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The department will interview two candidates
for the insect toxicology faculty position. Dr.
Michael Scharf will interview on May 29-30,
and Dr. Jianguo Tan will interview on May
31-June 1. Each candidate will present two
seminars, one on teaching and one on
research. If you wish to have a 30-minute
meeting with either candidate, please contact
Pam Howell (firstname.lastname@example.org) so she can
schedule you. Please note that the department
will schedule a time for "new faculty" to meet
as a group with the candidates to provide
input on new faculty issues.
Are cell phones responsible for Honey Bee
Colony Collapse Disorder? See what Dr.
Jamie Ellis, our apiculturist, says about this
theory on the ABC News Video Web site at
3044826. [Warning, you may have to wade
through a commercial or two.] This video was
a partial result of an interview Dr. Ellis gave
to Good Morning America when they came
to his house one night after he posted an
article on honey bee colony collapse disorder
to our Pest Alert Web site at http://pestalert
.ifas.ufl.edu/. In the 15 days ending April
30th, it was viewed 2,259 times.
In late April, Dr. Koon-Hui Wang began
working as an Assistant Research Scientist at
the University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa, in
the Department of Plant and Environmental
Protection Sciences. She will be working
closely with Entomologists and
Nematologists at UH. While at UF, Dr.
Wang, originally from Singapore, worked in
our department for six years with Dr. Bob
McSorley, initially as a post-doc, but later as
an Assistant Research Scientist. Dr. Wang
was very productive while at UF/IFAS and a
list of the publications she authored is at
Dr. Marc Branham visited Thailand in
April where he served on the graduate
committee (dissertation defense) of Ms.
Anchana Thancharoen, Mahidol University,
who he co-advises. Ms. Thancharoen did
very well on her defense and will graduate
this summer. The topic of her dissertation
was "The biology and mating behavior of an
aquatic firefly species, Luciola aquatilis
Thancharoen (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) -
implications to the conservation of fireflies."
Dr. James P. Cuda now serves on the
Faculty Academic Council for the School of
Natural Resources and the Environment.
The Deans approved the formation of the
University of Florida Invasive Species
Coordinating Council proposed by Drs.
Lance Osborne, James Cuda, Charles
Jacoby and Ken Langeland. The goal of the
Council is to facilitate communication,
coordination and collaboration within the
University on all aspects of the invasive
species problem in Florida.
Dr. James Cuda, Dr. Julio Medal and
Veronica Manrique, one of the Dr. Cuda's
Ph.D. students, received an Honorable
Mention from the UF/IFAS 2006 Image
Awards Program for their Web based and CD-
ROM version of Florida's Brazilian
Peppertree Management Plan, 2nd edition.
After four years of service, Josh Crews left
our departmental Graduate Coordinator's
office early this month. Josh graduated from
the Department of Architecture and is
employed full-time in Jacksonville.
Laura White recently joined our department
and fills the position that Josh Crews vacated.
Linda Pedersen joined our department's
fiscal team. Linda has responsibility for
handling payables, purchase orders and to
help Sharon in many other areas, as she
becomes more familiar with our operation.
Dr. Jason Meyer successfully completed his
dissertation defense and graduated May 3. His
dissertation was "Microbial associates of the
Asian citrus psyllid and its two parasitoids:
symbionts and pathogens." The new Dr.
Meyer begins a postdoctoral position at
Purdue University in June.
Dr. Steve Valles (Ph.D. '95) was featured in a
USDA-ARS news release concerning his
work on a virus that controls imported fire
ants. The USDA is seeking a marketing
partner to commercialize the virus. See the
04/18/07 Pest Alert at http://pestalert.ifas.
ufl.edu/ for details.
Roxanne Burrus (M.S. 2004), now serving
as an officer and entomologist in the U.S.
Navy, reports she will be returning to our
department this Fall to pursue a Ph.D.
Dr. Juan Manuel Alvarez (Ph.D. 2000)
received tenure and promotion to Associate
Professor of Entomology at the Department
of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences of
the University of Idaho.
Cuda JP, Dunford JC, Leavengood JM.
2007. Invertebrate fauna associated with
torpedograss Panicum repens (Cyperales:
Poaceae), in Lake Okeechobee, Florida, and
prospects for biological control. Florida
Entomologist 90: 238-248.
Jeyaprakash A, Hoy MA. 2007. The
mitochondrial genome of the predatory mite
Metaseiulus occidentalis (Arthropoda:
Chelicerata: Acari: Phytoseiidae) is
unexpectedly large and contains several
novel features. Gene 391: 264-274.
Zappala L, Hoy MA, Cave RD. 2007.
Interactions between the red imported fire
ant, the citrus leafminer, and its parasitoid
Ageniaspis citricola (Hymenoptera:
Encyrtidae): Laboratory and field
evaluations. Biocontrol Science and
Technology 17: 353-363.
Hall DW, Minno M, Butler JF. (April
2007). Harvester, Feniseca tarquinius
(Fabricius). Featured Creatures. EENY-404.
Nguyen SN, Song C, Scharf ME. 2007.
Toxicity, synergism and neurological effects
of novel volatile insecticides to
insecticide-susceptible and -resistant
Drosophila strains. Journal of Economic
Entomology 100: 534-544.
Cuda JP, Fasulo TR, Johnson G, Buss LB.
(2007). Beneficial Arthropods Predators.
University of Florida/IFAS. CD-ROM. SW
Dunford JC, Steiner Jr WE. (April 2007).
Madagascar beetle, Leichenum canaliculatum
variegatum (Klug). Featured Creatures.
Gokce A, Stelinski LL, Gut LJ, Whalon ME.
2007. Comparative behavioral and EAG
responses of female obliquebanded and
redbanded leafroller moths (Lepidoptera:
Tortricidae) to their sex pheromone
components. European Journal of Entomology
Stelinski LL, Miller JR, Ledebuhr R, Siegert
P, Gut LJ. 2007. Season-long mating
disruption of Grapholita molesta
(Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) by one machine
application of pheromone in wax drops
(SPLAT-OFM). Journal of Pest Science 80:
Grissell EE. (April 2007). Zethus mason
wasps of Florida. Featured Creatures. EENY-
Grissell EE. (April 2007). Eumenes potter
wasps of Florida. Featured Creatures. EENY-
Gandolfo D, McKay F, Medal JC, Cuda JP.
2007. Open-field host specificity test of
Gratiana boliviana (Coleoptera:
Chrysomelidae), a biological control agent of
tropical soda apple (Solanaceae) in the
United States. Florida Entomologist 90:
Meetings and Presentations
Dr. Tom Walker spoke on "Should
publishers offer OA?" at the 2007 BioOne
Publishers and Partners Meeting, in
Alexandria, Virginia, 11 April 2007. He
explained how the Florida Entomological
Society and the Entomological Society of
America generate revenue by offering
immediate, free, Web access to all or some of
the articles in their journals.
Dr. Marc Branham gave two invited talks
during his recent trip to Thailand. "The
evolution of sexual communication in
fireflies," was presented to The Royal
Golden Jubilee PhD Congress, VIII, in
Pattaya, Thailand. His second talk, same title,
was presented to faculty and students at
Mahidol University, Department of Biology,
Faculty of Science, Bangkok, Thailand.
Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal, participated in
the 7th Annual CALS Graduate Research
symposium held 21 March, where he
presented a poster on his research,
"Establishing identity of corn silk flies." The
poster was co-authored by Drs. Gary J.
Steck, DPI, Gregg S. Nuessly and John L.
Capinera, UF/IFAS. Goyal also presented
this poster at the Graduate Student Council's
2007 Spring Forum, 4 April.
Dr. Mirian Medina Hay-Roe was an invited
speaker at the II Conference on Neotropical
Lepidoptera hosted by the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute, in Panama, 29
April-4 May. Her presentation was
"Behavioral and Ecological Studies in
Dr. James P. Cuda attended the XIIth
International Symposium on Biological
Control of Weeds held in La Grande Motte,
France, 22-27 April. The Organizing
Committee invited Dr. Cuda to give an oral
presentation on, "Novel approaches for risk
assessment: feasibility studies on temporary
reversible releases of biocontrol agents." The
presentation was co-authored by Onour
Moeri, Dr. Julio Medal, Dr. William
Overholt, and Veronica Manrique.
Dr. James Cuda was a co-author on several
poster presentations at the XIIth International
Weed Biocontrol Symposium, including:
"Evaluating the performance of Episimus
utilis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae) on the
invasive Brazilian peppertree in Florida" by
Veronica Manrique; "Mass rearing of
Callophya terebinthifolii (Hemiptera:
Psyllidae) on Brazilian peppertree" by M. D.
Vitorino, University of Blumenau, Santa
Catarina, Brazil; "Impact of Ischnodemus
variegatus (Hemiptera: Blissidae)on the
invasive grass Hymenachne amplexicaulis in
Florida" by Rodrigo Diaz and Dr. Willam
Overholt; "Specificity tests and biology of
Gratiana graminea (Coleoptera:
Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae), a potential
bpiocontrol agent of Solanum viarum" by M.
D. Vitorino and DR. Julio C. Medal; and
"Establishment, spread, and initial impacts of
Gratiana boliviana (Chrysomelidae) on
Solanum viarum in Florida" by Drs. Julio C.
Medal, William A Overholt, Phil Stansly,
and Lance Osborne.
Ph.D. student Seth Bybee received a $2,500
grant from the Systematics Association and
Linnean Society of London (http://www.
linnean.org/) to travel, this Fall, to The
Natural History Museum to digitally archive
their fossil odonate holdings.
Ph.D. student Gaurav Goyal received a
$200 IFAS travel grant to attend the
Southeastern Branch meeting of
Entomological Society of America,
Knoxville, TN, in March.
Dr. James P. Cuda received a $655 2007
Professional Development Mini-grant for
practical training in the use of ArcGIS for
natural resource applications.
Dr. James Cuda, Dr. Drion Boucias,
Thomas Fasulo, Lyle Buss, Ken Gioeli, and
Sydney Park-Brown received a $4,500
Mini-Grant from the IFAS Extension's
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Awareness Initiative. The funds will be used
to develop an Image Gallery CD-ROM of
parasitoids and pathogens of Florida's Key
Crystal River Preserve
Crystal River Preserve State Park is a 27,000
acre coastal preserve located in western
Citrus County on the Gulf of Mexico. The
Preserve is managed by DEP, Division of
Recreation and Parks (DRP). Plant
communities found here include estuarine
tidal marsh (black needle rush dominated),
tidal swamp (mangrove), marsh prairie
hammock, flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods,
hydric and mesic hammock, floodplain
swamp, basin marsh and some coastal
scrub/sandhill. Active exotic plant/animal
eradication, prescribed fire, restoration and
monitoring are used to manage this property.
Though much of the site has not been
disturbed, some sections have histories as
turpentine industry sites, pine plantation,
cattle ranch, or hunting leases.
Ample opportunity exists for entomological
studies here, including field trips and graduate
research. The known species list is small and
little baseline inventory has been done,
meaning potential for discovery of new
information, range expansions, new records,
etc., is high. Park biological staff can facilitate
any visitation on a one time or recurring basis
with maps, access, help with DRP permitting
and general information. We welcome interest
from your department. Please contact: Keith
Morin, Park Biologist, at (352)563-0450, or
Dr. Tom Walker reports that self-guided
nature trails explaining the three upland
ecosystems in the UF Natural Area Teaching
Laboratory (NATL) are now open. The
trailheads for the Upland Pine and Old Field
Nature Trails are on the north edge of NATL
just south of Powell Hall and the Phillips
Center. The Hammock Nature Trail begins
near the west end of NATL's Main Trail. Trail
guides, updated monthly, are available at the
start of each trail. Before his "retirement," Dr.
Walker devoted considerable time and effort
in the development of NATL and ensuring its
survival. Since then, he has remained very
active in NATL activities.
The Atlanta Botanical Garden hosts a Big
Bugs & Killer Plants exhibit from 28 April-
31 October. And these bugs are big! The 17
arthropod sculptures vary in weight from 30
to 1200 pounds, and range in size from seven
to 25 feet in length. For more information
The Alachua County Library will distribute
over 5,000 of our department's attractive
bookmarks, designed by Jane Medley, to
school children who participate in the State
of Florida's Summer Reading Program.
Some of the top Bee Disappearance Theories
listed at http://www.topfive.com/ are.
According to their attorneys, it's none of our
Gone into hiding until a moratorium is
declared on bee beards.
Many still incarcerated following that Sting
Break ruckus in Fort Lauderdale.
They took up golf, joined the Republican
Party and became WASPS.
Mysteriously vanishing whenever they get
near the Bermuda Hexagon.
Flowers have gotten better at using their
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