New Faculty Positions
Dr. Amanda Hodges joined the faculty as
the Southern Plant Diagnostic Network
Entomology Educational Coordinator. This is
an Assistant in Extension Scientist position
which is non-tenure track and is a one-year
appointment. Continuance is contingent on
continued funding. Her responsibilities
include, 1) working to develop a region-wide
education program for the Southern Plant
Diagnostic Network, 2) helping to initiate
rapid detection of exotic pests entering the
region, especially those that pose a threat to
agriculture; and 3) assisting with the
identification of client groups and their needs
in detecting exotic arthropods. She will
develop training materials in all media and
coordinate the delivery of products and
activities for the program through extension
agents, media, and industry organizations.
Dr. Hodges will conduct training sessions
throughout the 12-state region for county
extension agents, Master Gardeners, industry
personnel, the general public, etc., and serve
as a contact between university personnel,
state and federal government agencies,
clients and other groups.
Dr. Hodges received her Ph.D. in
Entomology from the University of Georgia
in December 2002. In addition to scientific
papers, her C.V. lists a very large number of
teaching and extension experiences. See the
Southern Plant Diagnostic Network Web site
Dr. Heather McAuslane gave an update on
the toxicology position at the last faculty
meeting. She had 13 applicants and expects
at least five to six well-qualified applicants
based on telephone conversations and
applications already submitted. This position
will be funded for only three years, but has
the possibility of becoming permanent. The
successful applicant will use Dr. Jerry
Butler's labs as he has retired. If this
position become permanent, it will probably
replace Dr. Simon Yu's position, as he will
be retiring in three years.
Dr. John Capinera announced that the
department received permission to fill an
insect physiologist position. Dr. Marjorie
Hoy will chair the committee. Other
members of the committee include James
Becnel (USDA), Pauline Lawrence, Oscar
Liburd, James Maruniak and Marta
Wayne (Zoology). Teaching responsibilities
are not yet determined, but the appointment
is 50% instruction.
At the last faculty meeting, Dr. Capinera
asked for a redetermination on the needs for
new faculty that should be presented to the
Deans if another position becomes available.
After discussion, the priorities were set as 1)
Med/Vet Entomologist, 2) Nematologist and
3) Lepidopterist with 4-H outreach
responsibilities. Obviously, these priorities
may change over time.
New Teaching Lab
The construction of the new teaching lab is
suppose to begin this month, with a
"promised" completion in December 2003.
Since these things tend to take longer than
anticipated, classes will not be scheduled in
the new lab until Summer 2004. As reported
in the last issue, we are converting Dr. Jim
Nation's research labs to this use.
Choate Jr PM. 2003. A field guide and
identification manual for Florida and Eastern
U.S. Tiger Beetles. University Press of
Florida. Gainesville. 200p. (Note: Review
and order online at:
Choate Jr. PM. (2003). Illustrated Key to
Florida Species of Tiger Beetles -
Denmark HA. (June 2003). Giant bark
aphid, Longistigma caryae (Harris). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-292.
Halbert SE. (October 2003). Coriander
aphid, Hyadaphis coriandri (Das). UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-296.
Kern Jr W. (September 2003). Pigeon louse
fly, Pseudolychia canariensis (Macquart).
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-307.
Kern Jr W. (September 2003). Neotropical
deer ked, Lipoptena mazamae Rondani.
UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-308.
Larson B, Frank JH. 2002. Bromeliads and
Bromeliad Weevils of Florida. UF/IFAS
SP-321. (Note: While published in 2003, an
editor's error printed 2002 on the card set.)
Serrano D., Foltz JL. 2003. Natural history
ofAnisota peigleri (Lepidoptera:
Saturniidae) in Gainesville, Florida. Florida
Entomologist 86: 217-218.
Weed AS, Fasulo TR. 2003. Mole Crickets
Computer Tutorial. UF/IFAS Bug Tutorials.
Weed AS, Fasulo TR. 2003. Enemies of
Mole Crickets Computer Tutorial. UF/IFAS
Bug Tutorials. SW-169.
Rebecca Baldwin, a Ph.D. student, recently
received the NACTA Graduate Student
Teaching Award at the 49th Annual
Conference of the North American Colleges
and Teachers of Agriculture hosted by Cal
Polytechnic State University and held in San
Luis Obispo, CA. This award is to recognize
and reward graduate students who excel as
teachers in the agricultural disciplines. The
student must be involved in classroom
instruction for a minimum of one year.
Criteria included in the evaluation are the
student's teaching philosophy, statement of
support from supervising faculty, evaluations
submitted by current and former students,
administrative officers, and peers, a self
evaluation, and involvement in teaching
outside the classroom. Dr. Don Hall
nominated Rebecca for this award.
Rebecca has taught the online version of
ENY 3005 Principles of Entomology (with a
lab requirement) for several semesters,
including the summer term. As a result, Ms.
Baldwin constantly receives mail from the
UF Graduate School addressed to Dr.
Baldwin, and she receives a lot of kidding
about this. See http://webbugs.ifas.ufl.edu/
for details on the course.
Pi Chi Omega, a National Professional Pest
Control Fraternity, selected Rebecca
Baldwin as one of four national recipients of
a $1,500 Graduate Student Scholarship for
research in Urban Entomology for
Matt Aubuchon and Deanna Branscome
received Florida Entomological Society
(FES) Graduate Student Scholarships for
Rebecca Baldwin placed second in the
student paper competition at the Annual FES
meeting in July with her talk, "The toxicity
of household cleaners to urban pests."
Matt Aubuchon, Rebecca Baldwin,
Deanna Branscome, Joe Smith, and Cindy
Tucker received FES mini-grants for
research and travel.
Alonso Suazo-Caliz received his Ph.D. from
this department in 2000 and then worked at
the USDA/ARS lab in Gainesville and most
recently at the Commonwealth Scientific and
Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in
Australia. Howard Frank hired Alonso as a
Post-doctoral Associate to research a
potential biological control agent of the
Mexican bromeliad weevil in Honduras.
Drs. James P. Cuda, Julio Medal and Bill
Overholt attended the 2nd Annual Florida
Weed Biocontrol Research Retreat held at
the Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid,
FL, 7-8 October. The purpose of the retreat
was to establish a cohesive body of
USDA/ARS and UF/IFAS scientists that can
represent weed biological interests in
Florida, prioritize projects, share resources
and develop collaborative research/extension
Dr. James P. Cuda was invited to attend the
Annual Meeting of the Technical Advisory
Group for Biological Control Agents of
Weeds held in Spokane, WA, 9-11
September. Cuda gave presentations on the
following topics, "Proposed Release of
P\intk,/,1plhi/ih/1 i/, ichini (Hood)
(Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripidae) for Classical
Biological Control of Brazilian Peppertree,
Schinus terebinthifolilus Raddi (Sapindales:
Anacardiaceae) in Florida (Petition 02-04)",
and "Proposal for a Pilot Release of the
Brazilian Peppertree Sawfly Heteroperreyia
hubrichi Malaise (Hymenoptera: Pergidae) in
Florida (Petition 96-11)".
Dr. James P. Cuda traveled to France to
attend the 10th Workshop of the International
Organization for Biological Control Working
Group on Arthropod Mass Rearing and
Quality Control. The workshop was held at
the Agropolis International in Montpellier,
21-25 September. Cuda organized and
moderated a session on Production
Techniques and gave a presentation entitled,
"Mass Production of Arthropods for the
Biological Control of Weeds: A Florida
Focus", which was co-authored by Divina
Dr. John Foltz was part of the team that
conducted southern pine beetle (SPB)
prevention workshops in Quincy,
Tallahassee, and Gainesville during
September. The goals of the workshops were
to inform forest landowners and urban
residents of methods for managing trees and
forests to reduce SPB outbreak frequency
and severity. John opened each of the
workshops with information on beetle
biology, behavior and ecology. Others then
spoke on topics such as reducing risk,
silvicultural techniques, and working with
loggers and tree service companies.
Howard Frank, Ron Cave and Barbra
Larson obtained a renewal of a Florida Park
Service grant for biological control of the
Mexican bromeliad weevil for 2003-2004.
The renewal was for $54,924.
Norm Leppla and Barbra Larson received
a grant from USDA/PMAP for $49,959
entitled "Incorporating Alternative,
Multi-tactic IPM into the Crop Planning
Process of Florida Vegetable Growers."
Fall Seminar Series
The remaining seminars are:
10/16 Dr. B. Magalhaes (EMBRAPA,
Brazil) "The use of Metarhizium anisopliae
var. acridum against the grasshopper
Rhammatocerus schistocercoides in Brazil."
10/23 Mr. G. Jones (University of Florida
and Santa Fe College) "Avian insectivores as
agents of biocontrol in cropping systems."
10/30 Dr. L. Wiener (St. John's College,
NM) "All about spiders."
11/6 Dr M. Kairo (CABI, Trinidad) Title
11/13 Dr. B. Unruh (University of Florida,
West Florida REC Jay) "The role of the
extension specialist: past, present, and
11/20 Dr. L. Morrison (USDA,
Gainesville) "The island biogeography and
metapopulation dynamics of Bahamian ants."
12/4 Dr. L. Duncan (University of Florida,
Citrus REC Lake Alfred) Title pending
M.S. Thesis Defense
During the September faculty meeting, Dr.
Don Hall recommended that Master students
have their final defense two weeks before the
deadline for submission of their thesis to the
Graduate School. This gives the student time
to make any changes on their thesis
recommended by their committee. The
faculty voted and approved the ruling that
Master students must defend two weeks
before the deadline set by the Graduate
School to hand in their thesis. This will
become effective in the 2004 spring
The Florida Fertilizer and Agrichemical
Association obtained approval from the
American Society of Agronomy to authorize
the UF/IFAS Core2 Pesticide Labeling and
the Core6 Emergency Response to Harmful
Effects of Pesticides, Heat Stress and Heat
Stoke computer tutorials for Certified Crop
Advisor CEUs. Due to reciprocity
agreements, these tutorials, developed by
Thomas Fasulo, Norm Nesheim and Philip
Koehler, are also eligible for Certified Crop
Advisor CEUs in Alabama, Georgia, North
Carolina and South Carolina.
A link to the FFAA CEU Web site is
available from UF/IFAS Pest Alert site at
http://extlab7.entnem.ufl.edu/PestAlert/, as is
a link to the Core2 and Core6 tutorial
West Virginia approved the Maxforce Bait
Label Tutorial, developed by Rebecca
Baldwin, Thomas Fasulo and Andrew
Koehler, for CEUs in that state. West
Virginia also added a new category to the
previously approved Mosquito Tutorials,
developed by Thomas Fasulo and David
Richard Pluke reports that the Entomo-1
listserv carried this item from New Scientist:
"The discovery of the world's oldest genitals
proves that little has changed over the last
400 million years at least for
daddy-long-legs. Fossils of harvestmen
arachnids (Opiliones) were found by
palaeontologists in an ancient rock at Rhynie
near Aberdeen in Scotland. Preserved within
a male is a penis two-thirds the length of his
body, and on a female there is a long
egg-laying organ known as an ovipositor.
The organs are remarkably similar to those in
modem-day species of harvestmen. As well
as genitals, the fossils have the oldest known
arachnid respiratory system, suggesting
harvestmen's ancestors had long since
crawled out of the sea and learned to
breathe." Available at
Fire Ants and Flies
Sanford Porter, entomologist with the
USDA Gainesville Lab, and Adrian
Hunsberger, Urban Horticulture Agent and
Master Gardener Coordinator with the
UF/IFAS / Miami-Dade County Extension
Service. will be featured in a National
Geographic story on the fire ant decapitating
flies (Phoridae) sometime this Fall on the
National Geographic News (TV).
What is considered good vision in flies?
The UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology
Department and the FDACS Division of
Plant Industry now have over 300 UF/IFAS
publications on the Featured Creatures
WWW site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/,
with more undergoing development. During
September 2003, the Featured Creatures Web
site recorded 140,303 distinct visitors and
259,909 page views.
A recent comment from a visitor: "I'm
searching for (G.B. Edwards) to give a big
thank you. You see, last night after coming
home from a late movie I walked up my
walk-way towards the front door of my home
and had to stop dead in my tracks due to a
"spider crossing." I don't know how my
attention was caught but somehow my focus
beamed in on a spider hanging in midair
about chest level. I have never seen a spider
like this, and stood in the dark admiring the
web before I decided to go inside to grab a
flashlight so as to get a better view. I want to
say thank you for your help in identifying
this unknown spider as a tropical orb weaver.
It is your identification page on the Featured
Creatures page that helped me to learn more
about my new neighbor. I just wanted to let
you know that I found the information useful
and fun to investigate." Jesse Ratkey
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During September 2003, the UF/IFAS
Department of Entomology and Nematology
Newsletter Web site recorded 3,456 distinct
visitors and 4,835 page views. The newsletter
listserv contains 218 subscribers.