Diversity drives ingenuity and better science. The Dale Lab fully supports equality, diversity and inclusion, and strongly opposes racism, bigotry, and discrimination. We invite students, post-docs, and staff from all backgrounds, races, genders, and sexual orientations to join us.

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Dr. Adam Dale

Associate Professor & Extension Specialist                                             
I am broadly interested in plant-insect interactions and using ecological principles to develop arthropod management strategies in urban landscapes.

Ph: 352-273-3976
Twitter: @adamGdale

Research staff

Dr. Bernadette Mach – Post-doctoral Research Scientist

I am interested in pollinator-friendly plant management practices and green industry outreach/extension.  My previous work includes research on pollinator conservation in urban landscapes at the University of Kentucky and leading educational programs at Tennessee State Parks.  In my spare time, I love to hike and cook.

Graduate students

Jacqueline Buenrostro – PhD Student

I am interested in plant-insect interactions in urban areas and how we can promote ecosystem services, conserve beneficial insects, and reduce harm from insect “pests” in places where people live. When I’m not playing with insects, I enjoy running, gardening, and napping with my cat.

Vashti Tatman – Master’s Student

I am interested in the conservation of insects and sharing my love and knowledge of insects through outreach. I am also the Entomology outreach coordinator. In my free time I like to paint, bake, and hangout with my dog, Party.

Undergraduate students

Sacha Glynn – UF IFAS Undergraduate Intern

I’m a fourth year Environment Management major, minoring in sustainability studies. My topics of interest are sustainable agriculture and best management practices that mitigate anthropogenic influences. In my free time I love spending time with friends, traveling, freediving, and hiking with my dog Blake.

Daniel Rhodes – Research Assistant

Kyleigh Ruddy – Research Assistant

I am a second-year Environmental Engineering major focussed on ecology and forestry. I am interested in conservation and the use of sustainable technologies. The environment has always been my passion and I am excited to help promote healthy ecosystems. In my free time I love to read, rock climb, and play instruments.

Allison Strackman – Research Assistant

I am a second-year Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major and Entomology minor interested in pollinator ecology and conservation. In my free time I love photography and film, especially capturing the beauty of nature.

Lab Alumni

William Long – Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2022-23
Victoria Hernandez – UF IFAS Undergraduate Intern, 2022
James “Louis” Pinkney IV – M.S. degree, 2022
Katherine “Casey” Carroll – M.S. degree, 2022
Kaydie McCormick – Distance non-thesis M.S. degree, 2021
Matthew Borden – Doctorate of Plant Medicine (D.P.M.) degree, 2020
Rebecca Perry – M.S. degree, 2020
Matthew Borden – M.S. degree, 2020
Nicole Benda – Post-doctoral Associate, 2017-2020
Ava Joy Cockey – IFAS Emerging Scholars Program Intern, 2019
Tanner Felbinger – IFAS Undergraduate Research Intern, 2017-2019
Grace Cope – University Scholars Program Intern, 2017-2019
Brianna Whitman – M.S. degree, 2018
Pablo Allen – Post-doctoral Associate, 2017-18
Larissa LaForest – University Scholars Program Intern, 2017-18
Ethan Doherty – M.S. degree, 2018

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