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School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

School of Forest, Fisheries, & Geomatics Sciences

Jiri Hulcr

Associate Professor, Forest Entomology

Jiri Hulcr joined FFGS in 2012 and is jointly appointed with the UF/IFAS Entomology and Nematology Department.

  • Extension Programs

    Jiri's team is developing on-line interactive resources for wood boring beetles:

    They provide forest pest diagnostics and management recommendations: Southern Tree Health Diagnostics Facebook Group

  • Research Interests

    Jiri has developed a set of molecular approaches to explore the communities of ambrosia fungi and bacteria using the next generation sequencing.

    He maintains a cryo-preserved collection of ambrosia beetles, their fungal and bacterial symbionts, and other ecologically or phylogenetically relevant fungi (over 100,000 samples).


361 Newins-Ziegler Hall, PO Box 110410
Gainesville, FL 32611-0410
(352) 273-0299

  • Education

    • PhD, Michigan State University, 2009
    • PhD, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic, 2008

  • Publications

    • Hulcr, J., Barnes, I., De Beer, Z. W., Duong, T. A., Gazis, R., Johnson, J. J., Jusino, M. A., Kasson, M. T., Li, Y., Lynch, S., Mayers, C., Musvuugwa, T., Roets, F., Seltmann, K. C., Six, D., Vanderpool, D., Villari. C. (2020) Bark beetle mycobiome: collaboratively defined research priorities on a widespread insect-fungus symbiosis. Symbiosis 81, 101–113.
    • Hulcr, J., Gomez, D. F., Skelton, J., Johnson, A. J., Adams, S., Li, Y., Jusino, M. A., Smith, M. E. (2021) Invasion of an inconspicuous ambrosia beetle and fungus may affect wood decay in Southeastern North America. Biological Invasions, in press.
    • Johnson, A. J., Hulcr, J., Knížek, M., Atkinson, T. H., Mandelshtam, M. Y. Smith, S. M., Cognato, A. I., Park, S. Li, Y., Jordal, B. H. (2020) Revision of the bark beetle genera within the former Cryphalini (Curculionidae: Scolytinae). Insect Systematics and Diversity 4(3) 1-81
    • Huang, Y., Skelton, J. & Hulcr, J. Lipids and small metabolites provisioned by ambrosia fungi to symbiotic beetles are phylogeny-dependent, not convergent (2020) ISME Journal.
    • Skelton, J., Johnson, A. J., Jusino, M. A., Bateman, C., Hulcr, J. (2019) A selective fungal transport organ (mycangium) maintains coarse phylogenetic congruence between fungus-farming ambrosia beetles and their symbionts. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 286 (1894)
    • Hulcr, J., Stelinski, L. L. (2017) THE AMBROSIA SYMBIOSIS: From Evolutionary Ecology to Practical Management. Annual Reviews of Entomology, 62: 285–303.
    • Hulcr, J., Dunn, R. (2011). The sudden emergence of pathogenicity in insect-fungus symbioses threatens naïve forest ecosystems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 2866-2873