Schal, Coby

Blanton J. Whitmire Distinguished Professor

Program area: 

Urban Entomology, Insect Behavior, Chemical Ecology, Insect Physiology


3107 Gardner Hall

Department of Entomology
Campus Box 7613, 100 Derieux Place
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7613                                                  Visit the Schal Lab

  • B.S. State University of New York at Albany, Biology (1976)
  • Ph.D. University of Kansas, Lawrence, Entomology, with W.J. Bell (1983)
  • Post-doc University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Entomology, with R.T. Carde (1982-1984)
  • Biology and integrated management of urban pests, with emphasis on cockroaches.
  • Chemical ecology, especially pheromone-medicated communication in cockroaches and developing tools for monitoring pest populations.
  • Biology of cockroach allergens and mitigation strategies to reduce environmental allergen concentrations.
  • Cuticular hydrocarbons: Biosynthesis, hemolymph transport, role in behavioral interactions.
  • Behavioral endocrinology and regulation of the cockroach corpora allata and juvenile hormone production.
  • Monitoring insecticide resistance in field-collected cockroaches.
  • Sexual selection and mate-finding tactics in pest and tropical cockroaches.
  • Our lab also collaborates with others on:
    • Evolution of pheromone communication in moths (Gould, Groot)
    • Oviposition attractants in mosquitoes (Apperson)
    • Population genetics of cockroaches and bed bugs (Vargo, Mukha)
    • Nestmate recognition in ants (Silverman)

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  • Insect Behavior (ENT 520), 3 credits
  • Seminar in Urban Entomology (ENT 690Y), 1 credit
  • Seminar in Chemical Ecology (ENT 690X), 1 credit

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