The hemipteran suborder Heteroptera, or true bugs, comprises about 40,000 species in 86 families and is one of the largest groups of non-holometabolous insects. True bugs are found in terrestrial, aquatic, and even marine habitats and their feeding preferences range from phytophagous to zoophagous and hematophagous, involving monophagy, mixed feeding, and parasitism. The group includes plant pests, beneficial species used in integrated pest management, but with the Triatominae, or kissing bugs, also powerful human disease vectors.                              

Our lab at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) focuses on systematic and evolutionary research on Reduviidae, or assassin bugs, minute litter bugs, Dipsocoromorpha, and Miridae, the plant bugs. 

Some ongoing and recent projects: 

Reduviidae PEET grantTri-trophic ADBC ProjectNSF ARTS Litter Bugs


  Call for Phymata !!!

 * Current News from the Bug Lab*

May 2016 Paul was award a Shipley Skinner award to conduct gut metabaroding analyses on "generalist" species of assassin bugs to investigate prey ranges.

May 2016 Three new papers from our lab are in press: an area of endemism of North America using a dataset of >1,300 species of Miridae, a taxonomic revision of the new Australian phyline genus Protemiris, and a combined morphological and molecular phylogenetic analysis of the resin bug tribe Apiomerini.

May 2016 Christiane, together with Amy Litt (Botany & Plant Sciences) and John Heraty (Entomology) were award a Collaborative Seed Grant from RED "Unlocking the vault of Southern California Biota" to explore integrate biological collections and next-gen sequencing methods. 

March 2016 Michael defended his dissertation and earned a PhD! Congrats Michael! We wish you luck at your post doc at UFL!

March 2016 Stephanie defended her thesis and earned a MS! Congrats Stephanie! We wish you luck at your new job at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida!.

November 2015 Christiane, Michael, and Paul attended ESA in Minneapolis. Micheal earned a first place award in the the Student Competition for the President's Prize for his 10-min oral presentation.

September 2015 Christiane and Alex attended the 7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny.

September 2015 Sarah Frankenberg joined our lab as a new masters student who will be conducting research on Schizopteridae. Welcome Sarah!

June 2015 Christiane, Alex, and Paul attended the Hemipteroid Insect Phylogenetics (HIP) Workshop at the University of Illinois.

May 2015 Eric was awarded the Dr. Mir S. Mulla & Leila Mulla Endowed Scholarship Fund. Congrats Eric!

April 2015 Stephanie visited Montana State University for one week to sort samples for Dipsocoromorpha.

April 2015 Paul earned an Honorable Mention for his NSF-GRFP. Congrats Paul!!!

December 2014 The Reduviid Subfamily Key was published.