The UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department has a major commitment to conduct research in medical, veterinary and urban entomology and to provide research-based educational opportunities for future specialists in these fields. Medical, veterinary and urban pests are especially severe in Florida’s subtropical and tropical conditions, so there is a special need to develop significant efforts in research to support our academic and Extension programs.

A large contingent of medical entomology faculty works at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, and many others work in association with the USDA-ARS Center for Medical, Agricultural, and Veterinary Entomology Laboratory in Gainesville. Outstanding research opportunities exist at the main campus in Gainesville and at several UF/IFAS Research and Education Centers throughout the state.


The faculty members listed below have a strong research focus in this area. Click on the names below to learn more about their research programs.

  • Barry Alto, Medical Entomology, Arbovirology, Associate Professor
  • Rebecca Baldwin Urban Integrated Pest Management, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator
  • Eva Buckner Assistant Professor, Medical Entomology Extension
  • Nathan Burkett-Cadena Mosquito Ecology, Biology of Disease Hosts, Assistant Professor
  • Lindsay Campbell Assistant Professor, Mosquito Ecology
  • Jonathan Day Mosquito Surveillance and Epidemiology, Professor
  • Phillip Kaufman Veterinary Entomology, Professor
  • William Kern Urban Entomology, Associate Professor
  • Philip Koehler Urban Entomology, Endowed Professor
  • Cynthia Lord Population Dynamics, Associate Professor
  • Faith Oi Urban Entomology, Associate Extension Scientist
  • Roberto Pereira Urban Entomology, Research Scientist
  • Lawrence Reeves Assistant Research Scientist, Mosquito Biology and Ecology
  • Jorge Rey Wetlands Ecology, Center Director and Professor
  • Rudolf Scheffrahn Biology and Control of Termites, Professor
  • Nan-Yao Su Biology and Control of Termites, Structural and Household Pests, Distinguished Professor
  • Emma Weeks Medical and Veterinary Entomology, Assistant Research Scientist

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