People

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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 races, genders, and sexual orientations to join us.




Photo by Aileen Perilla

Dr. Adam Dale

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist                                              I am broadly interested in plant-insect interactions and using ecology to inform arthropod management strategies in urban landscapes.

Ph: 352-273-3976
Em: agdale@ufl.edu
Office: 3214 Steinmetz Hall, UF Gainesville, FL


Research staff

Dr. Bernadette Mach – 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.

Ashley Turner – Lab Manager

I am interested in learning more about entomology and the effects of urbanization on insects. Having graduated from UF with a B.S. in Horticultural Sciences, I am excited to study plants from a different perspective. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking, playing with my cat Daisy, and competing in trivia around town.


Graduate students

James Pinkney – Master’s Student

I am interested in conservation biology and sharing my passion for science through community outreach. In my free time I enjoy playing tennis, insect photography, and raising my tarantula, Peacock.

Katie Carroll – Master’s Student

I am interested in plant-insect interactions, as well as pollinator conservation. I am excited to learn more about turfgrass ecosystems. In my free time, I like to bike, hike, and fish. On rainy days, I can be found reading fantasy novels or baking.


Undergraduate students

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Kelly Laplante – Research Assistant

I am beginning my third year at UF majoring in Environmental Engineering, with a minor in Soils and Water Sciences. I am very interested in delving more into the study of entomology, and gaining new experiences and skills that I can apply in the future.

Makayla Bellino – Research Assistant

I am an undergrad at UF majoring in Plant Science: Breeding and Genetics. I am interested in agricultural sustainability and microbiology. In my spare time I enjoy going on walks with my dog, cooking, and watching TV shows.

William Long – Research Assistant

I am a second year Chemistry major interested in environmental conservation efforts and agricultural sciences. I also love to go rock climbing and spear fishing.

Daniel Rhodes – Research Assistant


Lab Alumni

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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