October 15, 2015 Dr. Ronald Cave: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs

RDCaveP60We all share our gardens with lots of critters big and small. This month, Dr. Ronald Cave*, an entomologist at the Indian River Research & Education Center (where we meet each month), will teach us about good bugs in the garden, how to encourage them, and hopefully get their help minimizing the bad bugs.

Remember to bring your best fruit and treats for the tasting table, and also bring any extra plants for the raffle.

* Ronald D. Cave received his PhD from Auburn University in 1987, his MSc from the University of California-Berkeley in 1977, and his BSc from the University of California-Davis in 1975. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and Paraguay for 2.5 years. He was a professor for 15 years at the Panamerican School of Agriculture in Honduras, where he taught courses, conducted research on biological control, pest management, and biodiversity, and directed the Center for Biological Control in Central America. His research at the UF Hayslip Biological Control research and Containment Laboratory at the Indian River Research and Education Center in Ft. Pierce focuses on biological control of invasive arthropods, particularly the importation of exotic insects as candidate biological control agents, assessment of commercial natural enemies, and study of the biology of parasitoids and predators. Current projects target the yellowmargined leaf beetle and the Sri Lankan weevil. Since 1998, he has collaborated with Dr. Brett Ratcliffe of the University of Nebraska on a faunistic inventory of the dynastine scarab beetles north of Colombia. Their collaboration has produced three monographs, The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, and The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the West Indies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and mentors graduate students at UF. He is author or co-author of more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, 20 non-refereed publications, and 20 books or book chapters. He is a member of the Entomological Society of America, Florida Entomological Society, The Coleopterists Society, Entomological Society of Washington, Center for Systematic Entomology, and the agricultural honor society Gamma Sigma Delta.

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