Our research is grounded in the broad topic of insect ecology. Within that context, we conduct both fundamental and applied research on a variety of arthropod taxa. We like to call ourselves a “taxon agnostic group,” since our projects aren’t focused on any specific organism.
Fundamental research in our group often examines the ecology and evolution of ecological traits, and we’re particularly interested in ecological complexities and interactions associated with microbial organisms. Increasingly our work examines how biotic and abiotic stress influences these interactions.
We also research traits associated with choices. Topics include: social polymorphisms, oviposition behaviors, mate choice, and host choice of parasitoids and herbivores.
Lately we’ve been combining these lines of research to examine interactions among multiple pathogens or microbial organisms and vectors.
Our applied research focuses on ecologically sustainable and sound methods of managing both beneficial and pest insects, insect vectors of plant diseases, and on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in general.