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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Coming Up

- Ilgoo Kang will be presenting his research at the Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting (virtual).

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

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

Fall 2020–2021

- Ilgoo Kang published a paper in which he names a new species after the legendary LSU quarterback, Joe Burrow! See here.


- Nathan Lord and collaborators publish a few papers on the New Zealand Zopheridae (here) and structural color of a longhorn beetle (here).

Summer 2020

- Sierra Weir will be joining the Lord Lab as a MS student. Her project will involve investigating the pigmentary colors of jewel beetles. Welcome, Sierra!

Spring 2020

- Ella Robison joins the Lord Lab as an undergraduate researcher. Welcome, Ella!

Meet The Team