Gregg Nuessly, a professor of entomology and nematology at the University of Florida's Everglades Research and Education, has been named interim director of the Belle Glade facility.
He replaces Rob Gilbert, an agronomy professor specializing in sugarcane who was recently appointed chairman of the UF Agronomy Department in Gainesville.
Nuessly joined UF following three years as a research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service in Brawley, Calif.
His area of research includes arthropod pest management in leafy greens, leafy Brassica vegetables, sweet and field corn, sweet sorghum for biofuel, sugarcane and turfgrass.
Nuessly received the distinguished achievement award in horticultural entomology from the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America for his research and Extension program on controlling greenbug aphids on cool season turfgrasses.