Reginald Coler
Reginald Coler, Ph.D.
Managing Regulatory Consultant
Chemical Regulation & Food Safety
  • Washington, DC

Dr. Coler is a Board Certified Entomologist, with specialties in both “Medical and Veterinary Entomology” and “Urban and Industrial Entomology.” His diverse professional experience extends from agricultural and medical entomology to the household pests typically managed by the pest control industry. With this well-rounded understanding of pest management, Dr. Coler assists clients with the strategic positioning of their product in the market place and navigating regulatory affairs.

Dr. Coler has worked as a research scientist, both in the U.S. and in Latin America (Brazil). He also was a contracted senior scientist for GLP testing in the agricultural setting. He has been involved with protocols on efficacy testing, soil dissipation, and ground water contamination studies of insecticides and fungicides. Dr. Coler also has experience in the area of medical entomology testing the efficacy of mosquito control products including skin applied/spatial repellents, larvicides (including surface films), and adulticides both in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Coler has also been involved with providing testimony as an expert witness for entomologically related matters.

As vice president of a small business, Dr. Coler gained valuable experience with product development, coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of biologists, chemists, electrical engineers, IT staff, and technicians, which led to the development of ‘smart trap’ technology. Smart traps collect real-time data on pest populations in the field and make these data available for decision makers; an indispensable tool to monitor mosquito vectors of arboviruses (see patents below). In addition to the electronic devices, Dr. Coler also worked on formulating, and branding 6 agricultural products. Most recently, as Director of Business Development & Research, he researched, developed, and brought to market an additional product used by the pest control industry to mitigate bed bugs.

Over the last decade, Dr. Coler has become increasingly more involved with FIFRA regulatory affairs. This includes the preparation of EPA pesticide registration strategies, including their implementation and successful approval by the EPA. Dr. Coler has experience providing FIFRA regulatory support for new active ingredients, new end-use products, and new uses of registered products. Additionally, Dr. Coler has been involved with Federal and State pesticide registrations, EPA Registration Review, and other data requirements under FIFRA and TSCA.

Dr. Coler has also managed new chemical products, including preparation and submission of Pre-Manufacture Notices (PMNs) and tolerance exemption petitions for use of a chemical as an inert (other) ingredient.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, 1994
  • Ph.D., Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, 1993
  • M.S., Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1983
  • B.S., Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981
  • Recipient (1 of 4 members in team) awarded 1st place in the Linnaean Games student competition, at the southeastern regional ESA branch meeting, 1992

    1st place award in poster competition at the National ESA meeting, 1991

    2nd place award in poster competition at the FES meeting, 1991

    "Merit of Entomology" award from FES, 1991

    Florida Entomological Society Scholarship, 1989

    Harry A. Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Award in Entomology, 1981

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified Entomologist, “Medical and Veterinary Entomology” and “Urban and Industrial Entomology” #B2476

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese

Publications

Vargas RI, Piñero JC, Mau RFL, Stark JD, Hertlein M, Mafra-Neto A, Coler R, Getchell A. Attraction and mortality of oriental fruit flies to SPLAT-MAT-methyl eugenol with spinosad. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 2009; 131(3): 286–293.

Tcheslavskaia K, Thorpe K, Zeni D, Bernardi C, Mafra-Neto A, Coler R. The new pheromone delivery system for gypsy moth mating disruption. 2007 USDA Interagency Research Forum - GTR-NRS-P-28, 2008.

Vargas RI, Stark JD, Hertlein M, Mafra Neto A, Coler R, Piñero JC. Evaluation of SPLAT with spinosad and methyl eugenol or cue-lure for "attract-and-kill" of oriental and melon fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae) in Hawaii. Journal of Economic Entomology 2008; 101(3):759–768.

Hogsette JA, Farkas R, Coler RR. Development of Hydrotaea aenescens (Diptera: Muscidae) in Manure of Unweaned Dairy Calves and Lactating Cows. Journal of Economic Entomology 2002; 95:527–530.

Coler RA, Coler RR, Felizardo EKG, Watanabe T. Applying weight gain in Pomacea lineata (SPIX 1824) (Mollusca: Prosobranchia) as a measure of herbicide toxicity. Brazilian Journal of Biology 2005; 65(4):617–623.

Vania Maria de Medeiros, Watanabe T, Coler RR, Coler RA. Development of methods to assess the impact of herbicide use on the benthos of littoral impoundments in northeast Brazil. Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Stress and Recovery 2001; 9(1): 67–71.

Hogsette JA, Farkas R, Coler RR Hymenopteran pupal parasites recovered from house fly and stable fly (Diptera: Muscidae) pupae collected on livestock and poultry facilities in northern and central Hungary. Environmental Entomology 1994; 23(3):778–781.

Coler RR, Nguyen K. Paraiotonchium muscadomesticae (Tylenchida: Iotonchiidae) a parasite of the house fly (Musca domestica) in Brazil and a Key to Species of the Genus Paraiotonchium. Journal of Nematology 1994; 26(4):392–401.

Coler RR, Boucias DG, Frank JH, Maruniak JE, Garcia-Canedo A, Pendland JC. Characterization and description of a virus causing salivary gland hyperplasia in the housefly, Musca domestica. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 1993; 7:275–282.

Coler RR, Stoffolano JG, Barreto SP, Barreto MBP. Heterotylenchus sp. (Nematoda: Sphaerulariidae) um nematódio parasito da mosca doméstica, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae) no nordeste do Brasil. Caderno Ômega Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Sér. Vet., Recife 1990; 5:49–52.

Coler RR, Elkinton JS, VanDriesche RG. Density estimates and movement patterns of a population of Periplaneta americana (Orthoptera: Blattidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 1987; 60:389–396.

Coler RR, Williams RN, Berti Filho E. A nitidulid parasitoid Zeteticontis insularis (Howard) (Hymenoptera, Encyrtidae) present in São Paulo with clarification on its host. Revista de Agricultura 1986; 61:245.

Coler RR, VanDriesche RG, Elkinton JS. Evaluation of mark-recapture assumptions for two species of cockroaches. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 1986; 59:253–261.

Coler RR, VanDriesche RG, Elkinton JS. Effect of an oothecal parasitoid on a population of the brownbanded cockroach. Environmental Entomology 1984; 13:603–606.

Patents

US USPTO Application # 10/294,418 Patent # 6766251: Method for Pest Management Using Pest Identification Sensors and Network Accessible Database. (with Mafra-Neto A).

Prior Experience

Director of Business Development and Research; ICR, Inc., 2008–2012

Vice President of Research and Development; ISCA Technologies, Inc., 2002–2008

State Coordinator “School Integrated Pest Management (IPM),” University of Massachusetts 2000–2002

Researcher; the Federal University of Paraíba (Universidade Federal da Paraíba), Brazil, 1999

Owner; Coler Entomological Services, Inc. 1995–2000

Professional Affiliations

Entomological Society of America—ESA

Board Certified Entomologist (Urban and Medical Entomology)

The Scientific Research Society—Sigma Xi

American Mosquito Control Association—AMCA

National Pest Management Association—NPMA

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Florida, 1994
  • Ph.D., Entomology and Nematology, University of Florida, 1993
  • M.S., Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1983
  • B.S., Entomology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1981
  • Recipient (1 of 4 members in team) awarded 1st place in the Linnaean Games student competition, at the southeastern regional ESA branch meeting, 1992

    1st place award in poster competition at the National ESA meeting, 1991

    2nd place award in poster competition at the FES meeting, 1991

    "Merit of Entomology" award from FES, 1991

    Florida Entomological Society Scholarship, 1989

    Harry A. Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Award in Entomology, 1981

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Board Certified Entomologist, “Medical and Veterinary Entomology” and “Urban and Industrial Entomology” #B2476

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese