UDSA-ARS chemists Drs. Robert Vander Meer and Ulrich Bernier, at the Center for Medical,
Agricultural and Veterinary Entomology in Gainesville, are working with an American Samoan company
to identify the active ingredients in the plant essential oil that has shown interesting repellency against
mosquitoes and ants. Since the active components are not yet known, the rate of repellency may be very
high. See the USDA news release for more details.
Dr. Andrei Sourakov (Ph.D. '97), Lepidoptera collections manager at the Florida Museum of Natural
History, was recently appointed to graduate faculty status in our department. Dr. Sourakov and his work in
genetic techniques for identifying butterfly species are featured in an article on the Museum's Web site.
The bees are busily buzzing! Dr. Jamie Ellis welcomed two new Post-Docs to his lab this Fall. They are
Dr. Akers Pence (Ph.D. '05) and Dr. Ales Gregorc from Slovenia. In addition, Dr. Kamran
Fakhimzadeh from Finland, working as a Post-Doc with the Division of Plant Industry, will be
collaborating with Ellis' laboratory.
Dr. James P. Cuda was selected as a continuing member of the University's Lakes, Vegetation and
On August 27th, several members of the department received sustained service awards and pins.
Steve Lasley, Senior Systems Programmer 30 years
Jane Medley, Senior Art and Graphics Specialist 25 years
Nick Hostettler, Senior Teaching Laboratory Specialist 20 years
Oscar Hernandez, Senior Biological Scientist 10 years
Jay Cee Turner, Biological Scientist 5 years
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin received the 2009 Achievement Award for Teaching in Higher Education from the
Florida Entomological Society. Dr. Baldwin's current teaching responsibilities include teaching the online
ENY 3005/5006 Principles of Entomology/Graduate Survey of Entomology lecture with 275+ students
annually, teaching the ENY 3007 Life Science course with approximately 150+ students annually, and
teaching the ENY 3005L/5006L online lab with approximately 90+ students annually. Each of these
classes is offered Fall, Spring, and Summer. In addition, Dr. Baldwin is very active in our Outreach and
School IPM programs, and has participated in the Pest Management University (PMU) program. However,
she is curtailing her PMU effort as she prepares to take over Dr. Don Hall's ENY 2040 course in the
Catherine Zettel Nalen joined Dr. Jamie Ellis's lab as a full-time extension coordinator after graduating
with an M.S. in August, from our department.
Ph.D. student Christian Salcedo spent two months this summer gathering field data for his dissertation at
the La Selva Biological Station associated with the Organization for Tropical Studies in Costa Rica. He is
currently gathering more data in Panama, where he is hosted by the Smithsonian Tropical Research
Ph.D. student Harsimran Rosie Gill received a $100 Travel grant, a $250 Research grant and a $500
Student Scholarship from the Florida Entomological Society (FES) to attend its meeting at Fort Myers in
July and to support her work. She also received a $200 IFAS Travel Grant and a $250 Graduate Student
Council travel grant to attend the Entomological Society of America (ESA) Meeting in Indianapolis, 13-16
Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal received a $200 IFAS Travel Grant to attend the ESA meeting. He also
received a $100 Travel grant from FES to attend its recent meeting.
Dr. Carl Barfield, Undergraduate Student Coordinator, recently announced scholarship awards for the Fall
Semester. The list below includes the student names and source of the scholarship funds. A number of
these students are members of the Entomology Club.
Benjamin David Anderson (Murphy)
Matthew Anderson (Knapp)
George Ansoanuur (Mitchell)
Chantel Carter (Hetrick)
Michael Fowler (Mulrennan)
Marissa Gonzalez (Davis)
Wendy Gonzalez-Canal (Hetrick)
Sarahlynne Guerrero (Dixon)
Katrina Lane (Mitchell)
Fae Nageon de Lestang (Mulrennan)
Craig Littauer (Murphy)
Hannah McKenrick (Williams)
Heather Olsen (Richardson)
Margaret Paxson (Davis)
Alyssa Porter (Mulrennan)
Casey Reed (Dixon)
Andrew Taylor (Sapp)
Carolina Walter (Knapp)
Larry Wise (Sapp)
Mrs. Emily Torlak (M.S. '09), a recent graduate of our distance education program and a teacher at Eau
Gallie High School in Brevard County, Florida, received the 2009 Achievement Award for Teaching in K-
12 from the Florida Entomological Society. Mrs. Torlak developed 10 teacher lesson plans for teaching
IPM in the science classroom. Dr. Rebecca Baldwin says these lesson plans will soon be available for
downloading, and we will announce it in this newsletter.
Dr. Raul Villanueva was recently appointed as an assistant professor and Extension Specialist for the
Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension and Research Center in Weslaco, Texas.
Nageon de Lestang F, Miller CW. 2009. Effects of diet on the development and survivorship of Narnia
femorata nymphs (Hemiptera: Coreidae). Florida Entomologist 92: 511-512.
Cocco A, Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2009. Parasitism of the brown citrus aphid in Dominica by
Lysiphlebus testaceipes and Lipolexis oregmae (Hymenoptera: Aphidiidae). Florida Entomologist 92: 497-
Hoy MA. 2009. Book review of: Krantz G, Walter DE. (Editors) A Manual of Acarology, Third Edition,
Texas Tech University Press. Florida Entomologist 92: 526.
Denton JSS, Lietze V-U, Boucias DG. 2009. Host age and pathogen dosage impact cyst morphogenesis
in the invertebrate pathogenic alga Helicosporidium sp. (Chlorophyta: Trebouxiophyceae). Journal of
Invertebrate Pathology 102: 36-39.
Center TD, Cuda JP, Grodowitz MJ. (August 2009). Alligatorweed flea beetle, Agasicles hygrophila
Selman and Vogt. Featured Creatures. EENY-462. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/beneficial/
beetles/alligatorweed flea beetle.htm
Lukhtanov VA, Sourakov A, Zakharov EV, Hebert DPN. 2009. DNA barcoding Central Asian butterflies:
Increasing geographical dimension does not reduce the success of species identification. Molecular
Ecology Resources 9: 1302-1310. doi: 10.1111/j. 1755-0998.2009.02577.x
Li H-F, Kanzaki N, Su N-Y. 2009. Redescription of the drywood termite Incisitermes inamurae (Isoptera:
Kalotermitidae) from southern Taiwan. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 102: 759-765.
Medal J, Bustmante N, Barrera J, Avila 0, Monzon J, Cuda J. 2009. Host specificity of Anthonomus
elutus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a potential biological control agent of wetland nightshade (Solanaceae)
in Florida. Florida Entomologist 92: 458-469.
Meetings and Presentations
PhD student Christian Salcedo was an invited lecturer for a Tropical Biology field course organized by
the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) for students from Butler University, Indiana. He also
presented a workshop on Animal Behavior within the "Gigante" Tropical Ecology course organized by
STRI in Gamboa, Panama. The course is offered to exceptional Central American undergraduates every
summer. He also spoke on the nocturnal behavior of Heliconius butterflies at the Smithsonian's "Galeta"
field station, near Colon, Panama.
The following presentations were delivered at the annual Florida Entomological Society
meeting, 26-29 July, Ft. Myers, Florida.
Gaurav G, Nuessly GS, Capinera JL, Seal DR, Steck GJ, Boote KL. Development of corn silk
flies in alternative hosts.
Gill HK, McSorley R, Branham M, Webb SE, Gaurav G, HansPetersen H. Comparison of
three sampling methods for soil surface arthropods in organic mulches.
Dr. James P. Cuda participated in the annual CALS Teaching Enhancement Symposium held at the UF
and Hilton Conference Center on 11 August; and the 2009 Extensions Professional Associations of Florida
Conference, in Orlando, 31 August-3 September.
Fall Entomology Seminars
The following graduate students are members of this semester's committee: Roxanne Burrus, Rosie Gill,
Ameya Gondhalekar, Gaurav Goyal, Heidi HansPetersen, Vivek Kumar, Corraine McNeill, and
Teresia Nyoike. Seminars are held on Thursday afternoons in room 1031. Refreshments are served at 3:45
pm, and the seminar begins at 4:00 pm.
September 3: Dr. Nan Yao Su, University of Florida "Mark-recapture for subterranean termites: a tool
for population estimate or evaluation of population management?"
September 10: Dr. Kristine Braman, University of Georgia "Understanding arthropod diversity and
dynamics to inform landscape pest management."
September 17: Dr. Sanford Eingenbrode, University of Idaho "Chemical ecology of insect-vectored
September 24: Dr. Jesusa Legaspi, USDA-ARS "Life-history trade-offs and biochemical assessment of
reproductive fitness of the spined soldier bug predator, Podisus maculiventris."
October 1: Dr. Russell Mizell, University of Florida "A synthesis of stink bug and leafhopper behavior
and ecology leads to habitat manipulation strategies and tactics."
October 8: Dr. Doug Landis, Michigan State University "Harvesting arthropod-mediated ecosystem
services from agricultural landscapes."
October 15: OPEN
October 22: Dr. Ludek Zurek, Kansas State University "Microbial ecology ofmuscoid flies in two
perspectives: public health and paratransgenesis."
October 29: Michelle Foss, University of Florida "Essentials for graduate students: Literature reviews,
database searching, and avoiding plagarism"
November 5: Dr. Lee Cohnstaedt, USDA-ARS "Landscape genetics: defining Peruvian leishmaniasis
vector habitat using population genetics, remote sensing, and geographic information systems."
November 12: Dr. Catherine Mannion, University of Florida "Harmful Homoptera pest problems in
the south Florida landscape."
November 19: Dr. Tamer Salem, University of Florida "Molecular studies of the Musca domestic
salivary gland hypertrophy virus."
November 26: Thanksgiving
December 3: Dr. Marina Ascunce, USDA-ARS "Population genetics of invasive species."
Drs. Jamie Ellis and Jaret Daniels received a $159,887 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation to study native pollinators in Florida.
If you think that eating insects and spiders is gross... How wrong you are. Obviously, you have never been
to a Bugge Faire. To find out more about this delightful gastonomic event, read Wendy Gonzalez-Canal's
article on the final project of Bugs and People (ENY 100) by clicking here.
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 tidy
up after yourself before leaving the room. Those who wish to use the in-room copier should visit the stock
room and obtain a PIN from Nick Hostettler.
The department has several vans available for general use. Personnel are reminded that when returning
vans after the administrative office has closed, the vans should be locked and the keys deposited in the
"mail slot" on the office door. This ensures that people who reserved the vans for the next day have
immediate access to the keys. Placing the keys under the driver's seat in an unlocked van is not an
acceptable substitute. The worst case scenario in this case is a stolen van to which no one has access.
Keeping the keys in your pocket, lab or office until you remember to turn them in is also discourteous to
others as it might affect their work schedule.
Insect kills skateboarder! At least 40 people in the United States die each year as the result of insect stings.
In August, after a prominent skateboarder died from an insect sting in New York, CNN.com carried an
article on allergic reactions to insect stings. Click here to see the story.
We usually do not think of grasshoppers as vectors of diseases, but recent USDA research shows that
grasshoppers can pass vesicular stomatitis virus on to cattle, horses and other hoofed mammals. Click here
While entomologists may offer advice on avoiding bee stings, medical scientists may one day be
prescribing bee venom as a cure for cancer. Click here for details.
Entomologists at the University of California discovered a novel class of compounds while working with
fruit flies that could help develop inexpensive and safe mosquito repellents and reduce the incidence of
deadly tropical diseases. Click here for details.
Technology is not always progress or at least not the kind of progress we would like to see. Dr. Rebecca
Baldwin suggests that those of you who teach larger classes should read the article "Top 5 ways students
use technology to cheat" on the HigherEdMorning.com site.
Salivating for a tasty army ant snack? Just whip out your tool kit. Bet you can't eat just one. Click here for
"A scientist will never show any kindness for a theory which he did not start himself." Mark Twain,
from A Tramp Abroad
Many comic Web sites limit the length of time a panel appears to just 30 days. Others may require you to
register to view previous panels, which you may not wish to do. In either case, the sooner you visit the site,
the greater chance you have to view the following:
We now have a new phone system and are sure that everyone has read the 100-page manual that came with
it. By all accounts, the most popular option on the system is the selection of ringing tones that users can
select from. So we all agree it was money well spent. The problem now is who is supposed to answer it?
Due to the H1N1 virus, the University of Florida has cautioned teaching faculty to prepare for the fact that,
at any one time, 25-40% of their students might be missing classes during the Fall Semester. In fact, UF
has requested that faculty, staff and students who have this virus not return to classes or work until one day
after the fever has gone.
Due to the requirement that a written thesis proposal must be submitted to the supervisory committee and
Graduate Coordinator at least 10 days prior to oral presentation of that proposal to the faculty, new
students will find it much easier to select the area of research they really want.
Click here to access and print the Seminar Series Bingo Sheet. Ask any seminar committee member about
prizes to be awarded at each seminar.
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