The hemipteran suborder Heteroptera, or true bugs, comprises about 40,000 species in 86 families and is one of the largest groups of non-holometabolous insects. True bugs are found in terrestrial, aquatic, and even marine habitats and their feeding preferences range from phytophagous to zoophagous and hematophagous, involving monophagy, mixed feeding, and parasitism. The group includes plant pests, beneficial species used in integrated pest management, but with the Triatominae, or kissing bugs, also powerful human disease vectors.                              

Our lab at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) focuses on systematic and evolutionary research on Reduviidae, or assassin bugs, minute litter bugs, Dipsocoromorpha, and Miridae, the plant bugs. 

Some ongoing and recent projects: 

Reduviidae PEET grantTri-trophic ADBC ProjectNSF ARTS Litter Bugs


  Call for Phymata !!!

Read more about ongoing projects on kissing bugs

 * Current News from the Bug Lab*

August 2016 The Chinannus book is published! Here is the press release.

July 2016 Our new paper on Australian "toothbrush plant bugs" is out!

July 2016 Check out our combined morphological and molecular analysis and maternal care of resin bugs here. And the plant bug/plant host area of endemism paper is here

July 2016 The Zelus monograph is published! And here a press release covering this study.

June 2016 Exciting undergrad research projects ahead this summer: welcome to Madison Hernadez who will work on reduviid predator-prey associations! Alec (kissing bug niche models), Anna (kissing bug hosts), and Christy and Jacob (schizopterid systematics) will continue with their projects.

June 2016 Our two taxonomic monographs on the reduviid genus Zelus and the schizopterid genus Chinannus are in press!

May 2016 Paul was award a Shipley Skinner award to conduct gut metabaroding analyses on "generalist" species of assassin bugs to investigate prey ranges.

May 2016 Christiane, together with Amy Litt (Botany & Plant Sciences) and John Heraty (Entomology) were award a Collaborative Seed Grant from RED "Unlocking the vault of Southern California Biota" to explore integrate biological collections and next-gen sequencing methods. 

March 2016 Michael defended his dissertation and earned a PhD! Congrats Michael! We wish you luck at your post doc at UFL!

March 2016 Stephanie defended her thesis and earned a MS! Congrats Stephanie! We wish you luck at your new job at the Archbold Biological Station in Florida!

February 2016 Our first phylogenomic study on Reduviidae was published! 

November 2015 Christiane, Michael, and Paul attended ESA in Minneapolis. Micheal earned a first place award in the the Student Competition for the President's Prize for his 10-min oral presentation.

September 2015 Christiane and Alex attended the 7th Dresden Meeting on Insect Phylogeny.

September 2015 Sarah Frankenberg joined our lab as a new masters student who will be conducting research on Schizopteridae. Welcome Sarah!

June 2015 Christiane, Alex, and Paul attended the Hemipteroid Insect Phylogenetics (HIP) Workshop at the University of Illinois.

May 2015 Eric was awarded the Dr. Mir S. Mulla & Leila Mulla Endowed Scholarship Fund. Congrats Eric!

April 2015 Stephanie visited Montana State University for one week to sort samples for Dipsocoromorpha.

April 2015 Paul earned an Honorable Mention for his NSF-GRFP. Congrats Paul!!!

December 2014 The Reduviid Subfamily Key was published.