Mission statement

In the Beasley Lab, we investigate how organisms respond to human-driven environmental change and apply ecological principles to understand implications for human health. We use insects as our model species to explore developmental responses and microbial interactions in a rapidly changing environment.

Diversity statement

I believe that ecology, and science more broadly, can only be a vehicle for change, creativity and innovation when it reflects the diversity of the society it serves. To that end, my lab welcomes students, teachers and visiting scholars regardless of race, religion, gender identification, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

What’s new?

March 2018

Excited to announce an opening for a Master’s student in the Beasley Lab starting Fall 2018! If you’re interested in ants and fungi (or maybe just curious), please apply!

February 2018

Our paper “Urbanization disrupts latitude-size rule in 17-year cicadas” is now available online and open access! Click here to check it out!

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January – May 2018

Ant Ecology

I’m teaching an undergraduate, research-based course called Ant Ecology for the spring 2018 semester. Students will develop independent research featuring various aspects of ant ecology. This course is part of an exciting collaboration with Astri Snodgrass from the Art department. Science and art students will learn the importance of intentional observation in developing their research. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to see how we’re doing!

Course is supported by a High-Impact Practices Development Grant from the UTC Walker Center for Teaching and Learning.

July 2017

Invisible pathogens

I took part in a fun radio story with the National Science Foundation called the Rules of Life where I discuss my research with ants and fungi. Click here to hear the story!

May 2017

Brood VI periodical cicadas are currently emerging across the Carolinas and parts of Georgia. The Beasley Lab is working with citizen scientists to collect as many individuals as possible to understand how environmental changes are impacting cicada population health. Click here to learn more about how you can participate in the Urban Buzz citizen science project!

April 2017

The Beasley Lab was featured in an interview with WUTC. Click here to hear what we have to say about undergraduate mentoring and ant research at UTC!