insect systematics and evolution
Our lab focuses on insect systematics and visual systems evolution, specializing in beetles.
We are fundamentally interested in what drives diversity, from the molecular level all the way through interactions among individuals across populations. Our current research lies at the interface of systematics, evolutionary biology, and visual ecology, and employs elements of genomics, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, physiology, and biochemistry.
In particular, we are interested in the systematics and evolution of color within the charismatic and economically important family Buprestidae — the Jewel Beetles. Our research aims to understand a major biological process — vision — by investigating the relationships between body color, visual pigment protein structure and variability, and lineage diversity within this spectacular group.
Graduate Student Opportunity: Begin developing an integrated pest management program for hemp.
There is a graduate student opportunity in the Davis/Lord labs in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University. We are seeking a MS-level graduate student to study the pests of hemp in open and closed agricultural settings in Louisiana.
Please see full announcement here.
Dec. 01-10: Dr. Bob Anderson (Canadian Museum of Nature) will be visiting to sort through some unidentified LSAM weevils.
Dec. 10-13: Ms. Hannah Weller (Brown University) will be visiting to work with the lab on image and color analysis in jewel beetles.
- Ilgoo Kang won first place in the SysEB poster section at the Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America. Great work, Ilgoo!
- Ridley Graugnard won a Youth Incentive Award (Senior Level), sponsored by the Coleopterists Society and BioQuip. Congrats, Ridley!
- Able Chow and Ilgoo Kang were both awarded LSU Graduate Student Association Travel Awards to present their research at ESA. Congrats, guys!
- Ilgoo Kang won first place in the Ph.D. student poster competition at the 10th Annual Dept. of Entomology Graduate Student Symposium. Congrats, Ilgoo!
- Able Chow and Nathan Lord traveled to Prague, Czech Republic and Paris, France. Able studied the type specimens for his taxonomic revision and took reflectance measurements of jewel beetles.
- Devon Brits joined the lab, where he will be investigating the visual and chemical signals of the black soldier fly. Welcome, Devon!
- Dr. Bodo Wilts (Adolphe Merkle Institute) visited the lab and worked with us on optical physics of structural colors!