Faculty Labs

Many of our faculty maintain research lab Web sites highlighting their research programs and facilities. Our well-equipped laboratories and state-of-the-art equipment support a broad range of study.

The Read Group Lab -- We work on the ecology and evolution of infectious disease. We exploit modern notions of adaptive evolution to attack biomedically and theoretically challenging phenomena like virulence and infectiousness, adaptation to new hosts, and vaccine escape, and drug and insecticide resistance.

Our research focuses on the genomic analysis of social behavior in honey bees and other social insect species. We are primarily interesting in understanding the molecular basis and evolution of chemical communication and host-parasite interactions. We are characterizing the molecular, physiological, behavioral, and social factors that regulate these processes.

The primary emphasis of our research is to understand the mechanisms of insects adaptation to chemical stresses in their environment.

Research in our laboratory focuses on understanding the interactions between plants and herbivores.

Plant-Insect Interactions in Agroecosystems -- We study relationships among plants, insect herbivores, and natural enemies to understand factors that regulate populations of herbivorous insects. We are interested in both plant- and natural-enemy-mediated factors and how they influence insect behavior, community composition, and herbivore mortality. Our long-term goal is to exploit the ecology/biology of our study organisms to provide strategies and tactics for more sustainable insect pest management.

Paul Ayayee, Erin Scully, Maya Nehme, Kelli Hoover, Jim McNeil, Katie Mulfinger, and Alyssa Gendron (left to right)

Invasive Species Research Lab--We study mechanisms of resistance in the gypsy moth to its host specific baculovirus, pheromones and gut symbionts of the Asian longhorned beetle, biological control of hemlock woolly adelgid, and methods to prevent movement of invasive species around the world.

Our research explores many aspects of the ecology and evolution of "enemy-victim" interactions with the aim of better understanding the consequences of global change (climate change, invasive species, biodiversity loss) and improving the effectiveness and sustainability of pest and disease management. We combine empirical and theoretical approaches to address issues of fundamental and applied significance.

Population ecology and population dynamics with particular emphasis on mathematical and computational aspects.

We seek to understand morphological and physiological adaptations that allow insects to optimally support and move their body through their environments, and how these mechanisms are affected by the biotic (e.g., parasitic infections, diet) and abiotic (e.g., temperature, toxins & pollutants) environmental factors.

We are seeking to understand rudimentary elements of insect olfaction involving signal acquisition and signal transduction using advanced imaging techniques such as atomic force microscopy in conjunction with neurophysiological recordings. We would like to get a better understanding of the evolution of olfaction in insects by using a comparative approach that involves moth species from several families, flies, and mosquitoes.