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Dr. Russell (Russ) F. Mizell III

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Mizell is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology with the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and is located at NFREC-Quincy. 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 ~400 publications concerned with IPM programs including pest biology, ecology and behavior, 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 including new trap development for weevils (fruit, citrus, forestry), stink bugs, citrus psyllid and related species, and the biological control, nutrition and behavioral ecology of fruit and nut pests. Dr. Mizell has been awarded one U.S. patent (a stink bug trap) from his research. 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 inside and outside UFL he developed the Citrus psyllid “Smart” trap, the web-based program "Woodybug", a computer knowledge-base system covering IPM for woody landscape plants (link), an Ecosystem Services website (link) and the bermudagrass stem maggot and biting fly websites (http://ufinsect.ifas.ufl.edu).

Dr. Mizell has been awarded ~70 competitive grants in excess of $9 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 was also the first Director of the USDA-CSREES-sponsored Southern Region Pest Management Center. 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. Dr. Mizell was 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 50 minority and under-privileged high school students. Some of his past and current contributions can be viewed at or linked to from http://ufinsect.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

Research

Entomology