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.

Currently, the Song Lab actively pursues two broad areas of research: Phylogenomics of Orthoptera (Insecta) and Evolution of density-dependent phenotypic plasticity in grasshoppers and locusts. We have also used Orthoptera as a model system to investigate other various topics such as Evolution of insect male genitalia, Nuclear mitochondrial pseudogenes, and Mitochondrial genomics. Our research has been continuously supported by funding from the National Science Foundation since 2008 (DEB-1064082, IOS-1253493, DEB-1655202, and DEB-1937815) as well as TAMU-CONACYT Program and USDA Farmbill. The Song Lab is also part of the Behavioral Plasticity Research Institute (BPRI), supported by the NSF Biology Integration Institute Program (DBI-2021795).

To learn more about the latest locust research happening at the Song Lab, please check out this article published in Research Feature titled "Locust swarms: the evolution of a powerful force of nature".

The Song Lab is always interested in 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 Entomology at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

The Song Lab seeks to cultivate a positive climate and sustain the advantages of diversity and inclusion by focusing on equity, seeking evidence that all perspectives are valued, and each member of our team is elevated to their fullest potential.