Insects that live in our homes (aka pests) evolved incredible adaptations to deal with their enemies — you and I! Come learn about the diversity of cockroach species around the globe; where they live, how they survive in the wild, and how their adaptability makes them so hard to get rid of.
About Our Speaker
Dr. Coby Schal is a Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor of Entomology at NC State University. His research group takes an integrative approach to challenging questions in fundamental insect biology and to pest problems in urban entomology. Their research, therefore, includes insect behavior, chemical ecology, endocrine physiology, electrophysiology, toxicology, biochemistry and molecular biology. A broad interest in chemical ecology includes collaborative studies of cockroach sex and aggregation pheromones and their physiological regulation, evolution of moth sexual pheromone communication, roles of microbes in attracting mosquitoes to oviposition sites, and role of cuticular lipids in ant and termite nestmate recognition. He investigates allergens produced by household pests and strategies to reduce their impacts on human health. The Schal lab has also been investigating the recent resurgence of bed bugs, through collaborative research in population genetics and chemical ecology.