Dr. Amanda C. Hodges
Dr. Amanda Hodges has authored or co-authored over 100 extension publications related to arthropod diagnostics and invasive species. During the 2012 meeting of the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America, Dr. Hodges was presented with the Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Specifically, Dr. Hodges is known for delivering innovative, hands-on plant pest diagnostic workshops in Florida, the southern region of the U.S., and the Caribbean. Dr. Hodges also provided initial key leadership for the launch of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) online First Detector training program (https://firstdetector.org/) and the Protect U.S., Community Invasive Species Network Program (http://protectingusnow.org/). During the 2011 meeting of the NPDN, Dr. Hodges was recognized as one of the team members involved in establishing the NPDN Partner Program, the Sentinel Plant Network. Dr. Hodges currently coordinates the Florida First Detector project (http://www.flfirstdetector.org/), the Protect U.S. Program, and taxonomic training in support of the University of Florida, SPDN regional center mission (https://www.youtube.com/user/npdnchannel). Dr. Hodges' projects often encompass interdisciplinary teams and multiple institutions.