Faculty and Staff

Shad Ali
Adam Dale
Joe Jonovich
Chris Marble
Paul Mitola
Faith M. Oi
Mark H. Ruff
Laurie Trenholm

G. Shad Ali, Ph.D.

The humid and relatively warm weather of Florida is very favorable for the development of plant diseases in ornamental, vegetable and fruit crops. In addition, increased international trade in plant commodities have led to the spread of pathogens in new niches including in Florida. In order to avoid the spread and establishment of pathogens, our primary mission is to conduct research on the early detection, molecular diagnosis and management of fungal diseases of ornamental and other crops. Our second mission is to timely disseminate scientifically sound information to clientele so that they can make informed decisions to minimize losses caused by plant diseases. In addition, we also conduct basic research in plant-microbe interaction using high throughput molecular, genetic and cell biological approaches.

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center
2725 S. Binion Road
Apopka, FL 32703-8504
Ph: (407) 410-6933
Fax: (407) 814-6186

Adam Dale, Ph.D.

As the turf and ornamental entomologist, I am responsible for researching economically important pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants, and disseminating the results through management recommendations to extension faculty across the state. The ultimate goal of my lab is to generate more sustainable, ecologically based management strategies that benefit the environment as well as the turf and ornamental industries.

Steinmetz Hall
1881 Natural Area Dr.
Gainesville, FL 32611
PO Box 110620
PH: (352) 273-3976
Twitter @adamGDale

Joe Jonovich, Industry Expert

M.S. from University of Florida, Entomology and Nematology Dept. Joe was recently the technical director for a large pest control company in south Florida where he delivered more than 180 days of training, He also worked for MGK technical division, and was an owner of a pest control company after graduate school.

2364 Vista Parkway, Suite 19
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
PH: (561) 628-2696

Chris Marble, Ph.D.

Research focuses on the biology and management of weeds and invasive plant species in ornamental crop production and in landscapes. The primary goal of my research program is to improve upon current weed control practices and develop new methods of weed control using an integrated approach that combines both chemical and non-chemical management strategies. My extension program involves working with extension faculty and staff, growers, landscapers, homeowners, and other stakeholders to deliver the latest information on weed pests and provide the most effective, economical, and environmentally friendly methods of weed control in and around ornamental plants.

Environmental Horticulture Department
Mid-Florida Research & Education Center
2725 Binion Road
Apopka, FL 32703-8504
PH: (407) 410-6960

Paul Mitola, Industry Expert

Paul is an Environmental Consultant with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the Bureau of Scientific Evaluation and Technical Assistance, Entomology and Pest Control Section. He began his career in the pest control industry in 1979 as a technician and worked throughout his career as a service manager, distributor, and owner of various pest control companies. Paul was an IPM technician at the University of Florida for several years before his employment with FDACS, first as an inspector, then as their Environmental Consultant. He is certified in all categories and his major role involves covering regulations, the label and hands-on activities to enforce classroom learning.

Environmental Consultant
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Bureau of Scientific Evaluation and Technical Assistance
Entomology and Pest Control Section
Cell: (850)528-5396

Faith M. Oi, Ph.D.

Dr. Oi is the director for Pest Management University and Florida’s Statewide School IPM program. She also directs graduate students and works closely with industry on research designed to solve pest problems important to Florida. Dr. Oi earned her Ph.D from the University of Florida (Gainesville), Entomology and Nematology Department., where she studied termite-foraging dynamics. She received her M.S. from the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa, Department of Entomology, where she worked in agriculture.

Faith M. Oi, Ph.D.
University of Florida
Entomology and Nematology Dept.
Box 110620
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
PH: 352-273-3971
FAX: 352-392-0190
Twitter: @PMU_News
Facebook: @PMUNews

Mark H. Ruff

Mark Ruff is an attorney who has represented Florida’s pest control industry for 14 years representing pest control companies in defense of claims involving chemical exposure, wood-destroying organism inspection reports, repair and re-treatment contracts, administrative hearings, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, automobile and transportation claims, employment discrimination, non-compete agreements, loan restructuring, corporate and partnership transactions, and corporate mergers and acquisitions. Mark currently serves as counsel for the Florida Pest Management Association, as an advisor to the Certified Pest Control Operators Association of Florida, and as member of the Fumigation Advisory Council’s Board of Directors. Additionally, Mark is a certified circuit court mediator and as such, presently dedicates part of his practice to circuit civil mediation. His primary practice areas are: toxic tort litigation, pest control litigation, construction law, administrative law, commercial carrier defense, products liability, wrongful death litigation, insurance coverage disputes, commercial litigation, mediation and arbitration. Given his industry experience and numerous specializations, he enjoys the privilege of representing 64 pest control companies. Mark is qualified through the Florida Supreme Court Certified Arbitration Training Program pursuant to Rule 11.020, Florida Rules of Court-Appointed Arbitrators.

Mark H. Ruff
Law Offices of Mark H. Ruff, P.A.
630 N. Wymore Road, Suite 330
Maitland, FL 32751
PH: (407) 268-6679
Fax: (407) 268-6678

Laurie E. Trenholm, Ph.D.

Dr. Trenholm specializes in residential turfgrass. She works the with the commercial lawn care industry on problems relating to lawn grass cultural management, stress physiology, and best management practices. Dr. Trenholm oversees the BMP Educational Program statewide.

For more information about Dr. Trenholm’s experience, including her research and numerous publications, click here.

Environmental Horticulture
University of Florida
PO Box 110675
Gainesville FL 32611-0675
Phone:(352) 273-4524
Fax: (352) 392-1413

Numerous guest lecturers also support PMU.
Other DACS inspectors provide training as their time permits

Pest Management University Advisory Committee

In addition to the teaching team, our advisory committee includes the following industry members:

Anderson, Kemp
PH: (407) 466-5859

Beckers, Michael; representing CPCO,
6635 W Commercial Blvd. Suite 201, Tamarac, FL 33319.
PH: (954) 724-8806

Brantley, Sean
Emory Brantley & Sons Termite and Pest Control
PH: (727) 545-9300

Cooksey, Bryan
McCall Service

Del Sardo, Ted

Jonovich, Joe
Intellico Solutions

Lum, Steve; representing FPMA,
1963 Guava Ave., Melborne, FL 32935.
PH: (321) 259-7844

Maneol, Jeremy
Bug Out Service

Moreau, Andrew
Turf Tech Inc

Moreau, Corey
Turf Tech Inc

Quartuccio, Pete; representing COSWFL,
P. O. Box 381271, Murdock, FL 33938-1271.
PH: (941) 627-5833

Santella, Erica

Witherington, Louis; Falcon Pest Control,
4062 S. Goldenrod Road Orlando, FL 32822.
PH: (407) 281-8815

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