Entomology and Nematology Department
Entomology and Nematology Department
Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman
Integrated Pest Management, Olives
Dr. Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman has been involved in research, teaching and Extension on integrated pest management for over 20 years. She supports the utilization and development of educational material for state and county Extension faculty and agricultural clientele. She is the Featured Creatures project coordinator and editor. Responsible for teaching Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens, and co-teaching Grant Writing and Feast or Famine in Florence. She is a Co-Director of the UF in Florence Global Perspectives Program, one of the largest study abroad programs at UF. She is the Chair of the UF/IFAS International Programs Advisory Team.
Dr. Gillett-Kaufman conducts applied research on olive pest management. Her student’s research projects are driven by her students interests and include (but are not limited to) work on biological control of hydrilla, native pollinator abundance, orchid pollination, and pesticide impacts on monarch butterfly larval development. All of her students work to develop research based answers that meet the needs of Florida citizens.
Dr. Gillett-Kaufman has a 20% teaching appointment. She is responsible for teaching Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens (ENY5405), and co-teaching Grant Writing (ALS 6046) with Dr. Jaret Daniels and Feast or Famine in Florence (ALS4404) a study abroad course with Dr. Phil Kaufman. She is a Co-Director of the UF in Florence Global Perspectives Program, one of the largest study abroad programs at UF. Her teaching goals are not limited to the classroom. Dr. Gillett-Kaufman believes that in every interaction we have with students, we have an opportunity to teach. She feels strongly about providing a positive direction for each student in her courses and for students who are actively working with her program. She also understands how students can learn differently based on social and developmental factors. She uses this understanding to foster student success.
Dr. Gillett-Kaufman is the Featured Creatures project coordinator and editor. She supports the utilization and development of online educational material for state and county Extension faculty and agricultural and urban clientele. She promotes Extension and research programs for the UF/IFAS Olive Team in state, regional, national and international settings.
3006 Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
- Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 2003
- M.S., Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 2001
- B.S., Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, 1998
- EDIS Publications
- Google Scholar Publications
Awards and Honors
EXTENSION, LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Alpha Delta Chapter Outstanding Specialist Award 2017. Awarded August 2017.
Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension. Awarded March 2017.
Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents (FACAA). 2015. FACAA State Specialist of the Year. Awarded September 2015.
Florida Entomological Society 2015 Special Service to the Society Award. Awarded August 2015.
Central District Extension Faculty Symposium Poster Award. 2012. 1st Place. Natural Resources. Joan Bradshaw, Jim Cuda, Ken Gioeli, and Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman. Poster title: Educational campaign implementation: IPM strategies for hydrilla management. Awarded- April 26.
Central District Extension Faculty Symposium Poster Award. 2012. 1st Place. Agriculture. Steven Lands, David Dinkins, Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman, and Faith Oi. Poster title: Good neighbor practices (GNPs): Increasing communication between school personnel and neighboring landowners. Awarded- April 26.
Florida Entomological Society 2009 Annual Appreciation for Special Service to the Society Award. Awarded July 2009.
Florida Entomological Society 2008 Annual Achievement Award for Extension. Awarded July 2008.
USDA-CSREES Southern Region IPM Center 2007 Future IPM Leader Award. Awarded August 2008.
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2007 Image Awards- Gold: Tomato and Pepper IPM Resources for Growers, Scouts and Extension Faculty, Campaign. Jennifer Gillett, Heidi HansPetersen, Norm Leppla, Joyce Merritt, Barbra Larson, Jane Medley. Awarded May 2008.
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2006 Image Awards- Gold: How to Use Beneficial Nematodes - 4 Brochures. Jennifer Gillett, Howard Frank, Norm Leppla, Jane Medley. Awarded May 2007.
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2006 Image Awards- Bronze: IPM Florida - First 5 Years, Brochure. Jennifer Gillett, Norm Leppla, Jane Medley. Awarded May 2007.
TEACHING AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL
University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2018-2019 Innovation in Teaching Award.
Florida Entomological Society 2011 Annual Achievement Award For Teaching in Higher Education. Awarded July 2011.
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences 2005 Image Awards- Silver: Educational Materials. Distance education labs for PLP3002 and PLP5005. Michele Linette, Lisa Hightower, Bill Zettler and Jennifer Gillett. Awarded May 2006.
North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit 2003.
University of Florida Graduate School Graduate Student Teaching Award 2002-2003. Awarded 2003.
University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Jack L. Fry Graduate Teaching Award. Awarded December 2002.
Grants and Funding
Grants and Funding ($1,950,162)
Principal Investigator- $230,762. Co-Principal Investigator- $1,537,211. Cooperator- $180,889.
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. and S.A. Allan. 2016. SCBG No. 48: Florida Olive Insect Pest Survey. Florida Department of Ag and Consumer Services. $130,286 awarded.
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. 2016. Extension and research program support donation. Florida Olive Council. $1,000 awarded.
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. 2016. Food Systems in Southern Italy. UF/IFAS Extension Professional Development Mini Grants. $2,500 awarded.
Houlding, K., S. Wang, J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, M.L. Nesbitt, and E.D. Smith. $50,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) planning grant. Lead by the American Olive Oil Producers Association (AOOPA).
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. 2015. Extension and research program support donation. Florida Olive Council. $1,000.00 awarded.
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. 2014. Extension and research program support donation. Florida Olive Council. $500.00 awarded.
Weeks E.N.I., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, J.P. Cuda, M. Hoyer and M. Jackson. 2014. A sustainable IPM strategy for the invasive aquatic weed hydrilla. USDA NIFA Crop Protection and Pest Management Applied Research and Development Program (CPPM-ARDP). $248,836 awarded.
Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. and M. Grover.2013. Wi-Fi and distance learning in the Natural Area Teaching Lab (UF/NATL), UF’s only 60-acre outdoor classroom on campus. University of Florida Technology Fee Grant. $76,600 awarded.
Oi, F.M., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, and E.A. Buss. 2011. Technology to disseminate modernized training. University of Florida, Entomology & Nematology Department, Steinmetz Endowment. $119,967 awarded.
Cuda, J. P., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, J.P. Bradshaw, K.T. Gioeli, W. A. Overholt, R. Hix, and J.F. Shearer. 2010. Sustainable Approach for Integrated Management of Herbicide Resistant Hydrilla in the U.S. NIFA RAMP. $512,379 awarded.
Buss, E.A., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, and L. E. Trenholm. 2010. Developing, Demonstrating and Disseminating Cultural Control Recommendations for Chinch Bugs. NIFA PMAP. $193,409 awarded.
Oi, F.M. and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2010. Good Neighbor Practices and Schools. National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). $88,984 awarded.
Buss, E.A., C. White, E. Eckhardt and E. Bolles. 2009. Assessing, Developing and Delivering Practical Landscape Plant Health Care Programs for PCOs and Limited Commercial Landscape License Holders. UF/IFAS Extension Program Enhancement Grant. $15,000 awarded. Cooperator.
Bradshaw, J.P., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, K.C. Ruppert, and S.G. Park Brown. 2008. Florida-friendly Living for A Green, Clean Community- A Virtual WebTour. UF/IFAS Extension Program Enhancement Grant. $10,000 awarded.
Douce, G.K., D.J. Moorhead, and A.C. Hodges. 2007. wikiIPM: A Rich Internet Application to Support IPM Education and Training. Southern Region IPM Center IPM Enhancement Grant Project, Part II (IPM Capstone Grant). $24,689 awarded. Cooperator.
Oi, F.M. 2007. Marketing IPM as Green School Technology for Southern Schools. CSREES EIPM Grant. $116,000 awarded. Cooperator.
Leppla, N.C., J.L. Gillett, and R.J. McGovern. 2007. Graduate Training for Plant and Crop Biosecurity. CSREES- Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant. $229,500 awarded.
Oi, F.M. and R.W. Baldwin. 2007. Protecting Children’s Environmental Health: Verification, Continued Adoption, Sharing Resources and Extension to Public. Southern Region IPM Center IPM Enhancement Grant Project, Part II (IPM Capstone Grant). $25,000 awarded. Cooperator.
Gillett, J.L. and D.K. Palmer. 2007. Landscape Maintenance Manual and Online Training Modules. UF/IFAS Extension Program Enhancement Grant. $14,876 awarded.
Treadwell, D.D. et al. 2007. Educational Materials for Organic Vegetable Producers. UF/IFAS Extension Program Enhancement Grant. $15,000 awarded. CoPI.
Treadwell, D.D. et al. 2007. Heirloom Tomatoes for Florida Small Farms. UF/IFAS Small Farms Mini-Grant. $5,648 awarded. CoPI.
Oi, F.M and J.L. Gillett. 2005. Implementation of IPM in Public Schools in Florida – Developing a Successful Model for State-wide Adoption by Schools, State Lead Agencies, and the Pest Management Industry. EPA, PESP Region 4 grants. $47,000 awarded.
Leppla, N.C. and J.L. Gillett. 2005. IPM Toolboxes to Reduce Pesticide Use in Urban Communities. EPA, Environmental Education Grants Program. $9,188 awarded.
Sieving, K.E., G.A. Jones, J.L. Gillett, and K.L. Buhr. 2003. Intercropping to Create Local Refugia for Natural Enemies of Arthropod Pests: Flowers and Birds in Organic Agroecosystems. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). $4,470 awarded.
Gillett, J.L. 2002. AREEP (Agriculture Research and Education Exchange Program) Travel Grant. To work with the Mycology group at the Instituto de Ecologia (Xalapa, Veracruz) identifying mushrooms with possible insect attraction. $5,000 awarded.
Sieving, K.E., G.A. Jones, J.L. Gillett, and K.L. Buhr. 2001. Intercropping to Create Local Refugia for Natural Enemies of Arthropod Pests: Flowers and Birds in Organic Agroecosystems. Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF). $3,130 awarded.