On behalf of the search committee, Dr. Phil
Koehler reported that the Veterinary
Entomology position announcement drew 22
applicants, with one later withdrawing. This
position is 40% teaching, 50% research, and
10% extension. The committee chose two
applicants to bring to Gainesville for two days
each to interview and present research and
September 30 October 1: Jeffery K.
Tomberlin is currently Assistant Professor
and Extension Specialist, Department of
Entomology, Texas A&M University located
in Dallas. He received his Ph.D. in
Entomology from the University of Georgia,
M.S. in Entomology from Clemson
University, and B.S. in Biological Sciences
from the University of Georgia.
October 4-5: Phillip E. Kaufman is currently
Research Associate, Department of
Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
He received his Ph.D. in Livestock
Entomology at the University of Wyoming,
M.S. in Vegetable Pest Management at the
University of Wisconsin, and B.S. in Animal
Science at the University of Illinois.
IFAS is not releasing other positions at this
The department welcomed 20 new graduate
students this semester, bringing our total to an
even 100. (This may be subject to change as
some are talking about transferring to
universities in states that never see
hurricanes.) Students are listed by: name,
(degree sought) major advisor:
Gino Nearns (MS), Jennifer Zaspel (PhD) -
Branham; Jason Froeba (MS) Capinera;
Pauric McGroary Crow; Joey Orajay
(PhD), Jason Stanley (MS) Dickson;
Delano Lewis (MS) Emmel; Scott Portman
(MS) Frank; Kendra Pesko (PhD) Hoy;
Melissa Doyle (MS), Aaron Lloyd (MS) -
Kline; Ryan Welch (MS) Koehler; Kevin
Kobylinski (MS), Sean McCann (MS), Julie
Maglio (MS) Lord; Robyn Raban (MS) -
Lounibos; Thomas Chouvenc (PhD), Hou-
Feng Li (MS), Carl Swienton (MS) Su;
John Leavengood (MS) Thomas.
Emily Heffernan is also continuing on to a
Ph.D. with Dr. Emmel.
On August 26th, the following members of our
staff received service pins representing their
years of continuous service: Debra Boyd 30
yrs; Steve Lasley 25 yrs; Jane Medley 20
yrs; Sam Nguyen 20 yrs; Reginald Wilcox
FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
- 20 yrs; Nick Hostettler 15 yrs; Pat Hope -
10 yrs; Oscar Hernandez 5 yrs; and Mike
Miller 5 yrs.
Myrna Litchfield wishes to thank the
following members of the Social Committee
for helping to make the combined staff and
new student "Thank You and Welcome
Celebration" such a success: Debbie Hall,
Jim Cuda and his helper Judy Gillmore,
Norm Leppla, Heather McAuslane, Faith
Oi, Jane Medley, and John Capinera. She
also thanks all the volunteers for helping to
clean up and all those who attended and made
it such a great success.
Roi Levin, M.S. student in Nematology with
Dr. Crow, won third place in the graduate
student competition at the Soil and Crop
Science Society of Florida annual meeting in
Tallahassee. Roi's paper was "Susceptibility
of several perennial ornamentals to four
species of root-knot nematodes"
Heffernan EV. (August 2004). An acrobat
ant, Crematogaster ashmeadi Emery.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-333.
Mead FW. (July 2004). Cotton stainer,
Dysdercus suturellus (Herrich-Schaeffer).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-330.
Futch SH, Noling JW. Rootstock/Weeds
Screen Saver. Software.
McCoy CW, Castle WS, Graham JH,
Syvertsen JP, Schumann AW, Stuart RJ.
Pesticides suppress Diaprepes abbreviatus
(L.) (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) and promote
differential growth and survival of 'Hamlin'
orange trees budded to five rootstocks in a
Phytophthora infested grove. Proceedings of
the Florida State Horticultural Society.
El-Borai FE, Duncan LW, Preston JF.
Bionomics of a phoretic association between
a putative Paenibacillus sp. and the
entomopathogenic nematode Steinernema
diaprepesi. Journal of Nematology.
Futch SH. Duncan LW, Zekri M.
Validation of an area-wide extension program
to estimate the seasonal abundance of adult
citrus root weevils with un-baited pyramidal
traps. Proceedings of the Florida State
Persad AB, Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2004.
High-fidelity PCR assay discriminates
between immature Lipolexus oregmae and
Lysiphlebus testaceipes (Hymenoptera:
Aphidiidae) within their aphid hosts. Florida
Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2004. Multiple
displacement amplification in combination
with high-fidelity PCR improves detection of
bacteria from single females or eggs of
Metaseiulus occidentalis (Nesbitt) (Acari:
Phytoseiidae). Journal of Invertebrate
Hoy MA, Jessey C. 2004. Ageniaspis
citricola (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae)
established in Bermuda. Florida Entomologist
Persad A, Hoy MA. 2004. Predation by
Solenopsis invicta and Blattella asahinai on
Toxoptera citricida parasitized by
Lysiphlebus testaceipes and Lipolexis
oregmae on citrus in Florida. Biological
Denmark, HA, Fasulo TR, Funderburk JE.
(August 2004). Cuban laurel thrips,
Gynaikothripsficorum (Marchal). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-324.
Harris DL, Hemenway Jr RC, Whitcomb
WH. (July 2004). A ground beetle, Calleida
decora (Fabricius) UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-331. http://creatures.ifas.
Cuda JP, Brammer AS, Pereira RM, Broza
M. 2004. Interference of natural regulation of
the aquatic weed mosquito fern (Azolla
caroliniana) by the red imported fire ant.
Aquatics 26: 20-26.
Speaking of publications... There are plenty of
them available in the department's reading
room, and that is where they are suppose to
stay. The Reading Room committee once
again reminds us that no one is allowed to
take materials out of the reading room, and
no one is allowed to take food or drink in.
You are also reminded that Reading Room
users are monitored on closed-circuit TV, so
wave and say hi. In addition, the committee
asks that you to tidy up after yourself before
leaving the room. Those who wish to use the
in-room copier should visit the stock room to
get a PIN from Nick Hostettler.
Fall Entomology Seminars
Coordinators for this semester are graduate
students Veronica Manrique, Rodrigo Diaz
and Karla Addesso.
09/16 Dr. Robert Wiedenmann (Center for
Ecological Entomology, Illinois Natural
History Survey, University of Illinois).
"Ecological and physiological factors
determining suitability of Cotesiaflavipes-
complex parasitoids." CANCELLED
09/23 Dr. Arshad Ali (UF/IFAS).
"Chironomidae (Diptera) problems: Research
approach and field application."
09/30 Dr. Mark Hunter (Institute of
Ecology, University of Georgia). "Insect
population ecology and ecosystem processes."
10/07 Dr. Ronald Cave (UF/IFAS). "New
efforts in biological control of pest insects in
10/14 Dr. Jane Polston (UF/IFAS).
"Interactions of tomato plants, begomo-
viruses, and the whitefly, Bemisia tabaci."
10/21 Dr. Baldwyn Torto (UF/IFAS).
"Chemical ecology of the small hive beetle:
An alarming development for honeybees."
10/28 Dr. Charles Cowell (University of
Louisville, Kentucky). "A summary of forty
years of Lepidoptera and mosquito research at
the University of Louisville, Kentucky."
11/04 Dr. Catharine Mannion (UF/IFAS).
"Nursery production and exotic insect pests."
11/18 Dr. Stephen M. Ferkovich (ARS-
USDA, Gainesville). "Improvement of
artificial diets for beneficial insects with host-
derived factors and insect cell lines."
12/02 Dr. Dave Carlson (ARS-USDA
Gainesville). "Chemotaxonomy of insects
using surface hydrocarbons."
Dr. William Crow received a grant for
$21,000 from the Environmental Institute for
Golf and The Florida Golf Course
Superintendent's Association to study
"Timing of nematicide applications on turf
based on soil temperatures, nematode activity,
and root development".
Drs. James P. Cuda and William Overholt
received a $25,000 grant from the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection to
conduct surveys for new natural enemies of
Brazilian peppertree, Schinus terebinthifolius,
in Paraguay and the surrounding area.
Paraguay is considered part of the native
range of Brazilian peppertree, but has not
been adequately surveyed for potential
biological control agents of this highly
Eric Luc, a former M.S. student of Dr. Crow
received a Dow Agrosciences travel award for
$500 to attend the annual meeting of the
Society of Nematologists in Colorado. Eric
presented some of his research conducted
while at UF. His paper was titled "Effects of
Belonolaimus longicaudatus on nitrate
leaching in turfgrass lysimeters".
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Marc Branham presented two invited
talks in Japan in August. His first presentation
entitled "Flashers, Glowers, and Sniffers:
Sexual Selection and Signal Evolution in
Fireflies" was a keynote lecture at the 13th
International Symposium on Bioluminescence
and Chemiluminescence. This year's
conference was held in Yokohama. Marc's
second talk, "The Evolution of Sexual
Communication in Fireflies" was presented at
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial
Science and Technology, located in Osaka.
Dr. Marjorie A. Hoy will speak on
regulatory issues regarding transgenic insects
at the upcoming workshop, Biotech Bugs, 20-
21 September at the George Washington
University Conference Center, Washington,
DC. The meeting is sponsored by the Pew
Initiative on Food and Biotechnology to
explore the science, ethics and public policy
of genetically modified insects.
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in a joint USDA-ARS and UF/IFAS Invasive
Species and Agro-Ecosystems Research
Partnership Workshop held at the USDA
Horticultural Research Laboratory, Ft. Pierce,
FL, 17 August. The purpose of this one-day
workshop was to develop a joint strategy for
strengthening agriculture's role in the
restoration of the South Florida Ecosystem.
Cuda served as Co-Chair of the Biological
Control of Invasive Plants Working Group,
and delivered a PowerPoint presentation
highlighting the key research issues relating
to biological weed control in South Florida
and the role that UF/IFAS is playing in
addressing these issues. Drs. Norm Leppla,
Bill Overholt and Ron Cave also attended
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the 5th
Annual CALS Teaching Enhancement
Symposium held at the University of Florida
Hilton Hotel and Conference Center,
Gainesville, 18 August.
Dr. James Maruniak attended the Society
for Invertebrate Pathology (SIP) meeting in
Helsinki, Finland from July 31 to August 5.
While there he presented a poster entitled
"Neodiprion lecontei and Neodiprion sertifer
Genomics and Evolution" by Hilary Lauzon,
Paolo Zanotto, Alejandra Garcia-
Maruniak, Basil Arif and James
Maruniak. Dr. Maruniak also started his two-
year period as Chair of the Virology Division
Dr. James Maruniak will participate in a
roundtable as an invited speaker for the Viral
Society of Brazil (SBV), scheduled for Sdo
Pedro, Brazil, 26-29 September. His
presentation will be "Complete genome
sequence of a Hymenopteran baculovirus,
Neodiprion sertifer nucleopolyhedrovirus
The 36th Annual Society for Vector Ecology
(SOVE) Conference is scheduled for 26-29
September in Boston, MA. Two of the 12
invited student speakers are from our
department. Sandra Garrett's title is
"Identifying Possible Mosquito Vectors of
West Nile Virus in Florida Alligator Farms."
Aissa Doumbouya's title is "Artificial
membrane feeding of Culex sp. and the effect
of host type on fecundity." The student
symposium was co-organized by Leslie Rios
and consists of invited student giving 10-
minute presentations on their graduate work.
Drs. Jonathan Day and Roxanne Rutledge
also will be presenting at the meeting. Dr.
Day is the Vice-president of SOVE, and this
year he is the meeting organizer and session
moderator. For more information, please
contact Major Dhillon at (909) 340-9792.
Information will be posted on the Web site
(www.sove.org) as it becomes available.
Distance Education Degrees
The department now offers two Master of
Science degrees (non-thesis) via distance
education: M.S. in Entomology and M.S. in
Pest Management. Links to several Web
pages describing the requirements are
available from the UF/IFAS Pest Alert site at
the entry for 08/30/04.
Curious about outreach events the department
held this summer? Here is a summary:
City Parks & Recreation Summer Camp
Program totaled approximately 400 of
Gainesville's elementary and middle
schoolers: June 8: Westwood Middle School;
June 10: Howard Bishop Middle School; July
12: Eastside Community Center; and July 19:
Northeast Community Center.
Tours of the department for interested
families with children: June 3 and 11.
Other events and presentations included the
following groups: June 16: Anchor Center
Summer School Program; June 17: Medieval
Bug Faire at Turlington Plaza for Dr.
Barfield's Bugs and People class; June 19:
Alachua Branch Library; June 23: Apopka
Research Center Science Camp for Middle
Schoolers; June 29 and July 14: Insect
Discovery Camp at the Florida Museum of
Natural History; July 13: College Reach-Out
Program for Minority Students; July 16: A
Child's Place; July 26: Brownie Troop 93 of
Alachua, FL; July 29: 4-H Congress; July 30:
Discovery Camp of Ocala, FL; August 4:
IncalfMontessori School; and August 18:
Girls' Club of Alachua County
As of late August, Erika Andersen turned
over outreach coordinator responsibilities to
Justin Harbison. He can be reached at 392-
1901 x 205 or email@example.com.
While members of the department, on the
Gainesville campus, suffered varying degrees
of damage and inconvenience due to
Hurricane Frances (loss of power, downed
trees, etc.) at their homes, our building on
campus weathered it well. Two large pines
came down, with one barely missing the
outside emergency generator and another
narrowly missing a state vehicle. Please park
state vehicles in the concrete parking garage
near the museum during future emergencies.
However, the Pesticide Storage Shed flooded
again and Dr. John Capinera said that if
anyone has anything stored there they should
forget about it for now until EH&S pumps it
out. IFAS may relocate the storage because it
has proven to be a bad site.
"In South Florida, we have industrial
cockroaches that have to be equipped with
loud warning beepers so you can get out of
their way when they back up." Dave Barry
Pest Alert is a means by which UF/IFAS
delivers timely information on new and
reoccurring pest problems. Other important
contributors to Pest Alert are the Florida
Department of Agriculture and Consumer
Services, and its agricultural regulatory unit,
the Division of Plant Industry; and the
Florida Department of Health with its
arbovirus summaries and reports. The Pest
Alert site is located at http://extlab7.entnem.
ufl.edu/PestAlert/. Join a moderated (only
information on postings is sent to the list; no
subscriber messages) listserv that includes
over 500 subscribers worldwide, as many of
our problems (and solutions) have impact in
many other countries.
Due to the expected surge of mosquito
populations resulting from the recent
hurricanes that impacted Florida and other
states, the Pest Alert Web site Arbovirus
Summary page now includes a section
listing files added over the last three years
that contain information on mosquito
repellents, traps and their use, as well as other
Faculty Senate Report
President Machen spoke to the Faculty Senate
and discussed goals for the Fall, which
includes help in responding to issues raised in
the recent Faculty Survey. One of his main
points was that faculty and staff deserve
improved salary and benefits. He is so
concerned about personnel issues identified in
the Survey that he will hire a new Vice
President for Personnel Matters that would
deal with both faculty and staff issues. He
also announced that he is initiating a new
"President's Challenge" in an effort to obtain
$150 million in private support to give faculty
the necessary tools to enhance classroom
instruction and conduct world-class research.
Funds donated will be matched by State
matching funds and he has pledged to add to
each gift of $1 million or more, $250,000
from a special discretionary fund established
with private donations specifically for the
Faculty Challenge until the fund is exhausted.
Dr. Machen indicated the Faculty Survey will
be repeated during 2005 and 2006 to see if
progress is being made. Dr. Machen noted
that the undergraduate class size is the same
for 2004-2005, but the quality is greater than
it has ever been. The number of graduate
students has increased somewhat. Dr. Machen
noted that new faculty are needed to help
carry the work load of our current enrollment.
See the Faculty Senate website: http://www.
senate.ufl.edu/04 05 senate_meetings.htm. -
Dr. Marjorie Hoy, Faculty Senator
This popular UF/IFAS Department of
Entomology and Nematology and FDACS
Division of Plant Industry Web site is
available at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/.
New files are added every month and older
files are updated as information becomes
available. Looking for some exposure for you
and your favorite creature? During the last 12
months, the Featured Creatures Web site
recorded 1,405,696 distinct visitors and
2,682,717 page views.
New text and/or photographs were added to
diaprepes root weevil, green peach aphid,
cyclamen mite, lesser cornstalk borer, thorn
bug, hover fly, deer tick, varroa mite, melon
fly (major revision), Florida SLE mosquito,
sap beetles, gladiolus thrips, redbanded thrips
(major revision), melon thrips, and
greenhouse thrips (major revision).
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than the
7th of that month.
Printed copies are distributed only within
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the UF-Bugnews-1 listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter Web
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contains instructions for subscribing and
unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy Koehler
does the coding for the HTML version.
During the last twelve months, the newsletter
Web site recorded 35,987 distinct visitors and
60,267 page views. The newsletter listserv
has 236 subscribers.