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||Entomology and Nematology Dept.
University of Florida
Bldg. 970 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
- Born in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Raised in Monroe, New Hampshire. Attended
High School in Wallingford, Connecticut at Choate School (presently
Choate Rosemary Hall). Attended the University of Vermont in Burlington
prior to entering the US Air Force in 1969. Served 4 years in USAF
as Photographic Processing Specialist with tours in Colorado, Texas,
Vietnam, and South Carolina. Upon discharge from USAF returned to college
at University of New Hampshire to complete undergraduate degree in
- Moved to Florida in 1975 to attend graduate school. Have been here
- Ph.D. Entomology - 1989 University of Florida. Dissertation Title:
The relationship between palpal morphology and host seeking behavior
in mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae), especially Culiseta melanura (Coq.)
- B. S. Entomology 1975 - University of New Hampshire
- I am presently employed by the University of Florida, Entomology
and Nematology Department as Lecturer. I teach distance education classes
(ALS 3203), Personal Computer
Use, and Insect Classification (ENY
4161/6166), as well as an on-campus section of Insect Classification.
Additionally I am the Entomology
and Nematology Department webmaster, and am continually working
on distance education and delivery of educational material via the
Internet and World Wide Web. I served as departmental photographer
(1997-2001) supporting departmental and extension publication needs.
Teaching Experience, Information technology and Computer Skills
- Distance Education Courses developed and delivered online or on
CD ROM: ALS 3203 (online)
and ENY 4161/6166
- 1991-1995 - I assisted in a 3 credit course, ENY 5810, Information
Techniques in Research. Duties included grading assignments and conducting
student help sessions in the computer laboratory. Subject matter included
literature searching and bibliographic software (EndNOte and Papyrus,
spreadsheets (Excel), Word processing (MS Word, Word Perfect), and
slide presentation techniques (Film recorder and MS Power Point).
- 1989 - Present - I developed and deliver two distance education courses, ALS
3203, Personal Computer Use in Agriculture, which is delivered entirely online totally
via the World Wide Web and the Internet. Exams are delivered and
graded online. I have developed PHP scripts which automatically score
results, show which questions were missed and the incorrect answers.
Students learn basic computer skills by completing weekly tasks.. In order to accomplish this
I have had to learn PHP3 and PHP4 scripting languages, ODBC database
connectivity, and advanced HTML language.
- Introductory Entomology and Insect Classification - I have taught
and supervised the Principles of Entomology laboratory sections. I
also have taught Insect Classification - undergraduate and graduate
(ENY 4161/6166) twice. While teaching these classes I have emphasized
Florida fauna and flora. My goal was to introduce students to many
of the techniques involved in developing a classification system. These
included understanding zoological nomenclature, completing literature
searches and assembling bibliographies for Florida insect fauna, species
definition and the problems therein, identification key construction,
ecological studies, and insect identification.Once students gained
a familiarity with the techniques necessary to study a group of insects,
they were divided into smaller groups to research, compile, and condense
literature that would allow them to create dichotomous keys to Florida
species. Examples of the projects include a diagnostic keys to the cockroaches
of Florida, a key
to the Mantids of Florida, and the earwigs
(Dermaptera) of Florida.
- Departmental Web site and World Wide Web Instruction - I am responsible
for more than 400 web documents that comprise our department web site.
This includes maintenance of current pages, and the addition of new
sites as needed. In addition to this I collaborate with various other
researchers in the development of Web materials for education, and
have given instructional seminars to members of the Air Force and Army
on HTML techniques.
- Description and Conservation of habitats in Florida - Since describing
a new species of Cicindela (Choate 1984) from central Florida,
I have been involved with the Nature Conservancy to document the known
range and habitat requirements for Cicindela highlandensis.
My research interests that follow are closely tied to the problem of
habitat destruction and preservation in Florida, and focus on the use
of taxonomy and classification as tools for conservation of Arthropods
in this state.
- Taxonomy and classification of the ground beetle family Carabidae
in Florida, including the tiger beetles. There are numerous genera
in need of revision before the affinities between the Florida fauna
and southeastern United States may be understood. Among the techniques
available for studying these affinities are larval characters, molecular
studies, seasonal distributions, and ecological requirements. Together
these will form the basis for a cladistic analysis of several species
groups, in particular the Cicindela (Cicindelidia)abdominalis species
group. I intend to describe the immature stages of Florida tiger beetles.
Among the more than 30 Florida species only 2 have larvae that thus
far have not been located, Cicindela striga and olivacea.
Both of these may be collected as adults, and larvae may be obtained
by laboratory rearing.
- Development of identification keys to many of the smaller Orders
of Florida insects in the form of Field Guides that may be used by
the non-specialist. These will include Dermaptera (earwigs),cockroaches,
mantids, and walkingsticks. A field guide and identification manual
to the eastern species of tiger beetles has been accepted for publication
by the University Press of Florida and is now in the review process.
- Develop online insect taxonomy and classification materials that
will provide teaching aids via the World Wide Web and the Internet
for access by students from remote locations.
- I plan to continue development of effective learning online course
materials for computer use skills.
Hobbies and other interests
- Photography - especially macro-photography of insects, outdoor photography.
- Most outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and camping.
- Insect collecting - ground beetles, tiger beetles, and Scarab beetles.
- NACTA - National Association of College Teachers in Agriculture
- Coleopterists Society
- Nature Conservancy
- Hennig Society
Other Selected Electronic Publications
- Choate, P. M. 2008. Tiger beetles(Coleoptera: Carabidae: Collyrinae and Cicindelinae). IN:Encyclopdia of Entomology. 2nd Edit. p.3804-3818. J.L. Capinera, ed. Springer. 4346p.
- Choate, P. M. 2006. Book review. Evolution of the Insects, by David Grimaldi & Michael Engel. Cambridge University Press, New York, NY. 755pp. Cladistics 22:390-391.
- Choate, P.M. and J. H. Frank.2004. Collecting and preserving insects. IN: Encyclopedia of entomology. Vol. 1, A-E., p.577-583. J. L. Capinera ed. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Mass.
- Choate, P. M. 2004. Ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae) taxonomy. IN: Encyclopedia of Entomology Vol. 2, F-O, p.1032-1037. J. L. Capinera ed. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, Mass.
- Choate, P. M. 2004. Florida
Hemiptera (Recognizing suborders; with diagnostic keys to some
families of the suborders Auchenorrhyncha and Sternorrhyncha). http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/florida_homoptera1.pdf
- Choate, P. M. 2004. Florida
winkled bark beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Rhysodini)
- Choate, P. M. 2004. Metallic
wood-boring beetles: identification of Florida Chalcophora (Coleoptera:
- Choate,P. M. 2003. A key to Classes of Arthropods and Insect Orders. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/insectid.pdf
- Choate, P. M. 2003. Illustrated
key to Florida species of tiger beetles (Coleoptera: Cicindelidae)
- Choate, P.M. (July 2003). Giant water bugs, Lethocerus, Abedus,
Belostoma. UF/IFAS Featured Creatures. EENY-301. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/bugs/giant_water_bugs.htm
- Choate, P. M. 2003. A field guide and identification manual for Florida
and Eastern U. S. Tiger Beetles. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
200p. (review and order at: http://www.upf.com/Spring2003/Choate.htm)
- Choate, P. M. 2002. Book review. Tiger Beetles: The Evolution, Ecology
and Diversity of the Cicindelids Pearson & Vogler. Florida Entomologist
- Choate, P. M. 2002. Journal titles and abbreviations (BIOSIS format). http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/all_journals.htm
- Choate, P. M. 2001. The order Dermaptera (Earwigs)in Florida and the United States (modified from Hoffman, 1987) . http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/dermaptera.pdf
- Choate, P. M. 2001. ALS 3203 - Computer Use in Agriculture. [online course]. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/agg3333/
- Choate, P. M. 2001. Information and Course materials for Insect Classification. [distance education course] http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/insectclass/
- Choate, P. M. 2001. Manual
for the identification of the ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae)
(including tiger beetles)of Florida. (choate/florida_carabidae_new.pdf).
- Choate, P. M. 2001. An Asian ground beetle, Mochtherus
tetraspilotus (MacLeay), in Florida (Coleoptera: Carabidae:
Lebiini).Entomology Circular No. 404, Fla. Dept. Agric. & Consumer
Services, Division of PLant Industry, Gainesville, Fl. 2p.
- Choate,P. M. 2000. Introduction to the Identification of Insects and Related Arthropods. http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/insecpdf.htm
- Choate,P. M. 2000. A few Entomological terms defined (Composite glossary of entomological terms encountered in keys). http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/choate/composite.pdf
- Choate, P. M. 1997. Tiger
beetles of Florida.
- Choate, P. M. 1990. Checklist of the ground beetles of Florida (Coleoptera:
Carabidae) Literature records. Florida Entomologist 73: 476-492.
- Choate, P. M. 1987.
Biology of Ceratocanthus aeneus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Ceratocanthinae).
Florida Entomologist, v. 70, n. 3, p. 301-305
- Choate, P. M. 1984. A new species of Cicindela Linnaeus
(Coleoptera: Cicindelidae) from Florida, and elevation of C. abdominalis
scabrosa Schaupp to species. Entomological News 95: 73-82.
- Choate, P. M. 1975. Notes on Cicindelidae in South Carolina. Cicindela
- Choate, P. M., and R. A. Dunn. 1998. Land
Planarians. Bipalium kewense Moseley and Dolichoplana
striata Moseley (Tricladida: Terricola). creatures/misc/land_planarians.HTM
- Choate, P. M. and A. L. Choate. 1995. Additions to the known range
of Bembidion rufotinctum Chaudoir (Coleoptera: Carabidae;
Bembidiini). Insecta Mundi 9: 371-372.
- Choate, P. M., Jr., and T. J. Dyrkacz. 1975. A new state record for Platypatrobus
lacustris Darlington (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Coleopterists
Bulletin 29: 82.
- Choate, P. M. and P. Miliotis. 1979. Distribution and ecology of
a little known species of the genus Bembidion Latreille (Coleoptera:
Carabidae). Cordulia 5: 3-5.
- Choate, P. M. and T. Rogers. 1976. The occurrence of a troglophilic
ground beetle in Florida (Coleoptera: Carabidae). Coleopterists Bulletin
- Halbert, S. E. and P. M. Choate. 1998. An Asian Wooly Hackberry Aphid, Shivaphis
celti Das (Homoptera: Aphididae). Entomology Circular No. 392.
Florida Dept. Agric. & Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry,
- Walker, T. J. and P. M. Choate. 1994. Biologists' toolbox. Inputting
CD-ROM records - a comparison of bibliographic software. BioScience