemical Society of North America (where he was the first entomologist to hold the position).