Three members of our faculty received
promotions which will be effective July 1st.
Both Dr. William Overholt (Ft. Pierce REC)
and Dr. Oscar Liburd (Gainesville) were
promoted to Associate Professor. Mr.
Thomas Fasulo (Gainesville) was promoted
to Senior Associate In Entomology.
In Fasulo's case, his promotion is an historic
first as the "Senior Associate In" position
was only created by the University of Florida
in July 2003. Tom decided not to submit his
package in 2003 as he only had a few months
to try and remember what he had done for
the previous ten years necessary for the
promotion package. In 2004, Tom had to use
the Web to track down meeting dates and
publication titles. Then Myrna Litchfield
had to check with the university personnel
office to see who could vote on this type of
position and even that office took some time
to decide on it. However, Tom is still not
important enough to have a corner office,
although he does have two plants. Tom says
he is looking forward to his next promotion:
"Retired Senior Associate In."
Dr. Bill Kern, of the Ft. Lauderdale REC,
was recently on TV, but mostly all he did
was wave. Only a selected few caught his
appearance as the "program" he appeared on
was just broadcasting to the seminar room.
Bill participated in a trial run of a video-
conferencing system and "attended" the May
faculty meeting on the Gainesville campus so
the department could see how the online
video-conference worked. The department
hopes to transmit Gainesville faculty
meetings on a regular basis, and encourage
two-way statewide participation.
Dr. Gene Gerberg, who recently fell and
broke his femur, is now at home after a stay
in the hospital. Gene says that he is
recuperating quickly, gets around on a
walker and wishes to thank all who called
and/or visited him at the hospital.
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected for
inclusion in the 23rd edition of Who's Who
in the World, which is scheduled for
publication in November 2006.
The Departmental Retreat to discuss the
upcoming review is still scheduled for June
28 and 29. This replaces the regularly
scheduled June faculty meeting.
Vanessa Andalo Mendes de Carvalho, who
is from Brazil, is visiting the department for
six months. She is studying the taxonomy of
entomopathogenic nematodes with Dr.
Khuong B. Nguyen.
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Jennifer Anderson, a former Masters degree
student of Dr. Jim Maruniak, recently
obtained her Ph.D. from The John Hopkins
School of Public Health.
Dr. Richard Lobinske recently began work
as Superintendent of the Leon County
(Florida) Mosquito Control District. Richard
can be reached at LobinskeR@leoncountyfl.
The Brazilian Society for Biological Control,
SICONBIOL, had its ninth annual meeting in
Recife, Brazil on 15-19 May 2005. The
following alumni attended the meeting:
Dr. Eliana Fontes (81-84 with Dr. Habeck)
is a Research Entomologist at EMBRAPA
Cenargen, Brasilia, working on insect
ecology in transgenic plants.
Dr. Steven Naranjo (80-83 with Dr. Stimac)
is a Research Entomologist at the USDA
Western Cotton Research Laboratory in
Dr. Flavio Moscardi (75-79 with Dr.
Barfield) is a Research Scientist at
EMBRAPA Soja, Londrina, working on
baculovirus production and application in
soybean. This is the world's largest
biological control program using
baculoviruses on 2 million hectares of
Paulo Vilarinhos, M.S., (89-91 with Drs.
Don Hall and Jim Maruniak) is the Latin
American representative for Valent
BioSciences (Chicago, IL), which produces
Marcos Faria, M.S., (95-96 with Dr.
Boucias) is a researcher with EMBRAPA
Cenargen, Brasilia. He will soon be going to
Cornell for his Ph.D.
Cuda JP, Zeller MC, Thomas MC. (May
2005). Ligustrum weevil, Ochyromera
ligustri Warner. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-343. http://creatures.ifas.
Fleming TH, Serrano D, Nassar J. 2005.
Dynamics of a subtropical population of the
zebra longwing butterfly (Heliconius
charithonia (Nymphalidae)). Florida
Fasulo TR. (May 2005). Yellowmargined
leaf beetle, Microtheca ochroloma Stil.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-348.
Alto BW, Griswold MW, Lounibos LP.
"Habitat complexity and sex-dependent
predation of mosquito larvae in containers."
Oecologia. (in press).
Rutledge CR. (May 2005). Biting midges,
Culicoides spp. UF/IFAS Featured
Creatures. EENY-349. http://creatures.ifas.
Nguyen KB, Tesfamariam M, Gozel U,
Gaugler R, Adams BJ. 2005. Steinernema
yirgalememse n. sp. (Rhabditida:
Steinernematidae) from Ethiopia.
Dunford JC, Somma LA, Serrano D. 2005.
Earwigflies in the Great Smokies. ATBI
Quarterly, All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory
Newsletter (Great Smokey Mountains Natl.
Park), 6:1. (Available at http://www.dlia.
org/atbi/quarterly.shtml under 2005 Spring)
Dr. Don Dickson, Dr. Jimmy Rich, and
graduate student Jon Hamill received a
$342,910 grant from CSREES (Integrated
Pest Management: Methyl Bromide
Transitions) titled "Improved sustainability
of vegetable production systems by reducing
fumigant rates using low permeability film
and resistant cultivars.
Onour Moeri, a graduate student studying
weed biocontrol with Dr. Jim Cuda,
received a grant for $2,000 from Dynamic
Aviation to attend and participate in the
FAO/IAEA International Conference on
Area-Wide Control of Insect Pests:
Integrating the Sterile Insect and Related
Nuclear and other Techniques in Vienna,
Austria, 9-13 May 2005.
Graduate student Emily Saarinen received a
$300 MOPS grant from the Graduate Student
Council. This money will be used for
materials needed in her research on the
state-endangered Miami blue butterfly.
Meeting and Presentations
Dr. Jimmy R. Rich recently returned from
the Philippines where he gave two
presentations on nematode management in
tomato and ornamentals at the annual
Philippines Phytopathological Society (PPS)
meeting. In addition, he assisted in
introducing the PPS Website
http://www.philphytopath.org/) created in his
laboratory in cooperation with PPS. For this
effort, the Society awarded Dr. Rich a Plaque
Dr. Julio Medal was invited by the
Organizers of the 9th Symposium on
Biological Control in Recife, Brazil, 15-19
May to give a presentation on "Perspectives
and Limitations for Biological Control of
Invasive Plants in Latin America." Medal
also participated in a 2-hour discussion table
on "Invasive Plants in Latin America" with
an audience of almost 100 participants
representing most the latino-american
countries. At the same symposium, Medal
gave an half-hour presentation on
"Biological Control of Tropical Soda Apple
in Florida." This presentation was
co-authored by Daniel Gandolfo
(USDA-ARS South-American Biological
Control Lab., Argentina), Dr. Henrique
Predrosa & Edgard Bredow (Universidade
Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil), Dr.
Marcelo Vitorino (Universidade Regional de
Blumenau, Brazil), Dr. Charles Wikler
(Universidade Centro-Oeste, Irati campus,
Parana state, Brasil), and Dr. James Cuda.
Dr. Jim Maruniak also attended the
Brazilian Symposium on Biological Control
and gave an invited talk on Molecular
Methods to Improve Baculoviruses as
Graduate student Onour Moeri attended the
FAO/IAEA International Conference on
Area-Wide Control of Insect Pests in Vienna,
Austria, 9-13 May 2005. Onour displayed a
poster entitled "Application of the Fl Sterile
Insect Technique (F1SIT) for Field Host
Range Testing of the Tortricid Episimus
utilis, a Candidate for Classical Biological
Control of Brazilian Peppertree in Florida."
Co-authors were Drs. James P. Cuda,
William A. Overholt, Stephanie Bloem,
and James E. Carpenter.
Onour was then invited to give an oral
presentation on the same subject at a
Research Coordination Meeting of the
Coordinated Research Project on "Use of
Nuclear Techniques for the Colonization and
Production of Natural Enemies of
agricultural insect pests" held in Vienna,
Austria, 13-17 May 2005. This meeting was
through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of
Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.
Frank Wessels, one of Dr. Cuda's graduate
students, was invited to attend the 118th
Annual Meeting of the Florida State
Horticultural Society held in Tampa, FL, 5-7
June. Wessels and Cuda co-authored a
presentation entitled, "A Novel Form of
Caribbean Fruit Fly (Tephritidae)
Suppression: Classical Biological Control of
the Preferred Host Psidium cattleianum
(Myrtaceae)." Wessels delivered the
presentation and won 1st Place in the Student
Paper Award Competition.
Dr. James P. Cuda and Frank Wessels
attended the 20th Annual Symposium of the
Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council held in
Key West, FL, 9-11 May. Wessels and Cuda
were co-authors of a presentation entitled,
"Biology and Host Specificity of
Tectococcus ovatus, a Potential Biological
Control Agent for the Strawberry Guava,
Psidium cattleianum, in Florida." Cuda also
attended the Board of Directors meeting
where he presented an annual report from the
Brazilian Peppertree Task Force, a working
group that he chairs.
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the 25th Annual
Meeting of the Florida Native Plant Society
held in Melbourne, 12-15 May. Cuda
co-organized an Invasive Exotic Plant
Demonstration Workshop for the meeting
Dr. James P. Cuda participated as a speaker
and moderator at the Annual Aquatic Weed
Control Shortcourse held in Ft. Lauderdale,
16-20 May. Cuda delivered a presentation
entitled, "Biting Bugs Encountered in the
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to participate
in an Invasive Plants and Wildlife Habitat
Programs Field Day for Landowners held at
the Southwest Florida REC, Immokalee, FL,
on 2 June. The one day workshop included
formal presentations in the morning session
and a tour of demonstration treatments of the
invasive plants Brazilian peppertree and
melaleuca. Cuda delivered a presentation
entitled, "Conceptual Model for Ecologically
Sustainable Management of Brazilian
Dr. Capinera announced that the department
received the first royalty check (about
$14,000) from the publication of the
Encyclopedia of Entomology. We also had
$6,000 in royalties from other publications.
The combined royalties allow us to establish
a new student endowment.
The department also received an endowment
from Dr. David Williams. Dave is retired
from the USDA, but now has an office in our
building. His generous contribution is
earmarked for student support in urban
Coming to a Home Near You
UF/IFAS entomologists Bill Kern, Brian
Cabrera and Lyle Buss will conduct a
Household Invaders Pest Identification
workshop as part of the Florida
Entomological Society's (FES) Annual
Meeting in Ft. Myers, 24-27 July. The
workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26,
9 AM-Noon. A Web site with details is
available at http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/entomo/
Web.htm You do not need to be a member
of FES or register to attend the FES meeting
to attend the workshop. But you must register
for the workshop as the participants will
receive insect samples to take home,
handouts, and a box lunch (Why can't they
just eat the insects?).
Since spring and summer bring an increase in
collecting activities by staff, students and
research associates, it is appropriate to
outline basic protocols for specimens brought
into the McGuire Center.
1. All specimens not dispatched with a
killing agent (e.g., cyanide, ethyl acetate)
within the past 12 hours must be left in the
freezer room for placement in the freezer.
The current freezer schedule allows
specimens to be placed in the freezer on
Wednesday morning before 10:00. A locked
storage room is available to hold specimens
until that time. Do not store unfrozen
specimens in your office or anywhere else in
the building. See the collection manager.
2. Copies of pertinent collecting permits
(domestic and foreign collections) and form
3177 (foreign) must be placed on file with
the collection manager.
3. Please provide the collection manager with
approximate number of specimens in the
collection, and an accession number and
accession labels will be provided to the
Your adherence to these procedures will help
keep pests out of the collection and
streamline procedures. Thomas C. Emmel
Dr. Capinera announced that the department
received a large donation of pined insect
from all over the world, courtesy of Russell
Hill ofPensacola, Florida. They are in three
cabinets containing Cornell Drawers located
in the back of room 2216. These specimens
are excellent for showing the diversity of
insects, the evolution of form, etc. Myrna
Litchfield and Nick Hostettler have the key
to access them. Please do not remove these
specimens from the Cornell drawers (i.e.,
do not handle them) or the building, as they
will be damaged. However, other insects,
principally Lepidoptera, are available in
Riker mounts in the wood cabinets of 2216.
The Riker mounted specimens can be
borrowed for school visits, etc., as they are
much less likely to be damaged by transport.
"It is better to be a young June-bug than an
old bird of paradise." Mark Twain
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