Insect Biology Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Gaelen Burke (grburke@uga.edu) 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 in the wetlands at the Iron Horse Farm. Photo by Dorothy Kozlowski

Darold Batzer

Professor
Entomology

Distinguished Research Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Research interest:
Functional and structural genomics, metabolism and enzymology of organisms that grow near 100C.

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Casey Bergman

Associate Professor
Bioinformatics; Genetics
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Gaelen Burke

Associate Professor
Entomology

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

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Haini Cai

Associate Professor
Cellular Biology; Neuroscience

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

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Carmen Blubaugh

Assistant Professor
Entomology

Biodiversity; insect ecology; the role of soil microbes and defensive plant chemistry in plant/herbivore interactions, predator/prey interactions; sustainable agriculture

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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

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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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;
Adjunct Faculty in Entomology and the College of Education

Phylogeny and Signal Evolution in Fireflies (Coleoptera, Lampyridae); Science education research.

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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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