John Smith, PhD, BCE

John Smith, Biology Faculty
Smith, PhD, BCE
Research Faculty
Holley A-211-BB/Lab: Holley B104
(850) 770-2260

Office/Lab Hours

  • Monday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
  • Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
  • Wednesday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
  • Thursday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
  • Friday: 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*

*On research appointment

Asst. Research Professor - Biology
Medical/Veterinary Entomologist



Dr. Smith has been practicing professionally as a board-certified, PhD medical/veterinary entomologist for 35 years during which he has been awarded over $3 million in research contracts and grants.  He has authored 22 refereed, 90 non-refereed publications, and served as a newsletter editor for several years. He has presented over 200 presentations and served as a symposium organizer at numerous entomological conferences and meetings.

After graduating from the Universities of Arkansas and Missouri, he served two years as the State Medical Entomologist for the Nebraska Department of Health. He has worked for the State of Florida for 33 years, serving six years with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a medical entomologist and contract mosquito research manager, and 20 years as director of the Florida A&M University, Public Health Entomology Research & Education Center in Panama City, Florida where he was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Administrator Award. Dr. Smith has been an employee of Florida State University Panama City for the past seven years serving as visiting scientist, teaching, and research faculty working in several diverse areas including:

  • Public health mosquito surveillance 
  • Mosquito research
  • Continuing education provider for mosquito and environmental health professionals
  • Development of undergraduate biology, chemistry, and physics teaching laboratories
  • Biology and biology laboratory instructor
  • Graduate and undergraduate forensic entomology curricula development
  • Interim STEM director
  • STEM instructor in microscopy and biology
  • Girls Who Code program advisor

Dr. Smith served for 12 years as a publicly-elected commissioner of Beach Mosquito Control District in Panama City Beach, FL.  He is the sole proprietor of Public Health Entomology Services ( and has been conducting mosquito research, technical services, and training under this enterprise for several years. 

Curriculum Vitae