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.


July 12, 2019

“From parasites to free-living worms: The search for molecular underpinnings of chemotaxis behaviors,” by Dr. Tiffany Baiocchi, Cal State Northridge   See a video of this seminar here!


August 23, 2019

Welcome Students,” by Dr. Blair Siegfried, Professor and Chair, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL and Dr. Heather McAuslane, Professor, Associate Chair, and Graduate Coordinator, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL


August 30, 2019

Evolution of Termite Control,” by Dr. Phil Koehler, Professor, Urban Entomology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL


September 6, 2019

Ecology of blood feeding in mosquitoes,” by Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena, Assistant Professor, Mosquito Ecology, Biology of Disease, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, FMEL Vero Beach, FL


September 13, 2019

The National Science Foundation -- Its Structure and Peer Review Process,” by Dr. Marc Branham, Associate Professor, Insect Systematics and Taxonomy, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL


September 20, 2019

Integrated management of major arthropod pests of tropical fruit crops in South Florida,” by Dr. Daniel Carrillo, Assistant Professor,
Management of Tropical and Invasive Pests, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, EREC Belle Glade, FL


September 27, 2019

Appointment Continuum: Bridging Research and Extension Programs,” by Dr. Billy Crow, Professor, Landscape Nematology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL


October 11, 2019

Microbial ecosystems in hydrologically active lakes beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet,” by Dr. Brent Christner, Associate Professor, UF/IFAS, Microbiology and Cell Science, Gainesville, FL


October 18, 2019

Invertebrates alter the decomposition and fate of soil organic matter in managed grass systems,” by Dr. Kyle Wickings, Assistant Professor, Entomology, Cornell University, Geneva, NY


October 25, 2019

DNA barcoding of nematodes: Phylogeographic and diagnostic applications,” by Dr. Thomas Powers, Professor, Plant Pathology, University of Nebraska Lincoln, NE


November 1, 2019

Using Semiochemicals to Optimize Biological Control of Invasive Saltcedar?,” by Dr. Alexander Gaffke, Chemistry Research Unit at USDA-ARS- Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology, Gainesville, FL


November 8, 2019

Where the wild things are: entomopathogenic nematode biogeography,” by Dr. Larry Duncan, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, CREC Lake Alfred, FL


November 15, 2019

Changes in animal migration and consequences for infectious disease: Monarch butterflies as a case study,” by Dr. Dara Satterfield, UF/Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Washington, DC


November 22, 2019

From genes to communities,” by Dr. Weiming Hu, Post-Doctoral Associate, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL


December 6, 2019

Insect ecology and management in urban ecosystems,” by Dr. Adam Dale, Assistant Professor, Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomology, UF/IFAS, Entomology and Nematology, Gainesville, FL