Dr. Nan-Yao Su, a distinguished professor of entomology at the University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in Gainesville, is a world-renowned authority on termites and is known for his innovative approach for their population management. He has authored and co-authored more than 260 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on termite biology and control. His studies on the population ecology of subterranean termites and slow-acting toxicants led to the development of a baiting system for population control of these cryptic pests, known today as the Sentricon system. He noted in a recent interview that he came up with the idea of a termite baiting system while still a graduate student. Dr. Su holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sericultural science from the Kyoto (Japan) Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in entomology from the University of Hawaii.
Dr. Su has also served as a technical advisor relating to termite issues for foreign governments such as New Zealand, China, and Vietnam. In 2009, he established the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology for the Entomological Society of America.