Termites, Urban Pests, Molecular Ecology

Photo by Kenji Matsuura - 2009We study termites and other insect pests of human structures. Insects that invade structures are important pests of the human environment because they can damage buildings, pose health risks, and diminish the quality of life. Our lab combines the use of molecular genetic tools with field and lab studies to investigate the reproductive biology, population genetic structure, behavioral ecology, and management of urban pest species. Our research focuses on subterranean termites, but we conduct basic and applied studies on a range of species including ants, cockroaches and bed bugs.