INSECT ECOLOGY & COMMUNICATION


Welcome to the Insect Ecology and Communication Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio University.  Our research focuses on understanding communication pathways in insects (inter- and intra-specific communication) and their environment (plant-insect interactions and foraging). We are interested in using chemical ecology, behavioral ecology and physiology to advance our knowledge of basic insect ecology (foraging, reproduction) in particular for pest management (e.g., bird blow flies, midge flies, mosquitos), forest entomology (e.g., longhorn beetles) and pollination (e.g. native pollinators) applications, and to develop viable monitoring techniques and strategies. To tackle these research avenues, we use a combination of laboratory assays, field experiments and surveys, chemistry and chemical ecology methods (compound identification via mass spectrometry [GC-MS] and electro-antennogram [EAD]) and flashing wing frequency methods.


NEWS

maddie with poleMaddie Sundnick wins Provost’s Undergraduate Research Fund (PURF) to support her 2019 project investigating management strategies for the Avian Parasitic Fly (#VampireMaggots).  CONGRATULATIONS!!

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-29 at 10.41.17 AMAthens Area Birders features Dr. Bekka Brodie, “In the Eye of a Fly: What is behind the large, specialized eyes of flies?  And how do they use them to communicate, find mates, and food?” ODNR meeting room, 6:30pm, 6 November 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Anna Pasternak presented a poster “Exploring novel ways to control nuisance non-biting midges other than larvicides: polarized light and chemical odors as oviposition attractants” at the 34th Annual Scientific Symposium of the Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research & Education (ORBCRE) and the Ohio River Basin Alliance (ORBA) Conference, Thomas More University. Crestview Hills, KY 17-19 October 2018.

 

 

 

2018-09-30 15.17.28We received funding from Intko Supply Ltd. to assist with developing the most attractive wasp trap in Canada and the U.S.! Undergraduate Research Students Claire Rothman and Olivia Amos started preliminary work this fall (2018) at Snowville Creamery!

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-23 at 3.33.23 PMSustainability Theme at Ohio University features Dr. Bekka Brodie.  Understanding and manipulating fly visual cues for earth friendly pest management solutions. 319 Alden Library, Ohio University, at 4:30pm. 25 October 18.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 3.39.11 PMMadeline Sudnick, Undergraduate Research Student, wins first place award for her poster, “Nest structure, temperature and blow fly (Protocalliphora) parasitism in nest box breeding birds” at the Ohio Avian Research Conference at Denison University (21 Oct 18).

 

 

 

 

IMG_5147Researchers study midge fly infestation in Ohio wastewater treatment plants as a featured article in Phys.orgSummary: Brodie and Johnson are leading a team of undergraduate researchers in an effort to combat the pest midge flies in wastewater treatment plants.

 

 

 

 

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Ayden Wilson, Undergraduate Research Student, wins second place award in sustainability for her poster, “Are flies pollen their weight? Data mining social media for information on fly (Diptera) pollinators” at the Ohio University Student Expo (April 2017).

 

 

 


CONTACT

Dr. Bekka S. Brodie
Visiting Professor
Dept. of Biological Sciences
Ohio University
302 Wilson West
Athens, OH 45701
email: brodieb@ohio.edu
Skype: cecropia99
Twitter and Instagram: @BugswithBekka  #OUinsects

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