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My research focuses on host plant selection by adults and early stage caterpillar foraging behaviour, mainly in Lepidoptera, as well as modelling insect-plant interactions at the whole plant scale. Using images of gene expression, we are mapping the spread of induced chemical changes in plants caused by insect feeding, and characterising subsequent changes in behaviour of the herbivore in response to these changes to incorporate these into our individual-based plant-herbivore simulation model. We are also utilising the odour profiles of genetically modified plants to investigate oviposition behaviour in moths.