Welcome

The Song Laboratory of Insect Systematics and Evolution focuses on the study of an insect order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, and katydids) and other insects and aims at understanding behavioral, ecological, physiological, morphological and molecular evolution in a phylogenetic framework.

Specific research programs include: Phylogenetic Systematics of Orthoptera (Insecta), Density-dependent phenotypic plasticity in grasshoppers and locusts, Evolution of insect male genitalia, Nuclear mitochondrial pseudogenes, and Mitochondrial genomics. Our research programs are currently supported by funding from the National Science Foundation (DEB-1064082 and IOS-1253493).

The Song Lab is actively recruiting motivated students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Please contact Dr. Hojun Song if you are interested in joining. We are located in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida.