Teri works at the Division of Plant Systems Protection within the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability as a Biological Science Specialist. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, with a major in Entomology from University of the Philippines and a master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, with environmental concentration from Kent State University. She joined NIFA after serving at USDA Agricultural Research Service and Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service for 15 years. Her prior research focused on developing control systems and population monitoring of quarantine pests, i.e. caribfly, medly and the recent Phantasma scale in South Florida. She enjoyed teaching entomology as an adjunct instructor at University of Florida-Milton and as a mentor-trainer to Agriculture Ambassadors, Pathways, Service-Learning Project, Honors Program and HSI interns. Her interests in photography, graphic design and cartography were especially useful in building advertisement posters, brochures and other presentation materials not just for scientific conferences but also in promoting USDA mission through community outreach events. Her public service extends to volunteering at Plant-A-Million-Trees, Hands-On and waterway cleanup projects.
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