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North Florida Research And Education Center

North Florida Research And Education Center

Dr. Funderburk, Joseph (Joe)

Professor of Entomology

Dr. Funderburk conducts research and extension programs to develop and implement integrated pest management programs of agronomic, vegetable, and ornamental crops. The goals are effectiveness, economy, environmental safety, and sustainability. He is a specialist in the ecology, management, and taxonomy of Thysanoptera (thrips) and the epidemiology of the thrips-vectored tospoviruses. Programs are vertically integrated to consider the complex of pests faced by growers through collaboration with other researchers and extension specialists.


  • Research

    Ecology and Pest Management

    Dr. Funderburk conducts ongoing research to develop reduced-risk tactics for use in integrated pest management programs that are practical, economical, and environmentally friendly, including biological pesticides, cultural control, natural enemies, and other management tactics. The novel approach of using interspecific competition from native flower thrips with little, if any, pest status to outcompete the invasive pest flower thrips was developed as a successful management tactic. Push-pull systems are being developed to manage thrips, thrips-vectored tospoviruses, and other pests. Research includes understanding the ecology and management of invasive pest species. Cooperative research includes development of vertically integrated pest management programs; that is, the integration of multiple, compatible tactics to manage the complex of pests that are damaging to crops. This is necessary in order to optimize the benefits of natural enemies.

  • Teaching

    Ecology and Pest Management

    Dr. Funderburk advises the program of study of M. S., Ph. D, and post-doctoral students in the areas of ecology and pest management. He teaches graduate level current topics in ecology and pest management.

  • Extension

    Integrated Pest Management

    Vegetable, ornamental, agronomic, and fruit crops contribute many billions of dollars to the economy of Florida. University of Florida extension is responsible for developing and evaluating the benefits of management tactics for a high diversity of crops. Many new invasive pest species, for example thrips and thrips-vectored tospoviruses, become established in Florida due to the high volume of trade in agricultural products and Florida’s subtropical/tropical climate. A team of entomologists and plant pathologists cooperates to evaluate and recommend practical, effective, economical, and environmentally friendly management approaches.


Dr. Funderburk, Joseph (Joe)
Professor of Entomolgy
North Florida Research and Education Center
Quincy, FL 32351
Phone: 850-875-7146
Fax: 352-846-6617

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Entomology Ecology and Pest Management Iowa State University 1982
    • M.S. Zoology Invertebrate Ecology Louisiana Tech University 1978
    • B.S. Zoology Louisiana Tech University 1976
  • Publications
  • Professional Service and Awards
    • Cooperator with Organismo Internacional de Sanidad Agropecuria, 2004-present (Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica)

    • University of Florida International Fellow, 2008

    • USDA Honor Award for Excellence, 2004