My research focuses on the biological control and integrated management of insect pests. Understanding the ecological and biological relationships between insects and their natural enemies(pathogens, parasitoids and predators) and the interactions between these natural enemies is fundamental to effective biological control and is central to my research. Strategies which manipulate natural enemies to enhance their impact on pest populations are under development, examples include:
- Integration of biological stressors and fungal entomopathogens for improved control of insect pests
- Reduced insecticide inputs combined with the provision of adult food sources to enhance endemic parasitoid performance
- Utilizing inducible plant defences to manipulate pests and improve the effectiveness of natural enemies.