Dr. Michael Rogers joined the UF/IFAS
faculty as Assistant Professor of Entomology
at the Citrus Research and Education Center
in January. Rogers holds a 65% Extension
and 35% Research appointment. He will be
involved in integrated pest management
programs for citrus pests. Rogers earned a
B.S. in Entomology from Auburn University
in 1999 and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the
University of Kentucky in 2003. Areas of
interest include integrated pest management
and biological control. At the University of
Kentucky, Rogers investigated parasitoids as
a biological control method for root-feeding
white grubs in turfgrass. He obtained over
$180,000 in grants to fund his Ph.D.
research, including a $130,000 grant from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture, and
published eight papers in his graduate career.
Rogers also worked with several insect pests
of cotton while an undergraduate student.
Dr. Marjorie Hoy reports that the committee
for the Insect Physiology position will be
meeting on or about March 15 to try to
schedule applicants for interviews in April.
New Teaching Lab
Except for some minor cosmetic work the
construction phase of the renovation of Dr.
Jim Nation's research labs to a teaching lab
is completed. Even the new chairs are now in
the lab. All that is left to do is stock the lab
and add some equipment (microscopes, etc.).
Dixon WN, Woodruff RE, Foltz JL.
(December 2003). Black twig borer,
Xylosandrus compactus (Eichhoff) UF/IFAS
Featured Creatures. EENY-311.
Slansky F, Kenyon LR. 2003. The
broadening dimensions of wildlife
rehabilitation: Providing information for
scientific research. Wildlife Rehabilitation
Bulletin 21 (2): 5-8.
The Pew Initiative on Food and
Biotechnology published a 2004 report,
"Bugs in the System: Issues in the Science
and Regulation of Genetically Modified
Insects," acknowledging Dr. Marjorie Hoy
as providing a "major contribution...for
authorship of a scientific review used in
developing this paper." The report is
available from the Pew Initiative on Food
and Biotechnology, 1331 H Street NW, Suite
900, Washington, DC 20005 or at
Nutritional ecology has staying power! Just
prior to packing his bags and moving from
the great north woods of Madison, WI to
Gainesville, Dr. Frank Slansky, along with
his best buddy from graduate school, Mark
Scriber, wrote and submitted a chapter to the
Annual Review of Entomology. Titled "The
nutritional ecology of immature insects", it
was published in 1981 and it became a big
hit among entomologists and ecologists.
Because it was so heavily cited, in 1993 it
was named a "Citation Classic" by the
Institute for Scientific Information. Over 20
years after it was published, its popularity
has persisted it currently is the most
frequently cited chapter ever published in the
Annual Review of Entomology, having been
cited 679 times, leading its nearest
competitor by 223 citations (see
However, this noteworthy performance pales
dramatically in comparison to certain other
fields. For example, the lead article in the
Annual Review of Genetics was cited 2558
times and the front runner in the Annual
Review of Biochemistry was cited 4984
times. So come on, you entomologists, let's
get busy citing! F. Slansky
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Marjorie Hoy attended the 78th Annual
Meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the
ESA February 15-18 in Charleston, South
Carolina where she presented an invited
symposium talk on "Genetic Tools for
Dr. Marjorie Hoy attended the Keystone
Conference on Genetic Manipulation of
Insects February 3-8 in Taos, New Mexico
where she presented a poster and a workshop
talk on "Risk Assessments Prior to Release
of Transgenic and Paratransgenic Insects:
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.
3/18 Dr. Joe Eger (Dow AgroSciences)
"Pentatomoidea of Rancho Grande,
3/25 Dr. Lluberas (medical entomology
consultant, Jacksonville) "How the Price of
Cooper Changed Malaria Control in
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
3/15 Karen Ingram "Biological control of
the cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) on
Opuntia spp. using endemic and
commercially available entomopathogenic
3/22 Wade Davidson "The effects of
simulated acid rain on nematode
3/29 George Kariuki "Management of
peanut root-knot nematode. A biocontrol
4/5 Jon Hamill "Population dynamics of
the sting nematode in commercial strawberry
fields in Dover, FL."
4/12 Roi Levin "Woody and perennial
ornamental plants susceptibility to four
4/19 Marisol Davila "Heat units required
for Meloidogyne spp. for development."
Dr. Frank Slansky received a $3000
minigrant for the improvement of instruction
from the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences. The money is being used to hire
staff to use the Department's Automontage
photomicroscopy system to produce digital
images of the larvae of flies that cause
myiasis, which is the infestation of live
animals and humans by fly larvae. These
images will be incorporated into a website
for use in various courses.
Associated with receiving an instructional
improvement minigrant to take
photomicrographs of fly larvae that infest
humans and animals, Dr. Slansky is seeking
preserved specimens of these insects to
supplement his own collection. If you have
preserved fly larvae identified to family or
lower taxonomic categories in the families
Calliphoridae, Sarcophagidae, Cuterebridae,
Oestridae, etc., which you would be willing
to loan for photographing. Please contact Dr.
Slansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Richard Pluke, a recent graduate of our
department, is on post-doc in Puerto Rico
working on a UF/IFAS project titled
"Biological Control of Asian Citrus Psyllid
in Puerto Rico." The PI is Dr. Phil Stansly of
the UF/IFAS Immokalee Research and
Education Center. Richard is based at the Rio
Piedras experimental station of the
University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He
states that if anybody is coming through
Puerto Rico anytime, he would be happy to
help out or show them around. You can
contact Richard at email@example.com.
Matt Remmen, who received his B.S. in
Entomology in 2000 and is currently working
on an M.S. at the UF/IFAS Ft. Lauderdale
REC, accepted the Technical Services
Manager position for Western Pest Services
in Parsippany, NJ. Laura Remmen (B.S.
Entomology 2000, M.S. 2003) says that after
she and Matt move there (by June), she will
also search for a position in her field.
Erika Andersen is our Insect Outreach
Program Coordinator. You can contact her at
352-392-1901 or UFBugs@ifas.ufl.edu for
information and scheduling.
"Insect Cuisine: Good and Good for You?",
an interesting column by David George
Gordon, who wrote The Eat-a-Bug
Cookbook, is available at
"The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the
sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of
coral to cling to and make its home for life.
For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous
system. When it finds its spot and takes root,
it doesn't need its brain anymore so it eats it!
(It's rather like getting tenure.)" from
Consciousness Explained by Daniel
The UF/IFAS Department of Entomology
and Nematology and the FDACS Division of
Plant Industry now have 316 UF/IFAS
publications on the Featured Creatures
WWW site at http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/,
with more undergoing development. During
the last 12 months, the Featured Creatures
Web site recorded 1,230,271distinct visitors
and 2,253,175 page views.
New text and/or photographs were added to
the files on: household casebearer (major
revision), Indianmeal moth, lady beetles,
ghost ant, southern pine beetle, ambrosia
beetles and Asian subterranean termite
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