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:

  • Sustainable pest management in Cambodian rice paddies

  • Soldier flies as bioconverters for turning agricultural and household waste into high-quality protein for live stock

  • Hoverflies as biological control agents and pollinators in community gardens

  • Integrated pest management for urban environments

  • Moth assemblages in transgenic and conventional cotton


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Surveying insects on Cambodian rice fields