Insect Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Gaelen Burke ( or by visiting the Insect Biology website.

Insects are the most species rich and diverse animals on Earth. They are key components in most ecosystems as predators and prey, as well as essential organisms in herbivory, pollination, parasitism and nutrient cycling.  Insects are vectors of many diseases and pests in agriculture, forestry and urban environments. Their small size and short generation times make them excellent model organisms for topics ranging from biomedicine and biotechnology to population biology and ecosystem dynamics.

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Darold Batzer
Professor Entomology

Ecology of macroinvertebrates in freshwater wetlands and streams.

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Mark R. Brown
Professor Entomology; Neuroscience

Neuroendocrinology of development, reproduction, and metabolism in insects; evolution of peptide hormone structure and function.

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Gaelen Burke
Assistant Professor Entomology

Functional and evolutionary genomics of microbial associations with insects; virology, symbiosis, immunity.

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Haini N. Cai
Associate Professor Cellular Biology

Nuclear and genome organization; Chromatin structure and function; Gene regulation in Drosophila development.

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Don Champagne
Associate Professor Entomology

Role of arthropod salivary factors in pathogen transmission and immune responses in their vertebrate hosts.

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Kelly Dyer
Associate Professor Genetics

Molecular evolution and evolutionary genetics, in particular genetic conflict, sex chromosome evolution, genetics of adaptation and speciation, and host-parasite interactions.

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Brendan Hunt
Assistant Professor Entomology

Behavioral and evolutionary genetics and epigenetics of social insects.

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Joe McHugh
Professor Entomology

Evolution, systematics and anatomy of insects.

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Allen J. Moore
Distinguished Research Professor Genetics

Genetics, evolution and development of behavior; sexual selection; quantitative genetic models of evolution

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Patricia Moore
Professor Entomology

The role of developmental mechanisms in sexual selection and the evolution of reproductive strategies in insects.

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Kerry Oliver
Associate Professor Entomology

Ecology and evolution of heritable symbiosis in insects.

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Ken Ross
Professor Entomology

Population biology, evolutionary genetics, molecular systematics, and comparative genomics of social insects (fire ants) with an emphasis on studies of genetic variation.

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Cordula Schulz
Assistant Professor Cellular Biology

Tissue replenishment from stem cells, Drosophila genetics.

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Ping Shen
Associate Professor Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Brain Functions and Development in the Drosophila Model.

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Kathrin Stanger-Hall
Associate Professor Plant Biology

Signal evolution in fireflies (Lampyridae); research in undergraduate education in the sciences.

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Mike Strand
Distinguished Research Professor Entomology

Molecular and evolutionary biology of insect parasites; virology, immunology, symbiont evolution, reproduction.

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Kevin Vogel
Assistant Professor Entomology

Integrating physiology, genomics, evolution, and microbial symbiosis to understand the biology of insect vectors of disease

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