Dr. Eileen A. Buss Dr. Eileen A. Buss

P.O. Box 110620
Gainesville , FL. 32611-0620
Office (352) 273-3976 
(352)392-0190 FAX
Web site


70% Extension, 25% Research, 5% Teaching

Research Responsibilities

My research area encompasses insect pest management and insect behavioral ecology on turfgrass, woody ornamentals, and shade trees in the urban landscape. Research interests include studying the biology of important pests (e.g., mole crickets, chinch bugs, white grubs, tree borers, and scale insects) and determining the most environmentally-responsible means for their management.

My program will also evaluate insecticides for commercial and/or homeowner use, as well as other biorational products or application methods.

Extension Responsibilities

  • Work with county and state faculty on interdisciplinary programs to educate the Green Industry
  • Develop in-service training for county faculty on the principles, technologies, and current research in landscape pest management, and assist with pesticide applicator training
  • Revise and write electronic (EDIS) and hardcopy publications for commercial and homeowner use

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Mentoring graduate students in my program, serving on other graduate student committees, and guest lecturing.
  • Co-developing distance education modules/courses on "Landscape IPM" and "Tree and Shrub Insects"


Paul Ruppert (biological scientist), James Nichols (OPS), Jose Aparicio (OPS)


Current graduate students

J. Cara Congdon (Ph.D.), Olga Kostromytska (M.S.), and Ta-i Huang (M.S.)

Current Doctor of Plant Medicine students

Mary Sullivan, Megan Gilbert


Refereed, Published or In Press

Congdon, J. C. and E. A. Buss. 2006. Irrigation and southern chinch bug feeding impacts on St. Augustinegrass growth rates. Applied Turfgrass Science (In review).

Buss, E. A. 2006. Flight activity and relative abundance of phytophagous scarabs (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidae) in Florida. Florida Entomologist (In press)

Barbara, K. A. and E. A. Buss. 2005. Integration of insect parasitic nematodes (Rhabditida: Steinernematidae) with insecticides for control of pest mole crickets (Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae: capteriscus spp.). Journal of Economic Entomology 98 (3): 689-693.

Barbara, K. A. and E. A. Buss. 2004. Survival and infectivity of Steinernema scapterisci (Nematoda: Steinernematidae) after contact with soil drench solutions. Florida Entomologist 87 (3): 300-305.

Buss, E. A. 2004. New host record for Euphoria sepulcralis F. (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 58(3): 328.

Trade Journal Articles

Buss, E. A. 2006. Invertebrate tales from the deep, dark thatch. Florida Pest Pro Magazine (in press; March).

Buss, E. A. and G. Miller. 2006. Tips on pesticide efficacy, formulations, and application equipment. Turfgrass Trends. (in review)

Buss, E. A. 2006. Managing pests of indoor plantscapes. Florida Pest Pro Magazine (in press; January).

Buss, E. A. 2005. Bugs that drink plant slushies. Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1 (6): 14-17.

Buss, E. A. and B. Mayfield. 2005. Caterpillars that defoliate trees and shrubs. Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1 (5): 16-18.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Mole crickets succumb to parasitic nematodes. Golfdom (Turfgrass Trends) 61 (8): 59-60, 62, 64.

Buss, E. A. and R. L. Meagher. 2005. Nibbling and notching caterpillars in Florida turfgrass. Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1 (4): 14, 16-17.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Getting down and grubby. Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1(3): 24-27.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Are chinch bugs still a cinch to control? Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1 (2): 8, 10.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Digging in for the long haul. Florida Pest Pro Magazine 1 (1): 14, 16, 17.

Barbara, K. A., E. A. Buss, and J. C. Dunford. 2004. Nematodes for hire: economical ways and greener days using integrated pest management. Florida Turf Digest 21 (5): 14-15, 18, 20.

Miller, G. and E. A. Buss. 2004. Make safety a priority: what you should know about personal protection equipment and post-application. Golf Advantage 2 (1): 27-28.

Buss, E. A. 2003 (Nov). To treat or not to treat for bugs? Golfdom (Turfgrass Trends) 59 (11): 37, 40, 42.

Barbara, K. A. and E. A. Buss. 2003. Interactions between mole crickets and insect-parasitic nematodes (Steinernema scapterisci, Nematac S). The Florida Green (Spring issue), p. 56.

Frank, H., E. Buss, and K. Barbara. 2002. Beneficial nematodes in turf: good for how many years against pest mole crickets? Florida Turf Digest 19 (4): 48-50.

Buss, E. A. 2002. What happened to the grass roots? Florida Turf Digest 19 (2): 24, 26-28.

Extension Factsheets

Buss, E. A. and R. Meagher. 2006. Lawn caterpillars. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-352.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Twolined spittlebugs in turfgrass. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-334.

Buss, E. A. 2005. Insect management. In: J. Bryan Unruh [ed.], 2003 University of Florida’s Pest Control Guide for Turfgrass Managers. University of Florida, IFAS, ENH-124.

Buss, E. A. June 2005. Ground pearls in turfgrass. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-322.

Short, D. E. and E. A. Buss. 2005. Bermudagrass mite. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-328.

Buss, E. A. 2005. White grub biology and management. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-321.

Short, D., E. Buss, and L. Williams. 2004. Twolined spittlebugs in turfgrass. UF/IFAS, ENY-334.

Buss, E. A. 2004. Sugarcane grub: Tomarus subtropicus. Featured Creature.

Buss, E. A., J. L. Capinera, and N. C. Leppla. 2002. Pest mole crickets in Florida. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-324.

Congdon, J. C. and E. A. Buss. 2002. Southern chinch bug management on St. Augustinegrass. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-325.

Buss, E. A. and S. Park-Brown. 2001. Natural products for insect pest management. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-350.

Buss, E. A. 2001. Insect pest management on turfgrass. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-300.

Buss, E. A. and D. Short. 2001. Commercial applications of insecticides and miticides in the Green Industry. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-337.

Buss, E. A. and D. L. Caldwell. 2001. Biology and management of tropical sod webworms. University of Florida, IFAS, ENY-318.

Other Extension Products

Buss, E. A. 2005. Common scales and mealybugs (poster). University of Florida, IFAS, SP 415.

Buss, E. A. 2004. Turf insect pests (poster). University of Florida, IFAS, SP 411.

Buss, E. A. 2004. Insect pests of oak trees (poster). University of Florida, IFAS, SP 404.

Park Brown, Sydney, and E. A. Buss. 2003. Helpful, Harmful, or Harmless? (flashcards). University of Florida, IFAS, SP130.

Barbara, K. A., and E. A. Buss. 2003. Pests that wreck your grass and ruin your weekend! University of Florida, IFAS, SP327. For-sale publication.

Short, D. E., G. W. Simone, R. A. Dunn, and E. A. Buss. 2002. Troubleshooting lawn pests (flashcards). University of Florida, IFAS, SP-180.