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Dr. Adam Dale
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Landscape Pest Management Certificate
Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomology
Tel: (352) 273-3976
Email: agdale@ufl.edu

As the turf and ornamental entomologist, Dr. Dale is responsible for researching economically important pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants and disseminating the results through management recommendations to extension faculty across the state. His goal is to generate more sustainable, ecologically based management strategies that benefit the environment as well as the turf and ornamental industries.


Dr. Derrick Mathias 
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Medical Entomology Certificate
Phone: 772-778-7200 ext. 173
Email: d.mathias@ufl.edu

Dr. Mathias is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the medical entomology certificate at the University of Florida. His research focuses on mosquito-borne diseases and investigating malaria and other arboviruses that are endemic to the southwestern U.S. or pose an imminent threat to humans, such as Zika. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 2006 and his MPH from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010.


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Dr. Tolulope A. Agunbiade 
Lecturer, Biosecurity and IPM
Phone: 352-273-3941
Email: agunbiade@ufl.edu

Dr. Agunbiade joined the University of Florida in 2018 as a biosecurity and integrated pest management lecturer. She received her M.Phil in Entomology from the University of Ghana in 2002, Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 and was a post-doctoral fellow at Yale University.


Dr. Philip Koehler 
Endowed Professor and Coordinator for the Urban Pest Management Certificate
Phone: (352) 392-2484
Email: pgk@ufl.edu

Dr. Koehler started his career in 1972 as a medical entomologist for the U.S. Navy after receiving his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is currently an endowed professor at the University of Florida, where he specializes in urban entomology, and is the coordinator of the urban pest management certificate program. Over the years, his research has focused on developing and investigating new technologies for the management of cockroaches and fleas, an emphasis on the reduction of pesticide usage in urban environments and the study of biological factors of pests that affect their growth and development.


Cameron Jack
Lecturer and Distance Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 294-6926
Email: cjack@ufl.edu

Cameron Jack has been interested in beekeeping since his youth and now teaches several courses related to honey bees and apiculture at the University of Florida. His goal is to create an educational program that prepares students for the many challenges associated with beekeeping and to train those interested in entering the beekeeping workforce. He is also responsible for coordinating the distance education efforts at the Entomology and Nematology Department. He serves as an academic advisor for all M.S. non-thesis online students and students enrolled in certificate programs.


Dr. Heather J. McAuslane
Professor, Plant-Insect Interactions and Chemical Ecology
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (352) 273-3923
Email: hjmca@ufl.edu

Dr. McAuslane started her career at the University of Florida in 1990 after graduating from Texas A&M University and is currently a full professor with a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. Over the years, her research has focused on management of vegetable, agronomic and horticultural insect pests, with research emphases on mechanisms of host plant resistance to insects, tritrophic interactions among plants, herbivores and biological control agents and pest behavioral manipulation using pheromones and plant semiochemicals. Her research has been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and commodity groups and has been published in 62 refereed journal articles. She has served on 58 graduate committees, chairing 10 and co-chairing 3 committees. She has taught graduate courses and seminars in her areas of research expertise: host plant resistance, chemical ecology and insect ecology. She has served the department as the Graduate Coordinator since January 2009 and online M.S. and certificate program coordinator since 2012.

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