Dr. Georgette Kluiters
Lecturer and Distance Education Coordinator
Tel: (352) 273-3919
Please contact Dr. Kluiters for any course-specific inquiries.
Dr. Kluiters is a lecturer and the Distance Education Coordinator for the Entomology and Nematology Department. She has a background in veterinary science, infectious disease control, and epidemiology, with research interests focused on the control of vector-borne diseases of livestock. She has a particular interest in bridging the gap between academia and policy and has worked for legislative bodies in both Wales and Switzerland.
She held a BBSRC-funded Future Leader Fellowship (PI) and subsequent internally-funded Fellowship at the University of Liverpool, UK, before moving to the University of Florida in 2022. She continues to be an Honorary Fellow at the University of Liverpool. Prior to this, she held positions at the National Assembly for Wales (Cardiff, UK), Animal Health Trust (Newmarket, UK), Swiss Federal Veterinary Office (Bern, Switzerland), and has also spent time working at CIRAD (Montpellier, France) and ILRI (Nairobi, Kenya) – on both veterinary disease control/surveillance programs (primarily with an entomological focus) and scientific policy.
Dr. Adam Dale
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Landscape Pest Management Certificate
Turfgrass and Ornamental Entomology
Tel: (352) 273-3976
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. Cynthia Lord
Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Medical Entomology Certificate
The goal of Dr. Lord’s research research program is to improve our understanding of disease transmission, particularly for vector-borne diseases. With an improved understanding of transmission, we are better able to predict outbreaks or the consequences of invasion of new pathogens or vectors, and are also better able to develop control strategies.
Dr. Tolulope A. Agunbiade
Lecturer and Coordinator for the Biosecurity Certificate
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
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.
Dr. Rebecca Baldwin
Undergraduate Coordinator and Join Coordinator for the Urban Pest Management Certificate
Phone: (352) 273-3974
Dr. Baldwin joined the University of Florida in 2001 and is currently the undergraduate coordinator and an assistant professor for the Entomology and Nematology Department. Her research interests stem around education and training for the pest control industry. Dr. Baldwin’s research consists of testing low impact pesticides using fatty acid salts that can be utilized in environments with children. The target environments will include schools and daycare centers, and the target pests include ants and cockroaches. Her research also includes testing training materials for the pest control industry.
Dr. Cameron Jack
Assistant Professor and Coordinator for the Beekeeping Certificate
Phone: (352) 294-6926
Dr. 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.