WelcomeWe study mate choice, communication, and how interactions between species affect the ecology and evolution of behavior. We work with insects, because they are easy to collect and rear, have short generation times, and display all the fascinating behavior one could ever wish for.
- Our paper on treehopper mothers reducing the risk of predator eavesdropping on their offspring is in press in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. Check it out here!
- Congratulations to our graduating seniors, Alina, Sydney, and Connor. We are going to miss you guys!
- Alina, Sydney, and Connor all earned awards for their presentations at the North Carolina Academy of Sciences 2019 Annual Meeting! Some photos below.
- We have so much news! Our paper on the costs of reproductive interference in squash bugs is out in the Journal of Insect Science. Check it out here!
- Congratulations to Alina and Sydney for completing SURE 2018, and to Connor and Davis for completing their first summer of research! Some photos below.
- Jen gave an oral presentation on the ecology and consequences of hybridization in squash bugs at the Animal Behavior Society meeting in Milwaukee, WI, and an invited seminar on the lab's research at UNC-Asheville.
- Alina, Connor, Davis, and Jen conducted a half-day outreach at Elon's Loy Farm with Discover Science, a middle school STEM camp organized by Western Middle School. Read about it here!
- Lab alumni news: Congratulations to Paige Stover, who is starting medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill this fall!
Also, Matt Sears is starting a two year position as a research specialist at Univ. Pennsylvania, and other alumni are doing really neat things - check out the "People" page for more info!
- Alina and Sydney wrote successful SURE proposals! Congratulations - we look forward to seeing your work in Summer 2018!
- Jen, Matt, and Alina conducted research on insect communication at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute at Barro Colorado Island, Panama during Winter Term 2018. Some photos below.
- Matt and Alina wrote successful proposals for Glen Raven Endowed Scholarships and Center for Research on Global Engagement grants. Congratulations!