Russell (Russ) F. Mizell III

Professor of Entomology




  • B.S., Juniata College, Biology, 1970
  • M.S., Mississippi State University, Entomology, 1977
  • Ph.D., Mississippi State University, Entomology, 1980


  • 70% Research
  • 30% Extension

Research Activities

Conduct research on arthropod pests of deciduous fruit, pecan, woody ornamentals/landscapes and other problems as needed with the objective of developing integrated pest management systems for these crops. This includes investigating the behavior, bionomics, phenology and population dynamics of pest species and their natural enemies and the determination of economic impacts. All aspects of management including chemical, biological and cultural tactics are investigated within the context of a total management system.


Dr. Mizell is a Professor of Entomology with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and is located at NFREC-Quincy. He received a B.S. in biology from Juniata College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from Mississippi State University. Dr. Mizell has research and extension responsibilities for deciduous fruits, pecan, and woody landscape plants with focus on the development of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems. He has authored or coauthored around 300 publications concerned with IPM programs including pest biology, biological and chemical control, host plant resistance, population dynamics and insect-plant-disease interactions.

His current research focuses on methods of evaluating and enhancing biological control agents (predators and nematodes), monitoring methods for weevils (fruit, citrus, forestry), stink bugs, and the biological control, nutrition and behavioral ecology of the leafhopper vectors of Pierce's disease. Dr. Mizell has been awarded one U.S. patent (a stink bug trap) from his research, has another submitted for which the rights have been purchased by industry (juvenile hormone use on leafhoppers), and a third in development with an industry partner (a predator trap).

He was first to introduce the pyramid trap for plum curculio and citrus root weevils, invented the Florida stink bug trap and the trolling deer fly trap. With colleagues, he developed the CD-ROM and web-based program "Woodybug", a computer knowledge-base system covering IPM for woody landscape plants.

Dr. Mizell has been awarded ~60 competitive grants in excess of $6.5 million to support his program and won several research awards. He has also served in various capacities on UF/IFAS committees, teams and task forces. He served as the first UF/IFAS statewide IPM Coordinator (1997-2000). In that capacity, he developed and led a team of IFAS personnel that obtained the extramural grant that led to the EDIS (electronic data information source) and the DDIS (distance diagnostic information system).

He is also active professionally at the state, regional and national levels serving in various leadership and advisory capacities addressing IPM issues and policy development. He recently concluded a halftime administrative position as the first Director of the USDA-CSREES-sponsored Southern Region Pest Management Center. Dr. Mizell is one of six members of the glassy-winged sharpshooter-Pierce's disease scientific advisory panel of the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Dr. Mizell has some minor international experience and consulting in Brazil, Cameroon, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, the Philippines, and Thailand.

Dr. Mizell is a certified facilitator of Concept Mapping, a strategic planning approach, and has mentored about 30 minority and under-privileged high school students. Some of his past and current contributions can be viewed at

Creative Works

  • Patent: US patent #7150125 Insect attraction and capture device. R.F. Mizell and University of Florida, issued 12/19/2006.
  • Supplementary information on past and current research projects. Tools, such as traps and other gadgets, are often described in technical publications.
  • Fasulo, T., D. Short, and R. Mizell. 1998. Woodybug: a hypertext knowledge base on IPM of Florida woody ornamental arthropod pests.

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Russell Mizell

  • Russell Mizell
    North Florida Research
     & Education Center
    155 Research Rd.
    Quincy, FL  32351-5677
  • Phone: (850) 875-7156
    Fax: (850) 875-7188
    Web site: WOODYBUG