Dylan Grubb


Dylan Grubb


Dylan Grubb





Dylan Grubb was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology. His passion for spreading education about the resourcefulness and wonders of insects has led him to study and expand outreach in entomology. Dylan is currently researching the potential option of using termites as a method to recycling poultry litter under the guidance of Dr. Barbara Sharanowski. He plans to obtain his Ph.D. in Entomology and become an insect taxonomist.

Faculty Mentor

Barbara Sharanowski Ph.D.

Undergraduate Major


Future Plans

Ph.D. in Entomology


Title: Utilizing Native Termites to Process Dirty Poultry Litter

PI: Dr. Barbara Sharanowski

Institution: University of Central Florida

Abstract: Poultry farming produces significant amounts of waste by-products, particularly poultry litter, which is wood shavings or flakes (also known as bedding) containing excrement and other accumulated waste. This litter must be removed from the coops and disposed of. Although poultry litter has been used as a crop fertilizer, its use has been restricted in recent years due to run-off from farmland leading to the contamination and eutrophication of local water sources. Therefore, novel uses, or recycling of poultry litter, would economically benefit farmers, particularly small poultry operations. Here we examine the utility of the Eastern subterranean termite (Reticulitermes flavipes) as a potential inexpensive and renewable recycler of the wood chips in dirty chicken litter. We collected thousands of termites from the wild, around the University of Central Florida, using cardboard as bait. We housed these termites within a variable temperature room until we were prepared to run tests on these termites. Specifically, we test both the survivorship of termites on the litter and quantify the amount of litter processed by termites over time.



Dylan Grubb