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Anurag Agrawal Anurag Agrawal

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Ecology and evolution of plant-insect interactions, including aspects of herbivory, community ecology, phenotypic plasticity, coevolution, plant defense and herbivore offense, coevolution.

Bernd Blossey Bernd Blossey

Natural Resources
impact of invasive plants on native flora and fauna, biological control of non-indigenous plant species in natural areas, plant-insect interactions, and invasion and conservation biology

Nicolas Buchon Nicolas Buchon

Entomology
We study host microbe interactions (immunology, microbiology), as well as intestinal physiology. We focus on how gut microbes (either invading pathogens or the indigenous gut microbiota) alter stem cell behavior in the gut.

Clare Casteel

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
The primary research goal of the Casteel lab is to identify the functions of microbes in plant-insect interactions and elucidate the key molecular mechanisms responsible for these relationships.

Itai Cohen Itai Cohen

Physics
We are working to elucidate the neural circuits governing flight stability in Drosophila.

Bryan Danforth Bryan Danforth

Enthomology
Phylogeny and systematic of bees, bee evolution and diversity, role of native bees in crop pollination, genomic approaches to phylogeny reconstruction.

Angela Douglas Angela Douglas

Entomology / Molecular Biology and Genetics
Interactions between animals and gut microbes, especially in insects. Intracellular symbioses in insects. Insect nutrition.

Cole Gilbert

Entomology
The current project focusses on laboratory behavior and physiology of a predatory bug that paralyses its insect prey by injecting neurotoxic saliva.

Stewart Gray Stewart Gray

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
My research program focuses on understanding the relationships between plant viruses and their insect vectors. Specifically we work on luteoviruses and their aphid vectors. Research projects range from the mechanisms of aphid-virus interactions to epidemiology and disease management strategies.

Rayko Halitschke Rayko Halitschke

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
As a Research Associate in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology I am interested in the mechanisms of herbivore-induced responses in several different plant species including wild tomato and tobacco, milkweed, and goldenrod.

Laura C Harrington Laura Harrington

Entomology
Research in the Harrington lab focuses on mosquito vector ecology, biology, and behavior. Our goal is to understand basic (and often overlooked) aspects of mosquito biology in order to identify new targets for controlling mosquitoes and reducing transmission of vector-borne diseases.

Tory Hendry Tory Hendry

Microbiology
We study ecology and evolution in host-microbe interactions. Work in the lab focuses on interactions between the bacterium

Ronald Hoy Ronald Hoy

Neurobiology and Behavior
Animal communication; behavior genetics of inbertebrates; regeneration and development in invertebrate nervous systems. Categorical perception of sound frequency by crickets.

Georg Jander Georg Jander

Plant Biology
The Jander lab investigates genetic and biochemical mechanisms that mediate plant interactions with insect herbivores. This includes not only the identification of novel defense-related plant metabolites, but also characterization of the genes and enzymes that are involved in their biosynthesis.

Brian Lazzaro Brian Lazzaro

Entomology
Our lab is interested in the evolutionary genetics of insect-pathogen interactions. Projects include determination of the genetic and environmental basis for individual variation in resistance to infection and evaluation of infectivity and virulence of insect pathogens.

Scott McArt Scott McArt

Entomology
Research in our lab is focused on pollinator health.

Karl J. Niklas Karl J. Niklas

Plant Biology
I study plant evolution, development, and biophysics

Keith Perry Keith Perry

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Plant viruses, how they are transmitted by insect vectors, the molecular genetics and protein structure of the viral determinants of vector transmission; Plant virus disease diagnostic technologies, array-based methods for virus detection and discovery; We operate a potato seed production program for NY growers.

Katja Poveda Katja Poveda

Entomology
Agroecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, Plant defenses, Insect ecology

Alison Power Alison Power

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Agricultural ecology; ecology of cropping systems and epidemiology of insect-vectored diseases

Linda Rayor Linda Rayor

Entomology
Behavioral ecology of social spiders and social amblypygids. Social and foraging behavior of predatory arthropods; Tritrophic interactions.

Robert Reed Robert Reed

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Developmental genetic basis of butterfly wing pattern evolution.

Jeff Scott Jeff Scott

Entomology
Our research is characterized by the five major areas: Insecticide resistance and evolutionary biology. Insect genetics and molecular biology are active areas of research in our laboratory. Insecticide toxicology and metabolism studies. Studies have involved neurophysiological investigations into insecticide action.

Kerry Shaw Kerry Shaw

Neurobiology and Behavior
Behavioral genetics, sexual selection and evolution; speciation; genetic architecture of behavior (QTLs), linkage analysis and genome evolution; orthopteroid insects.

Saskya van Nouhuys

Entomology
We study species interactions, population dynamics and community structure in fragmented landscapes. Our primary research system is in Finland. We mainly focus on parasitoid wasps, their butterfly hosts, their food plants and endosymbionts. We also study pollination ecology of wild plants.