Dr. Clayton W. McCoy, entomologist at the
UF/IFAS Citrus Research and Education
Center (CREC) in Lake Alfred, is the first
recipient of CREC's Distinguished
Professorship in Research and Education.
The professorship is an honorary distinction
that recognizes excellence and outstanding
McCoy, who retires May 31, was honored at
a luncheon at CREC attended by over 140
colleagues and friends, including former
postdoctoral scientists and students. During a
33-year career, he focused on integrated pest
management and biological control of citrus
pests. For the past several years, his research
on the Diaprepes root weevil included work
on detection methods, chemical treatments,
cultural practices and biological control. He
also served as scientific coordinator of the
Diaprepes Task Force for several years.
Much of his work serves as the basis of
Diaprepes management practices in citrus
today. Dr. McCoy was active in several
professional societies, including the Florida
Entomological Society, serving as president
in 1984. In 2000, he received a USDA Honor
Award for outstanding contributions to
To honor Dr. McCoy's contributions to
UF/IFAS and the citrus industry, a fund was
established to support student education and
training in entomology. Contributions should
be sent payable to the CRE Foundation, 700
Experiment Station Rd., Lake Alfred, FL
33850. For more information, contact Dr.
Harold Browning, CREC Director, at (863)
956-1151 or email@example.com. -
Dr. Chris Tipping, of the UF/IFAS North
Florida REC at Quincy, won first place in the
Georgia Entomological Society photo salon
in the category of "Biological Series." His
photographs showed the moulting sequence
of the leafhopper Oncometopia nigricans.
Chris received a certificate and a check for
fifty dollars. You can view some of these
photographs in the Featured Creatures
sharpshooters publication Chris wrote at
oters/sharpshooters.htm. Chris is a post-
doctoral researcher with Dr. Russell Mizell,
studying leafhopper biology and ecology.
In April, NBC Nightly News ran a story
about the damage that the parasitic Varroa
mite is causing to the beekeeping industry,
specifically the impact on orchard and crop
pollination. Dr. Glenn Hall gave a brief
statement about his work with bees that are
able to resist the mite. The story is on the
MSNBC Web site at http://www.msnbc.msn.
Dr. Phil Kaufman joined the Gainesville
faculty as an Assistant Professor specializing
in Veterinary Entomology. His appointment
is 50% research, 40% teaching and 10%
extension. Phil will teach a dual listed
medical and veterinary entomology course
each fall. He will also develop a forensic
entomology course. Research and extension
interests include the development of cost-
effective, integrated pest management
systems for both confined and pastured cattle
and horses. Phil received his B.S. from the
University of Illinois, his M.S. from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison and his
Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. He
most recently was a Research Associate at
Cornell University where he worked on the
development of management strategies
against pests of livestock and poultry.
Dr. Don Hall, graduate coordinator, reports
that the department received three
fellowships for new graduate students. One
was a Presidential Fellowship awarded to
Sheri Anderson. She will be working with
Dr. Walter Tabachnick at Vero Beach. The
two Alumni Fellowships were awarded to
Kyle Beucke, working with Dr. Marc
Branham; and John (Court) Whelan, who
is working with Drs. Jackie Miller and
Jaret Daniels, of the McGuire Center.
Jennifer Steil Meyer completed her M.S.
degree. She worked on "Transformation of
Drosophila melanogaster with the yeast
metallothionein gene CUP ."
Kathryn Barbara received her Ph.D on 29
April, and was also commissioned a
Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Dr.
Barbara starts Officer Indoctrination School
in Newport, Rhode Island on 23 May. She
will then report to the Disease Vector and
Ecology Control Center, NAS Jacksonville,
on 25 June to serve as an entomologist.
James Dunford received the 2005 North
American Colleges and Teachers of
Agriculture Graduate Student Teacher Award
for his teaching services in the Entomology
and Nematology Department. This award
recognizes outstanding graduate teaching and
selects winners from students nominated
Lois Wood joined the Veterinary
Entomology program working with Dr.
Kaufman as a Senior Biological Scientist.
Lois, as many of you know, has been with
the department since 1982 where she worked
in fire ant and landscape pest management
areas. Kaufman says that the addition of
Lois' experience and skills to the Veterinary
Entomology program is most welcome.
Dr. Mirian M. Hay-Roe, a postdoc at the
McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and
Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural
History, participated as an invited speaker at
the First Meeting on Neotropical Lepidoptera
held on 17-22 April 2005 at the State
University of Campinas, Brazil. She
presented a talk titled "Advances in the
Chemical Ecology of Heliconius Butterflies",
which constituted part of her dissertation
research. She is also selected for inclusion in
the upcoming 2006 Edition of Who's Who in
the World and the 25th Silver Anniversary
Edition of Who's Who of American Women.
Ernst JA, Ascunce MS, Clark AM, Nigg
HN. Polymorphic Microsatellite Loci for
Diaprepes Root Weevil (Diaprepes
abbreviatus L.). Molecular Ecology Notes.
Futch SH, McCoy CW, Graham JH,
Duncan LW, Nigg HN. Field Diagnosis of
Citrus Root Weevil Damage. Citrus Industry
Nigg HN, Schumann RA, Etxeberria E,
Fraser S. Consumption of Sugars by
Anastrepha suspense Loew (Diptera:
Tephritidae). Journal of Economic
Childers CC, Ochoa R, Rodrigues JCV,
Lenis FE, Welbourn WC. Pest Mite Species
on Ornamental Plants from Central America
Imported for Propagation, Important Viral
Diseases they Vector, and the Inherent
Potential Risks of Exotic Pest Introductions.
Rogers ME. Insecticide and Miticide
Resistance Management. Citrus Industry
Hall DG, Burns RE, Jenkins CC, Hibbard
KL, Harris DL, Sivinski JM, Nigg HN. A
Field Comparison of Chemical Attractants
and Traps for Caribbean Fruit Fly,
Anastrepha suspense (Loew) (Diptera:
Tephritidae) in Florida Citrus. Journal of
Childers CC, Beshear RJ, Frantz G,
Nelms M. A Review of Thrips Species
Biting Man Including Records in Florida and
Georgia Between 1986-1997. Florida
Howard FW. (March 2005). El taladrador de
la uva del mar, Hexeris enhydris Grote.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-347.
ape borer spanish.htm
Vazquez, RJ, Porter SD. 2005.
Re-confirming Host Specificity of the Fire
Ant Decapitating Fly Pseudacteon curvatus
(Diptera: Phoridae) after Field Release in
Florida. Florida Entomologist 88: 107-110.
Dr. Jim Maruniak received a T-Star grant of
$90,741 to define mosquito vector-vertebrate
host relationships of non-indigenous and
recently introduced arboviruses in Florida.
Meeting and Presentations
Organizers of the 9th Symposium on
Biological Control in Recife, Brazil, 15-19
May, invited Dr. Jim Maruniak to give a
symposium presentation on "Advances in
Molecular Biology of the Baculovirus
EMBRAPA CENARGEN, Brasilia, Brazil,
asked Dr. Jim Maruniak to be a consultant
in molecular biology of baculoviruses during
Drs. James P. Cuda and Lance Osborne
co-organized the UF/IFAS Extension
Invasives Summit held at the Osceola County
Extension Office, Kissimmee, FL, 25-26
April. The goal of this two day summit was
to initiate strategic planning for crosscutting
issues related to invasive species in Florida.
Cuda also served as a facilitator for one of
the breakout sessions on leadership,
coordination and cooperation.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended and participated
as an invited speaker at the Annual Meeting
of the Technical Advisory Group for
Biological Control Agents of Weeds held at
the Ft. Lauderdale REC, 12-14 April. Cuda
gave a presentation entitled, "Arrhenotoky in
the Brazilian Peppertree Sawfly
Heteroperreyia hubrichi: Can We Take
Advantage of this Reproductive Strategy for
a Field Risk Assessment Study?"
Drs. James P. Cuda and Bill Overholt were
co-authors of a presentation entitled,
"Molecular Markers Reveal the Introduction
History of Brazilian Peppertree in Florida".
The paper was presented by Dean Williams,
University of Miami, at the Annual Meeting
of the Plant Biologists of South Florida, held
at the UF/IFAS TREC, Homestead, 16 April.
Book of Insect Records
The University of Florida Book of Insect
Records (http://ufbir.ifas.ufl.edu/), edited by
Dr. Tom Walker, names insect champions
and documents their achievements. Most of
the chapters have been researched and
written by UF graduate students, but anyone
interested in researching an insect record is
invited to submit a new chapter or a revision
of an existing one.
The newest chapter addresses the question of
what insects produce the largest eggs.
Written by an Italian researcher, Salvatore
Vicidomini, the chapter concludes that the
biggest insect eggs are produced by _.
Don't know the answer? Here is a hint: the
record holder is in the order Hymenoptera.
For details, see the new chapter at
For Shutter Bugs
We have recently made some improvements
to our Auto-Montage system. This digital
photography system can be used for taking
pictures of all sizes of specimens, as it
includes a dissecting scope, a compound
scope for slide-mounted specimens, and a
macro stand for larger specimens.
I also want to remind everyone about our
extensive photo collection of 35mm slides
and digital images. These pictures are
available for use by members of our
department, and faculty at the RECs and
County Extension Offices. A list of species
(but not thumbnail images) represented in
our slide collection can be found on our
department's web site at
The link is on the right side of the page.
These photographic resources are available
for use in your research, extension, and
teaching projects. Just talk to me if you'd
like to use them. All slides must stay in the
Photography Lab, but I can provide scans. -
For Book Worms
Tara Tobin Cataldo, Marston Science Library
Biological/Life Sciences Coordinator, reports
that the newest entomology books available
at the Library are listed at http://www.uflib.
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