Ecology and Conservation

Making sense of insect-ecosystem interactions informs how we protect beneficial insects like pollinators. We also examine the diversity of arthropod populations and how they’ve evolved as one of the most successful groups of organisms on the planet.


Biodiversity and Systematics

Insects and their relatives are an incredibly diverse group of organisms. We study the relationships between these groups and how they’ve evolved. This forms the study of insect ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dr. Zolnerowich
Dr. Kim

Landscape Coverage and Climate

Land use greatly impacts insect diversity and larger ecosystems. We use insects as models to understand these changes, and how these environments will continue to change.

Dr. Kim



Numerous populations have suffered from loss of habitat. We are developing tools to monitor populations and determine ways to better protect at-risk populations.

Dr. Spiesman