Research conducted in the Scott-Dupree Agro-Eco Lab is primarily focused on sustainable pest management (IPM) of insect pests and environmental toxicology in agroecosystems. Studies in sustainable pest management of insect crop pests involve the creation of new or modification of exisiting environmentally compatible control methods; management of invasive alien and indigenous insect species (e.g., Brown marmorated stink bug, Ambrosia beetles); impact of agro-ecosystems on beneficial insects such as honey bees, non-Apis bees (i.e., bumble bees and leafcutter bees) and natural enemies (i.e., biological control agents primarily used in greenhouse production systems); conservation of natural enemies; and development of standardized pesticide risk assessment methods for non-Apis bees in Tier 2 (semi-field) and Tier 3 (large scale field) research settings.

 Current projects involve risk assessment method development for studying the impact of pesticides in agroecosystems on bumble bees and leafcutter bees in lab and field situations; survey and development of IPM strategies for Brown marmorated stink bug and Ambrosia beetle – invasive insect pests in Ontario; and sustainable pest management programs for carrot weevil and carrot rust fly in the Holland Marsh, Ontario. Future studies will focus on devising methods for minimizing non-target pesticide effects, investigating the biology and ecology of beneficial insects to facilitate management/conservation strategies, and identifying toxicity profiles of novel control products on beneficial insects.