- Control and ecology of subterranean termites (family Rhinotermitidae), including:
- Movement of termiticides among termites.
- Foraging behavior of termites.
- Basic physiology of termites and other pest species (water relations, respiratory physiology, thermal relationships).
- Flight and colony foundation of termites.
- Basic behavior of termites (feeding, “undertaking”, aggression, disturbance).
- Repellency and reduced termite feeding properties of potential wood protection products.
- Field efficacy and regulation of soil-applied termiticides.
B.S. – Old Dominion University (1991) Biology
M.S. – University of Hawaii (1996) Entomology
Ph.D. – Auburn University (2000) Entomology
- Behavioral responses of termites to termiticide-exposed nestmates.
- Feeding responses of termites to a potential new wood product preservative.
- Avoidance behavior of termites in response to dead termites.
- University of Georgia: Diversity of termites in collections from Northeast Mississippi.
- Auburn University: Critical Thermal Maxima of red imported fire ant alates determined via respiratory changes.
- USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory: Importance of alates in colony distribution in Wisconsin.
- Ecosystem services provided by termites and other wood-dwelling arthropods
- Conservation of saproxylic (i.e., dependent on dead wood) arthropods in managed forests
- Role of fire in structuring saproxylic arthropod communities with a focus on prescribed burns
- Utilization of exotic wood species (e.g., mimosa, chinaberry, Chinese privet) by native arthropod communities.
Wood Products Insect Research
201 Lincoln Green
Starkville, MS 39759