Daniel Strömbom, assistant professor of biology, was quoted in a March 5 Washington Post article about how to control the spread of spotted lanternflies, an invasive bug that has caused extensive damage to plants and crops in the U.S.

The article, which quotes experts from around the country, also references a study by Strömbom and his students — Amanda Crocker ’23, Alison Gery ’23, Swati Pandey ’23, Autumn Sands ’22, Grace Tulevech ’22, Kelly Ward ’22 — that was published last month in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

The study uses a mathematical model to look at how social learning in birds might help mitigate spotted lanternflies. A mathematician embedded within Lafayette’s Biology Department, Strömbom specializes in the study of collective behavior in animals.

Read the Washington Post article.


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