Dr. Dan Hahn joined the Gainesville faculty
as an Assistant Professor specializing in
Insect Physiology. His appointment is 50%
research and 50% teaching with instruction
responsibilities including a graduate course
in insect physiology and graduate and
undergraduate courses on selected topics in
entomology and biology. Dan's research
integrates physiology, biochemistry, and
evolutionary ecology to address a range of
questions in insect biology. Current topics of
interest are: 1) physiological mechanisms
underlying phenotypic plasticity in insects
with a focus on diapause and reproduction, 2)
regulation of metabolism and nutrient
allocation in insects emphasizing the
regulation of storage and subsequent
utilization, 3) insects as model systems to
study fertility, diabetes, and obesity. Dan
received his B.S. from Florida State, his
Ph.D. from University of Arizona, and comes
to Gainesville from a postdoctoral fellowship
at Ohio State. Dan is joined by his wife Jen, a
biologist and science educator, and their
On 12 December 2004, graduate student
Ricky Vazquez was commissioned a First
Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He
served as an enlisted Marine from 1989 to
1993, when he was a communications center
operator. Now he is the medical entomologist
for the 342nd Army Medical Detachment in
Gainesville, but plans to go on active duty at
the conclusion of his Ph.D. studies.
Olga Kostromytska is a new M.S. student
working with Dr. Buss. Olga is interested in
landscape and turfgrass entomology, but she
is specifically interested in white grubs,
especially Tomarus subtropicus.
Suzie Adams began work as a Fiscal
Assistant in the business office during
December. After a period of training, she
will handle credit card payments and travel.
Jay Cee Turner, who received her M.S.
working under Dr. Eileen Buss, will start
working as a Biological Scientist for Dr.
Oscar Liburd as of 10 January.
Branham M. (December 2004). Glow-
worms, railroad-worms, Coleoptera:
Phengodidae. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures.
UN L INTRSITY OF
FLORIDA Entomology and Nematology
Crow WT, Welch JK 2005. Root
reductions of St. Augustinegrass
(Stenotaphrum secundatum) and hybrid
bermudagrass (Cynodon dactylon x C.
transvaalensis) induced by Trichodorus
obtusus and Paratrichodorus minor.
Crow WT. 2005. How bad are nematode
problems on Florida's golf courses? Florida
Turf Digest 22:10-12.
Crow WT. 2005. Biologically derived
alternatives to Nemacur. Golf Course
Management 73: 147-150.
Luc JE, Crow WT. 2004. Sting nematode:
Not a steward of the environment. Golf
Course Management 72:86-88.
Luc JE, Crow WT. 2004. Nematode and
nitrogen management. Golf Course
Crow WT. (2004). Plant-parasitic nematodes
on sugarcane in Florida. EDIS.
Tara Tobin Cataldo is the new
Biological/Life Sciences Librarian at the
Marston Science Library. She attended the
December entomology and nematology
faculty meeting and gave a presentation on
changes at the library and the services they
offer. Some of the information she presented
is available at http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/msl/
entfac.html. A listing of new books in
biological science added by the Library is
available at http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/msl/
newbooksbio.html. Contact Ms. Cataldo at
(352) 392-2784 or email@example.com.
For her M.S. degree, Sue Gruner conducted
the largest forensic entomological
decomposition study (to date) using pigs as
human models. Over a four year period,
sixty-nine pigs were placed out at
Greathouse Butterfly Farm in Earleton,
Florida. One of the first species of
Calliphoridae to arrive at a corpse (in
approximately 1/3 of the U.S.) is Lucilia (=
Phaenicia) coeruleiviridis. When L.
coeruleiviridis larval specimens are found at
a crime scene, forensic entomologists
historically have used the phenology from L.
sericata, a closely related species, to
determine time since death because there are
no rearing data for L. coeruleiviridis.
Successful rearing of this particular species
of fly has eluded entomologists for decades,
but Sue "discovered" a pupation substrate,
using organic materials and a mulching
machine, that resulted in successful rearing
of thousands of adult specimens. In July
2004, Sue attended the Second Annual North
American Forensic Entomology Conference
held at UC-Davis, California, and presented
her M.S. research data, which included
information about the pupation substrate.
Among the attendees were forensic
entomologists from Europe, Australia,
Canada and South America and Richard
Merritt, president of the American Board of
Forensic Entomologists (ABFE).
In October 2003, the body of an 11 year old
girl, who had been missing for a month, was
found behind an old, vacant factory in
Cleveland, Ohio. As usual in many crime
scenes, the police did not know what to do
with the entomological evidence. A zoologist
was hired to collect entomological specimens
during the autopsy evidence that should
have been collected at the crime scene. The
live larval specimens did not survive so the
zoologist assumed they were L.
coeruleiviridis. He also had some poorly
preserved specimens in alcohol which were
later identified by Neal Haskell (for the
defense) as L. coeruleiviridis. In December
2004, one of the prosecuting attorneys called
Dr. Merritt to determine which ABFE
member was the "expert" on L.
coeruleiviridis. However, there being none,
Dr. Merritt referred the prosecutor to Sue
Gruner, who is an expert due to her research.
Shortly thereafter, Sue flew to Cleveland
where she testified for the first time as an
"expert witness." Her testimony centered
around the behavior and biology of L.
Seminar coordinators this semester are
graduate students Luis Matos, Sean McCann,
Veronica Manrique and Murugesan
Jan/13 Dr. Marina Telonis-Scott, UF
Zoology. "The genetics of adaptation to the
climatic stress desiccation in Drosophila
Jan/20 Dr. Sanford Porter, USDA-ARS,
Gainesville. "Fire ant biological control."
Jan/27 Dr. Robert Wiedenmann,
University of Illinois. "Ecological and
physiological factors determining suitability
of Cotesiaflavipes-complex parasitoids."
Feb/3 Dr. Michael E. Scharf, UF/IFAS.
"Toxicology and termites? How functional
genomics can be used to develop the
termiticides of tomorrow."
Feb/10 Dr. Paul Linser, UF Whitney
Marine Laboratory. TBA.
Feb/17 Dr. Bill Snyder, Washington State
University. "Exploring the relationship
between biodiversity and successful
Feb/24 Dr. Geoffrey Zehnder, Clemson
University, SC. "Alternative management
strategies for aphid transmitted diseases in
Mar/10 Dr. Stephen Hight, USDA-ARS,
FAMU. "The beast within: Management
strategies for Cactoblastis cactorum in the
U.S., a biological control agent turned
Mar/17 Dr. Fernando Lenis, USDA-
APHIS, Miami. TBA
Mar/24 Dr. May Berenbaum, University
of Illinois. "Parsnip webworms and wild
parsnips: Web sites on the evolutionary
Mar/31 Dr. Jaret Daniels, UF McGuire
Center. "Ecology and conservation biology
of the state-endangered Miami blue butterfly,
Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri
Apr/7 Dr. Eric A. Schmelz, USDA-ARS,
Gainesville. "Interactions at the plant-
herbivore interface: insect elicitors,
phytohormone signaling, and induced plant
Apr/14 Dr. John Hattle, University of
North Florida. "Plasticity in long-term adult
development in lubber grasshoppers."
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.
Caterpillar: Pilare is the Latin for "to grow
hair" and gives an adjective pilosus, meaning
"hairy." From this and their own word chat, a
cat, the French formed chatepelose, "hairy
cat," which may be compared to "wooly
bear," the common name by which English
children refer to the same fuzzy creature, the
caterpillar. The French word, chatepelose,
was in due course taken into English; but the
significance of the latter part of the word was
not recognized. It was actually confused with
the stem of the old English word "to pill,"
meaning "to strip or plunder," the idea being
that the caterpillar strips the bark (leaves? -
ed.) off trees. This is the reason why the
spelling of the word has departed so far from
the French form. from Thereby Hangs a
Tale: Stories of Curious Word Origins by
Charles Earle Funk
Scientists have developed a robot that
powers itself by eating house flies, but they
need some help determining the correct
species of fly (as you will see in the
photograph), let alone how to write the
common name. CNN.com has the article at
What better to fight post-holiday depression
than with some good sex advice? Dr.
Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The
Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary
Biology of Sex, is available for your reading
pleasure. This award-winning book is
actually by Dr. Olivia Judson, an Oxford-
educated, evolutionary biologist, journalist,
and research fellow at London's Imperial
College. Dr. Judson uses a tongue-in-cheek
approach to teach principles and theories of
sexual reproduction by posing as a sex
advice columnist. For example,
"Dear Dr. Tatiana, I'm a furious fruit fly,
Drosophilia melangaster. When I was a
maggot, I was told that sperm were a dime a
dozen, easy to make and easy to spend. So,
on reaching maturity, I spent. With reckless
abandon. But I was told a lie: I'm only
partway through my life as a grown-up fly,
yet I've completely run out of sperm and no
girls will come near me. Who can I sue? -
Dried Up in London."
Dr. Judson uses examples from insects, fish,
birds, etc. For more information sample
questions and answers, see http://www.
drtatiana.com/. The book lists for US $24.00,
but is available as low as $2.50 (+ s/h) for a
"like new" copy on Amazon.com or
Half.com. Or you can buy a new copy at
for $4.98 (+ s/h).
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