Dr. Tolulope O. Morawo
Assistant Professor of Entomology
Dr. Tolulope Morawo joined UF/IFAS at the Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC) in April, 2020. Dr. Morawo’s research focus is on biological control of invasive insects and mites affecting agricultural and natural areas in Florida. Dr. Morawo's has specific interests in parasitoid-host interactions as it relates to host selection and foraging.
Dr. Morawo applies a combination of behavioral, electrophysiological and chemical ecology techniques to study the multitrophic interactions among plants, pest species and natural enemies. Aspects of his research will include host selection studies, chemistry of host location in natural enemies, defensive ecology of invasive species, and predictive studies on the efficiency of biological control agents. Together, these studies are critical to the selection of exotic natural enemy species for classical biological control, conservation of established species, and integrated pest management.
The Morawo Biocontrol Labortory is situated in the UF/IFAS at IRREC Norman C. Hayslip Biological Control Research and Containment Laboratory (BCRCL), in Ft. Pierce, Florida. The Hayslip BCRCL is a state-of-the-art USDA-certified facility with both quarantine and non-quarantine laboratories for investigating natural enemy-prey and host interactions.
Dr. Morawo will also teach graduate courses in biological control and tropical entomology for the UF/IFAS Department of Entomology and Nematology.