Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-3961

Marjorie A. Hoy
Professor Emeritus


  • A.B., Zoology and Entomology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, 1963
  • M.S., Entomology, University of California, Berkeley, 1966
  • Ph.D., Entomology and Biological Control, University of California, Berkeley, 1972

Professional Experience

  • Professor and Eminent Scholar, University of Florida, August 1992-present.
  • Emeritus Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1992 (Professor, 1982-1992; Associate Professor, 1980-1982; Assistant Professor, 1976-1980).
  • Research Entomologist, U.S. Forest Service, Northeast Forest Experiment Station, Hamden, Connecticut, 1974-1976.
  • Research Entomologist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut, 1973-1974.

Professional and Honorary Society Memberships

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Sigma Xi
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Acarology Society of America
  • Genetics Society of America
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • Society for the Study of Evolution
  • Royal Entomological Society of London
  • International Organization for Biological Control
  • Florida Entomological Society
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • New York Academy of Sciences

Editorial Board Member

  • Journal of Alternative Agriculture, 1990-1995
  • Biocontrol Science and Technology, 1990-present
  • Biological Control, Theory and Application in Pest Management, 1990-present
  • Experimental and Applied Acarology, 1985-2006
  • International Journal of Acarology, 1980-present
  • Environmental Biosafety Research, 2002-2006

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Davies, Fischer and Eckes Endowed Chair in Biological Control
  • J. E. Bussart Award in Economic Entomology, Entomological Society of America, 1985
  • Fellow, Royal Entomological Society of London
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1990
  • Fellow, Entomological Society of America, 1996
  • Founders Memorial Award, Entomological Society of America, 1992
  • Citation of Special Recognition, "In recognition of exceptional contributions in biological control through work on the introduction and release of the citrus leafminer parasite, Ageniaspis citricola Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry, May 1995
  • Member-at-Large, Governing Council, American Institute of Biological Sciences, 1996-1998, Governing Board, 1999-2001
  • Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Research Award, University of Florida Chapter, April 1996
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Honor Award, for outstanding research in biological control, June 1997
  • Florida Entomological Society Team Research Award, for Achievements in the biological control of the citrus leafminer, August 1997
  • National Award for Agricultural Excellence, National Agri-Marketing Association, 1998
  • Guyton Distinguished Lecturer, Auburn University, Fall 1997
  • Who's Who in America, American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science & Engineering
  • Member, Agricultural Biotechnology Advisory Committee (ACAB), Secretary of Agriculture, US Department of Agriculture, 2000-2002
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee, Biological Threats to Agricultural Plants and Animals, March 2001-2002. Our report provided a review of the status of US agriculture's ability to deter, detect and respond to bioterrorism directed against it.

Current Graduate Level Course Responsibilities

  • Agricultural Acarology
  • Insect Molecular Genetics

Undergraduate Course Responsibilities

  • Bioterrorism (Honors)


Over 300 publications, (complete bibliography) including 5 edited and one single-authored (Insect Molecular Genetics) book, the third edition of which is soon to be published (2013).

Books Published

  • Hoy, M. A. 2013. Insect Molecular Genetics, Edition three, Academic Press/Elsevier, San Diego
  • Hoy, M.A. 2003. Insect Molecular Genetics, edition two, Academic Press/Elsevier, San Diego. 560 pp.
  • Kostiainen, T.S., and M.A. Hoy. 1996. The Phytoseiidae As Biological Control Agents of Pest Mites and Insects: A Bibliography (1960-1994). University of Florida, IFAS Monograph 17. Gainesville, Florida, 360 pages.
  • Hoy, M.A. (Ed.). 1996. Proceedings of an International Conference on the Citrus Leafminer, Managing the Citrus Leafminer, Orlando, Florida, April 22-25, 1996. 119 pages.
  • Hoy, M.A. 1994. Insect Molecular Genetics. An Introduction to Principles and Applications. Academic Press, San Diego, 540 pages.
  • Hoy, M.A., and D.C. Herzog (Eds.). 1985. Biological Control in Agricultural IPM Systems. Academic Press, Orlando, 589 pp.
  • Hoy, M.A., G.L. Cunningham, and L. Knutson (Eds.). 1983. Biological Control of Pests by Mites. Univ. Calif. Div. Agric. Spec. Publ. 3304, Berkeley, 185 pp.
  • Hoy, M.A., and J.J. McKelvey, Jr. (Eds.). 1979. Genetics in Relation to Insect Management. Working Papers--Rockefeller Foundation Press, New York, 179 pp.