UF-CTA Affiliated Faculty:

Rudolf H. Scheffrahn

Title and department: Professor, Entomology & Nematology

Address: Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center 3205 College Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

Phone: 954-577-6312
E-mail: rhsc@ufl.edu


B.S. University of California, Riverside, 1974
M.S. University of California, Riverside, 1977
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside, 1983

Research Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

Although termites are not typical pests of agriculture, their tropical distribution and feeding result in occasional crop losses.  Far more important, however, is their damage to structural wood throughout the world’s tropics.  As countries evolve from rural agroeconomies to urban manufacturing centers, the effect of termite infestations carry even greater monetary losses.  I am interested in all aspects of termite biology, diversity, and control and specialize in termites of the circum- Caribbean region were I have assembled a collection of some 24,000 colony samples, many of which are undescribed taxa or are new biogeographic records. I am also a world authority in structural fumigation

5 most significant publications:

Scheffrahn, R. H., Krecek, J., Szalanski, A. L. & Austin, J. W. 2005.  Synonymy of the neotropical arboreal termites, Nasutitermes corniger and N. costalis (Isoptera: Termitidae), with evidence from morphology, genetics, and biogeography.  Annals of the Entomological Society of America.  98:273-281

Juergensmeyer, M. A., Gingras, B. A., Scheffrahn, R. H. & Weinberg, M. J. 2006.  Methyl Bromide Fumigant Lethal to Bacillus anthracis Spores.  Journal of Environmental Health. 69: 24-26.

Scheffrahn, R. H., Krecek, J., Chase, J. A., Maharajh, B. & Mangold, J. R. 2006.  Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Notes on the Termites (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae, Rhinotermitidae, Termitidae) of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands.  Annals of the Entomological Society of America 99: 463-486.

Scheffrahn, R.H., N.-Y. Su, J. Krecek, A. Van Liempt, B. Maharajh, and G. S. Wheeler. 1998. Prevention of colony foundation by the drywood termite, Cryptotermes brevis, and remedial control of drywood termites (Isoptera: Kalotermitidae) with selected chemical treatments. J. Econ. Entomol. 91: 1387-1396.

Scheffrahn, R. H., R.-C. Hsu, N.-Y. Su, J. A. Huffman, S. Midland, and J. J. Sims. 1988. Allelochemical resistance of baldcypress, Taxodium distichum, heartwood to the subterranean termite, Coptotermes formosanus. J. Chem. Ecol. 14: 765-775

Extramural support during past 5 years: $650,000


Teaching Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture:

Termite biology and control, Tropical Entomology

Extension/Outreach Interests (with focus on Tropical Agriculture)

I have identified and provided consultation on termites that infest structures and perennial agricultural crops throughout the world but especially in the circum-Caribbean region.

International Activities (with focus on Tropical Agriculture):

Since 1991, I have conducted termite diversity surveys in every country of the circum-Caribbean region except for Colombia and Haiti and have given lectures, seminars, and workshops on the biology, diversity, and control of termites.  My goal is to describe and revise the termite taxa of this region and understand their biogeographical origins.  I am also interested in understanding the anthropogenic dispersal of pestiferous termites throughout the world and methods for their control.

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