The Agricultural Entomology Lab at University of Delaware is committed to understanding the ecology and evolution of insects in agricultural landscapes in a changing world. Projects merge classical field experiments, genomics, and ecoinformatics to elucidate insect movements in agricultural landscapes, mechanisms underlying insect adaptation to management practices, and consequences of environmental change for insects. Concurrently, we strive for excellence in communication and translation of research findings into actionable outcomes for industry stakeholders, aiming to develop and refine innovative pest management strategies that benefit growers, the environment, and society.
This lab is brand new (started in Fall of 2021), and I am eager to form a diverse and interdisciplinary group of motivated, curious, and community-minded individuals in my lab. Emerging research areas that I would like to co-develop with students and postdocs include but are not limited to: insects as alternative food and feed, management of lesser mealworm in poultry systems, spotted lanternfly ecology and evolution, cover crop effects on pests and beneficials, consequences of sea-level rise for plant-insect interactions, impacts of artificial light at night on plant-insect and predator-prey interactions, genetically assisted biological control, and stewardship of RNAi-based insecticides.