Nathan P. Lord
Assistant Professor and Director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, Department of Entomology
Louisiana State University
I am an insect systematist specializing in the order Coleoptera. I'm broadly interested in alpha- and beta- level taxonomy, reconstructing phylogenies utilizing both morphological and molecular data, exploring interesting evolutionary scenarios within Coleoptera, and enhancing systematics products through interactive, digital tools (e.g. Lucid keys) and high-resolution imaging.
My research program centers around investigating the evolution of visual systems across the charismatic Jewel Beetles (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) in an effort to decipher the form and function of the often brilliant color schemes found throughout the group. We are using NGS methods to construct phylogenies and generate transcriptomes of tissues involved in vision in order to investigate opsin diversity, with future avenues branching into physiology (ERG, in-situ hybridization). Additionally, we have received funding to develop an interactive tool for the identification of the worldwide genera of Jewel Beetles.
I am a PhD student in Dr Lord's lab focussed on Black Soldier fly, particularly their eyes. I have a Masters in Black Soldier Fly mass rearing at Stellenbosch university where I looked at manipulating fly husbandry to improve yields of BSFL at industrial scales. I also have an undergraduate in Zoology and Entomology where I specialised in Taxonomy & Forensic Entomology at Rhodes University. I have 6 years of experience in the field of insect mass rearing and entomophagy working with companies such as AgriProtein, Khepri BioSciences and Fluker Farms where my focus was to improve mass production of entomophagous insects. I decided to join Dr Lord's lab to start understanding more depth on the dynamics of insect senses. Eyes play an important role in mating and egg-laying in the adults of Black Soldier Fly and has been known to bottleneck production of this economically important insect for many producers worldwide. Therefore, our research will look to establish fundamentals in photosensory morphology, ecology and physiology in Black soldier fly over the coming years to open doors for more research and applied applications for the entomophagy industry.
My name is Ilgoo Kang, and I am a Ph.D. student in the Lord Lab. I began studying insect systematics in the Systematic Entomology Laboratory at Kyungpook National University, South Korea. As an undergraduate research assistant, I had diverse opportunities to deepen my understanding of insects: collecting insects, pinning specimens, extracting DNAs from samples, amplifying DNA and constructing a phylogenetic tree. Then I moved to the U.S. in 2015 and began my Master’s project at the University of Kentucky with Dr. Michael Sharkey. I have studied systematics of parasitic wasps that mainly attack Lepidoptera larvae. I greatly increased my general knowledge of parasitic wasps and learned various methods to conduct analyses. Currently, I am planning to conduct a revisionary work of Cardiochilinae, which has been insufficiently studied and investigate the wing interference patterns investigation of these parasitoids. Also, if possible, I would like to include some biodiversity projects as well. I am so delighted to be a member of the Lord Lab and looking forward to learning more about insects alongside all of our great team members.
I am a master’s student in the Lord Lab interested in insect phylogenetics, evolution, and sexual selection. While pursuing a bachelor’s degree in entomology at University of Florida, I also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Branham’s Insect Systematics and Behavior lab, analyzing firefly flash patterns with computer software; and as a part time slide maker at Florida Department of Agriculture, dissecting, slide mounting, and imaging larval fruit flies under microscope. Currently, my goal as a MS student is to become familiar with the taxonomy of Buprestidae and learn the axiom and skills of insect genetics and phylogenetics by participating in the Lord Lab’s exciting projects.
Kariann Lamon, 2017–2018, undergraduate researcher, University of Georgia
Caroline Fowler, 2017–2018, undergraduate researcher, Weese Lab, Georgia College
Jordan Yacoub, 2018, undergraduate researcher, Weese Lab, Georgia College
Dorianna Dobson, 2016–2018, medical research intern, Sucre Lab, Vanderbilt University
Stephanie Forsman, 2016–2018
Alexis Allen, 2018, undergraduate researcher, University of Georgia
Payton Burriss, 2016–2017, currently in PA school, Augusta University
Matthew Brady, 2016–2017, Pruitt Health
Nick Buchanan, 2016–2017, currently in medical school, Mercer University
Hunter Cross, 2016–2017, currently in dental school, Medical College of Georgia
Hallie Jowers, 2016–2017
Peyton Minerd, 2016–2017