Mission statement

The mission of the Entomology and Nematology seminar series at the University of Florida is to provide an engaging weekly forum for leaders in the field of entomology and related sciences to share their research and network with students and faculty. The Seminar series schedule is intentionally multidisciplinary including current research that is relevant to the greater scientific community along with topics concerned with Florida’s unique environment and agricultural production system.


August 28, 2020

“Student welcome and employee recognition,” by Dr. Heather McAuslane, Graduate Coordinator, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL.


August 28, 2020

“Assessment- based Pest Management for German cockroaches in public housing,” by Dr. Dini Miller, Urban Pest Management, Virginia Tech, VA.


September 4, 2020

Characterizing the molecular regulation of mosquito diapause and its relevant applications,” by Dr. Megan Meuti, Ohio State University.


September 11, 2020

“Plant-parasitic nematode management and ecology in North Florida Field Crops,” by Dr. Zane Grabau, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL.


September 25, 2020

“Gene editing in Lepidoptera” by Paul Shirk, Insect Genetics, USDA-ARS, Gainesville, FL.


October 9, 2020

“Insect ecology and management in citrus ecosystems, by Lauren Diepenbrock, Insect Ecology/IPM, UF/IFAS Lake Alfred CREC, Entomology and Nematology


October 16, 2020

Establishment of Biological Control Agent,” by Dr. Emily Kraus, Biological control, FDACS, Gainesville, FL.


October 23, 2020

Maize volatiles in plant-pest interactions,” by Dr. Anna Block, Chemical ecology and plant genetics, USDA-ARS, Gainesville, FL.


October 30, 2020

“Applied use of semiochemicals to control plant pathogen vectors,” by Dr. Xavier Martini, Ecology and behavior of the insect vectors of major plant pathogens in Florida, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, NFREC, Quincy, FL.


November 6, 2020

A population-genomics approach to arboviral competence in the mosquito Aedes aegypti,” by Dr. Derrick Mathias, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Vero Beach, FL.


November 13, 2020

Running full speed on the invasive treadmill: biocontrol of weeds in Florida,” by Dr. Carey Minteer, Weed biological control, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, UF Indian River REC, Fort Pierce, FL.


November 20, 2020

Molecuar approaches to animal borne diseases,” by Dr. Dana Nayduch, Arthropod Born Animal Disease, USDA-ARS Manhattan, KS.


December 4, 2020

Flies, fruits, and microbes,” by Dr. Adam Wong, Insect Microbiomes, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL.


December 11, 2020

Detrital food webs and disease suppression, by Dr. Deborah Neher, Soil Bioindicators, University of Vermont, VT