Dan Suiter is an Entomology Professor at the UGA Griffin campus. He has a 90% extension appointment. He delivers extension and applied research programs on the management of structural and household pests in support of the pest control industry, homeowners, and UGA Extension. Dr. Suiter has worked with the pest control industry since 1987. He received his Ph.D. (1994) from the University of Florida. From 1995 to 2000 he worked in the Center for Urban & Industrial Pest Management at Purdue University, and has been at UGA since.
He was the recipient of the Recognition award in Urban Entomology for the Southeastern Branch of the Entomological Society of America; Pest Control Technology magazines “Top 40 under 40” award; in 2007 was inducted into Syngenta’s Crown Leadership Awards Class; and in 2018 was UGA D.W. Brooks Award winner in Extension. He was a member of the 2017 International IPM Award of Excellence. He is active in leadership roles in several professional organizations. Suiter coordinates the training activities of the Georgia Structural Pest Control Training Facility. He developed the Certificate in Urban and Structural Pest Management, a 10-week program provides participants a broad overview of the pest control industry. Partnering with the Center for Urban Agriculture, Suiter hosts a webinar program that was attended by 4,400 pest management professionals. Webinars provided state-mandated CEU credits in GA, FL, AL, TN, NC, SC, NJ, MD, PA, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Labrador/Newfoundland. In 2017, the program was expanded for professionals in the Green industry.
Dr. Suiter has garnered more than $1 million to support his extension and applied research program, and has spoken to nearly 350 audiences totaling 30,000+ professionals in 20+ states. Over his career he has been a committee member of or major professor to 18 graduate students.
In 2019, Suiter will offer a monthly webinar program for the pest control industry. He has also established a relationship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Port of Savannah (Garden City, GA) involving invasive species research. His recent students’ Port research project looked at the ant fauna on Port property and concentrated on exotic and invasive ant species.
Dan is a sixth generation native Floridian, on his father’s side. His great, great, great grandfather, Jean Louis Rousseau, came to the Tallahassee, FL from France in 1812 to fight in the War of 1812. Dan’s great grandfather, Robert Henry Rousseau, was born in north Florida in 1870 where he drove free-range cattle and farmed citrus. Following a prolonged citrus freeze, he moved to south Florida in 1899 to a farming community called Boynton, before moving to Palm Beach County, where Dan was born.