Dr. Heather J. McAuslane
Dr. McAuslane’s research program focuses on the chemical ecology of herbivorous insects and their interactions with their host plants. She works with plant breeders to understand the mechanisms of resistance to insect pests in various vegetables, agronomic, and horticultural crops, including lettuce, peppers and St. Augustine grass. She works with chemist collaborators to isolate and identify pheromones and plant-produced semiochemicals that influence the behavior of pest herbivores. The goal of these projects is to reduce insect damage to important crops using non-toxic and sustainable methods of behavior-based pest management.