Dr. Marc Branham joined the faculty as an
Assistant Professor specializing in taxonomy
and systematics. This appointment is 70%
teaching and 30% research with teaching
responsibilities that include courses in
"Insect Classification," "Immature Insects,"
and "Behavioral Ecology and Systematics of
Insects." Marc's research interests focus on
the systematics, behavior, biogeography and
evolution of fireflies. Two primary foci of
this research are 1) elucidating the higher-
level phylogenetic relationships across
Lampyridae and 2) the systematics and
biogeography of the Caribbean firefly fauna
(both fossil and extant.) Marc received his
doctoral degree at the Ohio State University
and came here from a postdoctoral position
at the American Museum of Natural History.
Twelve days after arriving in Gainesville,
Molly Branham arrived making Marc and
his wife Lori parents for the first time.
Over the next three weeks we will be
interviewing candidates for the position of
Assistant Research Scientist in Insect
Toxicology. This is a 3-year position funded
by Proctor & Gamble and IFAS. The
candidate will spend 70% of his time
investigating novel low-molecular weight
insecticides and 30% of his time on his own
research in molecular toxicology.
The candidates' application packages are on
the counter by the coffee pots in the main
Entomology & Nematology office. Please
look them over. All candidates will present a
research seminar and a teaching seminar.
Please try to attend as many as you can.
If you would like to spend 1/2 an hour or so
with a candidate, please let Dr. Heather
McAuslane (email@example.com or 352-
392-1901 ext. 129) or Pam Howell
(firstname.lastname@example.org) know. All candidates are
free on Thursday afternoons except when
they are presenting their research seminar.
The last two candidates are also available on
Also, please consider joining us for lunch on
Thursday or Friday or for dinner on
Thursday evening. This is a wonderful
opportunity to get to know the candidates in
a more casual setting and to enjoy a nice
dinner at someone else's expense! Don't be
shy. Contact me or Pam if you want to join
us. Heather McAuslane
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Advertising for the Insect Physiology
position was placed in the ESA newsletter,
and the online version of Science. The
closing date is 1 March 2003. There is also a
notice on the departmental Web site at
committee requests help in recruiting
The department welcomed 10 new, and one
former, graduate students this semester,
bringing our total to 93. If you read our
September 2003 issue, and do the math, it
appears that eight of our graduate students
somehow managed to graduate. Here are the
new students, listed by: name, (degree
sought) major advisor:
Bobbie Jo Davis (MS), Veronica Manrique
(PhD), Onour Moeri (MS) Cuda;
Christian Salcedo (MS) Emmel; Colin
Hickey (MS), David Melius (MS) Koehler;
Amit Sethi (PhD) McAuslane; Eric
Rohrig (MS) Sivinski; Michael Whaley
(MS) Slansky; and Shelly Olson (MS) -
After a seven month break since receiving
her MS, Kelly Sims Latsha returned to work
on a PhD funded with an Alumni Fellowship.
Her major advisors are Drs. Funderburk and
Angela Brammer graduated in August 2003
with a MS in Entomology. She left
immediately for Japan, where she is spending
a year teaching English to high school
students and others. She has a Web site at
http://www.abcdland.com/ that contains text
and photographs of her activities in Japan.
New Teaching Lab
As of early January, the destruction phase in
the renovation of Jim Nation's old labs
(3117-3118-3119) seem to be complete (with
hopefully an end to the louder noises), and
the installing of new materials (electrical, a/c
and heating ducts, concrete block, wallboard,
etc.) is now underway. First classes for this
lab will be scheduled during the Summer.
Medal J, Gandolfo D, Cuda J. 2003.
Biology of Gratiana boliviana, the first
biocontrol agent released to control tropical
soda apple in the USA. EDIS. ENY-826. 3p.
Dr. John Capinera announced that Dr.
Marjorie Hoy would receive the Charles A.
Black Award from the Council of
Agriculture and Science Technology in
recognition of her role in making the public
aware of important agricultural issues such as
biological control, genetic engineering, and
Meetings and Presentations
UF/IFAS choose Esther Dunn (a Doctor of
Plant Medicine (DPM) student who selected
our department to graduate from) to represent
our department for the 2003-2004
Internationalizing Extension Program. The
group of graduate students, extension agents,
and faculty from different UF/IFAS
disciplines will be heading to Costa Rica this
spring to further explore the idea of
internationalizing extension in today's global
Dr. Julio Medal was an invited speaker at
the Quarterly Meeting of the Florida
Cattleman's Association held December 4th
at the Best Western Gateway Hotel in
Gainesville. Medal gave a 20 minute talk on
"Current status of the Biological Control
Program against tropical soda apple in
Dr. James P. Cuda attended an interagency
TAME Melaleuca technology transfer
meeting held at the Indian River REC, Ft.
Pierce, FL, on 12 December. TAME
Melaleuca is an acronym for "The Areawide
Management Evaluation for Melaleuca," a
highly invasive tree weed in south Florida.
The purpose of this workshop was to review
and critique the new Web site for TAME
melaleuca, and provide comments on several
new brochures that will be available for
distribution in 2004.
Announce new posters or other displays in
Building 970. Send authors) and title to
email@example.com. Include location so
interested parties can find them.
Poster hanging space is at a premium within
the department due to the high cost of cork
boards (about $400). At the December
faculty meeting, Dr. John Capinera
announced that Drs. Eileen Buss and
Marjorie Hoy found that it was cheaper to
use cork strips instead of cork boards. A
4-foot strip costs $40.00, while an 8-foot
strip costs about $60.00. Faculty present
voted to go with cork strips. Faculty should
decide how many 4-feet and/or 8-feet strips
they want and where they wanted them
located and submit the request to Dr.
Capinera. Posters hung from the strips will
require weights on the bottom edges to
A class on Ant Identification, Biology, and
Control (ENY 4905/6934) is scheduled this
summer (June 28 July 2, 2004. Summer B)
at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale Research and
Education Center in Davie, Florida
(http://flrec.ifas.ufl.edu/). The class offers 2
units (undergraduate/graduate) and will meet
for one week, Monday through Friday, from
9am to 5pm. Topics to be covered include
ant biology, behavior, taxonomy, and
identification; important pest ants and their
control in urban settings. Field trips are
planned as a part of the course.
Instructors include: Mark A. Deyrup
(Archbold Biological Station), Walter R.
Tschinkel (Florida State University), John
Mangold (Terminix), Rudolf H. Scheffrahn
(UF), and William Kern (UF). Costs:
Florida Resident Tuition: undergraduate -
$185.36; graduate $ 410.52. Non-Resident
Tuition: undergraduate $920.56; graduate -
$1549.06. Enrollment is open to the first 20
students. If space permits, the course may be
audited. No charge for persons over 60. To
register, please contact: Jane Slane email:
firstname.lastname@example.org or University of Florida
Research and Education Center 3205
College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314 954-577-
6371 FAX 954-475-4125 Registration begins
1 April 2004, but contact John Warner
(email@example.com) to reserve a space. John
is also the class coordinator and you can
contact him for more information.
Spring Seminar Series
1/15 Dr. Jian-Rong Gao (Department of
Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University
of Massachusetts) "Insecticide resistance
mechanisms and their detection for
1/22 Dr. Hugh Popenoe (University of
Florida, DPM) "The role of termites and
earthworms in soil management."
1/29 Dr. Carol Lauzon (University
California Hayward) "The use of
bacteriotherapy to improve the fitness of
sterile male medflies."
2/5 Dr. Gratz (WHO consultant, Geneva)
"A global review of the vector-borne
1/12 Dr. Brust (research entomologist,
Glades Crop Care) "Can area-wide pest
management be used in pepper weevil
2/19 Dr. Fisher (USDA, Corvallis, OR)
2/26 Dr. Davis (USDA, Tifton, GA)
"Nematode management in cotton with an
emphasis on host plant resistance."
2/27 Dr. Sithiprasasna (US Army
Research Lab, Bangkok) "Remote sensing
and geographic information system
applications on malaria research in
Thailand." (Special Seminar)
3/4 Dr. Hunter (USDA Fort Pierce)
"Glassy-winged sharpshooters and Pierce's
3/11 No Seminar. Spring Break
3/18 Dr. Joe Eger (Dow AgroSciences)
"Pentatomoidea of Rancho Grande,
3/25 Dr. Lluberas (medical entomology
consultant, Jacksonville) Title Pending
4/1 Dr. Burckhardt (Naturhistorisches
Museum, Basel, Siwtzerland) Title Pending
4/8 Dr. Dan Suiter (University of Georgia-
Griffin research station) "Formosan termites
in Atlanta GA: Thank you Louisiana!"
4/15 Dr. Oscar Liburd (University of
"Developing an IPM program in Small Fruit
Esther Dunn (DPM student graduating from
our department) received a $2,000 grant
from Rod Clouser, Northeast Florida District
Director. The grant will be used to distribute
IPM toolboxes throughout Northeast Florida.
The IPM toolboxes are an interactive
curriculum developed by Dunn through her
work with IPM Florida. The program has
been a success, with participation in 15 of the
Climbing Fern To Be Bugged?
Cataclysta camptozonale, a pyralid moth,
received APHIS's Technical Advisory
Group's approval for release in south Florida
as a biocontrol agent of the noxious weed
Lygodium microphyllum, the old world
climbing fern. Bob Pemberton, USDA/ARS
Invasive Plants Research Lab, Ft.
Lauderdale, is the lead scientist on this
project. Chris Bennett, working under a
cooperative agreement between the USDA
and UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology, conducted the host-range
tests for this insect at the Florida Department
of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(FDACS) quarantine facility in Gainesville.
Release from quarantine is pending final
Federal and State approval. Funding for this
project was provided by the Florida
Department of Environmental Protection and
the South Florida Water Management
District. Susan Wineriter
The High Springs town library has an exhibit
of "bugs" made from natural materials by a
local artist. Unlike what you might find in
craft shows, these are very attractive and
imaginative handiworks made using
materials found along the river. The artist
created them to amuse her children and the
head librarian says there is a story written to
go with each one.
Erika Andersen is our new Insect Outreach
Program Coordinator. Contact her at 352-
392-1901 for information and scheduling.
Reach Out And Touch...
...9, instead of 8. After all the years of asking
us to dial 8-1-###-###-#### to obtain
cheaper rates with Florida SunCom, the
University of Florida obtained a discount
with a service provider that makes it even
less expensive to use 9 instead of 8. So
please dial 9-1-# etc. for long distance calls
and save our department $.
Reach Out and Catch...
...something. Most insect management
activities are dependent upon population
counts or estimates. A new Web site
developed by Dr. Russ Mizell, of the
UF/IFAS North Florida Research and
Education Center, is about traps and
trapping. The site
photographs of the famous Trolling Deer Fly
Trap that has earned Mizell kudos and
testimonials from numerous users who no
longer fear these bloodsuckers.
Our department has a seminar requirement
for students. Master's students must take
1-credit hour of seminar during their program
and PhD students must take two. We will try
to offer one or two topics each semester. The
following topics are scheduled for 2004.
Symbiosis offered by Dr. Marjorie Hoy;
Invasive Forest Pests offered by Dr. John
FALL: Urban Pests offered by Dr. Faith
If students have topics they would like to see
covered in a seminar, we will try to organize
it if enough students express interest in that
area. Let Dr. Heather McAuslane
(firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 392-1901 ext. 129)
know of your interests.
Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance
performed just after you've accidentally
walked through a spider web.
The UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology and the FDACS Division
of Plant Industry now have 314 UF/IFAS
publications on the Featured Creatures Web
site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/, with
more undergoing development. During
2003, the Featured Creatures Web site
recorded 1,211,557distinct visitors and
2,157,516 page views.
New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: land planarians, cloudywinged
whitefly, and the red imported fire ant.
"New to gardening I found myself with a
mysterious moth that appeared one day.
Your website with beautiful pictures
allowed me to quickly figure out what it
was, an io moth, and to deal with the
situation appropriately. Thank you again." -
Thomas Fasulo is the newsletter editor.
Please send submissions to him at
email@example.com. Issues are published about
the middle of each month. Items for each
month's issue should be sent no later than
the 10th of that month.
Printed copies are distributed only within
Building 970. A notice is sent to all those on
the UF-Bugnews-1 listserv when HTML and
PDF copies are posted on the newsletter
Web site at http://entnews.ifas.ufl.edu/,
which contains instructions for subscribing
and unsubscribing to the listserv. Andy
Koehler does the coding for the HTML
During 2003, the newsletter Web site
recorded 35,498 distinct visitors and 56,504
page views. The newsletter listserv has 230
subscribers, with at least 17 international
subscribers that I could identify.