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Indian River Research and Education Center

Indian River Research and Education Center

Dr. William A. Overholt

Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Nematology

Bill Overholt joined the IRREC faculty in 2002. He has extensive international experience including 2 years in Peace Corps working with the Senegalese Plant Protection Service, 4 years in Mauritania with USAID, and 12 years at the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of Bill’s research program is biological control of invasive plants. His current work is focused on Brazilian peppertree, Hydrilla verticillata, tropical soda apple and Phragmites australis, and involves foreign exploration, host range studies, and field release and evaluation of a biological control agents. Bill also conducts extension activities aimed at increasing public awareness of the problems associated with invasive plants, and the application of biological control as a tool for their management.

Dr. Overholt retired in 2016.

William Overholt