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, IOS-1253493, and DEB-1655202).

To learn more about the latest 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 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 Entomology at the Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.