Jeremy McNeil, PhD
Behavioural and Chemical Ecology of Insects
The main thrust of my research programme is to understand the reproductive strategies of insects that migrate in response to either predictable or unpredictable habitat change. The research is multidisciplinary in nature, looking at the behavioural and ecological aspects, as well as using physiological and molecular approaches to understand the mechanisms controlling the reproductive biology in species where mate location and mate choice are modulated by sex pheromones. I am also interested in different aspects of plant-insect and host-parasitoid interactions that involve chemical cues (infochemicals). I have generally chosen to work on pest species, or their natural enemies, as model research systems. This allows us to not only address basic questions in reproductive biology but also to generate data that may be used in the development of more environmentally rational approaches to insect control.
Degrees and Institutions
- North Carolina State University. Ph.D. (Entomology/Ecology) - 1969-1972
- University of Western Ontario. B.Sc. (Honours Zoology) - 1965-1969
- Biology 3475a - Chemical Ecology
- Biology 4200b - Introduction to Insect Structure & Function
- Biology 4999 - Undergraduate thesis
- Konopka, J., I. Scott and J. N. McNeil 2012. Costs of insecticide resistance in Cydia pomonella (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 105:872-877.
- Lam, F, J. N. McNeil and C. Donly. 2012. Octopamine receptor gene expression in three lepidopteran species of insect. Peptides. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.peptides.2012.03.034
- McNeil, J. N. and J. G. Millar. 2012. Chemical communication: Pheromones and allelochemicals. Chap. 27 in Insects: Structure and Function. 5th Edition. This book was written by R. Chapman, but as he died several years ago the latest version, with major rewrites, was edited by S.Simpson and A. Douglass.
- McNeil, J.N., 2011. Studying the coast of migration: a comparison of Pseudaletia unipuncta populations from Canada and the Azores. Pps In: Martins, A.M.F, & M. Costa Carvalho (eds), Celebrating Darwin (Proceedings of the Symposium Darwin’s Mistake and what we are doing to correct it, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Açores, 2009). Açoreana, Supplement 7: 125-137
- Li, G. H. Feng, J. N. McNeil, B. Liu, P. Chem and F. Qiu. 2011. Impacts of transgenic Bt cotton on a non-target pest, Apolygus lucorum (Meyer-Durr) (Hempitera: Miridae in northern China. Crop Protection 30: 1573-1578.