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. 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).
July (2013) - Our paper on contrasting nutrient regulation strategies in wing
July (2013) - Jeri Wright and Spence are putting together a speical issue, on insect
April (2013) - Spence gave an invited talk at the 2nd Workshop on Insect
February (2013) - Spence was elected the vice-chair (2016) and chair (2018) for the
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
Warbrick-Smith, J., Behmer, S.T., Lee, K.P., Raubenheimer, D. and Simpson, S.J.
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