My current research interests focus on the impacts that climate change will have on insect behaviour, ecology and physiology; insect community structure along environmental gradients; and insect-plant interactions.
I am currently President of the Ecological Society of Australia and Zoology Museum Curator, University of New England.
My research addresses how genetic and environmental variation is maintained in sexually selected traits. My students and I use an animal behavior approach that incorporates tools from nutritional ecology, ecological physiology, and quantitative genetics. Our laboratory-based empirical research quantifies the phenotypic and genetically based variation in condition, life-history traits, and sexually selected traits and determines how this variation is influenced by diet and physiology.
Laura Boykin is a Research Fellow at The University of Western Australia. She is interested in using genomic data to answer real-world problems. Specifically she is interested in invasive species, particularly Bemisia tabaci (whiteflies). Other areas of interest are: comparative genomics, phylogenetic analyses (of DNA sequences) and also high performance computing. Combining all of the above to help smallholder famers in Africa is her ultimate goal. She was recently named a TED 2015 and presented her work on cassava whitefly at TED in Vancouver.
Research Entomologist and Curator of Hymenoptera, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. Primary research interests: Evolution of bees, ants, and other insects. Associate Editor: Insect Conservation and Diversity. Editorial Board: Insect Systematics and Evolution, Systematic Biology.
Lead Scientist for the US Dept. Agriculture Bee Research Laboratory. Recipient of 2011 Hambleton Award for Bee Research and 2002 ARS Early Career Scientist-BA Award, Editor for Journal of Apicultural Research and BMC Genomics, and member i5k Insect Genome Planning Committee.
Professor of Entomology, teaches courses in Vector-borne Diseases and Population Genetics, researches the ecology and evolution of invasive species and does extension research on ways to control invasive mosquitoes. B.S. in Biology and Geology from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. Geneticist at the Smithsonian then Assistant Curator at the Academy of Natural Sciences, joined Rutgers University in 2007.
Professor of Applied Ecology at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University and Fuzhou Agriculture & Forestry University in China. Editorial boards of Annals of Applied Biology, Biological Control and Bulletin of Entomological Research. Member NSW State Government Scientific Committee and former member of the Commonwealth Government Gene Technology Technical Advisory Committee.
I received a B.A. in chemistry from Cornell University in 1980, an M.S. (entomology) in 1984, and a Ph.D. (entomology/crop production and physiology) from Iowa State University in 1988. My research focuses on insect ecology (esp ecophys) across basic and applied areas. Active work includes forensic science (decompositional ecology and blow fly physiological ecology), conservation biology, plant-insect interactions (esp. photosynthesis and insect injury) and pest management theory.
Research interests focus on biodiversity patterns (character, distribution, species relationship) and their ecological and evolutionary mechanisms, using agricultural and forestry insects as research models. Multiple research approaches from different fields are recruited, including biodiversity, molecular phylogenetics, evolutionary biology, ecology, biogeography, genomics, and bioinformatics. Also interested in biodiversity data sharing related issues and policies.
Current work in our lab includes mountain pine beetle functional genomics, tree defenses against herbivores and pathogens, insect chemical ecology, bark beetle cold tolerance physiology, stored pest feeding deterrents, weevil foraging behavior, and insect biodiversity research.
We conduct our research across multiple scales and we use available tools – established and cutting-edge – to search for answers to complex entomological and ecological questions.
Associate Professor of Ecology and Researcher responsible for biological control with insects and arachnids at the Centre for Biological Control, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Subject Editor of Journal of Pest Science.