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July 2000 Entomology and Nematology News
Entomology and Nematology Student Organization
A University of Florida Publication
MASTERS EXIT SEMINARS
Thomas M. Merritt Wednesday, July 5, 2000 9:30am in Room 1031 "The sequencing and analysis of the
Neodiprion sertifer Nucleopolyhedrovirus DNA"
Byron Coon Friday, July 7, 2000 9:30am in Room 1031 "Biology of Trichopria columbiana
(Hymenoptera: Diapriidae), an endoparasitoid of Hydrellia pakistane (Diptera: Ephydridae), a biological
control agent of Hydrilla"
Phillip C. Lake Wednesday, July 19, 2000 9:00am in Room 1031 "Behaviors of Pheropsophus
aequinoctialis (Coleoptera: Carabidae) affecting its ability to locate its larval food, eggs of Scapteriscus
spp. (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae); and the effect of moisture on oviposition depth in Scapteriscus
Eric Hansen Thursday, July 20, 2000 10:00am in Room 1031 "Within-plant distribution of Frankliniella
spp. (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) and Orius insidious (Hemiptera: Anthocoridae) on field pepper"
DOCTORAL EXIT SEMINAR
Juan Mauel Alvarez Thursday, July 14, 2000 2:00pm in Room 1031 "Use of molecular tools for
discriminating behavior of two populations of the citrus leafminer parasitoid Ageianspis citricola
The large piles of soil east of DPI in the Natural Area Teaching Laboratory will be used to cover up the
remaining areas of clay in one of NATL's successional plots. "Plot C" is a 1.3-acre plot that will be started
on the first of its 40-year-rotations later this year. The clay to be buried is about 4 feet deep and was
dumped on what is now NATL in the early seventies, after being dug from the site of UF's dental building.
The soil that will overlay the clay is similar to the original soil of the successional plot.
The brochure for NATL's Stormwater Ecological Enhancement Project (SEEP) was revised with Flora
MacColl's able help. Copies are available on the north side of the kiosk just inside NATL's east gate.
This spring's record drought dried up SEEP's deepest pool. By 25 May the pool was so shallow that its 6-
foot mother alligator and her six young were removed and taken to Lake Alice. By 3 June the pool was
totally dry. A week later, the rains came and the SEEP is now full.
The numerous white, 1.5-inch-diameter, PVC stakes around the deep pool and along the Main Trail are
artificial refugia for tree frogs. Karen Oven installed them as a means of monitoring the tree frogs of
SEEP and adjacent woodland. Her study is a Wetland Wildlife Honors Project.
Permanent signs, paid for by IFAS Facilities Operations, have been posted on NATL's west and south
boundary fences, on its vehicular gates, and along Division Trail. Signs identifying the successional plots
will soon be posted.
For One Morning and One Morning Only! Come One, Come All, See the FIRST Seminar of the 2000-
2001 year! "CrAzY" Tom Merritt will be the sacrificial lamb at the newly renovated podium in Room
1031. See the "Gene Jockey" in his glory. 'Oooh' and 'Ahhh' as the "magic" of DNA sequencing is revealed
in all its splendor. Be amazed as the "secrets" of PAUP* are revealed. Applaud wildly as the "Master of
Science" makes the fog ofbaculovirus evolution start to dissipate! You lucky people. Don't Miss It!
The Department home Web page has been updated to include a links to a Student Help page and an online
suggestion form for submitting comments, suggestions, etc. The "Online Publications" web page now
includes links to the Handbook of Katydids and Crickets, and links to keyword searching of Featured
Creatures and EDIS.
Also, now is a good time to review your personal online information and verify its accuracy. You may use
online suggestion form on the dept front page or directly email changes to Skip Choate.
Dr. Robert E. Woodruff, Emeritus Entomologist, Florida State Collection of Arthropods & Adjunct Prof.
of Entomology, recently spent two weeks in Trinidad assisting the Ministry of Agriculture. His project was
sponsored by FAVACA, a Florida volunteer agency for Caribbean countries. His mission was to teach a
course in "Identification of beetles imported in lumber". He will return in August to continue this training,
as well as teach a course in "Collection development & management". He also spent a week collecting at
"Simla", the William Beebe Tropical Research Laboratory, operated by Asa Wright Nature Preserve.
He also spent the month of April in the Dominican Republic, along with Dr. Thomas J. Henry (Mirid
specialist at Smithsonian). They traveled nearly 4000 miles on this interesting island & collected over
100,000 specimens. This was Dr. Woodruffs 46th trip there, the specimens resulting representing a
substantial special Dominican section at FSCA (DPI). Along with his many trips for FAO in the
Caribbean, these collections contribute greatly to our understanding of the West Indian fauna and its
Dr. Manuel L. Pescador was the recipient of the 1999 Florida Association of Benthologists Award of
Excellence in Service. The award is in recognition of his exemplary contributions promoting the ecological
significance of benthos throughout Florida.
Dr. Chris Tipping has moved on from his teaching position at Arkansas State University to a post-doc at
the University of California Davis. He is working on post-harvest problems associated with grapes.
Dr. Jason H. Byrd, a graduate of the Department of Entomology and Nematology (May 1998), has been
named Director of Forensic Science at Virginia Commonwealth University. The Department of Criminal
Justice at VCU is the 8th largest Criminal Justice Department in the United States, and one of only a
handful of universities offering a Master of Science in Forensic Science. His current position involves the
creation of a new four-year degree program offering a Bachelor of Forensic Science, with a specialization
in forensic biology as well as supporting the existing Master of Science program.
Dr. Byrd was honored to be this year's recipient of the University of Florida's Department of Criminology
and Law "Outstanding Alumnus Award." He has also distinguished himself by being appointed by the FBI
as the Chief Forensic Entomologist for the Virginia State Police. He is also affiliated with the Virginia
Department of Forensic Science and Medicine, which is a $75 million dollar institute created by the state
of Virginia for forensic science research and education.
Dr. Byrd has recently completed two book publications, "Forensic Entomology: The Utility of Arthropods
in Legal Investigations," published by CRC Press, and "A Color Atlas of Forensic Entomology." Both
projects are scheduled for release in September 2000.
Currently Dr. Byrd is serving as a forensic entomology consultant for 95 law enforcement agencies in the
United States, including the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Armed Forces Institute of
Pathology (AFIP), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dr. Byrd is continuing his service to the
State of Florida by doing casework as well as annual training workshops for the Metro-Dade County Police
Department, the Martin County Sheriffs Office, the Duval County Sheriffs Office, the Tallahassee Police
Department, and the Florida Homicide Investigators Association. Currently, both his MS and PhD students
are researching cocaine metabolites in maggots feeding on human tissues, and the bioaccumulation of
toxins in blow flies. For those of you wishing to contact Dr. Byrd, he can be reached at the following
Dr. J. H. Byrd
Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Entomology
Department of Criminal Justice
Virginia Commonwealth University
P.O. Box 842017
816 West Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2017
http://www. forensic-entomology. com
Phillip Lake has accepted an assignment in the Peace Corps to work in the IPM program in Guatemala.
He will be leaving Gainesville after graduation this summer and then leaving the country in mid
September. If you want to make sure he writes you when he is away, send him your permanent address in
In a related note: he will be having a "fleeing the country sale" on most of his worldly possessions. If you
would like something of his, it just might be for sale or trade.
Tom Merritt (aka "CrAzY" Tom) was accepted as a PhD candidate to the University of Texas-Houston
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston Medical
Center starting in Fall 2000. He will be majoring in Human Gene Therapy and working in conjunction with
NASA's Johnson Space Center for his future research. He leaves on July 14th at 4 MY-GOD-THAT'S-
EARLY-in-the-morning, so wish him well
Flora MacColl (Art/Publications Production Specialist) attended a three-day workshop on Advanced
Adobe Photoshop Techniques and Adobe InDesign Fasttrack Training in Orlando in June and received
Training Certification from Adobe Systems, Inc.
Tom Fasulo personneld" a departmental booth at the Certified Pest Control Operators of Florida annual
meeting at Ft. Lauderdale, April 25-27. The booth displayed entomology publications (paper and software)
developed by the department in support of this industry. The highlight of the meeting, as always, was the
two nights Tom ate huge crab dinners at The Rustic Inn, which is famous for its garlic crabs. http://www.
FLORIDA PEST CONTROL ASSOCIATION
Tom Fasulo, Clay Scherer and Shawn Brooks attended the annual conference of the Florida Pest Control
Association at Tarpon Springs, June 20-22. Once again the departmental booth was busy with
representatives of the industry snapping up printed and electronic copies of our publications. In addition,
the three interacted with hundreds of government, education and business representatives about their pest
control problems. Shawn even came away with a tentative job offer, and he has just started his graduate
program. As if that weren't enough good news, the departmental booth won the "Most Educational Booth"
award out of more than 100 exhibits on display. The booth was created by Shawn Brooks, Tom Fasulo,
Jane Medley and Clay Scherer.
In addition to the high school science students that some of our faculty are hosting in their labs this
summer, Tom Fasulo is also hosting two high school science teachers who are part of the TRUE program
[TRUE stands for Teacher's Research Update Experience]. MaryAnn Richardson teaches science in the
Chicago school district, while Gerry Adams teaches high school for the Department of Defense in
Germany. MaryAnn and Gerry are very appreciative of the faculty and students who have shared time with
them in the labs and on field trips. While their project for the summer will be to develop a computer-
verified training tutorial on insects for the high school level, their experiences with the department are
opening their eyes to the many varied fields within entomology.
Drs. James P. Cuda and Julio Medal traveled to Brazil to attend the Third International Weed Science
Congress held at Foz do Iguassu, 6-11 June. They presented the poster, "Host Specificity Studies of the
thrips Pseudophilothrips ichini (Hood), a Potential Biocontrol Agent for Brazilian Peppertree, Schinus
terebinthifolius Raddi (Anacardiaceae), in the United States." After the conference, they spent a few days
in Curitiba and Jaguarina where they met with scientists collaborating on the Brazilian peppertreee project.
The Florida Entomological Society will be having a symposium on Mosquito-bome diseases at their
meeting in Naples on Tuesday, August 8th. Speakers include: Walter Tabachnick, Florida Medical
Entomology Laboratory, IFAS, University of Florida, Lillian Stark, Florida Department of Health, and
Alan Curtis, Indian River Mosquito Control District.
Slansky, F. and L, R. Kenyon, 2000. Lumpy squirrels: Bugged by bot flies. Wildlife Rehabilitation Today
11 (spring/summer): 24-31
Cuda, J.P. and M.C. Zeller. 2000. Chinese privet, Ligustrum sinense: Prospects for classical biological
control in the southeastern United States. Wildland Weeds 3: 17-19.
A PDF version, complete with graphics, of Chapter 11, "Equipment Used in Public Health Pest
Management," of the new national Public Health Pest Control manual is now available at http://vector.ifas.
The UF Entomology and Nematology Department and the FDACS Division of Plant Industry have added
files on the following organisms to the Featured Creatures WWW site at: http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/
Steck, G.J., P.M. Lyrene and J.A. Payne. Blueberry gall midge, Dasineura oxycoccana (Johnson)."
Hamon, A.B., R. Nguyen, and H.W. Browning. Bayberry whitefly, Parabemisia myricae (Kuwana).
Capinera, J.L. Melon thrips, Thrips palmi Karny.
Brooks, S.E. Bed bug, Cimex lectularius Linnaeus.
Dekle, G.W. and T.R. Fasulo. Azalea caterpillar, Datana major Grote & Robinson.
To save space, these publication are not listed exactly as they should be cited. The complete citation is:
Author(s). (date of publication). Full title. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY- ##. URL
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