Steinmetz Hall
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Robert McSorley


(90% Research, 10% Teaching)

  • B.S., University of Cincinnati (Chemistry), 1971
  • M.S., University of Cincinnati (Biological Sciences), 1974
  • Ph.D., Purdue University (Entomology), 1978

Relevant Employment History

  • Professor (1988-present); Associate Professor (1985-1988) Dept. Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville.
  • Associate Professor (1983-1985); Assistant Professor (1978-1983),Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, Florida.
  • Research Assistant, Purdue University, (1974-1978).
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Cincinnati, (1972-1974).


  • Agricultural Ecology - sustainable agricultural practices; pest management (especially nematodes, insects, weeds); combining pest management and soil/crop fertility; environmental impacts of agriculture
  • Nematode Ecology - factors affecting nematode community structure; role of non-parasitic nematodes in nutrient cycling and decomposition; nematodes as bioindicators of ecosystem health or disturbance
  • Alternative Methods for Nematode Management - managing nematode pests by resistant cultivars, solarization, cover crops, crop rotation, and other nonchemical practices; alternatives to methyl bromide


  • ALS 3153, Agricultural Ecology
  • ALS 5136, Agricultural Ecology Principles and Applications
  • NEM 6201, Nematode Ecology


  • Powers, L. E., and R. McSorley. 2000. Ecological Principles of Agriculture. Delmar Thomson Learning, Albany, NY. (see
  • Gallaher, R. N., and R. McSorley. 1997. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Southern Conservation Tillage Conference for Sustainable Agriculture. Special Series SS-AGR-60, Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Publications (selected recent publications)

Recent Book Chapters

McSorley, R. 2011. Nematodes. Pp. 25-5 to 25-12 in P. Nannipieri, E. Paul, Y. Li, and M. Sumner (eds). Handbook of Soil Science, 2nd Ed. Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL.

McGovern, R.J., and R. McSorley. 2012. Management of bacterial and fungal plant pathogens by soil solarization. Pp. 53-62 in A. Gamliel and J. Katan (eds.). Soil solarization: Theory and practice. APS Press, The American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN.

McSorley, R., and R.J. McGovern. 2012. Management of nematode pathogens by soil solarization. Pp. 63-70 in A. Gamliel and J. Katan (eds.). Soil solarization: Theory and practice. APS Press, The American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN.

Publications in Refereed Journals (last 5 years)

Fraulo, A.B., R. McSorley, and O.E. Liburd. 2008. Effect of the biological control agent Neoseiulus californicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae) on arthropod community structure in north Florida strawberry fields. Florida Entomol. 91:436-445.

Linares, J.C., J.M.S. Scholberg, K. Boote, C.A. Chase, J. Ferguson, and R. McSorley. 2008. Use of the cover crop weed index to evaluate weed suppression by cover crops in organic citrus orchards. HortScience 43:27-34.

McSorley, R., K.-H. Wang, and G. Church. 2008. Suppression of root-knot nematodes in natural and agricultural soils. Appl. Soil Ecol. 39:291-298.

Seman-Varner, R., R. McSorley, and R.N. Gallaher. 2008. Soil nutrient and plant responses to solarization in an agroecosystem utilizing an organic nutrient source. Renewable Agric. Food Syst. 23:149-154.

Wang, K.-H., and R. McSorley. 2008. Exposure time to lethal temperatures for Meloidogyne incognita suppression and its implication in soil solarization. J. Nematol. 40:7-12.

Wang, K.-H., R. McSorley, R.N. Gallaher, and N. Kokalis-Burelle. 2008. Cover crops and organic mulches for nematode, weed, and plant health management. Nematology 10:231-242.

McSorley, R., K.-H.Wang, and J.J. Frederick. 2008. Integrated effects of solarization, sunn hemp cover crop, and amendment on nematodes, weeds, and pepper yields. Nematropica 38:115-125.

Gill, H.K., R. McSorley, and D.D. Treadwell. 2009. Comparative performance of different plastic films for soil solarization and weed suppression. HortTechnol. 19:769- 774.

McGroary, P., W.T. Crow, R. McSorley, R.M. Giblin-Davis, and J.L. Cisar. 2009. Seasonal fluctuations of Belonolaimus longicaudatus in bermudagrass. Nematropica 39:99-110.

McSorley, R., K.-H. Wang, E.N. Rosskopf, N. Kokalis-Burelle, H.N. HansPetersen, H.K. Gill, and R. Krueger. 2009. Nonfumigant alternatives to methyl bromide for management of nematodes, soil-borne disease, and weeds in production of snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus). Internat. J. Pest Manage. 55:265-273.

Portman, S.L., J.H. Frank, R. McSorley, and N.C. Leppla. 2009. Fecundity of Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae) and its implications in parasitoid: host interaction with mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae: Scapteriscus). Florida Entomol. 92:58-63.

McSorley, R., D.R. Seal, W. Klassen, K.-H. Wang, and C.R.R. Hooks. 2009. Non-target effects of sunn hemp and marigold cover crops on the soil invertebrate community. Nematropica 39:235-245.

Bhan, M., R. McSorley, and C.A. Chase. 2010. Effect of cropping system complexity on plant-parasitic nematodes associated with organically grown vegetables in Florida. Nematropica 40:53-70.

Gill, H.K., R. McSorley, G. Goyal, and S.E. Webb. 2010. Mulch as a potential management strategy for lesser cornstalk borer, Elasmopalpus lignosellus (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in bush bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Florida Entomol. 93:183-190.

Gill, H.K., and R. McSorley. 2010. Effect of integrating soil solarization and organic mulching on the soil surface insect community. Florida Entomol. 93:308-309.

Linares, J., J. Scholberg, D. Graetz, K. Boote, R. McSorley, and C. Chase. 2010. Effects of perennial peanut and common bermudagrass on nitrogen and water uptake in young citrus trees. J. Plant Nutrition 33:200-218.

Portman, S.L., J.H. Frank, R. McSorley, and N.C. Leppla. 2010. Nectar-seeking and host-seeking by Larra bicolor (Hymenoptera: Crabronidae), a parasitoid of Scapteriscus mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae). Environ. Entomol. 39:939-943.

Hanspetersen, H.N., R. McSorley, and O.E. Liburd. 2010. The impact of intercropping squash with non-crop vegetation borders on the above-ground arthropod community. Florida Entomol. 93:590-608.

Hooks, C.R.R., K.-H. Wang, A. Ploeg, and R. McSorley. 2010. Using marigold (Tagetes spp.) as a cover crop to protect crops from plant-parasitic nematodes. Appl. Soil Ecol. 46:307-320.

Willcox, E.V., G.W. Tanner, W.M. Giuliano, and R. McSorley. 2010. Avian community response to grazing intensity on monoculture and mixed Florida pastures. Rangeland Ecol. Mgmt. 63:203-222.

Luc, J.E., W.T. Crow, R. McSorley, and R.M. Giblin-Davis. 2010. Suppression of Belonolaimus longicaudatus with in vitro-produced Pasteuria sp. endospores. Nematropica 40:217-225.

Gill, H.K., R. McSorley, and M. Branham. 2011. Effect of organic mulches on soil surface insects and other arthropods. Florida Entomol. 94:226-232.

Luc, J.E., W.T. Crow, W. Pang, R. McSorley, and R.M. Giblin-Davis. 2011. Effects of irrigation, thatch, and wetting agent on movement of Pasteuria sp. endospores in turf. Nematropica 41:185-190.

Luc, J.E., W. Pang, W.T. Crow, R. McSorley, and R.M. Giblin-Davis. 2011. Specificity of in vitro-produced Pasteuria sp. endospores to suppress Belonolaimus longicaudatus. Nematropica 41:248-253.

McSorley, R. 2011. Effect of disturbances on trophic groups in soil nematode assemblages. Nematology 13:553-559.

McSorley, R. 2011. Amegda J. Overman (1920-2011) pioneer in nematode management. Nematropica 41:1-2.

McSorley, R. 2011. Assessment of rotation crops and cover crops for management of root-knot nematodes (Meloidogyne spp.) in the southeastern United States. Nematropica 21:200-214.

Pang, W., W.T. Crow, J.E. Luc, R. McSorley, R.M. Giblin-Davis, K.E. Kenworthy, and J.K. Kruse. 2011. Comparison of water displacement and WinRHIZO software for plant root parameter assessment. Plant Disease 95:1308-1310.

Pang, W., J.E. Luc, W.T. Crow, K.E. Kenworthy, R.M. Giblin-Davis, R. McSorley, and J.K. Kruse. 2011. Bermudagrass cultivar responses to sting nematodes. Crop Science 51:2199-2203.

Gill, H.K., and R. McSorley. 2011. Effects of different organic mulches on the soil surface arthropod community and weeds in snapdragon. International Journal of Pest Management 58:33-40.

McSorley, R. 2011. Trends in the Journal of Nematology, 1969-2009: Authors, states, nematodes, and subject matter. Journal of Nematology 43:63-68.

McSorley, R. 2011. Overview of organic amendments for management of plant- parasitic nematodes, with case studies from Florida. Journal of Nematology 43:69-81.

Pang, W., J.E.Luc, W.T. Crow, K.E. Kenworthy, R. McSorley, J.K. Kruse, and R.M. Giblin-Davis. 2011. Responses of seashore paspalum cultivars to sting and spiral nematodes. Crop Science 51:2864-2867.

Pang, W., J.E. Luc, W.T. Crow, K.E. Kenworthy, R. McSorley, and R.M. Giblin-Davis. 2011. Screening bermudagrass germplasm accessions for tolerance to sting nematodes. HortScience 46:1503-1506.

Pang, W., J.E. Luc, W.T. Crow, K.E. Kenworthy, R.M. Giblin-Davis, R. McSorley, and J.K. Kruse. 2011. Field responses of bermudagrass and seashore paspalum cultivars to sting and spiral nematodes. Journal of Nematology 43:201-208.

Barrett, C.E., X. Zhao, and R. McSorley. 2012. Grafting for root-knot nematode control and yield improvement in organic heirloom tomato production. HortScience 47:614-620.

Gill, H.K., G. Goyal, and R. McSorley. 2012. Diel activity of fauna in different habitats sampled at the autumnal equinox. Florida Entomologist 95:318-324.

McSorley, R. 2012. Ecology of the dorylaimid omnivore genera Aporcelaimellus, Eudorylaimus and Mesodorylaimus. Nematology 14:645-663.

Ozores-Hampton, M., R. McSorley, and P.A. Stansly. 2012. Effects of long-term organic amendments and soil sanitation on weed and nematode populations in pepper and watermelon crops in Florida. Crop Protection 41:106-112.