Insect Ecology Group
Dr Jo Darlington
I have a longstanding interest in the ecology and populations of termites, especially the African fungus-growing termites (Macrotermitinae). I continue to study the impact of termites on soils, but my current research is mainly an attempt to establish the taxonomy and phylogeny of the large and important genus Odontotermes using molecular sequencing (in collaboration with Dr C.E. Cook), behaviour as revealed in nest structure and fungus comb architecture, and classical morphology.
I also have a minor research interest in the chironomids of East African lakes.
Darlington, J.P.E.C. and Bagine, R.K.N. (1999) Large termite nests in a moundfield on the Embakasi Plain, Kenya (Isoptera: Termitidae). Sociobiology. 33: 215-225.
Disney, R.H.L. and Darlington, J.P.E.C. (1998) A new species and new host records of Phoridae (Diptera) associated with termites (Isoptera: Termitidae) in Kenya. Sociobiology. 32: 167-180.
Darlington, J.P.E.C., Zimmerman, P.R., Greenbert, J. Westberg, C. and Bakwin, P. (1997) Production of metabolic gases by nests of the termite Macrotermes jeanneli in Kenya. Journal of Tropical Ecology. 13: 391-410.