Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor
Urban Entomology, Insect Behavior, Chemical Ecology, Insect Physiology
3107 Gardner Hall
Department of Entomology
Campus Box 7613, 100 Derieux Place
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613 Visit the Schal Lab
- B.S. State University of New York at Albany, Biology (1976)
- Ph.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Entomology, with W.J. Bell (1983)
- Post-doc University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Entomology, with R.T. Carde (1982-1984)
- Biology and integrated management of urban pests, with emphasis on cockroaches.
- Chemical ecology, especially pheromone-medicated communication in cockroaches and developing tools for monitoring pest populations.
- Biology of cockroach allergens and mitigation strategies to reduce environmental allergen concentrations.
- Cuticular hydrocarbons: Biosynthesis, hemolymph transport, role in behavioral interactions.
- Behavioral endocrinology and regulation of the cockroach corpora allata and juvenile hormone production.
- Monitoring insecticide resistance in field-collected cockroaches.
- Sexual selection and mate-finding tactics in pest and tropical cockroaches.
- Our lab also collaborates with others on:
- Evolution of pheromone communication in moths (Gould, Groot)
- Oviposition attractants in mosquitoes (Apperson)
- Population genetics of cockroaches and bed bugs (Vargo, Mukha)
- Nestmate recognition in ants (Silverman)
- Insect Behavior (ENT 520), 3 credits
- Seminar in Urban Entomology (ENT 690Y), 1 credit
- Seminar in Chemical Ecology (ENT 690X), 1 credit