Vargo, Ed


Program area: 

Urban Entomology, Social Insect Biology, Molecular Ecology


3309 Gardner Hall

Department of Entomology
Campus Box 7613, 100 Derieux Place
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613  

Lab tel: 919.515.1662                                              Visit the Vargo Lab


Ph.D., University of Georgia (1986)


We use molecular ecological approaches to address basic and applied questions concerning population biology and breeding systems in urban insect pests. We use primarily microsatellite and mitochondrial DNA markers to study several important structural pests, including subterranean and drywood termites, ants, cockroaches and bed bugs. Specific projects include:

  • Development of microsatellite markers for use in molecular ecology studies
  • Colony breeding structure, parentage, inbreeding and life history of subterranean termites
  • Population genetics and phylogeography of subterranean termites
  • Colony densities and foraging dynamics of subterranean termites
  • Effects of field applications of baits and liquid termiticides on subterranean termite colonies
  • Invasion biology of termites, primarily Coptotermes formosanus and Reticulitermes flavipes
  • Colony and population genetic structure of invasive ants
  • Population genetics of German cockroaches in urban and agricultural environments
  • Phylogeographic and population genetic analysis of the common bed bug

ENT 495/591/791 Special Topcis: Molecular Ecology (Fall Semester, even numbered years)

ENT 560 Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Evolution (Spring Semester, odd numbered years), co-taught with Fred Gould, Brian Wiegmann and Marce Lorenzen

ENT 601/801 Molecular Ecology Seminar

ENT 601/801 Social Behavior of Insects Seminar, co-taught with David Tarpy and John Meyer