Understanding the key features of social insects

Our lab is interested in the organization of insect societies, especially reproductive division of labor. We study behavioral and chemical mechanisms used to regulate reproduction in nestmates. We experiment with a diverse set of social insects - ants from different subfamilies and termites. A specific focus is behavioral and developmental plasticity, olfactory communication and its sensory basis, and the genetic and epigenetic foundation of these topics. Please see more in Research.