Gerrit deBoer

Associate Professor
Primary office:
5020 Haworth Hall


Dr. de Boer studies the physiological basis of insect-plant interactions; he is a faculty advisor with KUUB.

My research interests center on the physiological basis of insect-­plant interactions. More specifically, my research focuses on the chemical and chemoperceptual mechanisms underlying feeding decisions by caterpillars. Many herbivorous insects feed on only a few plant species despite an overwhelming abundance of plants in their environment. Caterpillars are excellent models for studying the physiological basis of feeding behavior because of their keen sense of smell and taste and their relatively simple nervous system which is readily accessible for experimental manipulation.

My current research program is very limited due to an appointment in the University Advising Center as a Faculty Advisor. I am no longer accepting graduate students. However, I still serve as a Co-Advisor for students doing research in the areas of Sensory Behavior/Physiology and Insect-Plant Interactions.

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