Dr. Will Hudson is a native of Alabama. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Auburn University and his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, where his research involved the ecology and management of invasive mole crickets. Will took a job at the University of Georgia as an Extension specialist at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station (now the Tifton Campus, UGA) in Tifton, GA in 1988. He was initially responsible for insect management programs in the turf and ornamentals industries, a clientele he still serves today. In 2001 he added pecan pest management to his commodity responsibilities, along with permanent grass pastures and hayfields. He currently serves as Extension Coordinator for the Department of Entomology.
After 23 years in Tifton, Will moved to the main UGA Campus in Athens in 2011. In addition to his extension responsibilities, he also teaches courses in turf pest management, ornamentals IPM, and a graduate discussion course in IPM.
Current applied research projects include study of the biology and management of the invasive bermudagrass stem maggot, control of the pecan leaf scorch mite, and managing white grub pests in turf.
Will finds it interesting that being an entomologist is less helpful for trout fishing than most non-entomologists seem to think.