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West Florida Research and Education Center

West Florida Research and Education Center

Dr. Silvana V. Paula-Moraes

Associate Professor

Crop Pest Management

Dr. Paula-Moraes has a 70% research and 30% teaching appointment. Her research focuses on general area of applied insect ecology and addresses several aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including the development of economic thresholds, sampling plans, cost-benefit analysis, host plant resistance, crop environmental manipulation and characterization of the risk of invasive pests to cropping systems. Her research also addresses biology and behavior of insects as applied to Insect Resistance Management (IRM), with focus on insect movement, host utilization and differential exposure to Bt toxins.


  • Research

    Insect ecology, Integrated Pest Management and Insect resistance management.

  • Teaching
    • Principles of Entomology
    • Fundamentals of Plant-Pest Management
  • Entomology Community Outreach

    Advice for pests that affect our area:


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Jay Admin Rm. 11
UF/IFAS West Florida Research and Education Center
4253 Experiment Rd., Hwy. 182
Jay, FL 32565

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Entomology, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2012

    • M.S. Entomology, University Federal de Viçosa, Brazil, 1996

    • Agronomy, University Federal de Viçosa, Brazil, 1993

  • Publications