Graduate Studies at UF/FMEL
Graduate students at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory earn degrees at the M.S. and/or Ph.D. level in the University of Florida's Department of Entomology and Nematology.
Typically FMEL students satisfy course requirements for a degree in Entomology through a diverse array of classes offered through e-Learning (online). This permits graduate students to simultaneously take advantage of the unique laboratory and field opportunities offered by the FMEL. Students obtain close in depth training through contact and collaborations with the faculty of the FMEL, all of whom are leading authorities in medical entomology.
Graduate work at the FMEL is planned in close collaboration with an FMEL faculty member who serves as the Chair of the student's graduate committee. A graduate committee will be constituted consisting of other FMEL faculty, other faculty in the Department of Entomology and Nematology and/or faculty in other relevant departments.
Graduate students at the FMEL are eligible to receive graduate support in the form of stipends and/or tuition remission through University of Florida fellowships, Department of Entomology and Nematology assistantships, FMEL grants from NIH, USDA, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and through other granting and sponsoring agencies. These awards are made on a competitive basis to deserving students. Interested students are encouraged to directly contact prospective faculty at the FMEL to learn about FMEL opportunities, research, graduate applications and financial support.
Research interests and expertise cover a wide variety of areas including, genetics, biochemistry, ecology and behavior, systematics, bigeography, epidemiology, mathematical modelling, and others. Some examples of research projects now underway include:
- Dr. Barry Alto: Mosquito ecology, disease transmission
- Dr. Eva Buckner: Medical entomology extension specialist
- Dr. Nathan Burkett-Cadena: Ecology of vector-borne disease
- Dr. Lindsay Campbell: Spatial ecology
- Dr. Eric Caragata: Mosquito-microbe interactions
- Dr. Bianca Burini
- Dr. Yoosook Lee: Molecular ecology, population genomics, bioinformatics
- Dr. Cynthia Lord: Population modeling
- Dr. Derrick Mathias: Evolutionary biology and genetics
- Dr. Lawrence Reeves: Molecular Ecologist
- Dr. Jorge Rey: Wetlands and estuarine ecology, biological control
- Dr. Chelsea Smartt: Molecular biology and biochemistry
- Dr. Panpim Thongsripong: Vector-borne disease ecology
Detailed information about applying for admission to graduate work at the FMEL Department of Entomology and Nematology can be obtained from the Department Web site.
Graduate Student Health Care
Graduate Studies Coordinator
Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory
200 9th St SE
Vero Beach, FL 32962