Teaching: Classes and Undergrad Research 

I am currently teaching Insect Biodiversity (ENTM 107), Insect Evolution (ENTM 106), the second half of the ENTM 202 graduate core class, and co-teaching (with J. Heraty) a seminar in Systematic Entomology (ENTM 256).

ENTM 106 Insect Evolution. Even Years Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100/ENTM 100 or consent of instructor. Introduces principles of insect morphology, with emphasis on characters of phylogenetic and adaptive significance and insect evolution. Topics include the comparative anatomy and phylogenic relationships of extinct and living insect groups. Laboratory emphasizes principles of comparative morphology and evolutionarily important character complexes. For sample student projects: check out the display case on the second floor of the Entomology building.

ENTM 107 Insect Biodiversity. Lecture, 2 hours; laboratory, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 100/ENTM 100 or consent of instructor. Lectures introduce the science of insect systematics, stressing diagnostic characters of the major taxa and insect biodiversity. Laboratories focus on developing skills in insect identification to the family level. Click here to see the "Insect Identification Boxes " we use for this class, and here is a True Bug example. Collecting Trip 2009.

ENTM 202. Core Areas of Entomology II: Suborganismal-Organismal Disciplines (5) W Lecture, 3 hours; discussion, 1 hour; laboratory, 3 hours. Prerequisite(s): ENTM 201 or consent of instructor. Introduces principles of insect morphology, insect systematics, insect taxonomy, and physiology of systems used for energy transformation. Topics include comparative anatomy and functional morphology, digestion, xcretion, osmoregulation, respiration, systematic theory, taxonomy, and insect identification.

Research for Undergraduate Students (ENTM 190/197)
Undergrad research projects in the lab mostly focus on projects on systematics, biology, and evolution of assassin bugs (Reduviidae) and plant bugs (Miridae), but we are open to YOUR suggestions as well. This is a great opportunity for you to gain research and hands on experience and develop technical skills, e.g. bug photography and filming, online biodiversity tools, and more. Contact me ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for currently available research projects.

Some of the projects below were also carried out under the NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) to the Reduviid PEET and the ARTS Dipsocoromorpha projects or as UCR sponsored projects.

Current (and past) projects:

Spring 2016.
Predicting kissing bug distributions in California using ecological niche models. 
Alec Yzaguirre Williams.

Winter and Spring 2016.
Systematics and biodiversity of minute litter bugs in the genus Ptenidiophyes Reuter. 
Jacob Tarango.

Winter and Spring 2016.
Evolution of exaggerated head shape in minute litter bugs. 
Christy Hoong.

Summer 2015.
Ambush bugs: predator-prey interactions and camouflage. 
Jacob Tarango and Qui Truong.

Spring 2015.
Identification of Coreidae in the Heteroptera Systematics Lab collection. 
Bryan Vanderveer.

Winter and Spring 2015.
Investigating kissing bug microbiomes (Reduviidae: Triatominae). Kimberley Garcia.
Using PCR methods to detect vertebrate hosts of blood-feeding kissing bugs (Reduviidae: Triatominae). Anna Georgieva.

Fall 2014 and Winter 2015.
Using morphometrics and genitalic dissections to inform species delimitation in Western Nearctic ambush bugs (Reduviidae: Phymatinae). 
Michael Appel.

Summer 2014.
Systematics of Neotropical Physoderinae. 
Leonidas Davranoglou. Publication

Summer 2014 (REU to ARTS Dipsocoromorpha project).
Systematics of Peloridinannus Wygodzinsky. Sarah Frankenberg. Publication

Spring 2014.
Taxonomy of Eastern Arc Mountain tribelocephalinae assassin bugs (Reduviidae)Jonathan McGhee.

Winter 2014.
Illustrated identification keys to Corixidea group genera and subgenera of Schizoptera (Schizopteridae). 
Mariana Romero.

Fall 2012.
California Reduviidae: working towards and identification key to California subfamilies, genera, and species of assassin bugs. 
 Tina Kim.
California ambush bugs: molecular approaches to unravel species concepts of California PhymataSarah Frankenberg.

Summer 2012 (REU to Reduviid PEET project).
California Reduviidae: updated species list, distribution maps, and species pages. We are also describing a new species of Reduvius from California. Kaleigh Russell, Sarah Frankenberg, Tina Kim. Publication

Fall 2011 to Spring 2012. 
Description of a new genus of Australian plant bugs, the toothbrush feeders. Kaleigh Russell. 
A new genus of Australian Phylini feeding on Restionaceae. Stephanie Leon. Publication 
Ontogeny of raptorial glands in sticky bugs. Thien-Kim Nguyen.
Biodiversity of Hemiptera in SE Peru. Jessica Rosales.

Spring 2007.
Description of the Australian plant bug genus Jiwarli. Diane Soto. Published in the  American Museum Novitates: Soto & Weirauch, 2009.

Fall 2007.
Collecting data for a molecular phylogeny of Apiomerus (Hemiptera, Reduviidae, Harpactorinae). Diane Soto.
Pretarsal structures in spider-web inhabiting Emesinae or thread-legged bugs (Hemiptera, Reduviidae). Kyle Risser.

Winter 2008.
Identification of Emesinae in Southern California and analysis of pretarsal structures. Kyle Risser.

Fall 2008.
Molecular work on Californian Triatominae and their trypanosomes. Kyle Risser.

Winter 2009.
Morphology of Bat Bugs (Polyctenidae) using macrophotography and SEM techniques. Maria Gutierrez.
Biodiversity of Reduviidae in Madagascar. Grace Radabaugh.

Spring 2009.
Systematics of Ulpius Stal, a genus of Harpactorinae from Madagascar. Grace Radabaugh. 

Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall 2010 (Summer as REU Reduviid PEET)
Triatoma protracta - Distribution modeling of kissing bugs in Southern California. Percy Wong.  
Zelus tetracanthus - Documenting the reproductive biology. Claudia Alvarez.
Kissing bugs in Southern California - public health risk and trypanosome detection. Brittany Smith. Publication

Winter and Spring 2011. 
Molecular phylogeny of Peiratinae. Elizabeth Romero.
Meloidae in California. Vincent Strode. 
Imaging for an identification key to assassin bug subfamilies. Cole Watson.
Parasitism rates of a plant-feeding assassin bug. Da Tien. 

Summer 2012 (REU to Reduviid PEET) 
Consolidating Malagasy assassin bugs. Steven Crum.