insect color, evolution, and systematics

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Our lab, based in the Department of Entomology at Louisiana State University, focuses on insect systematics and visual systems evolution, specializing in beetles. 

We are fundamentally interested in what drives diversity, from the molecular level all the way through interactions among individuals across populations. Our current research lies at the interface of systematics, evolutionary biology, and visual ecology, and employs elements of genomics, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, physiology, and biochemistry. 

In particular, we are interested in the systematics and evolution of color within the charismatic and economically important family Buprestidae — the Jewel Beetles. Our research aims to understand a major biological process — vision — by investigating the relationships between body color, visual pigment protein structure and variability, and lineage diversity within this spectacular group. 


Meet The Team

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A gallery of our current research projects. For more information, click here , or see our publications here

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Summer 2021

- Nathan Lord and partners Jennifer Robison and the Louisiana Art & Science Museum (LASM) have created a feature exhibition titled Iridescence, which will be open at the LASM from July 17, 2021—July 31, 2022. It features a juried exhibition as well as an invited portion with works from famous artists and members of the Lord Lab!

Learn more at www.exploreiridescence.com

- Able Chow was awarded the Coleopterists Society GSREA Improvement Award for his research on jewel beetle iridescence. Way to go, Able!

- Sierra Weir was awarded the ESA SysEB Student Travel Award to visit Australia for field work. See ya down under, Sierra!

Spring 2021

- Able Chow and Sierra Weir presented their research at the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting (virtual)

- Able Chow and Sierra Weir traveled the Athens, Georgia to attend a TEM workshop at the University of Georgia. Go Dawgs! 

Meet The Team