Insect Science

The Department of Biology at Western has established research strength in the scientific study of insects and other multi-legged arthropods. Members of our Department use insects as model organisms to understand behaviour and evolution, fundamentals of physiology and adaptation, invasive species and pest management, and conservation of global biodiversity. Novel approaches and techniques include stable isotopes, network theory, gene expression, and chemical ecology.

Regular or Term Faculty

Insect Science Regular or Term Faculty


Research Interest

Keith Hobson Biological conservation, isotope ecology
Nusha Keyghobadi Molecular ecology, landscape genetics and conservation genetics
Susanne Kohalmi Gene Families and Regulation
Zoë Lindo Community ecology, Soil ecology
Jeremy McNeil Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of Insects
Natasha Mhatre Communicating with sound and vibration
Amanda Moehring Genetics of behaviour and species formation
Anthony Percival-Smith Molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis
Anne Simon Genetics of Social Behavior
Brent Sinclair Insects at Low Temperatures
Graham Thompson Behavioural Genetics and Sociobiology

Adjunct, Emeritus or Cross-Appointed Faculty

Insect Science Adjunct, Emeritus or Cross-Appointed Faculty


Research Interest

Cam Donly
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Genomics and biotechnology, RNA interference, plant transformation, biopesticide development, entomology
Amanda Roe
(Natural Resources Canada)
Systematics and Evolution; Environmental Biology; Molecular Ecology of Insects and Pests of Forests
Ian Scott
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Biopesticide Discovery and Development

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