Sahla Esam Showcases Entomology Research To Missouri Legislators

Published on April 14, 2021, 2:49 pm
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Sahla Esam, a University of Missouri-Kansas City student from Bronx, New York, will showcase her research virtually to University of Missouri System community and Missouri legislators as a part of Undergraduate Research Day at Mizzou.

This year’s virtual, week-long celebration of Undergraduate Research Day will highlight the many student projects and works being conducted on the four UM System university campuses, as well as the faculty members who mentor those students. The research and creative achievements will also be shared with lawmakers in Jefferson City.

Esam, a biology student, is presenting “Predator Avoidance Behavior of Dubia Cockroaches.” She found common themes in how insect groups avoid predation.

“Because of the close phylogenetic relationship between the Dubia cockroach (one of the most preferred feeder insect options available in Missouri) and the German cockroach (which is the most abundant domestic pest cockroach in Missouri),” Esam said, “it may be possible to extend the reach of this study to find ways to dissuade domestic infestations of this widespread household pest.”

To access the Undergraduate Research Day virtual event, please visit here.

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