Associate Professor of Entomology; Associate Curator and Program Director, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Research
-- Insect ecology, population dynamics and conservation, with particular emphasis on Lepidoptera and native insect pollinators.
-- Integrated crop pollination
-- Road ecology
-- Imperiled species recovery

Current Research Projects
-- Developing sustainable pollination strategies for U.S. specialty crops.
-- Evaluating the importance of roadside mowing regimes for native insect pollinators.
-- Occurrence, distribution and ecological Studies for the federally endangered Schaus Swallowtail butterfly (Heraclides aristodemus ponceanus).
-- "Plant for Wildlife" - evaluating the ability of three types of Florida urban/suburban landscapes - native plants, Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM, and exotic plants - to support native wildlife, including insect pollinators.
-- Ecology and conservation of the Florida atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala).
-- Remote surveys of the federally endangered Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri).
-- Evaluation of native and non-native plants (seed mixtures) in agricultural landscapes for the conservation of insect pollinators.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor of Entomology; Associate Curator and Program Director, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida