Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 273-3923

Heather J. McAuslane
Professor and Graduate Student Coordinator
Interim Chair


(70% research, 30% teaching)

  • Ph.D., 1990, Texas A&M University, TX (Entomology)
  • M.Sc., 1986, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario (Entomology)
  • B.Sc., 1983, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario (Biology)

Relevant Employment History

  • Professor and Graduate Coordinator, University of Florida (2009 to present)
  • Professor, University of Florida (2007 to present)
  • Associate Professor, University of Florida (1997 to 2007)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Florida (1993 to 1997)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida (1990 to 1993)

Teaching Activities

  • ENY 6203/6203L, Insect Ecology
  • ENY 6934, Seminar in Insect Chemical Ecology
  • ENY 6934, Seminar in Graduate Professional Development (coordinator)

Research Interests

  • Plant-insect interactions
  • Chemical ecology
  • Insect behavior
  • Tritrophic interactions among plants, herbivores and natural enemies

Current Research Projects

  • Chemical ecology of pepper weevil, Anthonomus eugenii
  • Feeding behavior of southern chinch bug, Blissus insularis
  • Host plant resistance in lettuce to multiple insect species

Selected Publications

Backus, E., M. Rangasamy, M. Stamm, H. Mcauslane, and R. Cherry. 2013. Waveform library for chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Blissidae): characterization of electrical penetration graph waveforms at multiple input impedances. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 106: 524-539.

Ma, L., H. Lu, R. Cherry, H. McAuslane, and K. Kenworthy. 2013. Effect of time and testing method in determining St. Augustinegrass resistance to southern chinch bugs (Hemiptera: Blissidae). Journal of Entomological Science 48: 161-165.

Navarrete, B., H. McAuslane, M. Deyrup, and J. Pena. 2013. Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) associated with Diaphorina citri (Hemiptera: Psyllidae) and their role in its biological control. Florida Entomologist 96: 590-597.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane, and R. Cherry. 2012. Aggregation behavior of the southern chinch bug (Hemiptera: Blissidae). Environmental Entomology 41: 887-895.

Sethi, A., H. Alborn, H. McAuslane, G. Nuessly, and R. Nagata. 2012. Banded cucumber beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) resistance in romaine lettuce: understanding latex chemistry. Arthropod-Plant Interactions 6: 269-281.

Addesso, K., H. McAuslane, and H. Alborn. 2011. Attraction of pepper weevil to volatiles from damaged pepper plants. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 138: 1-11.

Hammad, E., and H. McAuslane. 2010. Effect of Melia azedarach L. extract on Liriomyza sativae (Diptera: Agromyzidae) and its biocontrol agent Diglyphus isaea (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae). Journal of Food Agriculture&Environment 8: 1247-1252.

Addesso, K. M., and H. J. McAuslane. 2009. Pepper weevil attraction to volatiles from host and nonhost plants. Environmental Entomology 38: 216-224.

Addesso, K. M., H. J. McAuslane, P. A. Stansly, F. Slansky, and D. J. Schuster. 2009. Artificial substrates for oviposition and larval development of the pepper weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Journal of Economic Entomology 102: 257-264.

Cetintas, R., and H. McAuslane. 2009. Effectiveness of parasitoids of Bemisia tabaci (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) on cotton cultivars differing in leaf morphology. Florida Entomologist 92: 538-547.