Meet our professionals:
Professor, Urban Pest Management
Dr. Dini Miller received her undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1991 where she majored in geography/ecosystems. She completed her master’s degree (1994) and Ph.D. at the University of Florida (1998) where she studied urban entomology, specifically German cockroach biology and aggregation behavior. Dr. Miller has won numerous awards for her work in urban entomology including the Crown Leadership Award, the Entomological Society of America’s (Eastern Branch) Distinguished Achievement Award in Extension, and the Gamma Sigma Delta Award of Merit in Extension. Most recently, she received the 2012 Virginia Tech University Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.
Dan Moreland, publisher of PCT, is an award-winning journalist who has covered the professional pest management industry for more than three decades. A graduate of Kent State University, where he majored in journalism, Moreland has served as editor of the last three editions of the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, as well as Rodent Control: A Practical Guide for Pest Management Professionals by Dr. Robert Corrigan. He also serves as Executive Vice-President of GIE Media, a diversified publisher of business-to-business publications based in Valley View, Ohio.
Professor and Extension Urban Entomologist
The University of Tennessee
Most of Dr. Karen Vail’s career has focused on the integrated pest management and biology/ecology of pest insects. Agricultural pests were the focus of her early studies. However, it was while studying for her Ph.D. in entomology at the University of Florida that she recognized the importance of urban pests and that students majoring in urban entomology were receiving job offers before they graduated. In 1996, she was hired as an assistant professor and Extension urban entomology specialist in the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Entomology and Plant Pathology Department. Her programs at UT have focused on fire ant biology and control, bed bug management with an emphasis on early detection techniques, and termite control.
Director of Innovation and Technical Content
BedBug Central and Cooper Pest Solutions
Jeffrey White has a master’s degree in entomology from the University of Florida and focuses most of his time and effort to researching bed bug biology and behavior as well as evaluating tools and techniques for their control. He was recently voted one of twenty-one of the National Pest Management Association’s “Next Generation of Leaders in the Pest Management Industry.” White is also driven in his life to give back to the community and subsequently developed BedBug TV, an online weekly video podcast that has been viewed by more than 3 million people across the world. He’s been featured as a bed bug expert on ABC’s The View, NBC’s Nightly News with Brian Williams, NBC’s Today’s Show, ABC’s World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Animal Planet’s Infested, and Dateline, among many others.