Adjunct Faculty, PBRC
Cooperating Graduate Faculty, Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences (Entomology)
Ph.D., Zoology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu
M.S., Zoology, University of South Florida, Tampa
B.S., Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa
The predominant theme of my research is to understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that are responsible for generating and maintaining biodiversity for the purposes of informing conservation. The vast diversity of life consists of invertebrates, which makes them incredibly useful systems for addressing questions at the interface of ecology, evolution and conservation.
My research has three primary goals:
1) To develop a clearer understanding of the ecological and evolutionary processes responsible for historical and contemporary biodiversity patterns.
2) To determine the genetic underpinnings of organismal responses to their environments.
3) To use an integrative approach to develop a means of managing and conserving biota and the ecosystems the we all depend upon.