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Indian River Research and Education Center

Indian River Research and Education Center

Dr. Carey Minteer

Assistant Professor, Weed Biological Contro

Dr. Minteer works to develop solutions for controlling the state’s invasive weed problems through classical biological control  and integrated pest management. Dr. Minteer is currently working to control the Brazilian peppertree, one of the state’s most wide-spread invasive plant species and air potato, a climbing vine from Asia.  

Dr. Minteer’s familiarity with geographic information systems, or GIS, and remote sensing brings an innovative approach for invasive species research to the UF/IFAS Fort Pierce laboratory. Minteer utilizes satellites to collect spectral signatures, or light reflectance, from plants. With these tools Dr. Minteer is able to select a large swath of land and collect data about the extent of an infestation of an invasive plant species and, over time, monitor changes in that infestation.

The science involved in the biological control of invasive plant species is sophisticated, and when successful, saves millions of dollars annually because of the reduced need for expensive mechanical and/or chemical control methods.

  • Research

    Dr. Minteer works to develop solutions for controlling the state’s invasive weed problems through classical biological control  and integrated pest management. Dr. Minteer is currently working to control the Brazilian peppertree, one of the state’s most wide-spread invasive plant species and air potato, a climbing vine from Asia.  

    Dr. Minteer’s familiarity with geographic information systems, or GIS, and remote sensing brings an innovative approach for invasive species research to the UF/IFAS Fort Pierce laboratory. Minteer utilizes satellites to collect spectral signatures, or light reflectance, from plants. With these tools Dr. Minteer is able to select a large swath of land and collect data about the extent of an infestation of an invasive plant species and, over time, monitor changes in that infestation.

    The science involved in the biological control of invasive plant species is sophisticated, and when successful, saves millions of dollars annually because of the reduced need for expensive mechanical and/or chemical control methods.

  • Extension

    Dr. Minteer’s extension program involves methods to manage invasive plant species with classical biological control and integrated pest management to support land owners and land managers in Florida. In collaboration with UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension, The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry, and the USDA-ARS Invasive Plant Research Laboratory, Dr. Minteer is working to disseminate biological control agents for the control of the invasive vine, air potato.

    Another facet of Dr. Minteer’s extension program is with community outreach, and educating the public about the discipline of biological control. In her own words, she said, “Sharing the message of the safety and effectiveness of biological control with the public is important to me. It is important that the public understands what an amazing tool classical biological control is for protecting the environment from the impacts of invasive plant species.”

Dr. Carey Minteer


Contact

Room #217
Indian River Research and Education Center
Fort Pierce, FL 34945-3138
c.minteerkillian@ufl.edu
Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory

  • Education
    • Remote Sensing, University of Arkansas, 2012
    • MSc, Biology, University of Arkansas, 2007
    • BSc, Biology, minor: Physical Science, 2000
  • Publications
  • Awards and Service

    Awards

    • Entomological Society of America Student Activity Award, 2013
    • C.C. Burkhardt Memorial Graduate Student Award for Best Paper, Rocky Mountain Conference of Entomologists, 2012 
    • Aileen McWilliam Scholarship, Arkansas Native Plant Society, 2012
    • Robert T. Gast Award for Best PhD research paper, Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Little Rock, AR, 2011
    • President's Prize for 10 minute Paper Presentation, Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, Reno, NV, 2011
    • Linnaean Games, Second Place, Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2011
    • Dwight Isely Outstanding PhD Student Award, University of Arkansas Department of Entomology, 2011
    • C.C Burkhardt Memorial Graduate Student Award for Best Paper, Rocky Mountain Conference of Entomologists, 2011
    • Lloyd and Ruby Warren Scholarship, University of Arkansas, Department of Entomology

    Service

    • International Organization of Biological Control
    • Entomological Society of America
      • President's Prize Competition judge, 2013
      • Student Debate Organizing Committee, 2012
      • Student Affairs Committe Chair, Southeastern Branch, 2011-2012
      • Student Affairs Vice Chair, 2011-2012
      • Linnaean Games Planning Committee, Chair, Southeastern Branch, 2011-2012
      • Student Symposium Planning Committee, Southeastern Branch, 2011 
    • Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council
    • Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture
    • Professional manuscript reviews for: Environmental Entomology and Pan-Pacific Entomologist, 2013-present
    • International Congress of Entomology Student Affairs Committee, 2014-2016
    • Chair, S-1058 Biological Control of Arthropods and Weeds Working Group, 2014
    • Distinguished Alumni Award Selection Committee, University of Arkansas, Department of Entomology, Chair, 2010
    • Outreach, University of Arkansas, Department of Entomology, 2009-2012