Gary J. Steck

Taxonomic Entomologist
Curator of Diptera and Minor Orders
Phone: 352-372-3505 x 188
Fax: 352-334-0737
s-mail: PO Box 147100, Gainesville, FL 32614-7100
PhD: University of Texas

Major responsibilities include the curation and identification of Diptera and minor orders at the Florida State Collection of Arthropods; training of Florida Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Agriculture personnel, especially in fruit fly detection; oversight of the FSCA Research Associate Program. Employed at the FSCA since 1991. Associate Editor (taxonomy) for the Florida Entomologist since 1991. Primary research interests are population genetics and cryptic species complexes of the family Tephritidae. Some current projects include: (1) Development of a database of mitochondrial DNA markers among worldwide populations of Mediterranean fruit fly to determine colonization routes and population dynamics of this pest; (2) Improving capabilities for identification of fruit fly larvae using morphological and isozyme characters; (3) Faunistics: Tephritidae of Florida, checklist of Florida Diptera, Tephritoidea of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


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