Faculty Research Series 3: The Secret Life of Insects in Louisiana's Wetlands
Sep 27, 2012
from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||West Laville Study|
|Contact Name||Granger Babcock|
Honors College students
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Associate Professor of Entomology Linda Hooper Bui talks about her research with the Red Impoted Fire Ant Lab, where she works on the ecology of fire ants and other ants of ecological or economic importance. Her students have examined the effect of fire ants on box-nesting and ground-nesting birds, ground-dwelling mammals, herpetofauna, insects, and spiders. Her students have also examined integrated pest management of fire ants using cultural controls, biological controls, and environmentally-friendly chemical controls such as baits. Her lab has also responded to the ecological disaster in south Louisiana caused by flooding associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is monitoring ant populations in hurricane-affected areas, including rate of reinvasion and species turnover.