Dr. Andrea Joyce
Assistant Professor


PhD Entomology, Texas A&M University
M.S. Entomology, University of California, Riverside
B.A. Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Email:    ajoyce2@ucmerced.edu  
Research Interests: 

  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Vector Ecology
  • Biological Control
  • Populations Genetics, Speciation

Dr. Joyce is an Entomologist and her interests include insect ecology, population genetics and research on alternatives to insecticides such as biological control, for insect populations of agricultural and public health importance. Her work supports integrated pest management (IPM), which promotes the reduction of insecticide use via research on ecological alternatives such as biological controls (predators, parasitoids, and pathogens), pheromones, or reduced risk products to promote sustainable healthy environments.

One component of her research involves understanding the population structure of insects and their natural enemies, incorporating molecular markers and behavioral data to examine evolutionary ecology. She is also interested in ecological speciation, specifically in investigating insect population divergence in diverse habitats, and vector ecology. Current research includes integrated pest management and biological control of insects in food systems, and investigating the relationship between habitat variation, climatic variability, and genetic variation in several mosquito species.

If you are interested in graduate studies, please contact Dr. Joyce by email    ajoyce2@ucmerced.edu