The Insect Physiology & Behavior Research Group (IPBRG), headed by Spence Behmer, studies insect physiology and behavior, including their ecological and evolutionary bases. Our approach is "bottom-up", with an emphasis on using individual behavior as a tool to understand physiological and higher-level processes. Recently we have also begun to use sequencing approaches to better understand physiological processes. Our lab pursues three broadly defined areas of research:
1) physiological ecology
2) insect sterol (cholesterol) biology
3) mechanisms of learning
We use a number of different insects in our research, including grasshoppers, caterpillars, ants, Drosophila, and insects with sucking mouthparts (hemipterans).
January (2017) - Our paper on nutrition mediating insect susciptibility to Bt toxins is now
December (2016) - We have another paper out (in the Journal of Insect Physiology) related to
November (2016) - Our paper on nutrition as a neglected factor in insect herbivore
October (2016) - Congratulations to Richelle Marquess on a succesful thesis defense!
August (2016) - Another busy semester begins...Spences is teaching three classes...General
Deans, C.A., Behmer, S.T., Tessnow, A.E., Tamez-Guerra, P., Pusztai-Carey, M. and Sword, G.A.
Roeder, K.A. and Behmer, S.T. (2014) Lifetime consequences of food protein-carbohydrate
Joern, A., Provin, T. and Behmer, S.T. (2012) Not just the usual suspects: Insect herbivore
Behmer, S.T. and Joern, A. (2012) Insect herbivores viewed through a physiological
Behmer, S.T. (2009) Insect herbivore nutrient regulation. Annual Review of
Behmer, S.T. and Joern, A. (2008) Coexisting generalist herbivores occupy unique
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