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.
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.
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!
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!
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!