University of Florida


People at Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory.

Pasco B. Avery, Ph.D.

Dr. Pasco Avery Senior Biological Scientist
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My research interests involve evaluating multi-trophic interactions between host plant-pest-pathogen/parasitoids from a systems approach. Current research projects involve investigating biocontrol strategies using entomopathogenic fungi alone or in combination with other predators or parasites for managing invasive insect pests which include the following: red bay ambrosia beetle (Xyleborus glabratus), Sri Lanka beetle (Myllocerus undecimpustulatus undatus), and yellowmargined leaf beetle (Microtheca ochroloma). Other research work involves the implementation of safe and efficacious control strategies focused on reducing or mitigating the transport of plants or cuttings infested with invasive insect pests which include the Madeira mealybug (Phenacoccus madeirensis). Also, I am working with the Palm Beach County Whitefly Task Force to monitor and assess infestation levels of the invasive rugose spiraling whitefly (Aleurodicus rugioperculatus) on various host plants in the landscape.


Ronald D. Cave, Ph.D.

Dr. Ronald Cave Professor
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Research on biological control of invasive arthropods. Current activities include rearing and establishment of the parasitic fly Lixadmontia franki in Florida for control of the Mexican bromeliad weevil, laboratory evaluation and expected field release of the predatory lady beetle Phaenochilus n. sp. for control of the cycad aulacaspis scale, and field evaluation of the spined soldier bug, Podisus maculiventris, for control of the yellow-margined leaf beetle. He is also collaborating with Dr. Brett Ratcliffe at the University of Nebraska on a survey and inventory of the dynastine scarab beetles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.


Erik Ottoson

Erik Ottoson Biological Scientist III, BCRCL Quarantine Officer
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I am the quarantine officer for the Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research & Containment Laboratory. It is my responsibility to uphold all state and federal laws and regulations regarding an arthropod containment facility. I also perform biotech crop and other biological containment inspections throughout central and south Florida.

Carey Minteer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
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Dr. Minteer works to develop solutions for controlling the state’s invasive weed problems through classical biological control  and integrated pest management. Dr. Minteer is currently working to control the Brazilian peppertree, one of the state’s most wide-spread invasive plant species and air potato, a climbing vine from Asia.  


 Ron Scarberry

Maintenance SpecialistRon Scarberry