Dr. Heather J. McAuslane
Professor, Plant-Insect Interactions, Chemical Ecology
Dr. McAuslane started her career at the University of Florida in 1990, after graduation from Texas A&M University, and is currently a Full Professor with a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. Over the years, her research has focused on management of vegetable, agronomic and horticultural insect pests, with research emphases on mechanisms of host plant resistance to insects, tritrophic interactions among plants, herbivores and biological control agents, and pest behavioral manipulation using pheromones and plant semiochemicals. Her research has been funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and commodity groups and has been published in 62 refereed journal articles. She has served on 58 graduate committees, chairing 10 and co-chairing 3 committees. She has taught graduate courses and seminars in her areas of research expertise: host plant resistance, chemical ecology and insect ecology. She has served the department as the Graduate Coordinator since January 2009 and online M.S. and certificate program coordinator since 2012.