Seminar Series – Spring 1999

  • March 4, 1999: Successful Integration of Research, Teaching, & Extension Under One Roof.Challenges and accomplishments of Entomology Departments as they strive for excellence with each category. What are the advantages and disadvantages of wearing multiple “hats” from the perspective of legislature, university, direct clientele, and the public at large?
  1. John Capinera (Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 0620; Email: [Hosted by: Ray Frisbie]
  2. Donald A. Rutz (Professor and Chair, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853; Email: [Hosted by: Ray Frisbie]
  3. Ray Frisbie (Emeritus Professor and Former Head, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2475; Email: )


  • March 10, 1999: Celluloid EntomologyThis is a specially scheduled seminar from Dr. May R. Berenbaum. There will be a reception in the Fourth Floor Atrium of the Heep center at 3:00 p.m. Dr. Berenbaum will speak at 4:00 p.m. in room 413.
  1. May R. Berenbaum (Professor and Head, Department of Entomology, 320 Morrill Hall, University of Illinois, 505 S. Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801. Email: [Hosted by: Carlos Bogran: Email:]


  • March 11, 1999: Entomology – A Science for All of Society.The field of entomology often mirrors and even influences our perspective of human society. Three different areas of entomological activity are presented to demonstrate that entomology is not just for scientists any more.
  1. Brad Vinson (Professor, Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2475. Email:
  2. William W. Murdoch (Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106-9610. Email: [Hosted by: Paul Ode]


  • March 25, 1999: Science in Transition: The Changing Roles of Entomology in Educating the Public.Entomology has evolved into a diverse and dynamic subdiscipline of the biological sciences. Further, every individual on earth has multiple encounters with insects during their life due to the biodiversity and abundance of this taxonomic group. Hence, entomologists are uniquely positioned to educate the public on various aspects of science. Views from three different nationally and internationally renowned entomologists are reviewed; and how do expectations, techniques, and clientele responses vary with perspective.
  1. Allen Knutson (Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Texas A&M University Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road, Dallas, TX 75252-6599. Email:
  2. Donald W. Hall (Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611 0620. Email: [Hosted by: Pete Teel: Email:]
  3. Marshall Johnson (Associate Extension Specialist & Associate Professor; Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, CA. Email: ) [Hosted by: Chad Smith]


  • April 8, 1999: The Importance of Entomology to Land Grant InstitutionsU.S. demographics and economics have shifted dramatically away from their agricultural base in the early 1900’s. Coincident with these changes, there have been dramatic changes in science and technology. Departments of Entomology, which form a component of all Colleges of Agriculture within land-grant institutions in the U.S., have acted as either catalysts for or are resultant examples of these changes. Three senior administrators within 3 prominent Colleges of Agriculture will discuss their visions for Entomology as these departments strive to excel in the teaching, research, and service missions of their universities.
  1. Seymour D. van Gundy (Emeritus Dean of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; Department of Nematology; University of California, Riverside, CA 92521. Email: [Hosted by: Ray Frisbie]
  2. Ed Hiler (Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2133. Email: [Hosted by: Ray Frisbie]
  3. Richard Jones (Dean Of Research and Director, Florida Agricultural Experiment Staion, 1022 McCarty Hall, P.O. Box 110200, Gainesville, Florida 32611-0200. Email: [Hosted by: Ray Frisbie]


  • April 22, 1999: Entomology as an Integrating Force Within Pest ManagementSince the 1960s, entomologists have been eager to search for and adopt an ecologically compatible methodology of pest control. IPM has frequently been called applied ecology, but this connection between ecology and IPM has also been frequently been taken for granted. Pest outbreaks continue to be numerous and severe, and modern agricultural systems have created complex environmental, economic, and social problems. Problem-solving relying purely on empiricism is limited, and ecological theory must be studied, developed, and implemented to better forecast how introductions of new pests or modifications of production practices influence pest management. Standard ecology texts contain few, if any, examples relevant to IPM. IPM texts and symposia simply restate the need for sound ecological information without demonstrating the absolute dependence of IPM practice on any particular theory beyond the obvious need to know a species autecology and rudimentary population dynamics. Explicit connections between IPM and various aspects of theoretical ecology will be explored by three biologists with interests in insects.
  1. L. Ted Wilson (Professor, Director, TAES Center, Beaumont, TX 77713. Email:
  2. Daniel Simberloff (Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. Email: Speak about habitat fragmentation and population regulation – at what scale should we target pest management? [Hosted by: Jarrad Prasifka]
  3. J.C. van Lenteren (Professor of Entomology, Department of Entomology, Wageningen Agricultural University, Binnenhaven 7 / P.O. Box 8031, 6700 EH Wageningen, The Netherlands. E-Mail: [Hosted by: Kevin Heinz: Email:]

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