Dr. Nan-Yao Su is recognized internationally as an authority on termites and is known for his innovative approach for their population management. He authored and co-authored over 220 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. Commercialized as the Sentricon system, it has been marked in 18 countries since 1995 to protect over two million homes, and reduced pesticide use by > 6,000 metric tons. The system has also been used widely in historic monuments such as the Statue of Liberty National Monument, San Cristobal and El Morro, Puerto Rico, and Ft. Christiansvaern, US Virgin Islands. Due to its safety features, the Sentricon system received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2000. Dr. Su was an advisory member for the Termite Forum of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, New Zealand, and served as the chief technical advisor for Chinese EPA in their efforts to eliminate POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants) for termite control in China. He received the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture's Honor Award for Individual Achievement in Research in 1996 and the Urban Entomology Award by the Entomological Society of America (ESA) in 2001. In 2007, he was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Hawaii, and was elected the Fellow of the Entomological Society of America. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in Urban Entomology, 2008. In 2009, he established the Nan-Yao Su Award for Innovation and Creativity in Entomology of ESA Dr. Su received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Kyoto Institute of Technology, Japan, and his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. He joined University of Florida in 1984, and has been the Professor of Entomology since 1994.
Biography Updated on 30 September 2012