Ed Vargo - Mapping the size and shape of colony foraging areas to observe change over time, and to determine whether they are related to type of breeding structure. Popluation dynamics of subterranean termite colonies in natural and urban areas, invasion biology of Formosan subterranean termites, field evaluations of termiticides, especially for colony-elimination activity, and social and physiological regulation of reproduction in fire ants.
Hannah Burrack- Host preference and insect performance; Landscape ecology in multicrop agroecosystems & farmscape approaches to pest management; Microclimate impacts on pest management; Economic threshold development & revision
Jules Silverman - Invasive ant-Hemipteran mutualisms; Competition between urban ant species.
George Kennedy - Ecology and management of insect pests of agricultural crops; Plant insect interactions, and ecology of thrips in relation to epidemiology of tomato spotted wilt virus.
Yasmin Cardoza - Host plant-insect interactions; Evaluation of host plant resistance and biological control to manage plant pests; Multi-trophic interactions; Insect behavior and chemical ecology; Interactions between arthropods and mutualistic and/or pathogenic microorganisms.
Fred Hain- Host/insect interactions of the balsam woolly adelgid and the hemlock woolly adelgid in natural stands and plantations. Development of southern pine beetle in non-traditional hosts such as white pine, and the impact global change may have on the insects host and geographic ranges. Christmas tree IPM is concerned with the development of cultural practices that will encourage both native and introduced natural enemy populations.
Steve Frank - Production practices that reduce pest outbreaks and lead to more judicious use of pesticides, encouraging natural enemies in a habitat and protecting them from pesticide applications (Conservation Biological Control). Developing scouting techniques, thresholds, and ways to predict pest outbreaks. Ecology of interactions between, plants, herbivores, and natural enemies, augmentative biological control strategies. Ultimately, a better understanding of the natural world allows us to protect the environment and benefit from valuable ecosystem services while supporting economically important activities, such as the production and maintenance of ornamental plants.