Insects are of key importance in agricultural ecosystems, both as pests and as beneficial insects such as predators and pollinators. My  goal is to use my expertise in behaviour and ecology to develop sustainable, low-impact strategies for managing insects in agroecosystems.  I am also interested in developing practises for managing urban agricultural systems such as community gardens, rooftop gardens and city farms. Recent student projects have focused on:

  • Tolerance and resistance of Helicoverpa spp moths in transgenic cotton
  • Hoverflies as biological control agents and pollinators in community gardens
  • Migration of Helicoverpa spp caterpillars in transgenic cotton, conventional cotton and refuge crops
  • Moth assemblages in transgenic and conventional cotton


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