Gould, Fred

Entomology and Plant Pathology
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The research mission of our lab group is to investigate the ecology and genetics of insect pests in order to better understand natural and human-induced evolution. We believe that this knowledge will contribute to improving food production, and the health of humans and the environment. We use diverse approaches to achieving our goals, ranging from molecular analysis and ecological experiments to mathematical and computer modeling. We strive to work hard as a team, respect each other's contributions, and have fun along the way. Some of our projects have clearly defined, applied objectives, while others are motivated solely by the desire to better understand the evolution of biological diversity. Our lab has historically focused on pests of agricultural importance, as seen in research projects with the headings "plant-insect interactions", "evolution of moth sexual communication systems", and "evolution of resistance in crop pests". In the past 5 years we have expanded our research to also include pests such as mosquitoes that have direct impacts on human health. Our project on "genetic pest management" reflects our belief that genetic engineering of insects can be used as a tool for reducing the impacts from pests of medical and agricultural importance.

  Ecology | Natural Resources and Conservation | Entomology | Integrated Pest Management
Country(s) of experience:
  Australia | China-Peoples Rep | Germany | Mexico | Netherlands | Panama | Peru | Philippines | United Kingdom |
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
  Genetic Engineering and Society: The Case of Transgenic Pests NSF-IGERT
01/01/2011 - 07/31/2018
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner:
  Improving the robustness of a Tactical Model of Aedes/Dengue dynamics
01/01/2011 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Institutional Partner:
  Genetic strategies for control of dengue virus transmission.
01/01/2009 - 12/31/2013
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutional Partner:
  Resistance management for Bt cotton
01/01/2007 - 12/31/2013
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), China
  Resistance management for Bt rice
01/01/1990 - 12/31/2000
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines