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Tropical Research & Education Center

Tropical Research & Education Center

Dr. Daniel Carrillo

Associate Professor - Entomology and Nematology

Dr. Daniel Carrillo conducts fundamental and applied research on biological and environmental processes that affect the population dynamics and spread of plant-associated pest and beneficial arthropods in tropical/subtropical fruit crop systems. He specializes in two main areas: biological control, and the ecology and management of invasive insects and mites.

Dr. Carrillo investigates factors that disrupt the beneficial activities of natural enemies and pollinators, and that hinder the development of solutions to mitigate these problems. Additionally, he studies the compatibility between biological and chemical control measures by determining the relative toxicity of pesticides to natural enemies and pollinators, and the compatibility and/or antagonism between biological control agents. Likewise, Dr. Carrillo's research focuses on multi-trophic interactions between host plants, pest arthropods and natural enemies, and how these affect the outcome of a biological control program. Lastly, he has a special interest in the ecology and management of invasive arthropods with a priority focus on vectors of plant pathogens.

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Dr. Daniel Carrillo

Contact 

UF/TREC
18905 SW 280 Street
Homestead, FL 33031
Phone: (786) 217-9245
Email: dancar@ufl.edu

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, 2011
    • M.S. Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, 2007
    • B.S. Agricultural Engineer, National University of Colombia, 2003
  • Publications
  • Recent Services and Honors
    • Best student paper award at the International Organization for Biological Control (10BCI) meeting on "Integrated Control of Plant-feeding Mites" held in esky Krumlov, Czech Republic, 2011. Title of paper: Potential of Florida populations of Amblyseius largoensis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) as biological control agents of the invasive species Raoiella Indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae). This is a peer reviewed paper that is published in the IOBC WPRS Bulletin (in press).
    • SeWinner of Student Paper Competition of the Acarological Society of America Annual meeting, San Diego, California, 2010. Title of paper: Prey-stage preference, functional and numerical responses of Amblyseius largoensis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) to Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae). This study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Experimental and Applied Acarology (2012, 57:361-72).
    • Winner of the Student ompetition for the President's Prize, Entomological Society of America Annual meeting, Indianpolis, Indiana, 2009. Title of paper: Biology of Ambyseius largoensis (Acari: Phytoseiidae) when feeding on the Red Palm Mite, Raoiella indica (Acari: Tenuipalpidae). This study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Experimental and Applied Acarology (2010, 52: 119-129).
    • Winner of the Student Competition for the President's Prize, Entomological Society of America Annual meeting, San Diego, California, 2007. Title of paper: Effect of Host Plants on Successful Parasitism of Haeckeliania sperata on Diaprepes abbreviatus Eggs. This study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Entolomology (2008, 37: 1565-1572).
    • Winner of Student Paper Competition at the 90th Annual Meeting of the Florida Entomological Society, Sarasota, Florida, 2007.
    • Donald E. Johnston Fellowship, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2011.
    • William H. Krome Memorial Fellowship, Dade County AgriCouncil, Florida, 2011.
    • Florida Mango Forum Scholarship, Dade County AgriCouncil, Florida, 2010.
    • Seymour Goldweber Scholarship, Dade County AgriCouncil, Florida, 2008.
    • National Award for Academic Excellence (Colombia 2002). Recognition for obtaining one of the 10 best scores in the National Examination on Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy ECAES, chapter 1781 (2002). Presidency of the Republic of Colombia.
    • Luicejota Award (2000, 2001, 2002). Best grade point average on the Agronomy Department, National University of Colombia. Agronomy Department. Phone: (57)1-3165000 Ext. 19059.