I have several areas of research interest within the discipline of Entomology. My research can generally be put into the context of diversity. I am conducting survey and inventories of the Texas Big Thicket region. I study ants, and I am currently using them in the context of terrestrial indicator species. My lab has projects in Forensic Entomology, and I also conduct research on the taxonomy and systematics of Strepsiptera.
Cook, J. L. 2006 Review of the genus Mengenilla Hofender 1910 (Strepsiptera: Mengenillidae), with description of a new species from Madagascar. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, (In Press)
Derr, D. P. and J. L. Cook. 2005. Morphology of the antenna of Caenocholax fenyesi Pierce (Strepsiptera: Myrmecolacidae) based on scanning electron microscopy. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 107(4): 762-769.
Reeves, W. K. and J. L. Cook. 2005. First record of Triozocera vernalis Kifune and Brailovsky (Strepsiptera:Corioxenidae) from the United States, with additional records for Strepsiptera in South Carolina. Entomological News, 116(3): 191-192.
Cook, J. L., L. A. Calcaterra, and L. Nunez. 2004. First record of Caenocholax fenyesi (Strepsiptera: Myrmecolacidae) parasitizing Solenopsis invicta (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Argentina with a discussion on its distribution and host range. Entomological News, 115(2): 61-66.