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Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman

Gillett-Kaufman, Jennifer
Jennifer Gillett-Kaufman
Instructional Associate Professor
Heep 319
Undergraduate Education
B.S., Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, 1998
Graduate Education
M.S., Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 2001
Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of Florida, 2003

Honors and Awards

Teaching and Educational Material Awards

  • University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2018-2019 Innovation in Teaching Award.
  • Florida Entomological Society, 2011 Annual Achievement Award for Teaching in Higher Education.
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture, Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit 2003.
  • University of Florida Graduate School, Graduate Student Teaching Award 2002-2003.
  • University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, 2002 Jack L. Fry Graduate Teaching Award.

Extension Awards

  • Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Alpha Delta Chapter, 2017 Outstanding Specialist Award.
  • Southeastern Branch Entomological Society of America, 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension.
  • Florida Association of County Agriculture Agents (FACAA), 2015 FACAA State Specialist of the Year.
  • Florida Entomological Society, 2008 Annual Achievement Award for Extension. Awarded July 2008.


  • Florida Entomological Society, 2015 Special Service to the Society Award (Website and Journal Management).
  • Florida Entomological Society, 2009 Special Service to the Society Award (Public Relations).
  • USDA-CSREES Southern Region Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, 2007 Future IPM Leader Award.

Teaching Experience

Primary Instructor

  • Grant Writing (ALS6046) Instructor, University of Florida
  • Landscape IPM: Ornamentals and Turf (IPM4254) Instructor, University of Florida.
  • Insect Vectors of Plant Pathogens (ENY5405) Instructor, University of Florida.
  • Molds, Mildews, Mushrooms, and Man (PLP2060) Instructor, University of Florida.
  • Introduction to Plant Pathology (PLP3002C) and General Plant Pathology (PLP5005C) Instructor, University of Florida.


  • Feast or Famine in Florence – Study Abroad (ALS4404) Co-Instructor with Dr. P. Kaufman, University of Florida.
  • Insects in Italy – Study Abroad (ALS4404) Co-Instructor with Dr. P. Kaufman, University of Florida,
  • Grant Writing (ALS6046) Co-Instructor with Dr. J. Daniels, University of Florida.
  • DIY Campus Eco-Art (ENY4905 and HUM2930) Co-Instructor with Dr. E. Segal, University of Florida.


Books Edited (2)

  1. Gillett-Kaufman, J.L., V.U. Lietze and E.N.I. Weeks (Editors). 2014. Hydrilla Integrated Management. UF/IFAS, Gainesville Florida. Publication #IPM-207. 136 pp.
  2. Gillett, J.L., H.N. HansPetersen, N.C. Leppla and D.D. Thomas (Editors). 2006. Grower’s IPM Guide for Florida Tomato and Pepper Production. UF/IFAS, Gainesville Florida. IFAS Bulletin 1500. 256 p.

Refereed Publications (29)

  1. Weeks, E.N.I., M.V. Hoyer and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2020. Improved transfer of integrated aquatic weed management knowledge following face-to-face training with citizen scientists. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 58: 129-134.
  2. Phillips, E.A., S.A. Allan, T.B. Griffith and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2020. Survey of Thysanoptera using colored sticky card traps in Florida, USA, olive groves. Florida Entomologist, 103(2): 264-273. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.103.0218
  3. Weeks, E.N.I., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman and M.V. Hoyer. 2020. A survey of hydrilla management educational materials for optimal stakeholder preference, learning, and knowledge transfer in Florida. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 58: 55-60.
  4. Ray, H.A., C.J. Stuhl and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2019. Rapid collection of floral fragrance volatiles using a headspace volatile collection technique for GC-MS thermal desorption sample analysis. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 154: e58928, doi:10.3791/58928. https://www.jove.com/video/58928/rapid-collection-floral-fragrance-volatiles-using-headspace-volatile
  5. Kariuki, E.M., J.P. Cuda, S.D. Hight, R.L. Hix, L.A. Gettys and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2019. Foraging depth of Cricotopus lebetis Sublette larvae. Journal of Aquatic Plant Management, 57: 69-78. http://www.apms.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/japm-57-02-69.pdf
  6. Carter, E., D. Rowland, B. Tillman, J. Erickson, T. Grey, J. Gillett-Kaufman, M. Clark and Y. Tseng. 2019. An analysis of the physiological impacts on life history traits of peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) related to seed maturity. Peanut Science, 46(2): 148-161. https://www.peanutscience.com/doi/pdf/10.3146/PS18-20.1.
  7. Ray, H.A., C.J. Stuhl, M.E. Kane, J.D. Ellis, J.C. Daniels and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2019. Aspects of the pollination biology of Encyclia tampensis, the commercially exploited butterfly orchid, and Prosthechea cochleata, the endangered clamshell orchid, in south Florida. Florida Entomologist, 102(1): 154-160.
  8. Reeves, L.E., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, A.Y. Kawahara and P.E. Kaufman. 2018. Barcoding blood meals: New vertebrate-specific primer sets for assigning taxonomic identities to host DNA from mosquito blood meals. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(8): e0006767. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0006767
  9. Reeves, L.E., C.J. Holderman, E.M. Blosser, J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, A.Y. Kawahara, P.E. Kaufman and N.D. Burkett-Cadena. 2018. Identification of Uranotaenia sapphirina as a specialist of annelids broadens known mosquito host use patterns. Communications Biology, 1: 92. https://doi.org/10.1038/s42003-018-0096-5.
  10. Allan, S.A. and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2018. Attraction of thrips (Thysanoptera) to colored sticky traps in a Florida olive grove. Florida Entomologist, 101(1): 61-68. https://doi.org/10.1653/024.101.0112.
  11. Reeves, L.E., K.L. Krysko, J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, M.L. Avery, A.Y. Kawahara, C.R. Connelly and P.E. Kaufman. 2018. Interactions between the invasive Burmese python, Python bivittatus Kuhl, and the local mosquito community in Florida, USA. PLOS ONE, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0190633.
  12. Ray, H.A., C.J. Stuhl and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2018. Floral fragrance analysis of Prosthechea cochleata (Orchidaceae), an endangered native, epiphytic orchid, in Florida. Plant Signaling and Behavior, https://doi.org/10.1080/15592324.2017.1422461.
  13. Carter, E., D. Rowland, B. Tillman, J. Erickson, T. Grey, J. Gillett-Kaufman and M. Clark. 2017. Pod maturity in the shelling process. Peanut Science, http://dx.doi.org/10.3146/PS16-17.1.
  14. Kaur, N., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, S. Gezan and E.A. Buss. 2016. Association between Blissus insularis densities and St. Augustinegrass lawn parameters in Florida. Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management, 2(1): 1-5. doi:10.2134/cftm2016.0015.
  15. Kaur, N., J.L. Gillett-Kaufman and E.A. Buss. 2016. Effect of plant growth regulators on Blissus insularis (Hemiptera: Blissidae). Florida Entomologist, 99(3): 557-558.
  16. Reeves, L.E., C.J. Holderman, J.L. Gillett-Kaufman, A.Y. Kawahara and P.E. Kaufman. 2016. Maintenance of host DNA integrity in field-preserved mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) blood meals for identification by DNA barcoding. Parasites & Vectors, 9: 503. DOI: 10.1186/s13071-016-1791-z.
  17. Gillett-Kaufman, J.L., S.A. Allan and L.J. Buss. 2015. Manduca rustica (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) damage on olive (Olea europaea; Lamiales: Oleaceae) trees in Florida. Florida Entomologist, 98(4): 1272-1273.
  18. Gill, H.K., H. Garg, A.K. Gill, J.L. Gillett-Kaufman and B.A. Nault. 2015. Onion thrips (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) biology, ecology, and management in onion production systems. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 6(1): 6. DOI: 10.1093/jipm/pmv006. Available at http://jipm.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/1/6.
  19. Gillett-Kaufman, J.L., V.U. Lietze, J. Bradshaw and K. Gioeli. 2014. Hydrilla infestations in Florida freshwater bodies: How results from a management needs assessment survey helped develop suitable information delivery platforms. Journal of Extension (JOE), June 2014 52(3): 3RIB2. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2014june/rb2.php.
  20. Gillett-Kaufman, J.L. and J.W. Kimbrough. 2009. A modified method to visualize infection sites of spores of the entomopathogen Beauveria bassiana (Deuteromycotina: Hyphomycetes) on the exoskeleton of citrus root weevil, Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), adults. Florida Entomologist, 92(4): 623-628.
  21. Gillett-Kaufman, J.L., N.C. Leppla, A.C. Hodges and J.L. Merritt. 2009. Education and training to increase adoption of IPM for western flower thrips, Frankliniella occidentalis (Thysanoptera: Thripidae). Florida Entomologist, 92(1): 18-23.
  22. Thomas, D.D. and J.L. Gillett-Kaufman. 2008. How to make a multidisciplinary IPM guide for growers using Adobe PageMaker® templates. Journal of Extension (JOE), December 2008, 46(6): 6TOT6. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2008december/tt6.shtml.
  23. Shirk, P.D., H. Bossin, R.B. Furlong and J.L. Gillett. 2007. Regulation of Junonia coenia densovirus P9 promoter expression. Insect Molecular Biology, 16(5): 623-633.
  24. Bossin, H., R.B. Furlong, J.L. Gillett, M. Bergoin and P.D. Shirk. 2007. Somatic transformation efficiencies and expression patterns using the JcDNV and piggyBac transposon gene vectors in insects. Insect Molecular Biology, 16(1): 37-47.
  25. Holler, T, J.L. Gillett, J. Sivinski and E.R. Mitchell. 2006. Efficacy of the “Mitchell Station,” a new bait-station for the control of the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa (Loew) (Diptera: Tephritidae). Hawaiian Entomological Society Proceedings, 38: 111-118.
  26. Gillett, J.L. and N.C. Leppla. 2006. A Worm in the Teacher’s Apple: Protecting America’s School Children from Pests and Pesticides. Journal of Extension (JOE). 44(3): 3TOT5. Available at http://www.joe.org/joe/2006june/tt5.shtml.
  27. Sonke, D.J., J.L. Gillett and N.C. Leppla. 2005. ChemSearch: A searchable pesticide database for tropical fruit crops. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Florida State Horticultural Society, Vol. 118. IFAS journal series number R-10911.
  28. Jones, G.A. and J.L. Gillett. 2005. Intercropping with sunflowers to attract beneficial insects in organic agriculture. Florida Entomologist, 88(1): 91-96.
  29. Shirk, P.D., R.B. Furlong, J.L. Gillett and H. Bossin. 2005. Functionality of JcDNV-derived somatic transformation vectors in insects and the role of viral enhancer sequences. Developmental Biology, 283(2): 610-611.