Insect chemical ecology is a mature, long standing field, with its own journal. By contrast, insect physical ecology is much less studied and the worked scattered. Using work done in my group, I will highlight locomotion, both in granular materials like sand and at the water surface as well as sensing, in particular olfaction and flow sensing. The bio-inspired implementations in MEMS technologies will be the closing chapter.
Biography: My research interests span physiology and ecology, including work on the physical ecology of insects; the physiology, behavior and population dynamics of consumer-resource interactions; the sensory ecology of mimetism; flow sensing; physico-chemical transport in olfaction and biologically- inspired micro-technology. One notable feature of my approach is the blending of natural history with both state-of-the-art technology and modeling. My group is composed of biologists, mathematicians, soft matter physicists and metrologists.