Dr. James P. Cuda has worked with University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants (UF/IFAS CAIP) for the past 25 years as affiliate faculty. He received both is bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. His research specializes in screening and evaluating insect natural enemies for classical biological control of invasive weeds. His extension programing centers around developing in-service training programs for county faculty on invasive plant management in agriculture, horticulture, structures, natural resources and public health emphasizing biological control and other biologically-based pest management practices. Dr. Cuda also mentors graduate students, serves on graduate student committees and guest lectures.