Chapter 3: University

Scientific Research

My research concerned the sensory basis of behaviour of blood-feeding insects, especially mosquitoes and blackflies. Efforts were focused on the neurological basis of behaviour and on field experiments designed to determine the factors responsible for host finding and discrimination. Results provided some of the biological information needed to explain host-feeding patterns; an important determinant of the epidemiology of insect-borne diseases. Some of the work was of aid in the more efficient development of insect repellents. At Guelph, I initiated projects on insects of agricultural importance and assumed responsibility for a program on residue analysis of insecticides for minor crops as well as continuing my work on blood-feeding insects.