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Name: Leppla, Norman
Title: Professor
Organization: Entomology and Nematology
Education: Ph.D., Entomology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1972
Office Address: Entomology and Nematology Department PO BOX 110620 GAINESVILLE, FL 32611-0620
Email: ncleppla@ufl.edu
Telephone: (352)392-2484


Dr. Leppla helps to optimize existing pest control practices and develop new technologies for pest exclusion, detection, containment and control by developing projects to evaluate new biological and chemical materials, adapt or invent equipment, provide technical consultation and training, and collect and disseminate pertinent information and by participating in strategic and tactical planning, and helping to integrate technological advancements into integrated pest management systems. He specializes in developing mass propagation technology for natural enemies of high priority arthropod and weed pests. He conducts independent and team research, designed and initiated construction of new facilities, recruited personnel and reviews related areas of science and technology, and formulated recommendations for management. Dr. Leppla has served the profession of entomology well as a scientist, administrator, Extension specialist, and educator. He continues to contribute directly to the profession and, due to his experience and stature, currently spends most of his time and energy serving as a consultant, mentor, instructor, reviewer, and coordinator. To extend his influence, Dr. Leppla has helped to create several organizations that advance the science of entomology and further the career development of colleagues. He for years has provided guidance to fellow entomologists, students, administrators, regulators, Extension agents, educators, and scientists in allied fields. Thus, one of his most important contributions to entomology is empowering others to reach higher levels of performance and providing opportunities for them to excel. Dr. Leppla has opportunities to help further IPM by volunteering to review a variety of research and technology programs in the U.S. and globally. He is consulted frequently on IPM, biological control, insect colonization and mass production, and regulatory agriculture. He has published a large body of literature on his research and Extension activities, made numerous presentations to disseminate this information, and thereby exemplified the highest standard of success in the field. Dr. Leppla is committed to advancing the science of entomology and developing high caliber entomologists for the future.

Keywords: integrated pest management; biological control; environmental conservation; Insect rearing; crop protection; regulatory agriculture; graduate education