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.


January 13, 2023

Combining Environmental Modeling and Stakeholder Knowledge to Inform Arbovirus Surveillance,” by Dr. Lindsay Campbell, Mosquito Ecology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, FMEL, Vero Beach, Florida


January 20, 2023

Transmission and Perpetuation of Powassan Virus,” by Dr. Sarvanan Thangamani, Vector-borne Diseases, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY


January 27, 2023

Using Semiochemicals and Manipulating Visual Cues to Control Insect Pests,” by Dr. Xavier Martini, Chemical Ecology, Pest Control, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, NFREC, Quincy, Florida


February 3, 2023

Keeping Our Growers in Business: IPM in Crops of the Everglades Agricultural Area,” by Dr. Julien Beuzelin, Insect Ecology and Pest Management, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, Everglades REC, Belle Glade, Florida


February 10, 2023

“TBA,” by Dr. Mary Gardiner, Urban Entomology, Ohio State, Columbus, OH


February 17, 2023

“The Road to IPM Academy: Making IPM Accessible to the Non-Specialist,” by Dr. Hugh Smith, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, Balm GCREC, Wimauma, Florida


February 24, 2023

“Rethinking the Growth-defense Tradeoff Paradigm,” by Dr. Phil Hahn, Insect Ecology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida


March 3, 2023

“TBA,” by Dr. Immo Hansen, Mosquito Physiology, New Mexico State University


March 10, 2023

“TBA,” by Dr. Felipe Soto-Adames, Currator of Thrips, Collembola and Non-insect Arthropods, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Gainesville, Florida


March 17, 2023

Spring Break


March 24, 2023

“Environmental Modulators of the Mosquito Microbiome” by Dr. Eric Caragata, Mosquito Microbiome, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, FMEL, Vero Beach, Florida


March 31, 2023

“An Anthology of Molecular Nematology” by Dr. Peter DiGennaro, Molecular Nematology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology Department, Gainesville, Florida


April 7, 2023

“TBA” by Dr. Lina Bernaola, Agricultural Plant Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX


April 14, 2023

“A Single Worm View: Merging eDNA Biodiversity Surveys and Microbiome Studies in Free-living Marine Nematodes” by Dr. Holly Bik, Agricultural Plant Science, Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia


April 21, 2023

“TBA” by Dr. Jackson Helms, USDA, Gainesville, Florida