Our research explores many aspects of the ecology and evolution of insect pests and diseases with the aim of better understanding the consequences of global change and improving the effectiveness and sustainability of pest and disease management. We combine empirical and theoretical approaches to address issues of fundamental and applied significance.
Over the years we have worked in many systems with research on diverse topics including the ecology and evolution of host-pathogen interactions, predicting and understanding the impact of invasive species, biodiversity and ecosystem health, and many aspects of biological control.
Current research areas include:
- How do elements of global change (climate warming, changes in water resources, changes in local ecological features) affect the ability of insect vectors to transmit diseases such as malaria and dengue?
- How does environmental temperature affect host resistance and parasite/pathogen virulence?
- What factors determine the epidemiological significance of insecticide resistance and can we develop novel actives and novel delivery strategies to combat resistance evolution?
- Improving understanding of invasive species ecology to inform risk assessment.
- What factors determine the adoption (or often non-adoption) of novel pest/vector control strategies?
If you are interested in possible collaboration or in joining us as a postdoc or grad student then do get in touch.